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I Dig You, Valentine!

My three year old is obsessed (OBSESSED!!!!!) with all things construction lately. We happen to have a lot of road work and building going on ’round these parts too, so every time we get in the car and leave our neighborhood, my son is in his glory – calling out the names of every construction truck he sees. Digger! Excavator! Bulldozer! Crane Truck! Dump Truck! Jackhammer! Forklift! Oh yes, he knows them all. I do too now, thanks to him. 🙂

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share his obsession with his classmates, so I started digging around online (see what I did there?) and found these cute little pull-back diggers on Amazon. Digger Close Up

To make them cute, my good friend Target helped me with some felt hearts and party bags, and I created my own little digger valentine on cardstock (Thank you, Google Images). 🙂

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Sticky dots, always. ALWAYS.

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A little hole punching here…

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A little twine there…

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BOOM!

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A super cute and totally rad valentine that won’t give the kiddos a sugar rush or cavities.

 

 

You’re Welcome.

Make Your Own!!! supplies

  • Get the Diggers HERE. (You could instead do construction stickers)
  • Get the Printable HERE (Name is left blank so you can write it in)
  • Twine — Target, your local craft store, or my favorite, The Shipping Guru
  • Baggies — Target in the party aisle or your local craft store
  • Felt Hearts — you can get anywhere, OR you could simply use a heart punch on cardstock, OR forget the heart all together and just hole punch the valentine.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

995846_587928034631938_368938545_nAs we conclude Love Week, I want to send Love & Hugs out to all of you and wish you a wonderful day. We get so caught up in decorating and making sure our little ones are handled that we may overlook or forget about our significant other…. SO, if any of you are still left scrambling for last minute ideas, here are a few that I found on Pinterest that might be worth a shot! I did do one of these myself today, though I’m not going to tell you which one! 🙂

PINTEREST ROUNDUP OF LAST MINUTE VALENTINE IDEAS:

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Valentine’s Day Mantle & Why I love those Window Decals

It’s Day 4 of Love Week!

Nothing says lovin’ like a dressed up Valentine’s Day mantle! I didn’t go overboard this time; usually it ends up looking like Valentine barfed all over my mantle – I often have a hard time knowing when to stop. But I restrained myself this time, knowing that more than just my family would be seeing this year’s love fest.

Love Fest 2014

Love Fest 2014

I have a hard time taking good pictures of my my fireplace and mantle because of that sliding glass door over there on the right side — it lets in a massive amount of light. I’m just not photo-savvy enough (yet!) to figure out how to adjust properly. But I think this one came out ok.

My mantle features a few items from my recent posts! Here’s my LOVE Printable and my easy Heart Garland

Recent LOVE Printable and Heart Garland

Recent LOVE Printable and Heart Garland

In the center I have our wedding signature frame – it’s full of loving sentiments from our friends and family that attended our wedding in 2009. I still have yet to put the actual wedding photo in the frame (I don’t know what’s wrong with me) – the photo that is in there is one of our engagement photos. It’s loving and romantic and always stays right there in the center where it belongs.

 

Front and Center

Front and Center

In front of the frame is a vase with a blessing engraved on it that was given to us by my husband’s parents – I think it was for our first anniversary! Again – it’s always right there, front and center – it just gets filled with different things depending on the season or holiday! This time I filled it with a wired heart garland from Michaels to give it some sparkle and dimension. The picture on the right is from Logan’s 1st birthday. 🙂

IMG_6876You can also see the heart doilies – I couldn’t help it, I had to put a couple up on my mantle! I used them on the teacher gifts I made and posted earlier this week.

So there you have it, that’s my mantle. I would LOVE to see yours if you decorated! Feel free to send me a picture!

Now about those wall decals…. remember I used them on the teacher gifts, because they were removable? I have to tell you, whenever I see them at the store(s) I buy them because they are wonderful Toddler Time Takers.

Window Play

Window Play

Logan LOVES playing with them, just like he loves playing with stickers, only these last much longer and don’t get stuck on things. He can’t rip them up like stickers, either. He likes to re-arrange them over and over again, which is great for me when I need a few minutes to finish up cooking or get ready to go somewhere…I can just whip some out and he’ll occupy himself. They help strengthen his little fingers and let him be creative!

See, Mommy?

See, Mommy?

So if you have a little one, I highly recommend grabbing the window decals or clings next time you see them. It’s fun to have all different sorts on hand that tie in to upcoming events or holidays!

That’s it folks — tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Hope you’ve enjoyed the ideas I’ve posted this week — lots of love to you!

XOXO, D

 

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Teacher Gifts & A Darling Doily Valentine

Wooo-eeee! It’s Day 3 of Love Week!

As promised, I have a quick and easy idea for a teacher gift that you can give for any holiday, really. Just change up the colors and theme and you can use it for anything! I’ve also included an idea for an easy doily valentine — I used mine to decorate the gift bag that I put the teacher gift in!

For the teacher gift I made these cute little personalized glass jars for Logan’s teachers. I found the jars themselves at Michaels – my go to craft stop since it’s the closest crafty supply store in my area. I grabbed a Sharpie Paint pen and some window decals and went to work… seriously, it couldn’t be any easier.

Supplies - Jars, Sharpie Paint pen & Window Decals

Supplies – Jars, Sharpie Paint pen & Window Decals

I went with window decals instead of stickers because they are REMOVABLE! What if his teachers don’t care for the super sweet pink and red hearts? I wouldn’t want them to be stuck with them…so the decals are perfect. And again – switch them out for any holiday or theme, you can find them in the stores (even the grocery) year round.

I drew a little heart and put the teacher’s name on the front, and stuck the decals on all sides of the jars.

Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts

Logan has two teachers for his class so I made two jars…

IMG_6794The paint pen takes little time to dry and is supposed to be water and abrasive resistant. I figure these jars won’t get too scratched up, anyway.

Now for the filling — a little cellophane and some Hershey Kisses, of course!

Kisses for You!

Kisses for You!

Aren’t they cute?

Cuteness!

Cuteness!

Now for the wrapping…I got some plain red kraft paper bags to put the jars in, but I wanted to dress them up on the outside, so I decided to make a Valentine for each teacher’s bag.

This is an easy way to make a Valentine using a paper doily (you know I love my doilies!)

Scrapbook paper & a Doily

Scrapbook paper & a Doily

I cut the sparkly scrapbook paper into a heart to fit inside the border of the doily, and use scrapbook sticky tape to stick them together. I then cut a small rectangle out of plain white cardstock and stamped it with my XOXO stamp…

XOXO

XOXO

…and wrote a little love note to Logan’s teachers. Kisses since the jars are filled with kisses… get it? 🙂

I used my sticky dots to stick the cardstock to the hearts and the hearts to the bags… the sticky dots give it that great 3D effect.

Stuck on You

Stuck on You

Now for some over-the-top fabulousness — TISSUE!

Vavoom!

Vavoom!

Another shot of both gifts:

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Two Hearts are better than One!

Like I said – pretty simple, and a great idea to use year round. Those Sharpie Paint pens are great – I see more projects in the future with those!

Hope you enjoyed this idea – tomorrow I will reveal my mantle. I didn’t go over the top, but it’s festive and required little effort, which I’m sure everyone can appreciate!

XOXO, D

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LOVE – Free Printable!

Love Week Continues!

For Day 2 of Love Week, I bring to you a free printable! Just print, trim and frame in your favorite 8×10″ frame. I’ve included score marks to make it easy for you to trim your 8.5×11″ paper to 8×10″ if you need to.

Valentine Printable

I used an affordable red metallic frame with a white mat in it — it was super affordable with my handy dandy Michaels App that always gives me at least a 40% off coupon! Seriously, if you’re a crafter and you spend any time at all in the major stores like Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc., get their App on your phone for insta-savings!

Frame matted to 8x10

Frame matted to 8×10

I used my new doilie print for the O, since it has a lovely valentine vibe to it!

Love this LOVE Printable!

Love this LOVE Printable!

I put mine on my mantle – I plan on sprucing up the rest of THAT today.

Mantle - Still in the Works

Mantle – Still in the Works

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Now on to tomorrow, Day 3 of Love Week — Teacher Gifts!

 

XOXO, D

 

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