As 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! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
You 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Logan has two teachers for his class so I made two jars…
Now for the filling — a little cellophane and some Hershey Kisses, of course!
Aren’t they cute?
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!)
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…
…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.
Now for some over-the-top fabulousness — TISSUE!
Another shot of both gifts:
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!
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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.
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!
I used my new doilie print for the O, since it has a lovely valentine vibe to it!
I put mine on my mantle – I plan on sprucing up the rest of THAT today.
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Now on to tomorrow, Day 3 of Love Week — Teacher Gifts!
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It’s LOVE WEEK! The week of Valentine’s Day… the week where everything is red and pink and white and purple and smothered in hearts. I freakin’ love it! I know there are people out there who think of Valentine’s Day and go “UGH” – but I am SO not one of those people. I am the person that all of the marketing folk are trying to target with their heart-laden materials… I swoon over the heart shaped candies and chocolate peanut butter hearts and of course, the heart shaped doilies. I just love Love Week.
To celebrate the first day of Love Week, I made Logan’s valentines for his class of 2 and 3 year olds. Since he’s only 2, he doesn’t much care about the valentines but I know he will love putting them in their little cubbies (he’s all about sorting), and since he loves stickers (any kind of sticky thing, really), I thought gifting stickers to his friends would be cute. The school has a low sugar policy so I wasn’t about to give them sugar bombs…I’m sure his teachers would LOVE that though. 🙂
I found these cute stickers at Target – they came with two sets of stickers per pack, so I bought two so that I could give each classmate 4 sheets of stickers.
I found large foam hearts at Michaels (along with all of my other supplies), and wanted to use those. At first I thought about stapling the corner of the sticker sheets to the foam, but that wouldn’t be very cute, right? I dug around through my stash of craft supplies and found some small brown paper bags leftover from Christmas (you can get them at any craft store, or use any other kind of baggie or small envelope) – I had some plain ones and some with hearts all over them – perfect!
SO I decided to put the stickers in the bags, fold them like an envelope, and seal them with some sparkly foam stickers.
The plain brown baggies needed some sprucing up, so I added a stamp at the bottom!
Now, I could have stopped there… those are darn cute little valentines. But I wanted them to be big and fabulous! I decided to use some sticky dots to stick the baggies to the large foam hearts I purchased…
… and centered the baggies on the foam hearts.
For the last part, I printed out the tag using Word and cut it with some jagged edged paper cutting scissors. I then used scrapbook adhesive to glue the tag to the valentine, and added an extra foam heart sticker for good measure.
Not bad for a quick trip to Michaels and an hour of naptime fun, right?
Stay tuned this week for more Love Week Fun! I have a printable in the works, I need to finish my mantle, and I have some gifts for Logan’s teachers that are super easy to put together.
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