10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones you love.

” For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

(1 John 3:11)
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I love Valentines Day. I blame my Nana of course, she had me believing for many years she was born on the 14th but it was actually the 13th. Which might as well be Valentines Day, it’s close enough. We celebrated like crazy that month of love. I would make paper hearts to decorate the whole house and there were always bags of chocolates. We also each got our own little box of those little pastel hearts with cute words and a really pretty cake with red and white frosting. We had a lot of fun in February.

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I remember making paper valentines to pass out to friends and family. We actually had two members in our family that had birthdays close to Valentine’s Day. All the more reason to celebrate a day about love. Photo below is of my Nana and my aunt, both born on or around Valentine’s Day.

I think it is one of the reasons I love hearts so much. I have many happy memories of that special heart day. Thought it would be fun to share with you all some ways to celebrate this special day with the ones you love. Easy DIY’s, recipes and gifts to share with all those special people in your life. Best of all is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to let someone know you love them.

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  1. Make Mini cakes- This is so easy. This is a kid’s project but adults will love eating these miniature treats. I used a cupcake pan for the cake molds. It takes me back to my Easy Bake oven days as a child.

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31/2 cups of flour

3 cups of sugar

½ tsp. Baking powder

1 cup butter-softened

5 eggs

½ cup shortening

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

½ tsp. Salt

1 cup milk

Just pour your cake mix into a muffin tin. Make sure to spray the pan then lightly sprinkle flour over it so your little cakes won’t stick to pan. Once done cooking, let cool and then cut cupcakes in half, these will be your mini cakes to decorate.

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Get all your decorations out and have some fun decorating your mini cakes.

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To keep it simple I bought store brand frosting but again, you can make your own frosting with powdered sugar and a teaspoon of milk plus Vanilla extract for flavor.

Glaze/frosting

2 cups of confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp. Vanilla extract

3-4 tablespoons of milk

 

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2. Make chocolate hearts- who doesn’t love getting chocolate for Valentine’s Day. These Little chocolate hearts are so easy to make.

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I had a nailed it moment with this one. I love laughing at failed craft projects because I have failed at so many things. Practice makes perfect they say, so if something I make looks good in one of my photographs, imagine all the mistakes that came before because they are there. Some of my posts are long enough, and who wants to see those mistakes. So here is one, my attempt at melting chocolate.

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I have melted chocolate before, have even taken a class in melting chocolates the correct way, but I guess I forgot all that and this is how my chocolate turned out…like cottage cheese, YUCK! I wonder if chickens eat chocolate, better not, might make them sick. Turns out all it took was a few drops of water in my glass measuring cup to create this mess. I thought the cup was dry…Oh well better luck next time.

 

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Use food coloring for different colors with your white chocolate.

3.Instead of paper Valentines make fabric ones-This was my favorite Valentine DIY project, a basket of hearts-

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Supplies needed:

Rope

Glue gun and sticks

Fabric-assorted colors

Tacky glue

Needle and thread

Plastic pellets (optional)

Cotton stuffing.

I was inspired to do a little craft like this when I came across a craft project in one of my books I purchased when visiting Prescott Arizona. There are so many cute projects in this book. I loved reading about the author’s story on how she made friends when she moved by having craft parties and meet ups.

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One of the projects in this book was little paper hearts to stuff with treats.

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I switched things up a bit and thought it would be nice to do bean bag hearts with a pocket on the back to put treats in.

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I stitched the hearts but used tacky glue to add little pockets to the back of the hearts.

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Then I filled the pockets with little treats, a note, and old-fashioned Valentine stickers.

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The red and white baskets are made from rope which you can buy anywhere from your local hardware store to craft store.

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Just glue the center into a circle and start gluing little sections at a time to form the base of the basket. When you get the width you want start gluing the rope at an angle till you get the shape you want then glue off end.

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4. Bake something together- This will fill your home with the smell of sweet things too. Everyone loves to walk into a home that has something yummy baking in it.

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In our home we love chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter brownies   

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I used a heart cookie cutter to get the shapes for these brownies I made.

5. Buy something vintage- Who doesn’t love those sentimental items that take us back to happy memories from the past. I still smile when I see a little Golden book. I read those books when I was a kid and bought them for my own children when they were little too. What a nice surprise  when we get a gift that is no longer available, makes it that much more special.

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6. Make tiny teddies with the kids in your life- This is such an easy one too. You don’t need to know how to sew with the little teddy in the photo below. Just get a bag of fiber fill stuffing and shape it into whatever animal you want. Use tacky glue to glue molded fiberfill pieces together then glue on embellishments to add more character.

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7. Fill your loved ones room with live plants- I prefer little pots of flowers that you plant in dirt plus houseplants over expensive cut flowers that end up dying. I do love fresh cut flowers but I hate the disappointment when they wither and dry up. My husband also loves plants so I started investing in live plants to fill our bedroom. I want to wake up someday like I live in a jungle.

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Sneak peek of our master bedroom. I started adding plants now, transferring them to little pots I have bought second hand.

8.Talk walks together- My favorite walks always end up somewhere near water, either a creek or lake, doesn’t matter to me, I just love being around water.

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The path up above (photo 1) lead to this lake at the end of it.

9. Give them a gift from your heart- remember this is anything you make with your hands. I made tiny felt heart magnets one year and sent them in place of cards to my relatives over in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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10. Gift them with something that makes them smile- Anything super cute and adorable always puts a smile on my face.

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End your special day watching a sunset together, and don’t forget to say I Love You.

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Hope you all liked this repost from the past. I have been so busy working on redoing furniture and our Master bedroom remake that I haven’t had a lot of time to do my DIY projects I mostly love to blog about. I went back to find this old post of mine to share once again with everyone. Have a  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone . I have a special gift for all too, a copy of one of my miniature teddy bear patterns, just click onto link below.

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The little red teddy bear is from one of my patterns. It is a little more complicated so I always suggest practicing on old linen first before you get the hang of sewing a stuffed toy and please remember nothing is ever perfect. Just have fun. It has been awhile since I have made one of my miniature teddies or soft toys. Maybe I can design a new pattern and show you all the process of what it is like making a tiny teddy. I love sewing, it is so therapeutic to me. There were many times I would put together a basket of teddy bear kits and sewing supplies then head down to the creek, sit under a big  beautiful tree listening to the water trickle down while sewing. Then I would gift my little bear to someone as a surprise.

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47 Comments Add yours

  1. boredsensei says:

    wow!!! I badly need that cat deco!

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    1. I know, isn’t cute. I do love the dollar store and all their little decorations.

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      1. boredsensei says:

        ohh I love staying in a dollar store (100 yen shops or Daiso) for hours 🙂

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  2. Gorgeous post! Love the little cakes! Xx

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    1. Thank you, and they are so tiny you don’t have to worry too much about calories. It is fun saying you ate a whole cake and the little ones have so much fun with things their size.

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  3. Happy belated Birthday :):) and thanks for another recipe :):) These little cakes are adorable, and I don’t care what you say, your chocolate hearts turned out great :):):)

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    1. Thank you, it is my Aunt’s birthday, so I will be calling her later to sing Happy birthday. My birthday is in July, I would love to have it on the day of love, that would be so cool. It was fun making those chocolate hearts and that to me is what really counts. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they are yummy. Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope your day is filled with lots of love and sweet treats.

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      1. I thought you were on the 13th, and your aunt was the 14th. I even came back read it again, so sorry. My mind is mush today. But hey happy belated birthday anyway because I missed it in july :):):) You are right as long as it waw fun, and the stomach doesnt know what they look like :):):) My day has been fuzzy, my brain is not cooperating today hahaha. But it will pass :):)

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      2. That’s okay, thank you for the birthday greeting. I need to do a post about me, but I hate talking about me. It is nice knowing a little about the people behind the blogs though. My brain has moosh moments too. I do not know how many times I post comments and after I hit the send button I see huge mistakes but once sent it is out there. We have to laugh, it shows we are human. My aunt always says no one is perfect, there is only one person who ever was and he died on a cross for us and I don’t look good with holes in my hands and feet. I probably hear this from her everytime I visit. Hope your brain starts feeling better,but just remember none of us are perfect and that is okay.

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      3. :):):) you are so kind :):):):) I love your aunts saying. It is perfect :):):) I feel you share a lot about yourself, so many crafts, and precious memories and stories. Its always a blessing to read, and I smile every time I see a post from you 🙂 But of course anything you feel comfortable sharing, I’d enjoy reading :):)

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      4. Thank you, I will always love sharing the happy events in my life and making things are at the top of that list.

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  4. Thanks for mentioning me! Your projects are incredible!

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    1. Thank you, your crafts are fun as well. I love seeing your felt projects, it takes me back to when I was a little girl (many many years ago) and all the felt I used to buy at Thrifty drug stores or was it TG&Y can’t remember which store but one one of them had the best ice cream.

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      1. I wish I knew about felt when I was young I just used regular fabric and a sewing machine and I wasn’t that great at it 😆

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  5. floatinggold says:

    What a great post. Appreciation for those special ladies in your life. And then the treats. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I find the chocolate mold hearts especially appealing.

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    1. Thank you so much, glad you liked it. There are so many candy molds out there to experiment with and have fun with. You might even be able to get some on sale now because Valentines Day is over.

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      1. floatinggold says:

        I’ll have to look into that. I wasn’t really too aware of these.

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  6. What a beautiful post !! Must have missed this one ! Love the little travel into the past 🙂 !! All the cards, photos and the beautiful vintage sign ….and of course your crafts!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 !!

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    1. Thank you, as you know I do love making things. I am also really big into sharing little bits and pieces about past loved ones, there are reasons behind that. DIY’s are mostly what I love to blog about. I have one coming up on candles, sadly they didn’t work but it was Wednesday’s post so I went with it. I did put a link in at the end to your candles from a past post though. I try to post every Wednesday and Saturday. That vintage sign was from my Prescott trip. I kind of went crazy and took photos of all kinds of signs that day, they were some really cool ones in all those antique shops.

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  7. 3C Style says:

    Lovely post. Like the little pewter pig in your photo!

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    1. I know, isn’t that little pig sweet. I am going to a giant rummage sale this weekend so I hope to find more unique little items like that for my Easter displays. Thanks for visiting, glad you liked the post.

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      1. 3C Style says:

        Cool. I like going to rummage and garage sales. I like buying antique jewelry and old books. I hope you’ll find good bargains.

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      2. Sounds like my daughter. She loves vintage clothing and books, books and more books. I have some vintage books my uncle gave me years ago. Old fairy tales and Dick and Jane books. He also gave me an old magazine from the 30’s which has tons of old ads in it. They are really fun to look through. The original fairy tales are pretty scary though.

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      3. 3C Style says:

        Keep those vintage books. They are precious. I have a few also and I use them in my home deco. I have seen some old fairy tales images and they were indeed scary… Even now, there are some pretty terrifying French children’s books. Some experts say that children actually benefit from reading stories that frighten or unsettle. Not all books can be Anne of Green Gables I guess!

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      4. True, and the original Cinderella is pretty gruesome. In order for the step sisters to get the glass slipper to fit they cut up their feet…so gross. I remember reading that old book when I was ten years old. The book my uncle gave me dates back to the 30’s.

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      5. 3C Style says:

        Oh my… I did not know about that strange version of Cinderella. Wonder if the author was inspired by the expression “I would give my right arm or a leg”? This is not I guess a version that was written by the Grimm brothers…

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      6. It’s the original Grimm’s Fairy tales. I also have Hans Christian Andersen. Both gifts from my uncle. In the original Cinderella version there are two little doves that warn the prince he has the wrong girl with this poem ” Prithee. look back, prithee look back, There’s blood on the track. The shoe is too small; At home the true bride is waiting thy call.” The evil stepmother had instructed one daughter to cut off the big toe and the other to cut off her heel in order for the shoe to fit. All the original fairy tales are gruesome. Imagine reading that as a little girl then watching the Disney version.

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      7. 3C Style says:

        really? It’s the original story from the Grimm brothers. Wow Hang on tight to this book and also the one from Anderson. Precious gifts! I love children’s books. I had a big collection myself but I gave most of them to my kids’ school library. None of them were gruesome nor from the 1930s.

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      8. It’s a Grimms and Andersen set but rechecked for the date and there isn’t one but the original owner signed her name in it around the 1940’s, not sure if that is when she received it. My uncle got some of her old book collection when I was around 8 when Elsa was in her 90’s and that was decades ago. Most of her collection was from the 30’s, she was a teacher. My favorite book was an old medical book from that time but I ended up giving it back when my Uncle’s wife got sick. I was a kid and read that medical book over and over, it was crazy what cures they would come up with to help people…crazy stuff. The book was giant and the photos were pretty scary. My uncle gave me that book as well. That giant medical book made me a bit of a germaphobe with a touch of hypochondriac. Anyway so glad medicine is more advanced now and as humans we have come a long way with treating everyone equal. That medical book was for the elites and privileged people, from what I read that is.

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      9. 3C Style says:

        Wow This medical book sounds great. This is definitely the kind of book that would keep me up all night. I know, I’m a little bit weird sometimes. 😀

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      10. Me too, but that just means we are entertaining, or at least funny.

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      11. 3C Style says:

        It’s a nice way to see it. Love it.

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  8. Dandelion B says:

    that little bear caught my eye in the first pic, cant believe its handmade!
    my hubz bday is feb 12, we celebrate a lot in Feb too and it is all incorporated into valentines day themes. we have a holiday here called family day and it falls on a Monday near v day every year too.
    love your basket of hearts, i wanted to make something similar, maybe next year

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    1. Thank you. I started making tiny teddies one year because I couldn’t afford to buy an artist bear when I was little. There was a specialty toy shop in our area and there were handmade bears in it that ranged in prices from $50 and up. It was a pretty woman moment because the store employees were very snobby. I was always followed around like I was going to steal something, which I would never do ever. When I got my first job as a teenager I bought a handmade mohair bear from Germany and basically studied that thing like crazy, I got books on sewing and a basic kit and taught myself. This was before YouTube and the internet. I still have that first bear, so funny, it’s legs are falling off and it is such a mess but I made one. Now I just draw up a design and sew away. So cool that your husband has a birthday during Valentines day and you also have a family day too.

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      1. Dandelion B says:

        Awww what a sweet story! Ive never been into teddy bears per say..stuffies yes but not bears so much. I had a curiois george that was with me from birth into young adulthood. Mom my nana and myself repaired him so much he looked a sight and eventually got tossed if i ever find one simular it will be coming home with me. Funny how as young kids we are imprinted with things like this

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      2. I used to read curious George, such a cute monkey. I actually had a ton of stuffed animals growing up. If I had to pick a favorite, it would always be bunnies. I haven’t seen curious George around for awhile, hope you run across one.

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  9. 3C Style says:

    I read your post again. I was wondering why it was so familiar then I remembered I had read it last year. Still enjoyed it. This time the chocolate got my attention. Looks so yummy. Enjoy your break!

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  10. Child Of God says:

    beautiful post thanks

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    1. Thank you and you’re very welcome.

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  11. JOY journal says:

    🙂 My grandmother was born on Feb. 13, too!!

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    1. That must have been a popular time to have been born back then, like a baby boom or something. So sweet when birthdays fall on special holidays.

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  12. My little one loves valentines so we are trying to figure out what projects to do this week. We are going to bake some cookies and decorate them. I know she will love that!

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    1. That is so much fun. I miss those fun years when my son and daughter were little. They are 19 and 22 now but they still love heart sugar cookies. I will be making some of those later. You guys have a fun Valentine’s Day.

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  13. auntiebeast says:

    These ideas are so much fun! I love the heart pockets and the tiny cakes! I think i might try to track down a copy of the book you mentioned for fun!! Thanks for this post 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome, they are all pretty easy projects too. The cakes are yummy and so cute.

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