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The Love is still here

So my love month is over and that usually means that I need to create a new vision board in my entryway.

 

But truth was, I felt more sad to take down February’s board than excited for March’s vision. So I’m going to leave it up. It’s my home and I can make up the rules right? Ha! It makes me think of all those people who leave up the Christmas tree all year because they are too sad to take it down. Oh the plights of the soft of heart!

So the love, well honey, it’s here to stay!

Fess up 🙂 Who still else has V-day decorations up? Once they come down what do you replace them with?

DIY- Origami Heart Invitations

What can be better than these?

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

The lovely Amy Moss used these as little invitations to her surprise wedding party (cutest story ever!) but I think they would be equally as adorable for a simple love note or picnic gathering. There are freebies to download as well as a full tutorial for the heart and packaging.

You can find her instructions here. Oh happy day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There is nothing I love more than a day to tell my darling how much I adore him. It’s actually pathetic how much I love it!

This year we chose to not purchase gifts for Valentine’s Day. Hubs made me a delicious dinner and I made him dessert.

Do you want to see what I made?

Inspired by Bakerella’s cake box, I decided to try several new things: cake carving and working with fondant.

I made the marshmallow fondant the day before using Cake Journal’s recipe. It worked out extremely well! I used pink marshmallows and vegetable oil instead of Crisco. I let it rest  overnight and found it to be very easy to work with and tasted good on the cake too!

The cake itself made me cry just a little bit. I had one recipe flop on me and I had to fall back on a chocolate cake recipe that I don’t particularly like the taste of, but the texture always comes out just right. Shaping it into the heart was not too difficult although getting the heart symmetrical was a bit of a learning curve.  I made up for the lack of scrumptiousness and symmetry by adding a thick layer of buttercream to help even everything out. The extra cake was used to make the cake bites on top. These ones were made ‘man sized’ for Hubs.

Overall, I consider it a successful first try.Next time I would like to avoid using a chocolate buttercream which stained my light pink fondant and I really need to think about using a ruler to get things the right size. There was a lot of piecing on the side of the box which looked awful!  The side strip of fondant really must stretch the entire perimeter of the cake-not half way only. Just consider that should you decide to make it! ha!

Next week is my wedding anniversary and so I really consider this time of the year lovely!

Happy Valentine’s day to you!

What did you do for your darling for V-day? Do you find a lot of pressure to conform to the chocolates and flowers game or do you prefer to bless one another with tasty treats?

Valentine’s Day Sweetness

Have you seen the adorable Je t’aime Valentines drawn by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic?

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

Such perfection! I can’t stand the cuteness of the polka dot lined envelope. Seriously? It’s adorable.

I am smitten.

PS She is so kind as to have a free printable and even a wrapper for take out coffee cups (if you live around a coffee take out joint) available. Just click on over and print away 🙂

Valentine DIY- Fruity and Sweet

Have you seen Twig & Thistle’s naturally sweet valentine set? SO  CUTE!

(Via Twig & Thistle)

Fabulous and precious.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a hallmark infested sore – it is these types of precious thoughts that really show how much you care about your family and loved ones. I like to leave little details like sticky notes on the mirrors or altered desktop backgrounds on laptops to remind Hubs how much I adore him.

It helps keep me in the right frame of mind too! Looking at the good in those around us isn’t always very easy but by focusing on the positive traits, those irritating little things stay little and don’t grow into ugly big issues.

But enough about me.  In what ways do you show your lovies your adoration?

PS Visit Twig and Thistle for the free printable for these adorable stickers!

DIY- Glittering Lightscape

When I saw this post on Apartment Therapy I was immediately in love.

(via Apartment Therapy)

Oh! How amazing is the hardware on the credenza, the wallpaper on the walls and the textured tile on the floor!  But it was the lightscape that I adored more than all. The site lacked decent instructions on how to construct a lightscape like this so after a few trial and error attempts, I thought it would be fun to put together a quick tutorial.

Supplies

– One large stretched canvas. For this project, I recommend the type that is stretched over the wooden frame. I chose to get the primed canvas too. My theory is that the primer helped keep the edges from fraying excessively.If you wish to paint the background you may do so now- just be sure your paint has dried several days before continuing

– 100-200 Fairy lights or Christmas lights. I worked with two strands of 100. Choose these lights carefully. First I tried the micro bulbs but found that the connection between the lights was terrible and I kept blowing the strand. This is not ideal! Eventually I landed on the long traditional ‘fairy’ bulbs and these worked better (although I preferred the glow of the micro bulbs, the risk of fire and death just didn’t make up for it 🙂 )

– A pencil and a pen or other pointy object with the approximate diameter of the glass part of your bulbs

Method

Keeping note of how many bulbs you want to use, draw out your pattern. I wanted my bursts to look like explosions of joy so I just put dots where I felt it left balance. Don’t forget about under the wooden frame too! That area is very visible from the front but difficult to push bulbs into- practice balance here! It would also help if you ensured there was a feasible way to maneuver the bulbs around the holes.

After drawing my pattern, I started at the top middle of my canvas and poked three holes at a time with my pen. Go slowly to avoid making tears or splits in the canvas. Using the bulb in the middle of your (unplugged) strand, carefully insert the glass portion of the bulb into the hole. It should fit tightly- but if you are concerned, white craft glue smeared around the base will hold that sucker in place. Place all three bulbs in the holes and continue to the next three holes. I found that operating in a zigzag pattern left me with the best maneuverability to get the lights into the holes without stretching the cords or the canvas.Plan the use of the bulbs so that the final bulb would be the last bulb on the strand nearest to the plug. Any leftover bulbs can be strung loosely around the anchored bulbs for additional glow.  If you are having a hard time pocking the holes, I found the best results when I was sitting on the chair without a table. The canvas balanced on my legs and I could poke and insert away without things getting pear-shaped.

Once the glue has dried thoroughly, prop your lightscape up and plug-‘er in!

(Excuse the poor picture from my Blackberry)


What do you think?