Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Handmade Valentines

What else is better than at home, handmade Valentines??? We used a few things from our craft scrap box, some cardstock, a sewing machine, and Voila!!! Valentines!

We've really loved all the paper sewn cards we've seen around etsy, but were a bit nervous to try it. Oh silly girls we were. They are so simple and they look so expensive!!! Here's a look at what you can make if you take about 30 minutes during naptime or before you go to bed:

Supplies {as always we recommend either stocking up on a few craft staples when they are on sale or using coupons whenever possible.}
- Felt {20 cents a sheet at Joanns} 60 cents
- Cardstock {$1.99 for a pack of 50 8x11 sheets with a 50% coupon at Joanns}
- Sewing machine

Total Cost for me: $2.59 which will make a ton of Valentines!!!

How to:

Cut out desired shape you'd like to sew onto your cards. You can do anything from a heart to the first letter of your Valentine's first name.

Cut your cardstock down to fit into an extra envelope you have lying around {I always have extras when I mess up writing cards!} You can do a postcard or a folded card.

Layer your shapes as you would like them to sit on your paper, you can add a bit of scrapbook adhesive if you'd like and then place on top of cardstock where you'd like to sew it.

Now, sew away! Go slow & don't forget to backstitch. I used contrasting thread for fun.

So, what do you think???
Simple, but sweet!




Friday, February 11, 2011

Shopping Etsy

Now that your love is taken care of, what about those sweet littles you have running around? You tell them morning, noon, & night how much you <3 them. So a little something for your little will just give them that sweet smile you love! Here are a few little ideas:

For your baby girl...

Candy Heart Messages "Sweet" Clippie

SALE- Mommy Heart Tattoo 9-12 month- Valentines Day-READY to SHIP
{$10 from Cody's Boutique}

For the baby boy...

ready to ship, Ladies love me onesie long sleeve, valentines day, boy,
{$16 from Cody's Boutique}

Reversible Tie Baby Boy Bib Valentine and Easter
{$10 from Love Deliveries}

For your older littles...

Set of 10 Heart Crayons
{$10.95 from Preschool Doll}

Valentines Day Collection-Treat Bag Tags:SMALL Pink Hearts-Printable PDF

We still love the sweet ideas of a crayon drawn card or heart shaped pancakes, just because we can't wait to make them for our littles one day! It's not the gift that ever counts, it's that fact that that little one knows you love them the same every single day!!!

Have a happy day!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shopping Etsy

We wanted to help you guys spend some of that money you budgeted for the day of Love! We both agree we love to tell those we love them everyday, but a little fun gift is always extra special. We went hunting for gifts for all those special people in your life. Today we shall focus on...

The Man

You might be thinking, what in the world could you buy a man on etsy or that's handmade that he would actually Love??? Well...we found a ton!

For the man who wears a suit...
Custom Wooden Typewriter Key Cufflinks

Cufflinks Personalized Custom Silver Circle Monogram Names Father's Day

For the man who travels...

Larger Sized Mr. Mustache Shaving Bag for Groomsmen

Fly Me Courageous Handstamped Nickel Silver Custom Personalized Luggage Tags or Large Keychains - Set of 2

For the cook...

Gourmet peppercorn spice kit. Grind colorful flavor into a meal, or wow your favorite host.

Men's BBQ or Chef Apron Route 66 Theme

For the artist...

Hand Stamped GUITAR PICK  sterling silver

LP Coasters-Recycled Record-Set of Six, with gift box

For the sporty guy...

GOLF BALL MARKER, Sterling silver and personalized for you

Sport's Fan Sugar Cookies

Hope you can find a little something for that sweet man in your life!!! Just click on the link below the picture and shop away!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Felt Flower Wreath

In the spirit of Valentine's Day we thought we'd share a fun tutorial from Spunk!


I wanted a pretty Valentine's wreath to go in my kitchen. A friend sent me this wreath tutorial, so from there I developed  my own version. Feel free to use our tutorial or the other. I think it really depends on what you want. I personally didn't want to draw spirals, then cut out spirals. I'm all about the quick route these days! Anyways...on to my tutorial...

Valentine's Wreath Tutorial


{If you can go when supplies are on sale or use coupons, that's the best!}
Metal wreath ($2.49 at Hobby Lobby - 40% off coupon used)
Satin ribbon ($3.99 - 50% off at Hobby Lobby)
Sheer ribbon or tool ($4.99 - 50% off at Hobby Lobby)
24 pieces of felt in 4 colors - 6 per color (4 for $1 - $6 total)
Hot glue gun & glue sticks

Total cost (for me): Approximately $12


Apply glue to satin ribbon and attach to wire wreath. Begin wrapping ribbon around at an angle.

Apply glue at every wrap. This will not only adhere it to the wire frame, but also prevent it from moving around on the frame.

When finished wrapping, tuck the end of the ribbon and glue on the back. Now your wreath base is done!

Next, lay out your felt by color. Take one piece of felt and fold it into 3s.

Cut the folded sides. Now you have three rectangles. Fold that in half and cut.

Now you should have 6 squares of felt. Repeat for all colors. Now all your squares are cut and you're ready to move on!

Take 1 square and fold it like a hot dog then a hamburger.

Trim from one corner to the other in a half circle.

Unfold and you have a half moon. Roll in one side.

Apply a small amount of glue along flower fold and bring the other side to meet it - press together to seal glue. This creates your flower.

Apply a small amount of glue to the wreath base and place your flower. Placing the flower seam side down will prevent future unraveling.

Now make more flowers and arrange them on the wreath base. My method was to do one to the right, one to the left and then one straight up in the middle.

This makes for pretty edges and good volume for your wreath. Also be sure to alternate colors so you don't get two of the same color next to one another. Place flowers all around your wreath until finished.

Take your tool or sheer ribbon and make a bow. {I took one long piece and tied it around the top - leaving the ends long. You will use them to secure the bow. Then I took another long piece and looped it back and forth. Pinch it in the middle and tie onto the wreath using the long pieces remaining.}

All done! Hang it up and enjoy :)

You like?



Monday, February 7, 2011

We Heart Etsy Shops

Continuing for the theme of Love this month, here are a few shops we LOVE to shop for our babies at:

This shop has adorable made to order mobiles decorations for your little ones room.

This shop has ubber affordable accessories to make your little one as fashionable as you!

A fun take on adding your little ones name to their room or a fun baby shower gift can be found at this shop.

We adore their onesie stickers, a great newborn gift!!!

Can you tell what we love about this shop? You can even personalize them!!!

Misty's Blessings
This shop is special to us, simply because we love her, her crafts, & that she's family!

Go visit these lovely shops! Just click on the shop name and you'll go straight there!!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We Heart Etsy Shops

We are constantly looking for new shops on Etsy to find...well anything! We look around during naptimes & on lunch breaks to just find fun things & new Loves!!! Here are a few of our news favorites that we would buy to make ourselves feel happy:

Betsy Farmer Designs
This store just makes us smile. Yes we make jewelry, but we love to buy it too. And the million styles of personalized options are just wonderful!

burlap + blue
If you love anything with a vintage look, this is the shop for you! We have a soft spot for her sweet stuff!

emily ann designs
We still get excited when we get mail...you know the real kind??? This shop makes fun and beautiful stationary for anyone's taste!

Since we are always trying to "Keep Calm" this shop is perfect for any woman!!

This shop will add a bit of fun to your "dressing". We believe in dressing simply, but with a statement and this shop has many statment pieces.

Click on the Shop name & it will take you straight to their lovely shop! Hope you love them as much as we do!  

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Month of Love

For the month of February we want to bring you a bunch of new loves. Loves on Etsy. A Loves of crafts. And just loves. So we hope you are as excited as we are for all this Love!!!