Valentine’s Day Weavings

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine

Valentine's Day WeavingsValentine's Day Weavings 1Valentine's Day Weavings 2Valentine's Day Weavings 4Valentine's Day Weavings 5Valentine's Day Weavings 6Valentine's Day Weavings 7These Valentine’s Day Weavings were inspired by these fantastic woven place cards made by The Land of Nod’s own Michelle Kohanzo & Danielle Kurtz!

I cut slits at the top and bottom of a piece of card stock (3.5”H x 2.75”W) and wound twine around the card from left to right, through each slit, taping the loose ends to the back of the card.  Then, I tied one end of the yarn to the top of the first strand of twine, making a knot.  Using a yarn needle, Avery and I took turns weaving the yarn over and under each strand of twine from left to right, working top to bottom until the weaving was done.  I tied the yarn to the bottom of the last strand of twine, making a knot, to secure the weaving.

We tucked in patterned hearts made from an old Paper Source wall art calendar, to finish off our valentines.  You can also use plain solid-colored hearts with a little Valentine’s greeting written on them, or small letterpress cards, like these from Dolce Press.

I also used this great post at Art Bar Blog as a reference.  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us a set of suitcases for this post.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Instead of buying candy hearts from the store this year, make your own yummy version! Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts are best way to capture the spirit of Valentine’s Day and it’s much more fun creating your own.

Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts

Ingredients

  • ¾ teaspoon powdered gelatin
  • ¼ cup clear soda (we used Sprite)
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Peppermint extract

 

 

How to Make Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts

1. Start by combining the soda and powdered gelatin in a mixing bowl. Stand by for approximately 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to dissolve into the soda.

2. Next, microwave on high for 30 seconds, this will melt the gelatin entirely so you won’t see any grainy pieces

Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts 23. With a hand mixer, add the powdered sugar slowly, ¼ cup at a time. Continue to add the powdered sugar until the dough is stiff. It will be a little sticky, but if it’s extremely sticky, don’t be afraid to add a bit more powdered sugar.

4. Next, dust powdered sugar on a clean surface and being rolling out the dough. Cut the dough into sections according to how many color you want to use.

5. Once you’ve sectioned out your dough, sprinkle it with your choice of food coloring and peppermint extract.Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts 36. Knead the dough until the flavors and colors are fully combined.

7. Roll out the dough so it is about ¼ inch thick, then cut out the shapes using mini heart cookie cutters.

8. After you have cut out the hearts, place them on a piece of parchment paper and allow them to dry 48 hours, flipping them over every so often.

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These candy hearts make delicious treats all on their own or as a festive garnish for your Valentine’s Day cupcakes!

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Party On: Love is in the Air Valentine’s Day Moodboard

Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

One of my favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids is to invite a few of their friends over to make crafty handmade Valentines.  It’s as simple as putting some pillows or poufs on the floor around the coffee table and setting out heart stickers, markers, doilies and other art supplies (think about what you already have on hand!), with a few examples on display. I find it always helps to have a theme for events, no matter how small. In this case I was inspired by the colors of the Every Beat of My Wall Art print to dream up a sweet and modern ‘Love is in the Air’ theme.

No need for classic pink and red at this Valentines gathering- brighten up your palette with modern colors like black + white, or toss in a pop of silver sparkles. Let the kids craft among the clouds… Land of Nod even has cloud corkboards you can use to hang up everyone’s finished Valentines for display.  Serve up a few sweets + fluffy treats like whipped cream and fresh berries for snack… and when everyone starts to get sugar high, just pull out a bin of balloons and let a little chaos commence! I swear, balloons are a mom’s best friend in a pinch, and in this case they’re totally on theme.

If you need some help getting your party started – download this free printable I designed.  There’s one to use as an invitation and one that makes a pretty swell Valentines card.  So go ahead and share the love – happy heart day!

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Color Palette: Pink // Black // White // Aqua

Free Printable Valentines Card/Invite: available here

The Party On series offers inspiration for family friendly parties, featuring items from The Land of Nod that can be practically incorporated into both your event and your home.

Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas on CAKE. | events + design, and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles
Valentine's Day CupcakesAny cupcake covered in sprinkles is the perfect snack to send out with your little one for Valentine’s Day! Sweet frosting covered with pink hearts is not only irresistible but immediately conveys your message of “I Love You” and your tummy is about to love me back!

 To create these super cute Valentine’s Day Cupcakes you need cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water, frosting, and red and pink sprinkles.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes - Ingredients Combine the cake mix, vegetable oil, water, and eggs together to create the batter.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes 2Place the cupcake liners in the tins and fill with about ¾ of the way with cake mix. Make sure to leave room at the top! Pop them in the oven and bake with the corresponding time on the cake mix box.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes 2After the cupcakes are done baking, allow them to cool completely before frosting. Frost the cupcakes as preferred, top with a fun assortment of sprinkles, and serve!

Valentine's Day Cupcakes 4Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment. As a style expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning” and features more tips and tricks on her website and her site for Mom, Glitter and Bubbles.