Spotting this fun, easy, do-it-yourself project over at Saltwater Kids was perfect timing. Iâ€™m hibernating from the arctic chill currently rattling my windowpanes and have officially run out of anything worth watching in my Netflix instant watch queue. Bored, cold, and struck with cabin fever, Iâ€™m planning on putting my down time to good use this weekend and making these bird seed ornaments which will be a Valentine to my backyard feathered friends. Check out the easy, cheap (around $3 for all the supplies!) tutorial at Saltwater Kids complete with gorgeous pictures. — Katie D.
Say what you will about Valentineâ€™s Day, itâ€™s the candy that woos me every year. I just love how pretty the sweets are for this particular holidayâ€¦my inner pre-teen girl comes out, and I want to decorate my entire house with giant pink sugar cookies and big bowls filled with red and white jelly beans.
Of course, this presents problems for many reasons, but the biggest is that I really canâ€™t be trusted with a big bowl of jelly beans (or M&Ms, or conversation hearts, or foil-wrapped chocolate hearts) just lying around the house. At a bare minimum, I need a lid on that candy dish, to stop my mindless grazing every time I pass by.
Over the years, Iâ€™ve learned to stash my very favorite treats in an old cookie jar in the pantry â€“ a little something like this would keep the best treats off my mind (and out of my sweet husbandâ€™s clutches!). But I still wish I could exercise enough discipline to showcase a few pretty jars of goodies this time of year.
So, hereâ€™s the question: can you be trusted with those big bowls of beautiful heart-inspired candy on your table this holiday, are you a clandestine candy collector, or do you rank somewhere in the middle? Personally, I think this cheery little candy jar from Fishâ€™s Eddy may be the perfect compromiseâ€¦ and the perfect vessel for my collection of jelly beans. — Becki S.
Spice up your Valentineâ€™s dayâ€¦ with chocolate fire cake! I love savory, brightly-spiced foods. So, when it came to making a dessert for my Valentineâ€™s dinner party last year, I wanted to make something with an unexpected flavorful twist. So, I took my favorite Bon Appetit chocolate spice Bundt cake recipe â€“ and added cayenne pepper to it! The pepper and cinnamon gave the cake a great fiery kick without being overpowering. I served it with a nice full-bodied red wine, and it was a huge hit with my dinner guests. This would also be great served with a brandied whipped cream, or ice cream. — Rebecca F.
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Nothing can top what you see in the photo. You see, I have a pretty big thing for French Bulldogs, and I’ve been wanting one forever. But our crazy work schedules and two needy cats just don’t have room for a dog yet. So, my husband surprised me with a custom painting of my favorite Frenchie ever (who was later the ring bearer at our wedding, BTW) instead. We were lucky enough to have a talented friend who could do something cool — with my favorite flowers, and lots of imagery significant to our relationship in some way. If you’re thinking about doing something similar, you’ve still got time. Take a favorite photo and have it printed on a canvas, or if you’re talented (unlike yours truly), create a special artwork of your own. It’s probably going to be impossible, but at some point, I’d like to try and give my husband a gift that’s just as amazingly cool, unique and romantic as my painting — and that’s where you come in. What trinket did you receive that knocked you off your feet? Did you surprise your paramour with something super-cool and unique? I’m sure I’m not the only one who could use a little creative inspiration… — Megan B.
This project came about as I was thinking about a simple way to “Valentine up” the white twinkle lights I still had up in my office area. I remembered spying a few cool projects in the blogosphere (namely here and here) utilizing baking cups as a quick way to embellish a string of lights. So I grabbed a few colorful baking cups, scissors and a stapler, and came up with a quick and easy holiday craft that can be done in a snap! — Megan B.
Click for the how-to after the jump!