Blog Posts Tagged ‘Valentines Day’

Happy Valentine’s Week! I’ve been trying to think of some nice things I could make for my little Valentines here, and I took some time to get crafty this week. I came up with 3 projects, and I thought I’d share them with you!

 

My Quilty Valentine

A few years ago, I made fabric valentines for Dave and Anabelle, and I wanted to do something similar this year. I decided to make a patchwork valentine, and it came out imperfect, but pretty cute!

I started by piecing the “cover” using spare scraps. Then I did a little embroidered message on the inside panel, using a water soluble pen to mark guidelines. (I realized the running stitch border was better added after quilting, so I removed it before I quilted the layers.)

Finally, I used the “sandwich method to join the layers, and I did a running stitch border around the message. Et voila!

Be My Valentine Cookies

My daughter is not yet interested in the joys of patchwork, but she is extremely interested in cookies. I found this recipe online, and whipped up some frankly delicious sugar cookies. They are likely to be a bigger hit with the younger set than the mini quilt (though I’m hoping the quilt lasts longer).

Romantic Rose Salt Scrub

This one’s a valentine just for me. My skin always gets drier in the winter, and it’s in need of some deep moisture, so I made a rose-scented salt scrub for exfoliation and moisturizing. It’s a super easy recipe, and makes my skin so soft. Rose essential oil and dried rose petals give it a fancy touch for Valentines day.

In a small bowl combine the following:

-1 1/2 cup coarse salt (I use about 1/2 cup coarse grey sea salt combined with 1 cup coarse white kosher salt, but you can experiment with different kinds)

-1/2 cup dried rose petals (I get these from the local Persian market, but you can usually find them at co-ops or the Whole Foods bulk section, or you can grow your own.

In a separate small bowl, pour about 1/3 cup oil. You can use a wide variety of oils, but this time I used a combination of almond oil and vitimin E oil. I sometimes use avocado oil, or sesame, and even olive oil will work well. You can also gently heat coconut oil and use that, but be aware it will alter the scent of your scrub (coconutty!). Add about 10 drops of rose essential oil to the bowl of oil, and then add the oil to the salt mixture and stir until well blended. Spoon into a mason jar or other pretty container. Your skin will thank you!

 

Happy (almost) Valentines Day! I’ve been itching to work on some fun Valentines projects the last couple of weeks, but my weekends have been taken up with a more daunting project: we’re building a chicken coop! Of course, I thought that project would take only the last Saturday in January, but instead it’s dragged on and taken up the better part of the last few weekends. Still, it’s been fun, and it’s going to be an awesome chicken palace for our girls. (Photos coming soon… :)) So instead, I’m going to mine the blog and revive some oldie but goodie project ideas for you.

 

Last year, I came across a tutorial for this little bag on Gingercake, and stitched it up using a variety of pink organic fabric scraps from our Bloom and Haiku collections. It’s quick and easy, and makes a super cute Valentines gift for little girls. You can get our Valentines 2018 bundle with these fabrics and more on our website here.

Patchwork Heart Bag

 

Several years ago, I got crafty with the Valentines and made these little fabric cards. They are really fun to make, and can be as simple or as intricate as you like (or, in my case, have time for). Anabelle was just little when she got this one, and I still find it on her bookcase or in with her dolls, and it’s nice to have an enduring sentiment. My husband like his, too. You can see the tutorial on the blog here.

 

 

 

When I was a kid, my mom would always make these amazing Petit Cherry Cheese Tarts for Valentines Day. They were one of the highlights of my childhood. Apparently, my grandmother was the one who made them originally, and the recipe calls for tart Michigan cherries, which were easy to come by in Michigan, where she lived. I’ve found them to be more elusive in the Bay Area, so this year I tried to make them with Oregon Dark Sweet Cherries. They’re still delicious, but the color came out more purple, and lacked the bright flavor of the tart cherries. I’m going to continue my search for a source, but I realized I could get the right cherries on Amazon, so now I know where to go if I can’t find them locally next year. The full recipe is on the blog here.