All About Love

Happy Valentines Day!

Valentines Day is probably one of my favorite holidays. It’s not because of all the mushiness or getting gifts from that someone special. I love it because it’s a day all about love. Yes, you should show your loved ones that you love them everyday, but I see nothing wrong with having one day a year to celebrate that. Single? Who cares!! You don’t need to be in a relationship, thats the beauty of it! Show a family member or friend (or pet!) that you are thinking of them. One of the other reason I love Valentines Day so much is there really isn’t any pressure on gift giving. You can have a great Valentines Day on any budget, it can be as simple or extravagant as you want.

Being a little bit on the crafty side, I always make some of the gifts I give. This year I made Valentines for all of my coworkers. Once Pete saw them, I then had to make more for his.

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Seriously, these cost less than $10 to make and everyone LOVED them.

Next, I needed some ideas on how to display Pete’s candy. Yes, I could have given it to him in a heart shaped box or the bag that it came in…but to me that takes no thought at all. So I decided, after a little research, I found these neat ideas:

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I think I MIGHT have spent about $6 on both of those (candy not included.) Much more visually appealing, in my opinion. Also, I feel like to adds a little sense of whimsy, which is what this entire holiday is about.

Now that I had my human Valentine squared away, my 3 little 4 legged Valentines were next! After recently going around the entire house and collecting all of their toys, I realized this year they would NOT get new toys. Toys add up super fast when you are buying 3 at a time. I then decided that treats would be the next best option (and also SO MUCH CHEAPER!!) I decided to make pink chicken and peanut butter cookies (I’m not sure if I posted that recipe in a previous post…if not I’ll add it in!) I already had a bunch of the ingredients so I think I spent maybe $5 on odds and ends and then another $5 on the heart shaped cookie cutters. The dogs went crazy for them and I’m pretty sure they didn’t realize they didn’t get any presents.

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Finally, my last crafty project for the holiday was Valentines Day T-Shirts! I have made shirts other years, but it was usually with Puffy Paint and it was a very meticulous and long process (especially when you add in drying time.) This year I did bleach shirts and spent $6 and that was it.

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All you need is bleach, your shirts, cut out the images you want on the shirts. This was a little easier for me since I used my Cricut to do the letters and hearts, so I was thankful for that. All you do is just lay your images down, spray bleach on them, peel the paper up and you are done! I read that you should use contact paper, but I had no problem just using a heavier card stock paper. Both of these shirts took me about 15 minutes to make. Can’t get any better than that!

As you can see, I choose to do a more “hand made” Valentines Day…you can take personalization to a whole new level! I would love to hear some of your ideas for Valentines Day!

Now, I will leave you with this years Valentines Day Puppy Photo Shoot!

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(When Wren is done- she is DONE.)

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