As you may have noticed, I am not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. Well, at least not the commercialised holiday it has become.
Anyway, I love DIY.
I love handmade gifts.
And this one is so much better than just buying a box of chocolates!
What’s even better: It’s simple and quick to make and it’s totally up to you what’s on the “lottery ticket”.
What’s on mine? Truth or dare! Many, many fun, tricky or sometimes embarrassing pretty personal questions for couples and a few pretty fun dares (the pink tickets), if someone doesn’t want to answer a question he/she picked!
I don’t need Valentine’s Day to tell you “I love you”.
Ever thought of that?
Valentine’s Day is coming up. Obviously. Once you leave the house and step into a store, there’s hearts & chocolates & kitsch & millions of shades of pink and red everywhere.
Today at the supermarket I saw people swarming in front of a rack full of Valentine’s Day gifts, grabbing tacky stuffed animals, overpriced boxes of chocolates and all sorts of pink knickknack.
A lot of people make desperate efforts to find something they can buy and give their loved one’s. What for? Expressing how much you love a person through giving them a card and a box of chocolates?
I know, Christmas is now already four weeks ago! (Wow, time is going by so fast!) But I really want to share these lovely gifts I got – gifts that warm the heart of any crafter!
I just started knitting - and got a huge bunch of knitting and crocheting supplies.
And buttons. I love buttons!
I love my new cutting board! It’s also perfect for tracing patterns. I started reading the pattern fitting book and have to say, it’s really good. I totally recommend it. In the next weeks I’ll write a few reviews of the sewing and pattern making books I use!
My passion for Photoshop got out of hand today. Here are some free Valentine’s Day Cards I made for you to download and print.
Just right click on the picture you want, save and print. It’s as easy as that.
I left some blank, so you can simply enter your own text with Photoshop, Word or handwritten.
If you have any questions on how I made these, do ask! I’d be happy to help.
Feel free to leave a comment before or after downloading. – I’d love to know what your favourites ones are!
I finally wrapped up all the presents. This year I used handmade gift tags.
I printed the picture/text I wanted to be on the tags on white cotton. One could also just plain white paper, but cotton looks much nicer. I got the picture from Two Things In Common.
I glued the cotton cut-outs on green paper and embellished the gift tags with gold thread.
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This is a perfect treat for everyone who isn’t very fond of chocolate!
All you need:
- a small glass bottle with a cork
- olive oil
- fresh herbs (rosemary/thyme)
#1 make sure the bottle is clean!
#2 wash the herbs and put them into the bottle
#3 pour the olive oil into the bottle
#4 cork it up
#5 posh it up with ribbon or a cute label
PS: The oil should rest a few days before use!
This is so tasty and -believe me- takes only 15 minutes to make.
All you need:
- a bar of chocolate
- nuts and dried fruits
- an empty jar
- sandwich paper/ baking parchment
#1 melt the chocolate (stir until smooth and glossy)
#2 drop spoonfuls of chocolate onto the sandwich paper (disks of 4-5cm)
#3 add the nuts and dried fruits
#4 put the tray into the freezer for 3-5 minutes (or into the fridge – takes a little longer then)
#1 overflowing waterfall Advent calendar
I got this one this year. I’m still overwhelmed. Can you believe what was in there this morning (1st Dec)? A second smaller Advent calendar with 24 different tea bags. Calender-ception!
#2 pillow case into Advent calender
This one I made for my parents last year. It was a last minute project (yeah, December comes after November, I should start to remember that…).
It took a few hours, since I sewed the whole thing myself. It’s basically made from two pillow cases, one brown, one red and small pieces of white cloth.
#1 Hot Chocolate paper cups
Hot Chocolate paper cups - Adorable!
#2 Felt pine cones
Just follow the link for pattern and instructions!
#3 DIY Button Christmas card
So simple and adorable!
#4 year-round ornaments
Why not try making these posh-looking ornaments?
#5 Easy made advent calendar
#6 Oranges and cloves
Classic orange and cloves Christmas decor!
#7 Hand-made Christmas tree
Found this here.
#8 Hot chocolate dippers