gallamore west: Valentine's Day crafts
Showing posts with label Valentine's Day crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentine's Day crafts. Show all posts

Monday, January 12, 2015

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day!

Do you love Valentine's Day like I do?  I posted this picture of some of my favorite Valentine's Day things I picked up recently in the Dollar Spot at Target on Instagram and it was a hit. 


It seems that many of you share my love for the Day of Love.  It really is my favorite day of the year to craft and bake for, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it's just not a super busy time of year for me so I actually have time to breathe and allow my mind to be creative.  And also, time to curl my hair!  It seems like it's been forever since I've had time to even breathe, so having time to do my hair is a big deal these days. #lifewithtoddlers

I'm in love with our It's Awesome Time shirts from The Printed Palette

So, as I start decorating and crafting away here for Valentine's Day this week I'm taking a look back at some of my favorite Valentine's Day posts from Gallamore West.  I hope you find something here that inspires you to get your Valentine's Day baking and/or crafting going.  And I can't wait until next week when I'm sharing a sweet little Valentine's idea that you can give to others, along with my new Valentine's Day crafts and baking ideas for this year!

This post is filled with fun Valentine's Day ideas! 



And if you're up for a whole 14 days of love countdown like I do with my kids, you'll love this post


And lastly... want to decorate for Valentine's Day?  Here's a fun wreath idea for you.


Have a great Monday friends!  I'll be back tomorrow sharing a secret on how I keep myself sane on my busiest mom days when I'm running not so fun errands with my little ones :) xoxo 


Monday, January 7, 2013

One Little Word for 2013: JOY

Happy 2013!! 

I'm back from my planned blogging break and so ready for a new year!  Every year I choose one little word that I focus on that year.  Whenever I'm having a hard time focusing, or when I'm struggling, all I have to do is think on my word and it always helps bring me back to a happy place.  

In 2012, it was balance.  
The year before it was simplify
For 2013, my one little word is JOY

free printable from Laura Winslow Photography

I want to find joy in the ordinary moments of life, and I will strive to find joy in my struggles.  For the past few years,  I haven't really quite felt like myself.  I think it's just that so much has changed, and although most of it involves good changes, it's been quite an adjustment.  We've added two little babies to our family just under 19 months apart, we moved, the boys started new schools, the job situation for my husband has been a very bumpy ride, my sweet Grandpa passed away very quickly last year, I had a health scare, and I miss my girlfriends.  


I am fortunate enough to have really good girlfriends- wonderful, treasured, lifelong friends.  But one moved away, then I moved away, one remains in the city we moved from, and one had moved away years ago.  So, I find myself in a weird spot where I'm feeling the need to reach out to make a new friendship or two.  And honestly, I kind of feel like the new kid on the playground, which for a creature of comfort like myself, is a hard spot to be.  But I'm looking forward to keeping the wonderful friendships I already have, while reaching out and making some new girlfriends too.

But despite anything that life throws my way, I have a choice on how to respond.  And I am choosing JOY.  


free printable from Worthy of the Prize

I'm thrilled to be back to blogging after my planned blogging break where I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday break with our four little boys.  I'm looking forward to sharing my updated craft area with you No really, I know I said that before but as soon as I clear off this pile of bills sitting here, I'll take pictures and share it's cuteness with you... I LOVE it, minus the pile of bills of course.  I'm also looking forward to sharing how I {appear to} keep on top of everything, how the cleaning fairies come to our house at night {it's awesome}, some new recipes, and some DIY fun with you.  And of course, VALENTINE'S DAY!  One of my favorite days of the year is coming up quickly and I can't wait to share how we're celebrating it this year.  

Here's what I did for Valentine's Day last year:







{with ideas for a 14 Day Countdown}


What about you?  
Do you choose One Little Word each year?  
What's your word for 2013?  

I'll be posting pics on Instagram with the hashtag #gallamorewestjoy and I'd love to have you follow me there too!

xoxo,
 Laurie



Friday, February 3, 2012

Cutest Cupids Ever! {looking back}

The boys and I made these adorable footprint Cupid Valentine's Day cards last year. This was right before I really starting getting into this whole blogging stuff, but it has pretty detailed instructions on how we made these so I thought I'd share it again this year since almost all of you weren't following me when I originally posted it. 

So get out that paint and start tickling your kiddos feet with a paint brush! :)



With such adorable little toesies on my boys, I just had to do a Valentine's Day craft with painted feet. Seriously, I cannot stop admiring that chubby little 3 month old cupid foot! I asked my crafty friend Alison at The Fickle Pickles {who is the Queen of painted feet crafts} how she would do a cupid. The one she did was adorable with vellum wings. I thought I had vellum but didn't and really need to get these cuties in the mail asap, so here are our wingless cupids. I made the bow and arrow from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge that I borrowed from my friend, Jenn. {Thanks, Jenn!}

I added a top page {font= cutie pie}. The cupids above are for Daddy so I tied them all together with ribbon and hung them on a nail begging for this cuteness!

I wrote their name and the year at the bottom of each cupid. I almost cried when I saw how big Sam's foot looks on the paper. He's only six, but it's practically a man cupid!

For the grandparents, I punched holes and tied them at the top. It's a little booklet of adorable toes... who wouldn't want that? :) We can't wait for the grandparents to open their Valentine's Day gifts!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Hearts!

These little homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Hearts were a hit!  Seriously... you should make them. 

They took about 10 minutes to make, plus another 10-15 minutes to set in the fridge, and my family thought I was a professional candy maker.
{I'm also a professional at putting socks on cold little feet... yes, one of my boys told me that the other night! }


 Here's what you need:

-6 squares of white melting chocolate 
{I used CandiQuik, but Wilton melting candy or white choc. chips would be great too}
- 3 whole graham crackers
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- sprinkles
-silicone heart mold trays 
{I got mine in that $2.50 section at Target that's right next to the $1 Spot- it comes with 2 trays}

I was inspired to make these little cuties when I saw these PB Hearts by PeasandCrayons.com.  I pinned them to my xoxo board on Pinterest and have been dreaming about them for weeks!  I thought a mini version would be so sweet.

Crush your three graham crackers into fine crumbs. I use my Kitchen Aid, but if you don't have one, just throw them in a Ziploc bag, seal it up and roll over it with your rolling pin, over and over and over until finely crumbled.  Add in 3/4 cup peanut butter and mix until thoroughly combined.  
Set aside.

Melt 6 squares of your white chocolate in the microwave, stopping it and stirring about every 30 seconds.  
Continue until completely melted.  
My picture shows 4 squares, but I had to melt 2 more later {see note at the end... 1 more would've been plenty!}


Using a small spoon, fill each heart mold about 1/3 full of melted white chocolate.  Scoop about 1/2 teaspoon of your graham cracker/peanut butter mixture on top of the white chocolate.  

You really only need a tiny bit of the PB/graham cracker mixture since these hearts are small.  If you put too much peanut butter mixture in, they'll look like this when they're done... peanut butter popping out the sides {not really a bad thing though- it just doesn't look as pretty}.


Fill the remainder of each heart with a top layer of melted white chocolate.  Decorate with Valentine's Day sprinkles and pop the trays in the fridge until set, about 15 minutes.



I bagged these up for a sweet friend, but all the rest were on a plate in the kitchen and were gone so quickly!  


Just a note: this was the 1st time making these so I was guessing on all of the ingredient amounts.  I ended up with some extra white chocolate and lots of extra peanut butter mixture.  Not wanting to waste it, I put together some quick little graham cracker/pb sandwiches and covered the tops of them with the extra white chocolate and some sprinkles.  They were soooo good that I forgot to take a picture of them before gobbling them up!

I'm linking these sweeties up to my favorite link parties! xoxo

Ohhh, I'm SO excited to be starting our 14 Day Valentine's Day Countdown tomorrow for our boys!  I've switched some of the ideas that I originally posted... tomorrow is "Whooo's Crazy for You?" Day.  Mommy and Daddy, of course :)  I hope you'll check back often to see the fun we're up too these next couple of crazy weeks! 

And don't forget to enter to win one of my original handmade burlap wreaths here... it's the very FIRST one ever made for outside of our own home and I'm so excited to see where she'll be headed!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentine's Day Mantel 2012

"If You're a Bird, I'm a Bird"

It's my very favorite line from my very favorite movie {The Notebook}.  I even have an If You're a Bird, I'm a Bird board on Pinterest!  

I love decorating with cute little birds and bird houses all year long, but I think they're especially darling for Valentine's Day.  

Here's my Valentine's Day mantel for 2012... 

 {p.s.  I hope to get a paintbrush to that hideous rock/oak combo soon!  For now, imagine a beadboard mantel in Heirloom White and all those rocks a gorgeous coordinating shade of lighter/fresher neutrals, k?}

When I saw that Kelsey at Tattered and Ink made this adorable Valentine's Day printable {free for her followers!} I was so excited to incorporate it into my Valentine's Day mantel...


I bought the bird houses from Michael's for $1 each, painted them, put them on pedestals I put together and added a burlap ribbon... because if you know me, you know I LOVE to incorporate burlap into just about everything I make. 

Hmmm... wonder if my hubs would like some burlap sheets?! :)


And I cut this quick little burlap banner and added on little hearts {the center of a white doily with the center of a red doily taped together} on each pennant, strung together with ribbon I bought on clearance after Valentine's Day last year...


I painted the wood blocks and added another one of my favorite quotes in vinyl {I tried to paint the letters, but it was a major fail so I flipped the blocks over and did vinyl instead!}

And that adorable, vintage, shabby chic birdhouse... it was actually brand new from Michael's {used my coupon} and painted it a quick coat of white paint to look aged.  And those cute little white love birds in it are actually our salt & pepper shakers {a genius idea from my 4 year old!}


Sitting on the hearth is the cutest pillow cover ever, from Shabby by Melissa.  She's a sweetheart too... a lucky Gallamore West reader just won one of her adorable pillow covers last week!


 Besides the fact that the mantel itself is dreadfully outdated with it's colors, another challenge is that the fireplace is in a corner so the mantel goes around on the side too.  Here's what I put on the side... my red burlap bubble wreath and some sweets, of course! 


Happy Valentine's Day from Gallamore West!




I'm linking up my Love Birds Valentine's Day mantel here...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Red Burlap Heart Wreath Tutorial

Burlap is my #1 go-to craft item these days, so I literally gasped when I saw RED burlap at Jo Ann's the other day.  I bought all that was left from the bolt {about a yard and a half} thinking it would be plenty.  I used it all that same day and need to go back for more already!  Here's what I made with half of it... this "accordian" style red burlap heart wreath.

It was very easy and inexpensive to make.  The only supplies were the hanger, red burlap, wire bending tool {what in the world is that thing called?}, and ribbon for hanging.


I pulled and twisted a wire hanger until it was in the rough shape of a heart...


cut the burlap into loooooooong strips, about an inch and a half wide and really long {sorry, I didn't actually measure}


Then I just folded them back and forth, while piercing each piece of the burlap onto the end of the wire hanger. 


And I just kept going and going, back and forth until one side was filled with these gorgeous folds of red burlap.  Then just repeat on the other side, trim the edges that appear too shabby {I love shabby, but it was a mess when I first finished!}, fluff it up and add a ribbon to hang.  I'm loving jute these days so I added this jute webbing with red on it for my ribbon.

Here she is hanging from an old shutter I found at a local antique shop, along with my old framed sheet of music {by the way, I love that thing.  It's from an old Spanish monastery and was given to us by my in-laws.  And I have no idea what it says.} 


 Those adorable little mailboxes {from the $1 section at Target and I added red vinyl to them} will be used during our Valentine's Day Countdown starting on February 1st.   They're perched on top of handmade cupcake stands made for me by my friend Jen at Twiddler House.


 Also on the piano {that I really should dust more often... oops} is this Valentine's Day print from Beth Proudfoot and that sweet little bird tiered dish that holds some heart candy.  I love that candy dish, even though it's really supposed to be a jewelry holder :)


I have a few more Valentine's Day posts coming up {I know I'm early here, but I LOVE Valentine's Day and once we get going on our Valentine's Day Countdown starting on February 1st I'll be posting some of those crafts/activities/sweet treats then!}  

But be sure to check back tomorrow for a special Valentine's Day giveaway from one of my very favorite Etsy sellers!!  I would love for you to follow me on Facebook or here on this blog via Google Friend Connect {on the right side of this page} so you don't forget to come back tomorrow!  xoxo



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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Valentine's Day Countdown Calendar!



I told you the other day that I LOVE Valentine's Day, right?!  It's over a month away still, but we're ready for it here already.  This year instead of trying to squish a ton of stuff into one day, we're spreading out the love over the weeks of February leading up to the 14th by doing a Valentine's Day Countdown Calendar!

This huge vintage chalkboard that I found from an adorable new little craft boutique {stitched.} was a bargain at just $22 and I'm loving it.  I already used it for our Christmas Countdown Calendar and it's all ready to go for the Day of Love now too.



I used "Chalk Ink" pens to write because I'm horrible at writing with real chalk.  Those pens are amazing!  


Then I just cut out some little hearts on my Silhouette and clipped them onto a piece of jute wrapped onto the chalkboard.  Some of the little hearts are flipping around so I taped them down {and they're still flipping around... oh well!}

Every day starting on February 1st and leading up to February 14th, each heart will have something written on the back- a fun activity, craft, special treat, love note, heart shaped meal... and more!


Here are the things I'm planning on for our 14 day Valentine's Day Countdown {The order of these activities will change around for sure because I'll probably write the next day's activity on the back of the heart the night before once I decide if that activity, craft, meal or whatever will actually work into our schedule for the next day...}

#1:  Enjoy Valentine's Day Chex Mix while listening to one of their favorite Valentine's Day books

#2: Make Valentines to send in the mail to grandparents.  Here's what we made last year... I love looking at Luke's little Cupid foot.  We made one for Daddy too, and it's already hanging on our wall this year.




#3: Surprise someone special with flowers, like their teacher, classroom helper, or Mom :).  We're fortunate to have gorgeous pink and white flowers blooming in our front yard... not peonies like this, but still very pretty.

 

#4: Surprise neighbors with a little treat... maybe something sweet like these cupcakes topped with heart shaped brownies that we made last year.

#5: We're going to make a hanging heart birdseed craft to hang from our trees.

#6:  A special little treat with a heart shaped chipboard mini book I'm making for them will be waiting in their mailboxes.

#7: A special dessert, like maybe these peanut butter blossoms with heart shaped Reese's on top like we made and loved last year.

#8: Decorate sugar cookies 


#9: Make "Love Shacks" like these we made last year.  

{Look at that crazy sugar-filled smile!}

#10: Surprise the boys with a heart-shaped lunch, something like this adorable lunch...

#11: A special heart shaped breakfast on a weekend day before Valentine's Day {since the actual day is on a Tuesday and that's one of our early mornings here, there's no way we'd have time for a fun breakfast that day!}  I'm thinking the menu will have some goodies like this on it...



{these 3 breakfast photos with sources can be found on my xoxo board on Pinterest}

#12: Make Valentines together to hand out to classmates.  Here's what we made last year... we're still deciding on what to make this year!

 {idea from Seasonal Expressions}

{printable from How Does She?}

#13: You've Got Mail!  
Mailboxes will be filled with love notes from Mommy and Daddy, along with lots of little sweets.  I'll post a separate post about my piano decorations soon, including instructions to make your red heart burlap wreath... I'm in love with it!

#14:  It's Valentine's Day!!!  
This day will be filled with goodies and sweets, along with our annual quiet, romantic dinner for 5 {minus the quiet, romantic part!}  We also give the boys a gift, festively wrapped, each year on Valentine's Day.

Whew!!  I told you we love Valentine's Day around here, right?  EVERY morning already my boys are asking if there is something waiting for them in their mailboxes.  We're excited to get started here on February 1st!

I'm hoping by listing out our 14 activities here that I will be much better about actually doing them than I ended up doing with our Christmas Countdown... oops!  I'd love to see your ideas and decorations for Valentine's Day too.  Feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog!  xoxo


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