Heart Garland Tutorial

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I have a sewing machine, however, I don’t really know how to sew.  I use it all the time though!  I mostly use it for craft projects and repairing the occasional pair of torn pants.  One of my favorite uses is sewing paper.  For around $100, my sewing machine is one of my most used crafting tools.  I have a really basic model, like this one.  Simple is perfect for my needs.

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to try to make a paper heart garland, so I purchased a heart paper punch (this is the one I have).  The garland turned out great and I have found a million uses for the heart punch since that time (card making, gift wrap decorating, gift tags, etc).  The Continue reading

Valentines

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My all time favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day.  Besides the fact that red and pink is a highly underrated color combination, I think that a day where we stop to tell people that we love and care about them is just about the best reason there is to have a holiday.  Plus, I love all of the heart candies and gifts.  I always decorate our dinning table for Valentines Day (more to come on that shortly).  We give the kids small gifts and we have them create homemade cards for each other.  My favorite Valentine for the kids are these personalized cards with candy necklaces.

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I actually used candy bracelets instead of candy necklaces.  They fit the cards better and the kids eat so much candy on Valentine’s Day that less is more in this case.  You can find the candy bracelets here at a really good price.  I then wrapped each one in a cellophane bag, which can be found here.  The bags are a bit bigger than the valentines, but I just wrap the extra around the back.  These bags usually need to be ordered in quantities of 100, but I use them for small gifts and as party favor bags, Continue reading

A healthy treat and great hostess gift

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One of my all time favorite healthy desserts is homemade ice pops. They are healthy and my kids definitely put them in the same category as ice cream, so it is a good dessert option.  I like to put whatever fruit we have in the house in the molds first, then fill them in with juice.  This works really well with fruit that isn’t that great.  If your blueberries are a little too soft, your peaches aren’t so sweet, or maybe your watermelon is a little mealy, you can put them into your pops and when they are frozen and surrounded by juice they taste great.

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