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bits + pieces (Valentine’s Day Edition)

I did some baking but it wasn’t without help. I used the pre-made gingerbread dough from Ikea. And, when I went to make the icing I realized I had no red food colouring (which I’ve heard isn’t awesome for you anyways) so I improvised and added a drop of beet juice to the frosting. And BAM! it worked!!!

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day tomorrow! xo Linds

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Kids DIY / Valentine’s Day Candle Holders

Looking for some last minute Valentine’s decor ideas? If you live near a dollar store, run over there and grab the following things to make some pretty ridiculously cute candle holders for Valentine’s Day. Plus, it makes a great craft to do with kids. Even I found it relaxing and fun. 

SHOPPING LIST
All of the items can be found at the dollar store

  • Glass Vase -Decorating Aisle
  • Pink tissue paper – Party Section
    (I ended up using two colours) I did buy three colours (shown below) but I found that two was enough because of the layering. 
  • White Glue – Craft Section
  • Water 
  • Foam Brush – Craft Section

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-cut some strips of coloured tissue paper for the kids. I thought that they would rip the tissue paper but it wasn’t as easy to do as I had thought, so pre-cutting some pieces, or letting them try cutting their own, is preferable. 
  2. Mix a little bit of water with some white glue, so that the glue is a little less thick
  3. Apply some of your glue mixture to the glass, it needn’t be too thick. The thicker it is, I found that the tissue gets too saturated. 
  4. Apply the tissue paper over the glue, layering as you go along
  5. Let dry, place a candle in it and you’re done!


This project was inspired by Martha Stewart, who did something similar with crepe garland. And as much as I love her look I think for kids it’s a great deal of fun to go crazy with layering, and seeing how colours change. A tutorial for her project couldn’t be found, but you can find the image on her website here: Martha Stewart 

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the pink gift bag

My brother was in town yesterday for dinner, and I haven’t seen him in the longest time so I headed to my Mom’s house to join the rest of the family. Typically I would drive, but Aubrey was taking Oscar to skating lessons so I took a ride on the subway. I used to hate the subway – always thinking that getting a drive was much more comfortable. However now I find it a convenience that I actually really enjoy. You aren’t trying to find parking, paying for parking, dealing with traffic delays. I put my earphones on, and go off into my own little world for a little bit. Granted if I had to do major shopping I’m not sure I’d find the lack of car as convenient, but for getting to and from a destination, I do love it.

On my way home after dinner, was waiting for the bus and saw these two. The boy was hiding the gift bag behind his back for the longest time, and at the end – presented it to the girl. Something about it just made me so happy. The idea that he had gone out and bought something for his love, carried this pink heart bag with him to meet her. Then I start to wonder how long they’ve been seeing each other, does she love him? Are they going to get married one day, or part ways. It brought back a flood of memories of Aubrey and I dating as teenagers. The ups and downs, the signs of affection, the breakups over silly and, not so silly things. There are so many moments that you remember as you get older.

Anyhow, obviously I need to get out more because a simple subway ride had me making up their life story.

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Valentine’s Day Roundup


Raccoon Valentine’s Day Card / Gold XOXO / Mod Heart Art Print / Thatch & Thistle Supply Co. Pink Bags / Perfect Match, Match Set / Pink Jewelry DishBISOU BISOU BISOU Pink & Gold Pencils / Mini Iced Cookies / Striped Candles


Pehr Ombre Heart Basket / Everyday I Love You Mug / Valentine’s Day Cards / Hug Machine Book / Love Poems / Blush Kate Spade Vase / Purrrrfect Plate /

I love, love, love Valentine’s Day stuff. I’m already making valentine’s treat bags for Oscar’s class, and squealing like a little kid walking through the Dollar Store Holiday aisles (which, were loading up with Valentine’s Day stuff right after Christmas – which was random, but never the less….) I go CRAZY for this day. So this post is dedicated to the ridiculously fun stuff on the market for this season. Enjoy!

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Dip Dyed Valentine’s Day Bags


I know Valentine’s Day is a month away but there is absolutely no use in posting these kinds of things a week before the big day and then you can’t do you own project, should you be so inspired to do so. I love little cotton craft bags and have used them in many projects before, but I’ve been itching to try my hand at dyeing some, and headed out to Michaels this week to get some RIT Dye. I needed something to do creatively, to distract myself from the major life changes I’m doing, so dyeing seemed like an innocent enough project to take on and got me feeling inspired. The intention is to fill these up for Oscar’s classmates for Valentine’s Day, perhaps with little erasers or a treat or two. 

What You Need

I used two colours of dye, which looks pretty cool but the same effect can be achieved after doing some experimenting I realized that you can get the same look by allowing the bags to sit for different lenghts of time in the dye. I still loved having two different colours to work with and it’s not that expensive to have two going.