166. hanging heart.

Nothing too crazy tonight. I’ve been pretty tired and uninspired this week. Need to start cooking soon.

But I did manage to sew this little fabric heart using fabric scraps.

55. monster plushie.


Here’s a little guy I whipped up using this pattern, using fabric scraps and some felt. He was really easy and fun to make – I want to make a whole army of them. I will for sure be making some for milo’s little friend’s birthdays!

46. crochet hearts.



I definitely need to get better at this. I crocheted about 14 of these – and some of them are pretty wonky.  They only take about two or three minutes to complete one. I hope to take these and turn them into some kind of garland, but for now, here are some crocheted hearts.

45. valentine card

I want to explore sewing on paper alot more, but for now, here’s a simple valentines day card I made this morning for dj.

41. funfetti sandwich cookies.

I saw these cookies a few days ago on a blog and thought they were so cute and perfect for valentines day. I’m not normally a fan of roll out and cut kind of cookies, but I know a 2 year old who is, so I figured these would be a good treat. And I’m a fan of anything sprinkles. They actually weren’t very stressful to make. And they are super delicious.

Original recipe found here; here is my adapted version.

1 cup sugar
½ cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
¼ cup Earth Balance Coconut Spread, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg replacers
2 ½ cups all purpose unbleached flour
2 tablespoons corn starch
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅓ cup multi-colored candy sprinkles

Directions:

Begin by adding the sugar margarine and shortening into a large bowl. Using your mixer, beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and 2 egg replacers* and give it a good beating. Set aside so the ingredients can settle down a bit.

Combine flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt and stir until the ingredients are all peacefully combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well. Stir in sprinkles Form the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This will make the dough easier to handle.

Preheat your oven to 350 F and lining your cookie pan with parchment paper.

Roll out your dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Bake for 5-1/2 to 6 minutes or until they are a light golden brown. Cool completely.

Strawberry Cream Filling

1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
1/2 cup coconut earth balance spread (or a combination of regular and coconut)*
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 fresh strawberry

Directions:

In medium bowl, beat the margarine until softened. Gradually add powdered sugar; blend well. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and the mashed strawberry. Beat until light and fluffy.

*This is the combination of “butter” that I had on hand. It made the frosting kind of runny when I put it on the cookie,  but it we refrigerated after wards and everything was fine. The combination of the coconut-y flavor and the strawberry was so so yummy. It made them feel light and summery.

40. valentines.

Tonight, milo and I put together the valentines we started a few weeks ago for the kids in his class. Nothing too crazy, I just designed a simple card that we cut out and glued to some card stock I had. Then we hot – glued the crayons to the cards. Milo was a great helper, and once again enjoyed modeling the finished product.

39. mini felt hearts.


Made these little guys with some felt and embroidery thread. Milo noticed them when I was finished and I asked him if he wanted one and he was so excited. He told me he’s going to make me a heart for valentines too. He slept with it last night and went to school with it today. Before I left him this morning he put it in his pocket. He’s an easy fella to please.

16. crayon valentines. part 1.


I saw this post and other posts on pinterest about melting down your old crayons to make multi-colored new ones. Milo has a big bag of random crayons that his grandma gave him, but the problem is we needed a silicone baking pan. I thought maybe I would keep my eye out at the thrift store one of these days and when I found one give this a try. Turns out they had one in the dollar section at target, and a heart shaped one to boot! This was a great project to work on with milo too. We started by peeling all the paper off the crayons. He did this while I sliced the paper open. Then we broke the crayons into small pieces and put them in a bowl. We then took the small pieces and color coated them into the baking pan. you bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Let it cool completely, remove and let it cool on a rack. It was really easy and worked great. We plan to put turn these into valentines day gifts for the kids at milo’s daycare. Now I got to figure out how to attach these to a little valentine card that I also plan to make. Any suggestions? I thought about hot glue, but I don’t want you to crack the crayon trying to get it off the paper…

We tested one out, but milo didn’t quite understand why I was coloring with it. He kept asking me, ” Can I eat it now?”

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