minecraft valentines.

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Valentines Day is next weekend already! Milo and I are a little ahead of the game and made these valentines this year for his class! I designed the valentine in illustrator and milo and built the swords and hearts with perler beads.
Theres a full tutorial, with printout here.

If you make your own invites, you can find the minecraft font for free here.

See our past valentines here and here.

valentines day paper crafts.

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Taking some inspiration from pinterest, Milo and I made these valentines paper crafts during a case of cabin fever. I did the cutting, he did the gluing.

shortbread.

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Making these shortbread cookies was all milo’s idea. And he was a great helper,
They only use a few ingredients. You could use red food coloring and make them red, for an even more festive treat.

1 ½ cups earth balance
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. With a flat beater, cream earth balance until light and smooth.
  3. Add granulated sugar and mix until well blended.
  4. Add powdered sugar and salt and beat until fully combined.
  5. Add the flour and beat until fully incorporated.
  6. Roll the cookie dough out. I was having a hard time with a rolling pin, so I just grabbed it in chunks and flattened it with my hands. This seemed to work much better. Cut out shape and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes.

valentine sun catcher.

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I saw this project on the land of nod blog and thought it would be an easy, fun project to do with milo. And I had just enough contact paper left over to do it. I had a ton of scrap paper already cut up from my card making days, but milo had fun using the hole punch and making little confetti circles to add to the contact paper.
Here’s what we did:

First, cut out scraps of paper – use different sizes, shapes, colors.

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Next, cut out a big heart out of contact paper.

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Peel the back off the contact paper and affix the shapes you just cut on the sticky part. If you use letters, remember to make them read backwards.

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Then you can take the sun catcher and stick it directly on the window, like they did in the original post. I was paranoid if I did this, it wouldn’t come off my windows for some strange reason, so I cut out another heart, the same size, out of contact paper and put it on top of the other one, sealing everything in place. Then I used a hole punch to make a hole and add string to hang it.

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.

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.