DIY_ Valentine treats

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I love Valentines Day. I blame my nana of course, she had me believing for many years she was born on the 14th but it was actually the 13th. Which might as well be Valentines Day, it’s close enough. So we celebrated like crazy that month of love. I would make paper hearts to decorate the whole house; there were always bags of chocolates and those little pastel hearts with cute words, plus a really pretty cake with red and white frosting. We all had a lot of fun in February.

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I also have a really special aunt that is one of the kindest and toughest human beings I know and her birthday is actually on Valentine’s Day.   Now every year I make sure to include her favorite gift of a historical romance novel along with some sweet treat and a beautiful plant from my garden or local nursery down the street. I have had two really beautiful women, one is now in heaven and the other is here with me that were born during the month of hearts and love, that is reason enough to keep me celebrating Valentine’s Day.

I think it is one of the reasons I love hearts so much. I have many happy memories of that special heart day. Thought I share with all of you some of the projects we worked on for Valentine’s Day this year.

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Mini cakes- This is so easy. This is a kid’s project but adults will love eating these miniature treats. I used boxed cake but if you would like to make a basic cake from scratch here is the recipe:

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31/2 cups of flour

3 cups of sugar

½ tsp. Baking powder

1 cup butter-softened

5 eggs

½ cup shortening

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

½ tsp. Salt

1 cup milk

Just pour your cake mix into a muffin tin. Make sure to spray the pan then lightly sprinkle flour over it so your little cakes won’t stick to pan. Once done cooking let cool and then cut cupcakes in half, these will be your mini cakes to decorate.

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Get all your little decorations out and the frosting and start having some fun.

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To keep it simple I bought store brand frosting but again, you can make your own frosting with powdered sugar and a teaspoon of milk plus Vanilla extract for flavor.

Glaze/frosting

2 cups of confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp. Vanilla extract

3-4 tablespoons of milk

 

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Have a cake party, invite the family over and make tiny cakes. This is also great for kids birthday parties. Find or make your own little pink paper boxes to put your tiny cakes in for your guest to take home later. This reminds me of Easy bake ovens and their tiny cake sets that cost more then the giant boxes on grocery shelves.

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Little chocolate hearts-

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Okay I had a nailed it moment, which was a huge mistake. I love laughing at failed craft projects because I myself have failed at so many things. Practice makes perfect they say, so if something I make looks good in one of my photographs, imagine all the mistakes that came before because they are there, I am just not sharing. Some of my posts are long enough, and who wants to see those mistakes. So here is one, my attempt at melting chocolate.

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I have melted chocolate before, have even taken a class in melting chocolates the correct way, but I guess I forgot all that and this is how my chocolate turned out…like cottage cheese, YUCK! I wonder if chickens eat chocolate, better not, might make them sick. Turns out all it took was a few drops of water in my glass measuring cup to create this mess. I thought the cup was dry…Oh well better luck next time.

So I took a long break from making the chocolate but was able to get some milk chocolate done before my frustration set in. Although very messy, I actually got that melted chocolate in the mold. Food is just not my strong area. So glad my husband is Italian and loves to cook. I am afraid it would be boiled hot dogs and Mac and cheese forever in our home if it were left up to me.

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If you make little chocolate hearts with molds then patience is the biggest ingredient for this project. Patience when melting your bag of chocolate chips or Wilton melts. Start slow if using a microwave. I don’t have a double boiler. Heat for 5-8 seconds at a time and stir between each time. Patience is also needed when freezing them before you pop them out of their molds. My chocolates aren’t wedding ready but the belly doesn’t know what looks good so they are at least edible. Anyway, it’s the thought that counts. Little side note, I had some perfect little chocolates that came out of the mold and set them aside for a pretty photo and those were the chocolates my husband saw and ate. It is hard keeping things in our home for long…too many temptations.

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Use food coloring for different colors with your white chocolate, which I am sure I did not need to tell you. See, that’s why we need editors, cut out all the unnecessary stuff we write about.

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Once all your little chocolates are done, wrap them up in pretty little bags or in tiny baskets with a Valentine card attached. It makes for a unique gift when someone receives chocolates in different shapes. My molds were purchased at Walmart and Ikea but you can find candy molds online and at most hobby stores too.

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A basket of hearts-

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Supplies needed:

Rope

Glue gun and sticks

Fabric-assorted colors

Tacky glue

Needle and thread

Plastic pellets (optional)

Cotton stuffing.

I was inspired to do a little craft like this when I came across a craft project in one of my books I purchased when visiting Prescott Arizona. There are so many cute projects in this book. I loved reading about the author’s story on how she made friends when she moved by having craft parties and meet ups. It’s an older book but the craft projects inside are timeless. It was one of those bargain books hidden between all those other treasures of stories and adventures just waiting for me to pull it out and look through. Of course I had to take that little treasure home to add to all my books from over the years.

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One of the projects in this book was little paper hearts to stuff with treats.

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I thought it would be nice to do bean bag hearts with a pocket on the back to put treats in. Before I had a chance to finish my project I came across these little felt hearts by Bedtimes and broomsticks, which are adorable. I always love to hear about moms out there creating with their little ones. She is one of the fun moms, so you know her home is filled with art supplies and tons of felt. Which is one of my favorite fabrics to work with.

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I used scrap fabrics from old clothes for most of my hearts.

Then stuffed them with little plastic pellets. You can use plain rice for a beanbag effect if you don’t have plastic pellets on hand. I stitched the hearts but used tacky glue to add little pockets to the back of the hearts.

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Then I filled the pockets with little treats, a note, and old-fashioned Valentine stickers. When I am out shopping at crazy places and second shops I come across items that are so cute I can’t resist buying them. Like that little pewter pig in the photo. I got a whole box of teeny tiny little pewter farm animals on one of my shopping trips.

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The red and white baskets are made from rope which you can buy anywhere from your local hardware store to craft store.

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Just glue the center into a circle and start gluing little sections at a time to form the base of the basket. When you get the width you want start gluing the rope at an angle till you get the shape you want then glue off end. I cut mine to shorten it but it looked terrible doing that because it frayed. So just tuck the end in and glue in place for your basket. If your rope is extra long, then you will have to cut it eventually. In that case just glue the end of the rope so it doesn’t come apart.

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Happy crafting everyone and have a great Heart Day.

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The little red teddy bear is from one of my patterns. It is a little more complicated so I always suggest practicing on old linen first before you get the hang of sewing a little stuffed toy and please remember nothing is ever perfect. Just have fun and always include any little ones you may have in your life. We have to keep art and creativity out there in the world and what better way then to start teaching the next generations.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. boredsensei says:

    wow!!! I badly need that cat deco!

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    1. I know, isn’t cute. I do love the dollar store and all their little decorations.

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      1. boredsensei says:

        ohh I love staying in a dollar store (100 yen shops or Daiso) for hours 🙂

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  2. Gorgeous post! Love the little cakes! Xx

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    1. Thank you, and they are so tiny you don’t have to worry too much about calories. It is fun saying you ate a whole cake and the little ones have so much fun with things their size.

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  3. Happy belated Birthday :):) and thanks for another recipe :):) These little cakes are adorable, and I don’t care what you say, your chocolate hearts turned out great :):):)

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    1. Thank you, it is my Aunt’s birthday, so I will be calling her later to sing Happy birthday. My birthday is in July, I would love to have it on the day of love, that would be so cool. It was fun making those chocolate hearts and that to me is what really counts. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they are yummy. Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope your day is filled with lots of love and sweet treats.

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      1. I thought you were on the 13th, and your aunt was the 14th. I even came back read it again, so sorry. My mind is mush today. But hey happy belated birthday anyway because I missed it in july :):):) You are right as long as it waw fun, and the stomach doesnt know what they look like :):):) My day has been fuzzy, my brain is not cooperating today hahaha. But it will pass :):)

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      2. That’s okay, thank you for the birthday greeting. I need to do a post about me, but I hate talking about me. It is nice knowing a little about the people behind the blogs though. My brain has moosh moments too. I do not know how many times I post comments and after I hit the send button I see huge mistakes but once sent it is out there. We have to laugh, it shows we are human. My aunt always says no one is perfect, there is only one person who ever was and he died on a cross for us and I don’t look good with holes in my hands and feet. I probably hear this from her everytime I visit. Hope your brain starts feeling better,but just remember none of us are perfect and that is okay.

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      3. :):):) you are so kind :):):):) I love your aunts saying. It is perfect :):):) I feel you share a lot about yourself, so many crafts, and precious memories and stories. Its always a blessing to read, and I smile every time I see a post from you 🙂 But of course anything you feel comfortable sharing, I’d enjoy reading :):)

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      4. Thank you, I will always love sharing the happy events in my life and making things are at the top of that list.

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  4. Thanks for mentioning me! Your projects are incredible!

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    1. Thank you, your crafts are fun as well. I love seeing your felt projects, it takes me back to when I was a little girl (many many years ago) and all the felt I used to buy at Thrifty drug stores or was it TG&Y can’t remember which store but one one of them had the best ice cream.

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      1. I wish I knew about felt when I was young I just used regular fabric and a sewing machine and I wasn’t that great at it 😆

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  5. floatinggold says:

    What a great post. Appreciation for those special ladies in your life. And then the treats. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I find the chocolate mold hearts especially appealing.

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    1. Thank you so much, glad you liked it. There are so many candy molds out there to experiment with and have fun with. You might even be able to get some on sale now because Valentines Day is over.

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      1. floatinggold says:

        I’ll have to look into that. I wasn’t really too aware of these.

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  6. What a beautiful post !! Must have missed this one ! Love the little travel into the past 🙂 !! All the cards, photos and the beautiful vintage sign ….and of course your crafts!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 !!

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    1. Thank you, as you know I do love making things. I am also really big into sharing little bits and pieces about past loved ones, there are reasons behind that. DIY’s are mostly what I love to blog about. I have one coming up on candles, sadly they didn’t work but it was Wednesday’s post so I went with it. I did put a link in at the end to your candles from a past post though. I try to post every Wednesday and Saturday. That vintage sign was from my Prescott trip. I kind of went crazy and took photos of all kinds of signs that day, they were some really cool ones in all those antique shops.

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  7. 3C Style says:

    Lovely post. Like the little pewter pig in your photo!

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    1. I know, isn’t that little pig sweet. I am going to a giant rummage sale this weekend so I hope to find more unique little items like that for my Easter displays. Thanks for visiting, glad you liked the post.

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      1. 3C Style says:

        Cool. I like going to rummage and garage sales. I like buying antique jewelry and old books. I hope you’ll find good bargains.

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      2. Sounds like my daughter. She loves vintage clothing and books, books and more books. I have some vintage books my uncle gave me years ago. Old fairy tales and Dick and Jane books. He also gave me an old magazine from the 30’s which has tons of old ads in it. They are really fun to look through. The original fairy tales are pretty scary though.

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      3. 3C Style says:

        Keep those vintage books. They are precious. I have a few also and I use them in my home deco. I have seen some old fairy tales images and they were indeed scary… Even now, there are some pretty terrifying French children’s books. Some experts say that children actually benefit from reading stories that frighten or unsettle. Not all books can be Anne of Green Gables I guess!

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      4. True, and the original Cinderella is pretty gruesome. In order for the step sisters to get the glass slipper to fit they cut up their feet…so gross. I remember reading that old book when I was ten years old. The book my uncle gave me dates back to the 30’s.

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      5. 3C Style says:

        Oh my… I did not know about that strange version of Cinderella. Wonder if the author was inspired by the expression “I would give my right arm or a leg”? This is not I guess a version that was written by the Grimm brothers…

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      6. It’s the original Grimm’s Fairy tales. I also have Hans Christian Andersen. Both gifts from my uncle. In the original Cinderella version there are two little doves that warn the prince he has the wrong girl with this poem ” Prithee. look back, prithee look back, There’s blood on the track. The shoe is too small; At home the true bride is waiting thy call.” The evil stepmother had instructed one daughter to cut off the big toe and the other to cut off her heel in order for the shoe to fit. All the original fairy tales are gruesome. Imagine reading that as a little girl then watching the Disney version.

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      7. 3C Style says:

        really? It’s the original story from the Grimm brothers. Wow Hang on tight to this book and also the one from Anderson. Precious gifts! I love children’s books. I had a big collection myself but I gave most of them to my kids’ school library. None of them were gruesome nor from the 1930s.

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      8. It’s a Grimms and Andersen set but rechecked for the date and there isn’t one but the original owner signed her name in it around the 1940’s, not sure if that is when she received it. My uncle got some of her old book collection when I was around 8 when Elsa was in her 90’s and that was decades ago. Most of her collection was from the 30’s, she was a teacher. My favorite book was an old medical book from that time but I ended up giving it back when my Uncle’s wife got sick. I was a kid and read that medical book over and over, it was crazy what cures they would come up with to help people…crazy stuff. The book was giant and the photos were pretty scary. My uncle gave me that book as well. That giant medical book made me a bit of a germaphobe with a touch of hypochondriac. Anyway so glad medicine is more advanced now and as humans we have come a long way with treating everyone equal. That medical book was for the elites and privileged people, from what I read that is.

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      9. 3C Style says:

        Wow This medical book sounds great. This is definitely the kind of book that would keep me up all night. I know, I’m a little bit weird sometimes. 😀

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      10. Me too, but that just means we are entertaining, or at least funny.

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      11. 3C Style says:

        It’s a nice way to see it. Love it.

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