Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Crafty: The Heart-Shaped Box

17 Jan

I am so excited to finally share this project with you. I really didn’t do much in the way of handmade gifts for Isobel this year. Focusing on thrifting, hosting Christmas, and just being with my family took up most of my time so I thought I really wouldn’t bother with handmade gifts for Isobel. She is just swimming in toys and things she carries around to play with that aren’t toys, and I knew she’d be getting piles of stuff for Christmas, so it was easy to justify not making her a bunch of gifts. And I’ve already explained my theory of thrifted gifts and why I’m an asshole anyway. But, when the Pixie and I stopped by the craft store a week before Christmas to pick up supplies for the gift I was making my friends, I couldn’t pass up this sweet little paper heart box for 99 cents.

Using craft paint I already had, I used time when Isobel was with Grandma to paint layer after layer of pink paint on the brown paper surface. I decided to paint the inside of the box red to make it stand out more, which I don’t regret but made the whole thing more complicated because each mistake meant waiting for paint to dry to apply another layer to fix the errant blotches.

The craft store also had these fantastic jewels for three bucks, and I can’t think of a more perfect treasure to fit inside. Isobel adores her heart box, and I’m so glad I took the time to make it. Total cost of the project was less than five bucks. Although I made this as part of Handmade Christmas, wouldn’t this be the perfect Valentine gift, or even project, if your little one was school-aged? It could be filled with chocolate and covered with doilies or modge-podge.

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Weekend Links

22 Jan

My friend Jake dropped off a bounty of lemons. I’ve been looking around for things to do with them. (Still taking suggestions!)

I love this moleskine-like case for Kindles, iPads, and other devices.

I’ve been looking around for an apron. I have a couple really cute ones already, but they are half–aprons, and I have a habit of getting thoroughly messy when I cook. I’ve ruined many cute shirts by frying bacon alone. I haven’t found the perfect apron yet, but this one is pretty cute.

It is not too early Valentine’s day card shopping.  These, from by friend Angela’s shop, are adorable. And these would make the most excellent thank you notes.

I have a crush on this glass milk carton.

I love these free printable owl-themed reading logs. I want to give them away to kids in the library.