VALENTINES

52 Reasons I Love You

February 12, 2012

If you peruse DIY blogs often then you’ve seen this awesome idea everywhere. Hopefully you will have enough time to throw this fun and loving craft together for your valentine. First, come up with 52 reasons why you love someone. You probably have all the other supplies at your house. I gave this to Justin today as an early anniversary/valentines gift. A valiversary gift.

52 REASONS I LOVE YOU

You Will Need:
deck of cards
sandpaper or sanding pad
twine, ribbon, or metal rings
hole punch
white labels
markers

To give the cards a distressed look, use the sandpaper to take off some of the color and sheen. This is time consuming but gives the cards a cool look. Use one of the extra cards (found in a new deck) as a template to punch the other holes. I wrote my reasons on white labels and cut them to size. The adhesive on the labels made attaching the 52 reasons to the cards easy, but you could always use paper and glue. Then get creative with the rest- cover, back, and tie.

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Irish Wedding Blessing

February 6, 2012

The Irish have a way with words. That cheery accent and those funny phrases make english sound special. Father Frank of Christ the King Church in Atlanta recited this wedding blessing (in his Irish accent) at our wedding almost two years ago. I have since passed the blessing along to my friends for weddings and anniversaries. Since February is the month of love (and our 2 year anniversary) it is a good time to share the blessing with you!

Please message me if you would like a copy of text.

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LAKE ‘N BAKE

February 12, 2011

My perfect day sounds something like this: Leisurely wake up call on the lake, sip hot coffee, run with J and P, flip through cookbooks, plan anniversary dinner, bake 6 dozen cookies for Valentines deliveries…And thats exactly what I have accomplished so far today. Absolute heaven.

These old-fashioned shortbread cookies come to you all the way from Pittsburgh. The cookie is relatively new to me, but somehow preparing them evokes feelings of nostalgia. They are dainty, simple and easy to make. Unlike some shortbread, they melt in your mouth.

DAINTY SHORTBREAD COOKIES
makes 24 small cookies

You will need:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
3/4 cup SALTED butter, at room temperature

Fold all ingredients together with a wooden spoon or if you’re impatient like me, feel free to use your clean hands. Also, remember to measure precisely when baking.

Form dough into two flat balls. I doubled the recipe and therefore ended up with four balls.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Refrigerate dough for thirty minutes.

Pull out one dough ball from the fridge.
Flour a surface, lightly.
Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into your favorite shape.

Place on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-18 minutes. I understand this is a wide range cooking time. It really depends on your oven and the size cookies you cut. Keep an eye on the dainty things, and pull them out of the oven just as the edges begin to turn light brown.

Package up for your favorite valentine! See Vintage Valentines for a great packaging idea. Or fold cookies in parchment paper and tie with red bakers twine.

Notes (after making 10 dozen)
– Be sure to flour the surface and top of the dough but don’t over flour. The cookies are so delicate that the extra flour can change the taste.
-I made three different size hearts. When baking, only bake like-size cookies on the same cookie sheet. This ensures that they cook evenly.
-You can refrigerate longer than 30 minutes but you may need to leave the dough ball out for a bit for easier rolling.
-I repeat, these cookies are dainty and delicate but do not be afraid of them!

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VINTAGE VALENTINES

February 1, 2011

This collection of vintage Valentines makes me happy!  Through the years, I have collected almost 50 of these lovable old notes. These vintage valentines were my inspiration for this project but you could use any festive image you choose.

Instead of making Valentine’s Day cards, this year I made Valentine’s Day cookie bags. So pull out your paper, scissors and glue, invite over some friends and make valentines.

VALENTINES DAY GIFT BAG
You Will Need:
paper bags of any kind- i used brown coffee bags
ribbon
doilies
lovable image or
ask me for vintage images
glue stick
scissors
anything else to layer on your bag

Use the ribbon, doilies and Valentine’s Day images to decorate your bag. I chose to lay the ribbon lengthwise, layer with a doily and vintage valentine. You could add glitter, a hand written note etc etc etc. The sky is the limit!

Four of the final Valentine’s Day Cookie Bags-

Now all you need is heart-shaped cookies to fill up your bags! Stay tuned for the perfect cookie recipe.

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