Posts Tagged ‘valentine’

Mad Love | I Can’t Do This Without You

Feb
13

I think this says everything, everything I would need to express to my love. It’s perfect.

Still need the perfect card for your love? You can download this one at Elisa Mclaughlin Designs.

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Envelopes

Feb
09

Last year when I was planning my daughter’s Alice in Wonderland birthday party, I was brainstorming invitation ideas with a friend when we came up with the idea of putting the invitation in a crocheted envelope and sealing it with a vintage Alice In Wonderland pin. While I didn’t use the crocheted envelopes for my daughter’s brithday party, I have rediscovered their usefulness for Valentine’s Day! How about a crocheted envelope filled with love notes (or heart confetti) and sealed with a heart?

In a crafty household such as ours, these crocheted envelopes are a welcome Valentine gift. One would almost expect a bit of crafty goodness on Valentine’s Day, yes? The great thing about the envelopes is that they aren’t just perfect for Valentine’s Day. They’re perfect for any day you want to gift something a bit crafty to someone you love. You can fill it with just about anything, or use one to store your own love notes and cards. You can make one about 10 times bigger and it would be the perfect wrapping for a tablet or laptop, don’t you think?

The fantastic thing about these envelopes is that you only need to know how to chain and single crochet. Seriously, that’s it! Which kinda makes it a perfect, lovely project for a newbie hooker, besides a basic washcloth. The pattern is just a simple square with four corners folded in to meet eachother. Easy peasy.

I used my crochet heart confetti pattern to make heart pins to seal the envelope. Just add a pin back to the heart and pin the envelope closed. I have two little girls that are going to love these little envelopes sealed with love. How about you? Have a girl, or boy or partner who would love one on Valentine’s Day?

Crochet Envelopes

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

There are 4 different sizes you can make. The envelope in the picture is 4.5″ x 4.5″.

Approx 4.5″ x 4.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5″ x 5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5.5″ x 5.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 6″ x 6″ square, when flap is closed.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
sc (single crochet)

Crochet Envelope Directions

  1. Ch 26 (28, 30, 32). 
  2. Do sc in each ch stitch.
  3. Chain 1, turn, do sc in each sc.
  4. Repeat step 3 until piece is 4.5″ (5″, 5.5″, 6″) square.
  5. Cut yarn and bind off.
  6. Fold three corners of the square into the middle. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew the three corners together to help stabilize the envelope, while you sew together the two seams.
  7. Weave in yarn ends.

Make one heart (you can use my Crochet Confetti Heart pattern from yesterday’s post) in your favorite colour. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew a pin back onto the back of the heart. Fill your envelope with treats or sweets or love notes, fold down the top flap and pin in place with the heart.

Happy hooking!

New To Shop | Elephantshoe Collection

Feb
03

When I was a little girl, my friends and I would play a little guessing game. We would sit face to face and one of us would first silently mouth the words “I love you” and ask the other to guess what we said. The one who was guessing would answer, “You said I love you.” Then we would do it again, but this time we would mouth the words “elephant shoe”. The one who was guessing would again say, “You said I love you again.” And we would answer, “No, that time I said elephant shoe.” And then we would go back and forth randomly trying to figure out when we were saying “I love you”  and when we were saying “elephant shoe”.

I have played this game with both of my daughter’s and now when I say “Elephant shoe!”, they know I mean “I love you.” Have you ever played this game? Hopefully my new Elephantshoe Valentine Collection printable will encourage you to play this sweet little game with your kidlets!

The Elephantshoe Collection has everything you need to throw a sweet little Valentine’s Day party at home or in the class room! There is an ‘I love you’ banner. Large and small valentines to give to family and friends.

Party circles for decorating cupcakes, lollipops, treat bags and more!

Treat bag toppers for bundling up a selection of treats and sweets!

Bottle wrappers for wrapping around bottles of water or soda pop or utensils wrapped in a napkin.

Tent cards for labeling Valentine’s treats or for place cards on the table.

A sweet collection for a sweet game. Want to play?

You can get the Elephantshoe Valentine Collection in my Etsy Shop! Just in time to share the sentiment of elephantshoe with your family and friends.

Elephantshoe.

10 Sweets For Your Valentine

Feb
01

On this first day of February, a small selection of some of my favorite sweets from around the internet. To get your taste buds in the mood!

1. Chocolate Pots de Creme at All You.

2. Heart shaped marshmallows at All You

3. Chocolate Valentines Sandwich Cookies at Glorious Treats.

4. Raspberry Meringue Hearts at Woman’s Day.

5. 24K S’mores Hearts at Two Hearts Bakery.

6. Simple Valentine’s Cake at Simply Suzanne’s At Home.

7. Valentine Chocolate Cupcakes at Cake Journal.

8. Red Velvet Macarons at Delectable Deliciousness.

9. Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Hearts at Sweetapolita.

10. Tattoo Heart Cookies by Whipped Bakeshop.

Freebies | You’re a Smartie Valentine!

Jan
31

We are still deciding on valentine’s in our house. My girls are not so sure about what they would like too hand out for Valentine’s Day, but they do know it should involve candy!

I’ve put together a few different ideas for them, and for you. And all of them involve candy.

My girls love Smarties TM.  Most of my American friends may be missing out on these little discs of candy coated chocolate as I don’t believe they are sold south of the border. I had a love affair with them when I was a girl, much like my girls do now. I would drop a handful into a glass of milk and stir, stir, stir until the candy coating dissolved into my milk, leaving me with pink milk and clean discs of chocolate. So our first valentine idea incorporated Smarties TM.

Yes mom, you’re a smartie for finding a way to add Smarties TM to our valentines!

So this one is for my Canadian friends whose children love Smarties TM! These valentines are easy to put together, but it may take you about an hour while you watch your favorite evening drama. Get an assembly line going, punch-thread-tie and you’ll be done in no time!

All you need is the You’re a SMARTIE Valentines (available free on Scribd), scissors (to cut out the valentines, not pictured), a hole punch, twine or string, a repositionable glue stick and a bag of the mini boxes of Smarties TM.

Place your box of Smarties on the card and punch two circles using your hole punch, one on either side of the box. If your hole punch can’t reach the bottom hole, simply press the tip of a pair of scissors into the paper to make a little cut, then push the tip of a pen or lollipop stick through the cut to make a clean hole.

Thread some twine or string through the holes.

Swipe a little glue onto the back of the Smarties TM box, then place it on the valentine between the two holes. The glue gives the box extra sticking power. We don’t want your kidlet to find all the boxes of Smarties TM have slipped off their valentines on the way to school. Heartbreak.

Tie a bow around the Smarties TM and your smart valentines are ready for school!

Ideally, have your children address and sign the valentines before you get your craft on, it is much easier that way.

You can get the You’re a SMARTIE Valentines here on Scribd (Sorry, this printable is no longer available.)

My girls haven’t decided if these will be their valentines this year, but I would love to hear from you if it’s going to be your child’s valentine!