Friday, January 30, 2015

Awesome Valentines For Kids


It's about that time! Valentine's will going out to classmates and friends in about 2 weeks. So if you are the type that likes to do something a little extra fun... we've gathered some great ideas for you to check out today. 


Kinetic Sand Valentine | Smart School House











You Make My Heart Soar | The Crafting Chicks




Are you the type that spends hours making Valentines... or do you prefer to pick up a box at Target? I've definitely been known to do both! :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Simple Valentine's Vase

We are so excited to introduce you to another one of our amazing contributors for the year. Jenn from My Fabuless Life, is as creative as they come. Seriously. It's not fair. But we are the lucky ones because she'll be sharing her fabulous-ness here all year!! Take a look... I'm sure you'll agree. 

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Hi Eighteen25 friends! I’m Jenn and I blog over at my My Fabuless Life, about DIY, crafty stuff, decorating—pretty much whatever floats my creative boat! Oh, and all budget-friendly! I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am to be hanging out here with the Eighteen25 ladies each month!

Today I've got a quick little vase project that's perfect for Valentine's Day. I have to admit, I’m not really a big Valentine’s person, but I can always get on board with hearts, glitter, and pink (and gold in my world) everywhere! For my vases, I used an old jar from a candle (with the wax cleaned out of course), and a regular old drinking glass I bought at Target for $1.00 (they still have them, so run out and get some!).

diy vase

To make your own, you’ll need:

Jar or drinking glass
Heat Transfer Glitter Vinyl (you can find it at most craft stores, or here)
Pen
Scissors
Cookie cutter for tracing (unless you want to just free-hand it)
Iron

diy glitter vase

Trace your shape onto the back side of the vinyl and cut it out. Then, are you ready for the hard part? Place the shape (or shapes) where you want them and iron them down onto the glass, just like you would any other iron on. Sometimes the vinyl can be a little stubborn and you have to sort of heat it up with the iron and then rub it down—just be careful not to burn your fingers! The glass can get hot!

simple diy vase

That’s it! You can see in the pictures that I originally intended to use more hearts, but when I put the first one on, I was totally loving the simplicity of that one little heart, so I just left it at that. For the polka dot vase, I just punched them out with a hole punch and ironed them on one by one. A little public service announcement on that though: it’s tedious!! Placing all of those tiny dots and getting them to stick down was slightly time-consuming. I think it’s worth the effort because I love how it turned out, but consider yourself warned ;)

diy gold dot vase

I’m thinking these could be a great subtle V-Day hint for the significant other. Like, “Hey, cool vase I made, huh? Wouldn’t it look great with some flowers?” Just a thought ;)

iron on glitter vinyl vase

You might also like:
Budget Bathroom Makeover
Storybook Baby Shower
Free Printable 2015 Calendar + Menu Planner


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Visit Jenn on her Blog : Facebook : Instagram : Pinterest : Google+
and check out these other great posts of hers...
Lemon Pound Cake CookiesFree Valentine's Printables | 2015 Calendar + Menu Planner

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Peanut Butter M&M's Valentine Gift

So excited to have Kristy from The Diary of Dave's Wife back contributing this year! She always has something super cute to share with us so we feel truly lucky to have her as part of our team! 

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I strongly believe that chocolate & peanut butter is the single best food combination that was ever paired together in the history of EVER. 

And then M& M went and put them together and covered them in that fantastic colorful candy coating so that when placed in front of me, I JUST cannot stop eating!  (Come on, I know I am not the only one!) 

As a matter of fact, they happen to be my husband's favorite too! So this year for Valentines I found a cute jar to fill up with those Peanut Butter & Chocolate pieces of heaven, to send with him to work so he can share with his patients and co-workers.  I'm ALL about sharing the Love and Peanut Butter M&M's.

Peanut Butter M&M Valentines

And I couldn't resist the chance to make it a bit cute too!
So if you are a Peanut Butter M&M lover like my husband and I, than this just might be the Valentine for you. It's super EASY to put together and I have even created a free printable to share with you!

Peanut Butter M&M Valenitne DIY

Next get yourself a cute container.  I found my jar at World Market.  The minty lid spoke to me and told me I had to take him home with me.  So, I did!  And took along  a few of his pals too! Then make sure you have enough Peanut Butter M&M's to fill your container.

Peanut Butter M&M Valentine

This one took almost 3 bags, which I found at my local Target.  
Last, simply tie on one of those free tags you printed with some cute ribbon or twine.

Peanut Butter M&M Valentine with Printable

 And in less than 5 minutes you have a Cute edible Valentine that everyone will want a piece of!

For more of my Valentine Ideas  or to see what I am up to, come visit me over at The Diary of DavesWife, the place where I spill it ALL.


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