Feb132012

Make: Hearty How-Tos for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Monday February 13th 2012, AT 10:23AM   Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day is either a day to express your love or a Hallmark Holiday, depending on your perspective. Mine is somewhere squarely in the middle. Even though it sounds corny, I try to live love every day, but on the date dedicated to it, I will definitely express my love to my loved ones and bake or make something heart-shaped. I am taking inspiration from these great projects but I won’t wait another 365 days to tackle the ones I can’t get to for tomorrow…love, after all, is always in style!

This is the song I am listening to for inspiration:

Bring on the projects!

Let’s get in the kitchen!

You might want to start your day off with a Valentine’s Day egg in the basket a la petite kitchenesse, but this is an adorable, delicious and nutritious breakfast (we make these often), that you can serve on a regular basis.
My new favorite blog A Daily Something has a great recipe for Linzer cookies with a lovely heart-shaped cut-out. These will DEFINITELY get some love around this house as we try to get through the copious amounts of jam I made last fall.

Let’s craft!

Oh So Craft’s Valentine Garland could stay up all year round, especially in a special Mama Cave area (men have the Man Cave, I am advocating for the Mama Cave, whether you are a mama or not…) if you’re lucky enough to have one of those spots in your abode. The use of pages from a magazine lends a beautiful ethereal quality to the project and I like it even better than using solid colored paper.
These heart-shaped glasses from Family Fun are easy to make and hilarious to wear. These would be fun for a girl’s party (I’m seeing these and mani-pedis!) or an awesome addition to goody bags.

Let’s sew!

There are a whole lot of elbow patches flying around the internets these days but these heart-shaped ones from A Beautiful Mess are adorable. I might combine this project with another patch one offered in leather, and do heart-shaped leather patches. The best of both worlds!
The felt hearts on the Purl Bee would be lovely to slip a special treat into for a child’s lunch, or your husband’s too. Most people like a little something sweet during the day and while you might not want to make it a daily expectation, I don’t think there would be anything wrong with brightening a Monday lunch or celebrating the end of the week with a sweet on Fridays!

Let’s share the love!

Twig & Thistle’s sweet stickers with messages of affection are perfect for a Valentine’s Day lunch but some of them could also be used all year round to let your loved one know you’re thinking of him or her. They are $8 for 48, and are available in Twig & Thistle’s etsy shop.

Are you getting heart overload? Maybe you’ll be reinvigorated to adopt this symbol into your crafts, baking and more when you read the description of the history of the heart shape that I found on Wikipedia:

The heart (♥) has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and in the past, also intellectual core of a human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human mind, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love.

Live like you mean it,
Tamara

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