Printable Love Bird Valentine’s Day Cards

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Tell your special someone just how much you love them with a Valentine’s Day Card! I have created two very special “love bird” note cards that are perfect for sending that romantic note or giving as Valentine’s Day cards.

Created from my own original art collages, these two note cards feature two love birds kissing on a branch and a single bird delivering his own special love letter to a mailbox. These Valentine’s or sweetheart cards measure 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and fit inside standard invitation sized envelopes available from most craft or office supply stores. Simply print the cards onto a sheet of cardstock, cut the page in half, fold, and include your handwritten message inside. You can download these cute little love bird cards here. You can also download free love inspired wrapping paper and gift tags for Valentine’s Day here.

Want more of these sweet, round little birds? Then check out my Free Printable Owl Notecards for a set of four cards featuring birds having some seasonal fun!

Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap

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Oh my, Valentine! Valentine’s Day will be upon us in around six short weeks, so now is the time to start crafting clever diy gifts or perhaps browsing to buy something special. I like to recommend shopping handmade whenever possible for a truly unique gift that’s sure to be treasured. But of course, no gift is complete without the appropriate gift wrap. So I’ve drawn up some fun designs for printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap and gift tags to make your packages extra special! These wrapping papers are perfect for small gifts such as handmade soaps, gift cards, and jewelry!

This printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap and gift tags set features carved stumps, doxies and pastel hearts. Get creative and add additional elements to your packages such as ribbon, yarn, twine, cardstock tags, bark, and even live foliage.

You can download my printable Valentine’s day gift wrap and tags as a pdf file here. Print, cut, wrap and gift. Feel free to use these downloads for your personal, non-commercial use.

Will you be making gifts for Valentine’s Day this year or giving the gift of handmade?

A Handmade Christmas All Wrapped Up! Onto Valentine’s Day!

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With Christmas all wrapped up, it’s time for me to start thinking ahead to the next “gifting” holiday – Valentine’s Day! Of course, I haven’t forgotten New Year’s, but I ate so much over the past few days I’m not sure I want to think about another carb filled party just quite yet. I’ll let that one sneak up on me. Valentine’s Day, however, I do like to plan for. I love finding unique, handmade treasures for my sweetheart and I enjoy making them! But first I want to share a few of the handmade finds I gifted for Christmas.
For Christmas I gave my sweetie a handmade guitar wallet from Found. As you can see from comparison it was greatly needed. Scott’s old Family Guy wallet was in such poor shape it had a huge hole in the middle. Regardless, he was very reluctant to let it go. The wallet from Found was the perfect replacement. It was hand crafted from remnants of leather hides and upholstery samples and has a spot inside not only for money and cards, but also a guitar pick. (See photos.) Perfect since Scott is both a bass player and guitar player. Where the guitar pick goes, rather than putting a traditional pick in that space, I included a hand stamped guitar pick necklace for him from Wyoming Creative. He was very excited by these new gifts. However, I still had to be the one to throw out his old wallet. For anyone who has ever been married it was sort of like tossing that old, holey t-shirt he still wears when he’s not looking. There’s that sort of mock devastation.

And, just for fun – because all sane men love bacon – I gave Scott some handmade Crispy Sizzling Bacon Lip Balm from Soap Art. Not only was he a huge fan of this very bacon smelling lip balm, but my dog Jasper wanted a lick too!
Now that all of the Christmas gifts have been opened, I’ve been working on some love inspired soaps for Valentine’s Day. The soap log pictured above was just unmolded today and sliced into bars with my handy Chef’s knife. It’s a cold process soap made with a combination of olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, rice bran oil and others and is scented with a Red Velvet Cake fragrance and a Red Currant scented soap heart center. Once it’s been exposed to air for a bit, the entire bar – minus the red soap heart – will turn a dark, chocolatey brown the same as the edges. I’m still working on a name for this one though, so if you have any ideas feel free to share them! I’ll also be introducing a White Chocolate Raspberry scented soap for Valentine’s Day as well.

Aqua Kitchen Craft Projects

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There’s just something about blue that I love. When I had my own house before the divorce, I made over every room in the place. The kitchen was probably the toughest. My ex-husband and I laid tile over the existing countertops, we painted all of the cabinets and gave them new hardware, we eventually had to replace all of the appliances and the sink, and my ex put down a laminate tile floor.
I also painted over the absolutely horrid wood paneling with a pale, pale lavender paint that was so light it almost looked white. The theme, however, was that retro 50s robin’s egg blue and a dark brown. I even painted the ceiling the same color as the pale blue kitchen cabinets. And I purchased retro 50s atomic dinner plates to go above the cabinet space.

While I no longer have my lovely kitchen, I haven’t lost my taste for retro shades of blue. One of those shades being aqua. So when I ran across this lovely aqua and red themed kitchen (above) featured on Kitchenisms, I was in heaven. (I highly encourage you to visit Kitchenisms in order to view photos of every inch of this marvelous kitchen.) But even the most perfect, colorful kitchen needs a few personal touches. So if you’re thinking of repainting your cooking space, consider the following craft projects to add a handmade touch. They’re not just pretty to look at, but functional too!

This bunting tea towel from A Scrappy Project adds just the perfect touch. Make several and keep them in daily use. It’s pretty enough to leave out for quick hand drying and clean ups and has beautiful aqua patterned fabrics for the bunting that make it a perfect match for an aqua themed kitchen!
Every kitchen needs a clock! I particularly love this diy clock from Landee see, Landee do. Not only is it painted aqua – of course you can make it any color you like – but it’s personalized with photos of family members. Since the kitchen is not traditionally a place you would see family photographs, I think this unique concept makes it extra special. Now, every time you glance at the clock to check the time, you’re reminded of those you love! (Or that you’re late picking up the kids from school. Wink.)
What about you? What are your favorite colors for kitchens and what color is your kitchen now?