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VALENTINE’S DAY DESSERT KABOBS

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I wanted to share this little Valentine’s Day craft I posted on my friend Joanna’s site over at bakedbyjoanna.com. It’s so simple and can pretty much be made the night before to serve your valentine breakfast in bed or as dessert after your special dinner out.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Joanna used this cute little heart shaped cookie cutter to create a perfect strawberry heart. If you aren’t a fan of strawberries, use bananas or pair fruit with cut pieces of pound cake drizzled with chocolate or a side of nutella. Brownie bites would be amazing too, the options are endless!

Here’s how to get started

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MATERIALS
Wood skewers
Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable
Printer & paper
Red, pink, white felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun & glue

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Print out the Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable.
2. Cut out both heart shapes and tip of arrow with scissors.
3. Using your cutouts as a template, cut out 2 large hearts, 1 small heart and 2 arrow tips from the colored felt of choice.
Do this for each skewer. I like to create an assembly line by first cutting shapes and then gluing everything; it helps me feel more productive.

4. While your glue gun is warming up, cut skewers in half
(approx. 7″ long depending on your skewer length, but you can eyeball it; no need to be exact).

5. Once skewers and felt shapes are cut, you’re ready to start gluing.

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6. Apply a little glue to 1 arrow. Place the end of skewer on top, and lay other arrow directly over it, kind of like making a sandwich.
7. For the hearts, first glue the small heart onto 1 of the large hearts.
8. Do almost the same thing you did for the arrows but glue around the edges only except for the bottom tips of the large heart.
This will create a pocket to insert the skewer, so you can remove it and place the strawberries and cake for guests.

9. Repeat for all skewers.
10. Once your guests are ready to enjoy, simply slide off the heart and enjoy!

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Serve with a cold glass of milk and enjoy!

~ Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours ~

VALENTINE’S DAY “LOVE” PILLOW

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 Pillows, pillows, pillows! I love them, I need them and I honestly have way too many of them. But hopefully I’m not the only one with a pillow obsession. So, being that Valetine’s Day is approaching and I have a love for letters, I was inspired to create a little Valentine’s Day decor craft.

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Going to the fabric store is therapy for me but I don’t often have time to sneak away without my little ones. I started digging through my piles of fabric knowing I wanted to keep the design simple and stand out from my dark leather couches. I landed on a basic white cotton from a bedskirt I’d once made and chose black yarn to coordinate with my black & white striped IKEA EIVOR throw. I wanted to be able to use the pillow as more than Valentine’s Day decor which is why I chose classic colors but a combination of red/white or pink/black would look just as lovely for the holiday. Here’s how to make your own LOVE inspired pillow.

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MATERIALS
white fabric
pillow insert
black yarn
scissors
seamstress chalk & pins
sewing machine & thread
ruler
hot glue gun & glue

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Wash & dry fabric, iron if necessary.
2. Lay fabric on a flat surface, measure & mark with pencil or seamstress chalk. Make sure to leave at least 1/2″ for hem around all four sides.
3. Lay both pieces of fabric right side facing inward, line up your edges.
4. Pin both pieces of fabric together.
5. Once pinned, sew 3 of the 4 sides.
6. Flip fabric inside out so now the nice, finished side of the fabric is on the outside.
7. Insert pillow form, fold over the 1/2″ hem, pin together and sew to close.
8. While your glue gun is warming up, lightly pencil LOVE or word of choice onto the front of your pillow.
9. Working left to right, gently trace a small area of your first letter with glue.
10. Quickly begin placing a single strand of yarn on top of the glue while it’s still warm so it adheres. I used the tip of my pencil to help push the yarn down on the glue so my fingers didn’t get burned or create those annoying hot glue strings.
11. Continue working in small sections until you finish the entire word.
12. Repeat steps 9-11 with a second strand of yarn. Don’t worry if they don’t line up perfectly, a little space between the yarn adds character.
13. Use a lint roller to help remove the remaining hot glue strings and yarn lint.

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