Valentine’s Day Colorful Gifts for Her

Valentine’s Day is on Friday and I’m loving all the shades of pink and red I’m seeing in stores and online. Thank goodness the colors of love are bright and cheery in the midst of winter, wouldn’t you say? This year I made heart-printed treat bags for my husband and son that I’m going to fill with some of their favorite things. I also plan on adding some colorful flowers to our table and making something special for dinner.

Although we like to keep it simple around here and forgo expensive gifts, it’s always fun to take a look at what’s out there, whether it’s specifically Valentine’s Day merchandise or simply colors that remind me of the special day. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite finds I’m sure every girl will love!

Magenta Pillows- Arianna Belle

Magenta pillows from Arianna Belle


Red Beaded Sardinia Bracelet- Stella & Dot

Red Beaded Sardinia Bracelet from Stella & Dot

Watercolor Hugs & Kiss Art- LaBerge

Watercolor Hugs & Kiss Art from LaBerge

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Valentine’s Day Treat Bags with Iron-on Transfer Printables

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I thought it was the perfect time to make some treat bags. Around here, we keep it simple on February 14. With both of our birthdays being in January and the holidays having just passed, we forgo expensive gifts or dinner out. However, I do cook something special and I like to put a little something together to show my husband and son how much they mean to me. These little bags are perfect for holding a few of their favorite things.

Valentine's Day Iron-on Transfer Printables- Satori Design for Living

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Before I get to the tutorial for these treat bags, I must thank Tara from Suburble for inviting me to participate in today’s Valentine’s Day Project Blog Hop with 9 other Canadian home bloggers. Details to follow below…

To make your own treat bags, you will need:

Fabric- cotton canvas (each bag requires a 14″x9.5″ piece)
Thread- same color as fabric
Iron-on Transfer paper (I used Lesley Riley’s TAP)
Jute or string (22″ per bag)

Sewing machine
Injet printer
Safety pin


Cut a 14″x9.5″ rectangle of fabric for each treat bag you want to make. To create a pocket for the string, turn the top edge of the longest side of the fabric under 3/8″ (towards the wrong side of the fabric) and again 3/4″. Press in place.

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All Things Christmas {December Link Party Features}

Are you ready for Christmas? We finished everything yesterday, except for the food preparations that can only be done at the last minute. I’m excited to unplug and spend the next little while with family and friends!

Thank you to everyone who shared projects at the 3 link parties I co-hosted this month along with Shannon from AKA Design, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, and Aimee of It’s Overflowing. I hope you were inspired as much as I was. I definitely found some last minute ideas and pinned some that will have to wait until next year!

All Things Christmas- December Link Party Features-

As promised, I’m sharing some of my favorites from each of the parties with you today. (Please pin from the original source.)

First up from our Handmade Gifts and Gift Wrap party…

Chocolate Mint Homemade Lip Balm by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

All Things Christmas- Handmade Gift Idea- chocolate mint lip balm craftberry bush

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Handmade Gifts and Gift Wrap Link Party

 It’s time to get the December Holiday Link Parties started! On Tuesday, I shared my West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters I made as hostess gifts for this holiday season. Since then, I’ve made a few more and I can’t wait to give them away to a few of my friends!


WE Coasters

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My co-host for this party, Shannon from AKA Design, was busy too. Check out her adorable hand-stitched ornament. I wonder who the lucky recipient will be?


Handmade Gifts | hand-stitched-snowflake-embroidery-hoop-ornament


Let’s get to the main event, shall we? I can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

Now it’s your turn!

Link up as many of your own handmade gift and gift wrap projects as you like, old and new. Please include a backlink to this post, and be sure to take a look around and show some blog love. No posts to link parties or items for sale please! (By linking up, you are giving us permission to possibly share your project in an upcoming features post.)
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West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters

A few weeks ago I was looking at West Elm’s new market and came across some adorable wooden drink coasters. They reminded of the log slice ornaments I created for the One Item Project Challenge and, luckily, I happened to have some pieces of wood left over giving me the idea to create my own. Not only did we need a set for our basement family room, but I thought they’d make a perfect hostess gift as well.


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Now that you’ve seen my version, take a look at the inspiration coasters designed by Shanna Murray…


Shanna Murray Drink Coasters- West Elm


Not exactly the same, but very similar. I decided to nix the snowflakes so the coasters could be used all year long.

What you will need for this project:

Log slices (about 4″ diameter by 1/2″ thick- go here for cutting instructions)
Sand paper (very fine grit)
Polyurethane (I used quick drying satin finish by Minwax)
Small paint brush
Oil based white paint pen (Sharpie)


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Sand your log slices until smooth on each side. Apply two coats of polyurethane to the top and sides of each coaster, allowing them to dry in between. This will prep the surface for your written words or they may bleed.


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