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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Decorating the Christmas Tree {Our House}

Well, Christmas is one week from today. My son returns home from college tomorrow, and I’m thrilled to spend some much-needed quality time as a whole family! As promised, today I’m sharing a look at our Christmas tree and how I wrapped up all the gifts.


Decorating the Christmas Tree 2013

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It’s definitely a departure from the light, bright and simple Christmas decorating scheme I tend to go with. But, after Pottery Barn sent me a box of mostly red ornaments, I was inspired to change things up a bit.


Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree | Satori Design for Living


At the end of the past few Christmas seasons (when everything is drastically marked down), I’ve added to my basic collection of silver, white, and smoky colored ornaments and filler. These will always be my foundational pieces for decorating the christmas tree. Now it’s easy and inexpensive to add other colors from year to year with a few simple ornaments and/or ribbon.

Last year, I added two boxes of glass turquoise ornaments for less than $10 and the tree looked so different.

Silver, White and Turquoise Christmas Tree

This time I decided to add the Pottery Barn red ornaments, some red plaid ribbon (70% off at Michaels) and some repurposed berries I had stashed away from years ago. Decorating the Christmas tree this season cost me  just over $3. I’d say not too shabby!


Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree with photo ornaments | Satori Design for Living

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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?


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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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Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Five}

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we only have 5 weekends including this one before Christmas. If you’re someone who’s swamped during the week and Saturdays and Sundays are your days to play catch-up, I suggest making the best of them (with some down time, of course!). Yesterday, my husband sprung it on me that he not only has one business trip before Christmas, but two. I’m used to him traveling, but December is not the best timing! I guess we’ll be power shopping and in full decorating mode while he’s around, and a few things may need to be scrapped from the to-do list. I say “oh well” as long as I’m surrounded by family and friends!


Holiday Countdown Planner Series 2013- weekly plans and free printables to keep you on track.

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If you’re just joining this year’s Holiday Countdown, you can read about all the details here. Don’t worry, there’s still time to catch up on what we’ve been up to!

Now, onto this weeks tasks…

To get your free Printable Planner for Week Five, simply click on the image below and the pdf will automatically download (or you can right click and save).


Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week Five


Once you’ve printed out the planner, read the post Holiday Countdown Series Recap {Week Five} (it’s a post I wrote last year, but the tasks are the same) and you’ll know what your homework is for the week. Then I’ll see you again next Friday for the next update.
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Creative and Personalized Gift Wrapping Ideas

Although I do purchase ready-made gift wrapping materials from time to time, most often I prefer to use rolls of solid paper, craft paper bags, and plain gift tags that I decorate while keeping in mind each person’s style. You may recall the hand-printed gift wrap I made last year or the easy button gift embellishments I created quite recently. Both were a hit with the recipients. Perhaps it’s the decorator in me, but how the package is wrapped is almost as important as the gift inside.

As many of you know, wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do around the holidays. I’m so fortunate this year to have a wrapping room (a project/storage room that has been taken over by wrapping materials), and I don’t have to haul everything up to our dining table, wrap some presents, and then pack it all up again so we can eat. It’s made the whole experience even more enjoyable, and I highly recommend having a dedicated area in your house for these kinds of projects if you have the extra room.

Wrapping gifts doesn’t have to be expensive. This year I found so many items around the house, as well as free printables online. As a result I only had to purchase a few gift bags and a bit of ribbon.

Creative & Personalized Gift Wrap Ideas

Button Gift Tags

While I was preparing for projects earlier this fall, I came across containers full of buttons I thought would be perfect for creating something for Christmas. Recently, while my husband was in Europe for work (so jealous!) and my son was snowboarding (again, so jealous!), I took advantage of the free time and hand made a series of gift tags for specific people on my list.

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