Ok, so Valentine’s Day is on Thursday and if you’re anything like me, you’re just now scrambling to get everything together. Never fear, the Silhouette Cameo is here! Just download the “We’re Better Together” Studio file, send some decorative scrapbook paper through the machine and stick to a blank card. Couldn’t be easier! Click for full tutorial:
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Hello Young House Lovers, thanks for stopping by! Today is my birthday so seeing my I Love Everything printable on Clara’s wall was the best birthday gift ever. Well, actually, the Banana Cake that my husband and boys are making me tonight will be the best gift ever but being mentioned on Young House Love comes in a close second! We’d love to keep in touch so please connect with T&T through Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
I am just stunned by the attention my little “I Love Everything” Print has gotten. Really. Thankful and happy but still stunned. I guess you all like coloring just as much as I do!
If you still love the print but want to make it a little more utilitarian, why not turn it into a magnet? All you need is the free printable, shrink plastic and some permanent markers. If you haven’t played with shrink plastic as an adult, you’re in for a surprise. It’s just as fun and exciting to watch it shrink as when you were at summer camp! Follow this easy tutorial for a super sweet little gift.
Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day for the preteen or teen in your life? Make them a super cute tote bag that is stylish as well as useful! All you need is a blank tote bag, fabric paint, freezer paper and either a heart punch or a cutting machine. Jump over to Crafts Unleashed for the full tutorial and “You’re Totes Awesome” Free Printable Gift Tag!
You gotta love any craft that makes you dig through the recycling bin. (Ooo, look at my dry skin. Ouch, get that woman some moisturizer!) Toilet paper rolls make adorable heart stamps, who knew? I’ll tell you who knew…Pinterest. I’d seen this simple craft making the rounds (Rustic Remnants, Teach Preschool, Daily Candy) so when I came down with a nasty case of mastitis this week, I knew that bending a toilet paper tube and giving Jack some paint was about all the energy I could muster.
I gotta tell you that this project was a major exercise in letting Jack explore the creative process on his own terms. I was reminded about this concept a few weeks ago when I came across the Learning to Let Go article on Hands On: As We Grow. I know that, when crafting with a young child, it truly is about the process, not the product but who chooses green, gray and black paint for a VALENTINE’S DAY project?! I told him he could pick any colors and those are the colors he chose. Deal with it, Vanessa. Funny thing is that I love how his turned out. Maybe he’s on to something, pink and red are so last year. :D
So, whether it was because of inspired parenting or being completely drained because of Mastitis (more likely), I was able to let go of what I thought this project should look like. Green and black? Awesome, go for it. You want to mix all the colors? That would be fun. What would happen if we squeezed the tubes out of shape? Cool, let’s find out. In the end it was a win/win. Jack gain some creative freedom and confidence and I got to lay out comatose on the floor while he was entertained. Thank goodness for the weekend!
You remember how excited I was a couple weeks ago to receive a Kitchenaid Mixer Attachment Pack from my mother and sisters for my birthday? (Thanks Mom, Gelica, Tracy, Yana and Jeremy!) I’ve been coveting the food strainer ever since I started canning my own tomato products because it’s seriously going to make the whole process so much easier!
There’s no way I was going to be able to hold off playing with my new toy until the next tomato season so I rushed out and got 12 lbs of organic apples to make and can apple sauce. Max is 9 months old and totally into fruit (although he plays with it more than he eats it!) and I’m totally loving having a supply of ready-to-eat food not taking up my freezer or fridge.
Since Valentine’s Day was coming up, I figured we would give some of our apple sauce as gifts to some of Jack’s friends. They’re still young enough that they won’t feel cheated out of candy. I made up a little label to put on the top of the mason lid and thought some of you might be interested in it as well. You don’t have to have canned apple sauce to use the label. It should work on those little personal cups of apple sauce as well!