I LOVE traditions. I have many. I really don't have any Valentine's Day traditions though. Any suggestions?
I definitely try to spend the day letting others know how grateful I am for them. So, let me start with our followers. I am so grateful for you. You give our crafting addictions a purpose.
Speaking of crafting and cooking... I have a few more Valentine's Day things to share with you before we move on to the next holiday.
Do you remember the birthday door mat tutorial I did? http://www.oursevendwarfs.com/2011/01/happy-birthday-welcome-mat-tutorial.html Here's my Valentine's Day version. We're conversation hearts. I used regular acrylic paint on the mat and fabric paint to paint on our names. I just free handed the hearts. Super easy and even cheaper. This is one of those thirty minute crafts. I LOVE quick crafting!
My friend Amy and I saw a great wreath on Oopsey Daisy http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2011/02/3-dimensional-heart-wreath.html. We were inspired. As always, when we copy craft, we take their thing and do our own thing to it. So, instead of copying the entire wreath with the hearts, we did a partial cover. I'll be honest, there were three reasons we did this. First, we bought two stores out of hearts. Secondly, that would have taken a lot more time. Finally, we really liked the look of the satin ribbon on the wreath so we wanted ot show some of it. This is my wreath above.
This is Amy's wreath. Amy claims to be noncrafty. She's a crafty chick in denial. Her wreath is gorgeous. Also, if I'm going to be completely honest. She made all of my wreath too. The only thing I did was arrange the hearts, hot glue them on, and get a huge blister to prove I used a hot glue gun! Thanks, Amy!
Here's my entry way with the wreath and doormat.
After crafting, I did some cooking. I made these amazing meringue cookies. I got the recipe from http://www.thestoriesofa2z.com/2010/02/meringue-ice-cream-cone-valentines.html she made them into adorable ice cream cones. I decided not to do that. First, my kids don't eat the cones. Secondly, my kids don't eat cake, just icing, and thirdly, meringue cookies, even with M & Ms are pretty low fat. I'm thinking that's a great dessert to make. These are delicious. I used 1T of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The chocolate and lemon combination are surprisingly amazing. I will make this recipe again and again. YUM!
I also made these Martha Stewart cookies. http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/chocolate-cookie-cutouts-love-bug-cookies The first time I made these cookies was for my daughter's first birthday party. It was ladybug themed and I made the cute ladybug cookies. Well, this cookie base is simply delicious... cocoa and cinnamon...so good. So, I've made them a couple of times since. These aren't decorated yet but pretty soon they'll have Royal Icing and a varitey of sprinkles.
...GraciAnn decorated these! Cute, huh?
Then there's the homemade card I made my husband. I used red felt to make the rosettes. http://www.oursevendwarfs.com/2011/02/valentines-day-celebrated-with-burlap.html Here's a tutorial for the rosettes I did on an earlier project. It's simple, sweet, and special. I like it much better than any of the cards I looked at to buy.
Here's wishing you a lovely day on this Valentine's Day!