Valentine’s Day Spritz Cookies

We’re  bundled up at home today due to Winter Storm Pax.  As the house was feeling a bit chilly, I decided to get baking, and I really wanted to make some cheerful, colorful Valentine’s Day cookies.  I decided to find my grandmother’s cookie press, and make a Spritz cookie with the press.  I like using the cookie press, as it’s much easier than rolling and cutting cookies.  The Big One asked me to make sure that I added some chocolate to them.  I wasn’t quite sure of the best solution, given that I wanted to make the cookies pink for Valentine’s Day.  I remembered that I had a few of the mini-sized Hershey’s kisses.  I grabbed those, the red food coloring, the cookie ingredients, and the cookie press, and tried my hand at the Valentine’s Day Spritz Cookies.  This recipe makes a ton of cookies, approximately 72 to 84, so there will be plenty to share with your loved ones!

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Spritz Cookies
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No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows

I love throw pillows.  Mellow man not so much.  Last Valentine’s Day, I made a pillow using Heat-N-Bond and a felt place mat.  Later in the year I made other envelope pillows, and I’ve found that they are very easy to sew.  The best part of envelope pillows is the ability to change them easily and quickly.  I like being able to change the covers to suit the season, and gives me more decorating options.  I wanted to try my hand at making envelope pillows using Heat N Bond, rather than sewing.  I know that sometimes it just isn’t convenient to pull out the sewing machine, so I thought I’d see if I could make a no sew version of the envelope pillow, like the curtain that I made a few weeks ago. I also wanted to try my hand at making a few Valentine’s Day pillows with Heat Transfer Vinyl with my trusty Silhouette Portrait.  It took me a bit to figure out the best way to make these No Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows, but I did end up with two cute no sew Valentine’s Day pillows.

My Mom Made That: No Sew Valentine's Day Envelope Pillow
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Washi Tape and Vinyl Valentine’s Day Coasters

A few years ago, I made some coasters with 4.5 inch bathroom titles that you can buy at any home improvement store.  Other than the two that were broken by the Little Monkey when he threw them across the room, they’ve held up pretty well.   I had four of the tiles left, and lots of red washi tape.  I’ve seen a wide variety of washi tape coasters, and I got to thinking that washi tape, plus my Silhouette Portrait, some vinyl and the bathroom tiles could make some festive Valentine’s Day coasters!  I thought that I could do a reverse pattern to use up the remaining bits of glossy red vinyl that was left over from the Valentine’s Day canvases that I showed you last week.

My Mom Made That: Washi Tape and Vinyl Valentine's Day Coasters
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Alice in Wonderland Wine Canister

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day.  Are you ready? Have you gotten something special for your husband/boyfriend/partner?  I want to share with you a way that I personalized a paper mache wine canister for Mellow Man.  I used an Alice in Wonderland theme to decorate it.  He has a special affinity for the story Alice in Wonderland.  In fact, on one of our date nights, we went to see the Johnny Depp Alice in Wonderland movie. Plus, we had an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding.  It’s a special connection for the two of us.  I had so much fun making this for him.  I gathered together all of the Alice in Wonderland supplies that I could think of, a bottle of Mod Podge, craft paint and some paint brushes.  The best part of decoupaging mixed media is the freedom to play, allowing me to create the perfect Alice in Wonderland Wine Canister.

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Conversation Heart Candle Centerpieces

Conversation Hearts have a long and interesting history. They are made by a number of different companies now, but the original conversation hearts were made by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO).  The New England Confectionery Company make one of Mellow Man’s most favorite candies– NECCO wafers.  Technically, NECCO calls the little candy hearts, Sweethearts, but I think most of us think of them as conversation hearts.  To me, they are one of the most ubiquitous candies of Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to include them in my Valentine’s Day decorating.  If you checked out my Valentine’s Day Heart Tree about a week ago, you’ll see that I used the hearts to fill the tin container.  Today, I want to show you a sneak peek of my Valentine’s Day dining room decor, and show you a super quick and cute conversation heart candle centerpiece that you can make with a bag of this famous Valentine’s Day candy.  My Mom Made That: Conversation Heart Candle Centerpiece
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