Simple and Sweet

This was the first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend. For months, we had said we weren’t going to do anything special for the artificial holiday because we should show our love everyday, right? Of course we should, but I kept seeing the potential crafts I could create so I just had to do something. I didn’t want him to be upset about going back on our promise, so I kept it simple with a homemade card and strawberries for dessert.
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I got the idea for the card from Pinterest, of course. The card was relatively inexpensive – all you need is a piece of scrapbook paper, cardstock, something to glue the two together, and stickers of your choice. I will warn you that arranging those hearts took absolutely forever to find the perfect fit and flow. So if you like puzzles, this is a perfect craft!

Now the strawberries. I originally planned to core the berries and fill them with my homemade cream cheese frosting, but that took forever and the boyfriend was eating them faster than I could fill them! So we went to just dipping them into the cream cheese frosting and then into crushed vanilla wafers. They ended up being the perfect little strawberry cheesecake bites!



Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup confectioners sugar

1. Mix together the cream cheese and and unsalted butter until creamy. Add vanilla.
2. Add in the confectioners sugar. Use more or less for desired consistency.


Creatively Display Your Wine Addiction

I, like many people, absolutely love wine. But what am I supposed to do with all the wine bottles I go through? Sure, there’s recycling, but what’s the fun in that? The solution is simple: make a cutesy decoration for the house. You can find many different ideas on Pinterest. I decided to make something to go on top of my refrigerator to add a little pop to the kitchen.

I set off to Hobby Lobby to get some supplies, which included a hot glue gun, lace ribbon, silk ribbon, buttons, a huge flower, some beading, and twine. All it takes is some determination, a little creativity, and a few hours of your time. Here’s the result:
The most difficult and time consuming part of this was creating the lace flowers for the “l” bottle. I found this tutorial to be most helpful. It’s also helpful to put a dab of glue on the bottle every once in a while to help keep the twine in place. Best of luck creatively displaying your wine addiction!


Stockings for Everyone!

Since this was the first year my boyfriend has joined my family for Christmas, we had to get him a stocking for Santa to fill. Shopping for the perfect stocking is just torture – there are rarely any cute ones that match what you’re looking for. For my family in particular, we have a certain theme we like to go by. Mom and Dad’s stockings match. My sister and brother-in-law’s stockings match. Naturally, mine and Korey’s needed to match.

About 8 years ago, Mom went on a creative kick and made mine and my sister’s stockings completely by hand. Luckily she kept all the spare fabric so that all the stockings would coordinate when the time came to add new members. However, making stockings from scratch is so incredibly time consuming, so Mom and I came up with the idea to tweak a plain, store bought stocking from Walmart (spent maybe $8 total on supplies).

Here’s what we did: we cut the toe off the plain stocking and replaced it with a similar pattern from my stocking. This was super easy to do with a sewing machine, just be aware of the layers and make sure it will flip out correctly. Then I took a hot glue gun to the fabric, balls, and fringe to create the perfect stocking for my perfect man to fit in with my perfect family!