tag: valentine’s day

a color story – love

February 8, 2012

Posted by in color story


image: love by a creative mint

valentine’s day reds.

threads of love and a morning dove.
stitches of joy and my favorite boy.
oh how i love a needle and thread,
in shades of pink, orange and red.
vintage spools make a nice combination,
the perfect setting for a valentine’s creation!

- by yours truly. (hehe!) :)

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valentine’s day diy ideas

February 8, 2012

Posted by in holidays

diy valentine's day

diy valentine's day

diy valentine's day

diy valentine's day

diy valentine's day

diy valentine's day

diy valentine's day

1. printable cupcake wrappers from urban comfort

2. fruit stickers from twig and thistle

3. make your own sweater from a beautiful mess

4. printable notecards from one charming party

5. heart nail art from wonder forest

6. felt candy hearts from the purl bee

7. heart cookies decorating how-to from glorious treats

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Raspberry Mocha Latte Recipe

February 6, 2012

Posted by in cooking ideas

Hey all! It’s Ashley with a new latte recipe. This raspberry mocha latte is so rich and decadent – I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make raspberry syrup from scratch. This recipe serves two – it would be a perfect treat to whip up for your sweetie and yourself this Valentine’s Day.


– 6 ounces espresso

– 8 ounces milk, soy milk, or rice milk (I used soy)

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

– 6 ounce package of raspberries

– 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

- optional whipped cream


Start by making the raspberry syrup. Combine sugar and water in a medium sauce pan; bring to a boil. Stir frequently. When a boil has been reached, add vanilla extract. Allow mixture to continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and add washed raspberries. Allow raspberries to steep in syrup for one hour.

Strain the raspberries from the syrup, allowing the syrup to drip down into a bowl. The leftover raspberries make a very sweet and delicious dessert on their own!

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder to the bottom of each mug. Pour as much syrup as you would like into your mug, up to 1/4 cup. This just depends on how sweet you like your drinks. Stir well to incorporate cocoa powder.

Brew your espresso of strong coffee. Froth your milk. Add 3 ounces of espresso to each mug, filling up the rest of the mug with steamed milk, and spoon any leftover foam on top.

1. add syrup and stir

2. add espresso

3. add milk and spoon on leftover foam

For a special occasion, top drink with whipped cream, and treats such as sprinkles, raspberries, cocoa powder, or chocolate chips.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Posted by in free downloads

free printable valentine's day cards

free printable valentine's day cards

free printable valentine's day cards

what’s better than a chick-flick, dark chocolate and red roses combined? free printables! amy from thank you card shop has made 18 free valentine’s day cards with 6 different designs, each available in 3 colors. head on over to the thank you card shop blog for the download instructions, thanks amy!

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valentines diy

planning a special valentine’s day dinner, luncheon or dessert? why not take it up a notch with some (really cute!!) painted plates? jessica from how about orange made this ‘paint’ from water, powdered sugar and a little bit of food coloring, so it’s perfectly edible. head on over to how about orange for the full diy instructions!

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Posted by in holidays

aw yes, valentines day! one of my most favorite holidays. what could be more special than celebrating the love in your life? it’s only about 3 weeks away, which means it’s time to think about ordering any special valentine’s day goodies, so they arrive in time for your special occasion. instead of browsing you nearest super store for a valentine’s day card this year, why not support the handmade community with a handmade valentine’s day card? (they’re way cuter anyways!) here are some of my favorites:

valentine's day cards eco friendly robot card - $4.50

valentine's day cards you are the peanut butter to my jelly – $4.00

handmade valentine's day cards customizable QR code valentine’s day card – $4.25

handmade valentine's day cards mustache card – $3.25

handmade valentine's day cards you’re a little vintage – and i like you -$4.00

handmade valentine's day cards

hipster love - $8.00

handmade valentine's day cards i like you in the kissy kissy kind of way – $4.00

handmade valentine's day cards i love you more than knitting- $5.00

handmade valentine's day cards i miss you card – $4.00

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grilled artichoke hearts

February 14, 2011

grilled artichoke hearts

perfect for valentine’s day? i like the idea of meals cooked on a theme, so leave it to me to serve heart-shaped brownies and artichoke hearts on valentine’s day.


  • -2 artichokes
  • -1/4 cup fresh parsley – chopped
  • -garlic salt
  • -1 tbs lemon juice
  • -1 tbs olive oil


bring 4 cups of water to a boil. cut artichokes in half from stem to top. trim the tips of the leaves using kitchen scissors to remove the thorns. boil until fronds are easy to peel off, about 20 minutes. remove and drain cut side down on a towel. brush with olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle with remaining toppings. grill until blackened (i used a panini maker), about 8 minutes.

never eaten an artichoke? here’s a great how-to article!

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my goofy valentine

February 14, 2011

Posted by in bonnie forkner

my goofy valentine
dear mr. valentine,

here’s my goofy way to telling you how much i love you. you are the creamer to my coffee, the most comfy pair of shoes on my favorite run, the chirping birds to a sunny day. you are the best cuddler. the best at folding my laundry. and the BEST at making me laugh. you are the most wonderful man i’ve ever known and i am completely in love with you.

love, your valentine

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