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Top 5… Valentine’s Crafts!

I love Valentine’s Day.

Yes, I know it can be commercial, and yes it can sometime’s can also be tacky and yes – just an excuse for you to HAVE to spend more money on your dearest loved one. But, that is kind of the point? I feel I can say I love you to The Husband on any day of the year – and, I do buy him little gifts for random meanings and occasions (and yes, he is lucky, right?) and not just because it’s a ‘special day’. However, I do like that it is a very specific romantic day of the year where, should you desire – tell the person you love, secretly – or not, declare the reasons you’re with that important person in your life, just make someone feel loved and special.

I wouldn’t EVER go to a restaurant for it, or in fact at the weekend’s around then – they cram the tables in, put on a ‘special’ menu, charge over the top, you are sat with everyone trying to have a personal and private moment – and you invariably are sitting so close you can actually hear what the other people are saying. I usually opt for cooking The Husband dinner – and occasionally – him cooking one for me. Gifts? I don’t NEED an extravagantly purchased item to make me know that I am thought about… perhaps just some flowers? Even from the garden… haha! Or just my favourite chocolate bar? Damn – shouldn’t really be writing this! The Husband usually reads the blog… and so with that in mind – of course if he would really like to spontaneously cave into the commerciality (unlikely!) then please do dearest! Those Alex Monroe earrings would be pretty special… 😀

Anyway – one thing I do always feel is important is to give a card. Now I know what you are thinking – well, you would say that – you sell your own greetings card range! But, precisely – that is part of the reason I designed greeting cards in the first place. They aren’t just a bit of paper – they allow you to express your thoughts and emotions inside! (By the way, you can get a special offer at the minute – FREE delivery on all orders on The Crafty Lass greeting cards on our Etsy store with code TCLVAL16!!) Enough of plugging the promo, and back to the real point. I just think that the opportunity to pen a few lines to your other half, your special one, your snugglekins (!) can be a special moment.

I wouldn’t ever expect a blank card to be completed with “Dear Janet, Love John x”… What, that’s IT?? You need to put some effort into it! Maybe I should be grateful of a card at all – and it certainly sounds upon reading that I am a crafty little Valentine’s diva – but I certainly keep my ‘special’ cards in a shoe box for ever more, to be annually, or perhaps decadely reviewed every now and again with an ‘awwww’ and fuzzy feeling moment – so you had best be writing something that little bit more emotive!! For those that already do this – high five. Just take the opportunity whenever you can to just make someone your focus and let them know you care, however that might be.

Whatever your thoughts on the big February 14th, presents or no presents, card or no card, here are some suggestions of cute little crafty ways to make it special. There is a bit of a ‘hearts’ theme going on…

 

1. DIY Heart Card

If you are planning to MAKE a card how about this lovely DIY embroidered card idea!

 

2. Heart Gift Wrap

Craft knifes at the ready! If you are buying a gift for the special someone – what a simple, but ever so effective hearts gift wrapping idea with the red and brown paper. There are two ideas in one here, as they also offer a creative stamping effect too – simply using a pencil eraser!

 

3. Heart Garland

Another gift wrap idea here, but could also be used as a decoration garland afterwards! Cute, again – simple but effective!

 

4. Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies

If baking is your thing (you can’t beat a bit of baked goodies to certainly make someone smile) what about this lovely chocolate shortbread and sprinkles idea. There is also a good US measurements converter here at Good To Know. You’re welcome!

 

5. Heart Cheescake

Still on the baking theme – just how amazing does this hearts cheesecake look?? It must be SO satisfying to make that swirl… wow!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Categories: Foodie Delights, General Craft, Sweet Tooth Scrumptious Stuff!, Top 5, Valentines, Anniversaries & Lovey-Dovey Stuff

Top 5… Doughnuts! (It’s National Doughnut Week!)

Doughnuts, are pretty special – right? Gloriously deep fried, golden sugary deliciousness. They are so good, there is a national week to celebrate them in all their glory! That week, is THIS week! 9th-16th May 2015.

So, although not recommended as a daily snack of course, as a worthy treat or dessert – why not get stuck into making some the below??

Healthier Doughnuts

So, doughnuts don’t have the greatest reputation in the health stakes, and possibly rightly so – but then why not have your cake, I mean doughnut, and be able to eat it – with these gloriously healthier versions over at ‘Greatist’. Yummy, AND alot of options it seems to downsize the calories…

 

Doughnut cake

However, if you are of the opinion that if you are going to have a calorifically delicious treat, why not enjoy the 100% full fat version – you could go the other way – make this completely decadent, amazing doughnut CAKE! Yes, that is a cake, constructed from doughnuts… Why haven’t I thought of this before?!?

 

Wedding Doughnuts

If you are getting married, and love doughnuts – why not have Bride and Groom doughnuts on top of a doughnut tower instead of the traditional sponge? I am sure guests would love something that little bit different! I wouldn’t be complaining anyhow…!

 

Blackberry and custard doughnhuts

These, are just awesome doughnuts. Simple as that! A great easy to follow recipe, delicious filling…Get stuck in!

 

‘Doughnut’ Cookies

And, if you don’t actually like doughnuts – well, firstly, why not? Secondly – not sure why you are reading this post… but there is an option – why not give these ‘doughnut’ cookies a go!

 

In the words of Homer Simpson “This donut has purple in the middle, purple is a fruit” not sure he is 100% accurate there, but all in moderation of course, including moderation.

Enjoy!

Categories: Sweet Tooth Scrumptious Stuff!, Top 5

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