Friday Favorites No. 317

I spent this last week with my husband in Las Vegas, trying to get a little break from the cold weather and general chaos. With Valentine's Day falling on Tuesday next week, that's probably the closest we'll get to celebrating it. That works for me. I'll trade a few days in the sun for a box of chocolate any day, and you KNOW how much I like sugar.

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Who wouldn't love to receive a Valentine that looks like a mini bubblegum machine? Check out the tutorial from Sprinkle Some Fun.

Sweets are nice, but I also love this idea from Arts and Crackers for a Valentine gift you can plant instead.

It's a game, a craft AND a snack! Sippy Cup Mom has all the bases covered.

I wouldn't mind receiving this tasty bouquet from Creative and Healthy Fun Food. I'd even be okay with a few basil leaves tucked in there.

It would be hard to find a cuter last-minute Valentine than these printable s'more bag toppers from LemonadeDesignStudio on Etsy.

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Afternoon Live - Felt Hearts and Tassels

With no visiting politicians or big weather events getting in the way, I had my second appearance on Afternoon Live go off without a hitch last week. That's unless you count my somewhat shaky hands and uncooperative glue gun, but those issues were minor.  Here's the video if you'd like to check it out:

http://katu.com/afternoon-live/lifestyle-health/a-heart-felt-craft

Many thanks to my friend Jackie for sharing the photo she took while it was airing! :-)

If you're interested in making this yourself, you'll find the instructions here.  Looks like I need to start thinking of a TV-friendly Easter craft now - maybe something without a glue gun!

Friday Favorites No. 316

You may have noticed a kink or two being worked out around here this week (thank you to my patient email subscribers!) and there are a few more to go, but overall the transition to my new blogging space went a little more smoothly than I expected. Yay!

Since I've set up a shop here, in addition to those that will remain on Etsy and Amazon, I'm offering you a little incentive to try it out. Get free shipping if you place an order over $10 using the code LAUNCH2017. The code will only work here, not in my other shops. If you run into any issues along the way, please let me know. It's a work in progress!

On to this week's Friday Favorites!

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I hear there's some sort of ball game happening this weekend? If, like me, you're one of those people who is only in it for the commercials, these printable bingo cards from Play Party Plan are for you.

Maybe you'll need something to do between the commercials. Or you might be someone who enjoys the game but could do without the sales pitches. Either way, this wire and nail heart from As For Me and My Homestead will keep your hands busy.

While everyone else is enjoying the wings and dips, I'm looking for the desserts. The secret ingredient in this one from Life Love and Sugar is Bailey's Irish Cream, so I'm in.

I had to include these cookie dough ice cream sandwiches from Mel's Kitchen Cafe because my daughter just told me there's a restaurant in New York that serves these, along with all other things cookie dough. A cookie dough restaurant. Let that sink in for a minute while I plan my cross-country trip.

I don't know if this 3D sewing machine box from the Silhouette store is as complicated to make as it looks, but it's cute enough to be worth the effort.

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Friday Favorites–Valentine Crafts

This isn’t romantic or mushy, but I’m sick.  I’ve been on my couch since last weekend.  The reason I’m sharing this with you is in the hopes you’ll forgive me for the sparse info here today.  I didn’t want to miss the chance to show you the great Valentines crafts out there, but that’s about all I have in me.  While you read this I’ll be taking it easy, watching the blizzard blow in.

Friday Favorites - 10 Valentines Crafts - Crafty Staci

Wonderland Valentine’s Day Tea Party on Catch my Party

Wonderland Valentines Tea Party on Catch My Party

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels by A Farm Girls Dabbles

Winged-Heart Sachets from Positively Splendid

Winged Heart Sachets by Positively Splendid

Conversation Heart Tree from Amanda Jane Brown

Conversation Heart Tree on Amanda Jane Brown

Victoria’s Secret Bag Heart Banner from R & R Workshop

Victorias Secret Bag Heart Banner on R and R Workshop

Paper Clip Love Birds from The Craft Patch

Paper Clip Love Birds on The Craft Patch

Pink Cinnamon Rolls from Love From the Oven

Pink Cinnamon Rolls on Love From the Oven

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Love Note Valentine Bunting from Lil Luna

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Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Before I crash again, I just wanted to let you know that my blog anniversary is next week, so be sure to check back to enter my giveaway!

Friday Favorites–Will You Be My Valentine?

Before we get into today’s Friday Favorites, won’t you come join me at the Craft Warehouse blog?  You’ll find me there talking about the project I just made for them from the book Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders.  That’s right, a cute bag from only one yard of fabric!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Now, about those favorites - Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and there are so many fun things you can make for it, I decided it deserved two Fridays.  This week, I’m sharing a round-up of Valentines you can make for everyone you <3.

Friday Favorites - 10 Valentines - Crafty Staci

The Better Martha has some adorable, printable Love Bug mason jar Valentines.  This one just says “boy” to me.

Love Bug Valentines by The Better Martha

There are lots of Valentines out there that incorporate Smarties candies, but I really like this 3-D version from Tip Junkie.

Smarties Valentines by Tip Junkie

Valentines can include food without it having to be sweet, as proven by these Nacho Average Valentines from Skip to my Lou.

Nacho Average Valentines by Skip to my Lou

These Fruit Roll-Up Valentines from She Knows actually look super easy.

Fortune Cookie Valentines by She Knows

This Bubblegum Valentine from Project Denneler is so clever.

Bubblegum Valentines by Project Denneler

These Valentine Arrows from Creative Capital B are a fun change from the usual flat cards.

Arrow Valentines by Creative Capital B

Housing a Forest shows how to make several animals from cut-out hearts, but I especially like this owl.

Heart Owl by Housing a Forest

I haven’t seen the movie Frozen yet, but from what I hear I really need to.  If you’re already a fan, try out these Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy.

Frozen Olaf Valentines by One Creative Mommy

If you and I were in the same classroom I would give you a Sock Monkey Super Hero Valentine from Over the Big Moon.

Sock Monkey Superhero Valentines by Over the Big Moon

You’re going to need something to put all those Valentines into, so how about this cute Valentine Pocket from ThermoWeb?

Valentine Pocket by ThermoWeb

Visit me again next Friday for some Valentine’s décor!

Heart and Arrow Coffee Cozy

It’s almost February, which means love is in the air.  We all know someone whose love for coffee lasts all year, so why not give them a gift to encourage that addiction? 

For this month’s coffee sleeve, I decided to get back to the reversible option that I started out with.  This one looks a little complicated because there are so many corners, but they’re all straight lines, so it’s really just a lot of pivoting.  For you new sewists out there, be sure your needle is down in the fabric when you lift your presser foot to make a corner.

To make this sleeve, you’ll need this pattern, a small piece of interfacing (if you intend to embellish the heart at all), a 3” piece of elastic cord, InsulBrite and two buttons.  Cut one of each pattern piece from fabric, then flip the pattern over to cut the piece for the back.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 2

Apply the interfacing to the back of the front heart.  Add embroidery, applique, buttons or whatever trim you’d like.  I just embroidered using a font I had on my computer and a back stitch.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 3

Stitch the ends of the arrow to the sides of the heart for the front and back.  Also stitch or tie the two ends of the elastic cord together.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 4

Press the seams away from the hearts.  Using the front side as a pattern, cut a piece of InsulBrite to match.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 5

Layer the pieces with the front section right side up with the elastic centered on the arrow and the loop to the inside.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 6

Lay the back section, right side down over the top, then the InsulBrite on top of that.  Pin in place. 

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 7

Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam.  Leave one section of the end open for turning.  Clip all the corners.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 8

Turn right side out.  Use a pointy tool to push out all the corners, being careful not to poke through the fabric.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 9

Press, turning in the opening.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Cup Sleeve - Crafty Staci 10

Top stitch around the edge of the entire sleeve and down each side of the heart.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 11

Make a mark 1” from the end of the arrow and centered in the middle.  Stitch the two buttons at that mark, slipping a toothpick under each button.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 12

Ready to give to your Valentine.

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And don’t forget, when they’re tired of that side, there’s another one to use!

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Heart and Arrow Reversible Coffee Cozy from craftystaci.com

Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next Thursday.  I say we start a petition to have it moved to the weekend.  How about the second Saturday in February every year?  Better yet, let’s make it Friday so that the kids who are still allowed to celebrate it at school get the opportunity to do so, then take their little sugar-fueled selves home to their parents for the weekend.  What do you think?  Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun?  Speaking of fun…

It’s a little too late to fully utilize all the ideas in the 14 Days of Love from The Dating Divas, but you can still choose a few of your favorites.

14 Days of Love from The Dating Divas

If you want to have a little DIY feel to your valentines, try these S’More Valentine Printables from Domesticated Lady.

Valentine S'mores from Domesticated Lady

This Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Candy from Chica and Jo caught my eye because it’s just so pretty.

Valentines Day Heart Shaped Candy from Chica and Jo

This I Love You This Much Card from A Day in My Life reminds me of when my kids were little.  They used to say “I love you bigger than the sky” but it sounded like “I love you bigger than this guy.”  Sniff.

I Love You This Much Card from A Day in My Life

These Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookies from Made Famous By have convinced me I need to find neon food dye.

Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookies from Made Famous By

Pizzazzerie shares lots of cute printable Valentines here, but my favorite is the Bee Mine Burt’s Bees.

Valentines Gifts from Pizzazzerie

Playing with Legos while making Valentines with the kids?  I’m in.  Check out these Lego Accessory Valentines from Chez Beeper Bebe.

Lego Accessory Valentines from Chez Beeper Bebe

This Candy Pouch Printable from Melissa Esplin is cute, but simple enough you could make enough for a whole class.

Candy Pouch from Melissa Esplin

The heart-shaped eye patch stitched onto these Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag adds the perfect touch.

Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag

I’m not sure I need to say anything about these Sew Super Cute Printable Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe.  Will you be my Valentine, and will you send me one of these?

Sew Super Cute Printable Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe

Last-Minute Valentines

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  Thanks to a pair of early dentist appointments and a full schedule for my husband on Tuesday, we’re celebrating today.  That consists of a trip to Costco, shopping for a television to replace the one that croaked over the weekend and probably lunch somewhere.  Your definition of a romantic date adapts to whatever life circumstances you happen to be in.

Before I go, I thought I’d share a couple of last-minute ideas I found via Pinterest, in case you’re scrambling to find a way to show your affection tomorrow.

Money is always great when you’re short on time, right?  Pretty it up by folding it into an origami heart, as shown on Instructables.

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All you need to do is print out these cute Valentines from Pumpkins and Posies and scribble a little note.

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I love this idea so much I can’t stand it, and found it from both Papervine and Craftster.  It’s a little more time consuming, but could still be finished before tomorrow.

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Maybe the way to your Valentine’s heart is through his or her stomach?  Try these cute kabobs from The Inspired Collection.  They’re really easy, but still look fancy.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3