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in the studio :: a valentine’s day party

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Last week I mentioned that I was planning for a big Valentine’s Day party. It was awesome! I had a great team of people helping out. We spent the entire afternoon setting up so that we could achieve this…

ValentinesParty

The decorations were simple…white tablecloths with re-purposed lemonade bottles used as a vase for red hibiscus. Each table had 2 jars with a tea light candle in them, and the ever so talented Kenneth made awesome serviette rings out of wire to hold the serviettes. We had white sheer curtains up with egg carton hearts and floating wire yarn hearts in front of them. We also had red and white organza and a blue/green organza hanging to create atmosphere. As the sun went down, the lamps provided just the right amount of light to create a soothing, romantic space.

Do you see the wall of art? We had everyone write down what love is on the hearts made out of toilet paper roll cards. We drew cards throughout the evening and read the answer. Whoever wrote it won a piece of art to take home! We featured the following prints…

Cloudy Dream’s Elephants in Love
Little Giggler’s Live In Love
Shaped By Grace’s All You Need Is Love
What’s For Dinner’s Live Laugh Love
Falala Designs’ Love Printable
Studio JRU’s This Is Love featured in Incourage
My Owl Barn’s Owl Lover Calendar

I also had 3 originals up on the wall…

Acacia Love featuring my kids and the awesome acacia tree on our property. Under the tree reads, “You and me, friends we will always be.”

acacialove

Love birds on a bike. Simple and sweet.

BikeBirds

And love birds that say, “Where there is love, there is life.”

LoveBirds

We kept the program simple and let everyone eat while the photo booth was available for those wanting to get a memory of the evening.

so cool

being cute

us!

And the dessert? Well, you can’t have a party without dessert. I made red velvet heart shaped whoopie pies to go with a side of ice cream and chocolate sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking of these bad boys. (Photo taken the day after on my second round, because I ate the first one too fast.)

Enjoying Valentine's Day dessert the day after.

Of course, the evening would not be complete without a little music. Jeremy rocked some love tunes and then this duo did an impromptu diddy that brought the house down. I think this is the best photo of the evening.

getting down

Our special events team is already planning the next party. We may be a little crazy, but we love it!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

Crafts creativity in the studio

in the studio :: valentine’s mailboxes

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Today is Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day to you! The kids and I made our annual mailboxes earlier this week so we’ve been enjoying some great love notes and goodies to each other. I love that they don’t think themselves old enough for some Valentine’s fun.

jman's mailbox
joshua’s mailbox

This is maybe like the fifth year we’ve made Valentine’s mailboxes. It’s hard coming up with new design ideas each year! We invited friends over this year and went simple. Cereal boxes, scrapbook paper, scissors, glue sticks all littered the table while we created and laughed. It was bliss.

eg's mailbox
emma g’s mailbox

I just cut cereal boxes and stapled the sides together while the kids decorated the outside. Then I poked two holes and ran ribbon through to hang them on a doorknob or, as you can see, whatever they want to hang them from. (Ironically neither of my kids have a doorknob in their room.)

jen's mailbox
my mailbox

I’m spending my day planning for our big Valentine’s party tonight. Can’t wait to show you the highlights next week. Have a great Valentine’s Day and a great weekend, and stop by my Mailboxes for Valentine’s Day post at Today’s Mama for some awesome mailbox ideas!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

Note: I’ve had to change up the link up system. I’m now using Inlinkz hence the slightly different linkup steps. 🙂

Crafts creativity in the studio

in the studio :: valentine’s art

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Valentine’s Day is exactly one week from today. You know what holidays mean, right? A time to craft! We’ve had several rainy days lately, so crafting has been a perfect option for keeping kids busy and entertained. Here are some of our projects that we’ve added to our Valentine bunting.

Toilet Paper Roll Hearts

handmade heart

making hearts

toilet paper roll heart

Man, these were easy. I saved a couple of toilet paper rolls, grabbed a plate and some red paint, and the kids made these cute Love is… cards. These are for something special of which I will have to reveal the details of AFTER Valentine’s Day. (Trying to add a little suspense to your life. :)) They would also be perfect for Valentine’s Day cards to hand out at school. So simple with a handmade touch.

Egg Carton Hearts

egg carton hearts

We also recycled the bottom of egg cartons and made some egg carton hearts! I had some thin board on hand that I used as the base and then just glued the egg cartons on and had the kids paint them. You could easily use cardboard as well. Again, super easy with lots of room to be creative with color.

All of these projects and more can be found at my Today’s Mama Easy Valentine’s Crafts roundup as well as my Free Valentine’s Printables and Card Ideas post. I’m looking forward to seeing your creativity this week. Please invite all your friends to this community so we can all be blessed by seeing such amazing creativity!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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valentine’s day bunting

Sometimes I get in a mood where I get to a roadblock and the only way out is to do something creative. That was me yesterday. I was in a funk early morning. After some Jesus time, I tried to do some writing, then I started Pinterest researching for Valentine’s Day crafting ideas.

I was getting frustrated at slow Internet, lack of inspiration, and general lack of desire with the task at hand. I promptly put down the computer, picked out some scrapbook paper from my stash, and gathered rope, scissors, a hole punch, and a ruler.

Valentine's Day bunting

It was the right decision. I exercised some creativity and got a cute Valentine’s bunting out of it. Want to satisfy a creative itch and make your own Valentine’s bunting? Check out the easy step-by-step.

Materials

assorted scrapbook paper
scissors
ruler
rope
hole punch
heart template

Instructions

1. After picking out paper, grab a heart template. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and traced the white side or back side of the scrapbook paper.

2. Once you are satisfied with your heart supply, start cutting out hearts.

3. Punch 2 holes at the top of each heart. I punched one at the top left and top right corners of each heart.

heart

4. There’s a couple of different ways you can string your hearts. You can cut one long piece of rope and string it through all your hearts. I wanted a slightly different look, so I cut lots of 5-6 inch pieces of rope. I strung one end of the rope through one of the holes and tied it in a knot. I continued until all the hearts were strung.

5. Hang up and enjoy!

Valentine's Day bunting

Crafts creativity in the studio

in the studio :: handmade ornaments

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! We’re five days from Christmas, y’all. Five. Are you prepared? I think I am. Christmas gifts are purchased and wrapped. I just need to do a bit more baking and house cleaning. I’m really looking forward to being able to enjoy these few days before Christmas. Today is my last official day of “work” for the year, so bring on the fun!

The kids and I started the fun last night by making some handmade ornaments! I have Christmas decorations in three different places on two different continents. It’s ridiculous, really, but that’s the truth. Our tree this year had only one precious handmade that Emma Grace made at a church function. It needed more!

It all started when I got down the pipe cleaners for the kids to keep themselves entertained while I ran to pick up a package. When I got back, Joshua had done a fantastic job making baby Jesus in the manger! Doesn’t it look awesome?

baby Jesus

We continued the fun by making some wreath ornaments. A little round styrofoam (or 2 halves put together as that’s all I could find here) and some yarn, embellishments optional, and you’ve got such an easy craft! Pair that with apple peanut butter sandwiches made by the youngest of the family and an assortment of home baked cookies, and you have utter bliss.

my ornament

jman's ornament

I chose blue and off-white with a red button. Emma Grace chose green and red with two red buttons, and Joshua went simple with yellow and brown. I’m so happy to have at least a few handmades on there!

eg's ornament

Have you made any handmade ornaments for the Christmas tree this year? Do share, and link up while you’re at it!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

Just a note: This is the last In The Studio for the year! Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, and we’ll see you back here on January 10th! I can’t wait to see what you’re making in the New Year! Happy holidays, friends!