Valentine’s Paint Chip Heart Garland

Finally…

IMG_6291…my Christmas decorations are down! I delayed so long that it is time to lay out some Valentine’s decorations. This spurred a bit of lazy creativity; I repurposed my mini Christmas tree into a Valentine’s centerpiece.  Added to some Target garland (see more of their affordable holiday items – I love Spritz!).

I decided to replace my kitchen Christmas garland with a DIY garland because I have some time for crafting after my recent lectures are complete. I saw this killer Brit +  Co. article on 5 DIY Paint Chip Garlands for Valentine’s Day and was inspired. They used a heart-shaped hole punch but did some fancy sewing machine business to secure the chips – this is some next-level stuff that I will file away on Pinterest for another project! I have a broken bobbin and haven’t gotten everything up and running. So I compromised and used a needle and baker’s twine.
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Valentine’s Paint Chip Heart Garland

YOU NEED:

HOW TO:

  1. Get some paint chips from your local paint/home supply store.
  2. Punch out some hearts (or circles, or other shapes – be creative) – the punch definitely saved me some time! You can stick to one color, blend multiple colors in a variegated pattern as I have done, or create a truly ombre look.  I did end up with some hearts that were not complete as I was trying to get as many as possible (the sugar cookie conundrum) – some I ditched and some I save for other crafts. The left over cut outs were used in the Brit + Co. article to a nice effect.
  3. Starting on one end of the twine, thread your needle and punch the needle with some force through the heart (I went front-to-back and then back-to-front so that the middle of the heart does not have the twine showing – you could reverse this for a different look). The paper is soft enough it is easy to punch through but does leave a little bit of a raw edge on the side you push through from. It didn’t mar the look for me at all.
  4. Thread this heart as far down as you desire.
  5. Continue in this manner until you have a garland of desired length. I had to rearrange my garland to make it a bit longer as I ended up with more hearts than I had anticipated.
  6. Tie knots on either end, trim your garland as desired and hang it. I can’t wait to try this with other shapes and colors and maybe using the sewing machine text time.

        Enjoy!

 

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Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I had a little time off because my rotation this month has had a lighter patient load than expected. Enough time to brainstorm some Valentine’s Day sweets for my family and colleagues.

I was deciding between Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies from Chocolate, Chocolate and More and Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Strawberry Chocolate Cookies

What sold me was the use of jello in the pudding cookies. The initial recipe has a beautiful pale pink color. I wanted something a little more vibrant, so I used a little hot pink gel coloring in addition to adding extra cherry jello powder to make a reddish cookie. I also swapped the white chocolate pudding mix for french vanilla. They are tender, delicious and full of flavor.  I am brainstorming other combinations of jello for future cookies now!

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Cherry White Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cherry flavored Jell-o mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp concentrated food coloring in pink or red
  • 1 4-oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and jello mix together.
  3. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Thoroughly mix in coloring to achieve desired color.
  5. Sift together pudding mix, floud, soda, salt.
  6. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  7. Drop by tablespoonfuls (or 1″ scoop) onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes andlet cool 5 minutes prior to transferring to cooling racks.

 

Valentine’s Day Ombre Nails

In search of the perfect colors for Valentine’s, I went through tons of my pink, red, silver and giltter nail polish. I wanted just the right shades for an over the top Valentine’s Day manicure that appealed to my inner 8 year-old girl. I came up with Sally Hansen X-treme Wear in Bubblegum Pink, Kleancolor Metallic Pink, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep.

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First I did an ombre with white, light pink and silver. I used the Polish & Pearls method. It was my first try painting on the sponge and it worked really well. A little acetone and Q-tips to clean up the cuticles and I had a lovely gradient manicure.

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George thought this was a little plain (and I had too many mistakes for my liking). Start over? Never! Stamp on top of it to distract is more my style. I used Cheeky Plate 15 with the metallic pink to make a pretty heart manicure.

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Here is a manicure I made for a friend:

 

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Share your Valentine’s stuff below!