Paper Bag Succulents for Valentine's Day with Lulu the Baker | this heart of mine

Today, my maternity guest post for my friend Melissa of Lulu the Baker is up. She welcomed her fourth child at the end of November and he’s a doll. The timing of it all worked perfectly – I got to share more Valentine loveliness elsewhere! Everyone loves succulents and they make the most darling gifts. I made a simple upcycling project to pretty up the little pot they come in.

Paper Bag Succulents for Valentine's Day with Lulu the Baker | this heart of mine

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Valentine Gift Tags

Valentine Gift Tags! with Cricut Explore | this heart of mine

Last fall, as part of the Cricut Design Space Challenge, I created simple holiday gift tags and I really liked how they turned out. I liked them so much I decided to make a few versions for Valentine’s Day. It’s a basic gift tag shape with basic block text but the combination is just darling. As we package up little treats to mail to our family this week, I look forward to adding these tags as the finishing touch.

Unlike the holiday tags, I added strips of ribbon and string to Valentine tags for extra sweetness. Even though I have a good collection of ribbon and string, I rarely use them (but love my collection). Dressing up these tags really made me smile.

Valentine Gift Tags! with Cricut Explore | this heart of mine

Like the conversation heart projects I’ve shared – envelopes and magnets – I used familiar Valentine phrases. Of course I wanted to do lots more but tried to keep it simple with just three. Aren’t the colors fab?!

Valentine Gift Tags! with Cricut Explore | this heart of mine

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Watercolor Heart Printable

Watercolor Heart Print - Free!! | this heart of mine

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my share last week about wanting to learn more about watercoloring this year. Not just do more with watercolors but actually learn something about the process, the art. Watercolor work, the non-landscape stuff, has always intrigued me. I love the lights and darks, the opaque and the translucent. And honestly, it is so peaceful. Instead of going to bed one night over the weekend, I unwound by watercoloring. It was wonderful.

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Conversation Heart Magnets

Conversation Heart Magnets | this heart of mine

I’m on a conversation heart kick this year. Not eating them so much as using their likeness creatively. Despite my feelings for the original candy, I shared conversation heart envelopes last week and this week, it’s conversation heart magnets. The first idea inspired the second. I will admit, however, these little hearts are my favorite. Their cheeriness really makes me smile.

It’s uncanny how much the texture of plaster resembles the texture of the actual candy which, in my opinion, only strengthens my stance on what brand makes the best conversation heart candy. All the more reason to be thankful these cuties are only for hanging stuff on the fridge. :)

Conversation Heart Magnets | this heart of mine

These are so simple to make and the process is quick! Supplies are inexpensive too so if your three-year-old manages to miraculously rope one off the front of the fridge and it breaks, it’s not a big deal. Just sweep it up and congratulate the boy on his roping skills.

Conversation Heart Magnets | this heart of mine

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Heart Rice Krispie Bars

Heart Rice Krispie Bars - perfect for Valentine's Day!! | this heart of mine

There are very few who can resist a good Rice Krispie bar. Ooey and gooey, buttery and crunchy. In light of this heart-filled season, I thought Rice Krispie bars with hearts would be perfect. First, they are so cute, right? Second, it’s an easy treat to make. And third, easy, heart treats are ideal sweets to share with your Valentines.

Rice Krispies bars are an easy food to mess with. They are malleable yet hold their shape. I love all the creations – the designs and sculptures – made with the gooey bars. Creating with food is fun!! These bars don’t require so much sculpting as simple shape cutting.

Heart Rice Krispie Bars - perfect for Valentine's Day!! | this heart of mine

This recipe/food trick can be used with any rice cereal bar version you choose. I am sharing the original rice cereal bar recipe below but make sure use your favorite. Then simply make two pans – one regular recipe, one regular recipe plus food coloring. Cut shapes in both pans and and swap. With how simple it is, I can’t help but think of all the other design possibilities!

Heart Rice Krispie Bars - perfect for Valentine's Day!! | this heart of mine

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