Valentine’s Day Crafts for Little Hands

Little hands love to create, and I’m rounding up some great Valentine’s Day Crafts from Pinterest they’ll love!

This fun fish made entirely of hearts will let everyone know you have an ocean full of love for them!


Bee Mine! This crafty bee art project will have everyone buzzing!


Construction paper and glue dots are all you need to create these beautiful Valentine’s Day wreaths for your home or favorite teacher.


Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the wine corks? (What, that’s just us?) Here’s an adorable upcycled craft for little hands!


Make a love bug with your little love bug.This super easy craft from Our Family World Magazine is too cute for words!


What are you crafting? Reach out and tell us. We’d love to hear from you!

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

It’s October 2 and we’re counting down days to when little Ghouls and Goblins will be knocking on our doors. With Halloween right around the corner, we’re featuring Halloween Trick or Treat Bags found on Etsy to help them carry their goodies for devouring (and for Mom and Dad’s late night bag diving!).

Midnite Hollow Limited Edition Halloween Drawstring Backpack

Midnite Hollow has created this limited edition Halloween drawstring backpack. Bag is constructed of heavy weight cotton and features Gothic style skulls and jack-o-lantern print. This inside is lined with black cotton and vintage style Halloween pin stripe print for the pocket.

Sister Onions has haunted us with their Witches Brew Trick or Treat Halloween bag. It’s a really cool trick or treat bag that any witch would be proud to carry on Halloween night! Lots of cool blues, blacks, whites and shades of gray.

Witches Brew Trick or Treat Bag by Sister Onions on Etsy

Spooky Monsters scare us, but this adorable Monster bag will make you coo over the scariest ones! Hugabug Kids has created this made-to-order tote, just pick the accent color!

Monster Tote Bag

This bag by Cheries Place on Etsy is adorable. We love the contrasting blue and orange reversible fabrics. It can be used for years to come.

Great Halloween Bag for Collecting Treats by Cherie's Place on Etsy

 

What is your favorite Halloween Trick or Treat Bag?

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Bringing Spring Into Your Home With Etsy — 5 Picks to Put the Fling Back in Spring

While it’s been spring for a few weeks, I’ve been waiting for the first signs to appear and I think I can say Spring has finally come to stay. Etsy has been lighting up with the Spring goodies and I’m sharing some of my favorites to invoke the colors, smells and sights of spring.

1. Photographs are perfect for adding a touch of spring to your home. I love London any time of year, but spring is my absolute favorite time to visit. I can bring London memories home with this fabulous photograph from Eye Poetry Photography of the blossoms in Notting Hill. Too bad I’m not Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant isn’t there to greet me in his travel bookshop.

I Love London in the Springtime Photograph in Notting Hill

2. Let the neighborhood know you’re celebrating spring with the addition of this Spring Forsythia Wreath from Country Prim. The gorgeous yellows in this twig style wreath is a welcome burst of color after gray winter days.

Spring Forsythia Wreath from Country Prim

3. The addition of fabric baskets in pastel checks from The Stitchin Chicken are great for decorative pieces, or as catch-alls for small items laying around the house.

Pastel Fabric Baskets from The Stitchin Chicken

4. Invoke the scent of spring in your home with a Grapefruit and Mangosteen candle from Jenny Bean Beautiful. Enjoy the lush scent of this 100% soy wax candle while the enjoying the punchy citrus fragrance.

Grapfruit and Mangosteen Candle

5. Add a touch of spring to your nails with Periwinkle Blossom Nail Polish from Kiss Your Elbows Polish. Not only is the color gorgeous, the proceeds go to the Alzheimers Foundation. You can look good and contribute to a great cause!

Periwinkle Blossom Kiss Your Elbow Nail Polish

 

We hope we’ve inspired you to bring a touch of spring into your home. Leave us a comment and let us know how you celebrate the arrival of Spring!

National Pound Cake Day

Today is National Pound Cake Day. Pound cakes hold a special place in my heart, so much my wedding cake was frosted layers of chocolate and vanilla pound cake. So it’s only natural I wax poetic for a few minutes about my love of all that is pound cake.

Pound cake is a dense, moist cake that got it’s name because it was baked with a pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. I prefer to use my Grandmother’s recipe which is not an exact science, and is filled with dashes and splashes, leaving a burst of lemon on your palate. 

To help you bake your own pound cake, I’ve rounded up some of the best recipes online that will keep you baking and happy!

America’s Test Kitchen has always been my go-to source for recipes that are somewhat fussy to create and they didn’t fail with this recreation of the classic pound cake.

America's Test Kitchen Pound Cake Recipe

The Joy of Baking has taken all the guess work out of pound cake baking with this video demonstration.

Are you enjoying a pound cake today? Let us know in the comments!

Easter Burlap Wreath by Top This Top That

I love to change my wreaths by the holiday, however I’m also limited on storage space. Top This, Top That’s Burlap Easter Wreath is the easiest wreath you will ever make.

Top This Top That Easter Burlap Wreath

Laura takes you through all of the steps in creating this gorgeous wreath and includes versions to make for summer and fall. Talk about versatile!

To find out how to make your own Easter Burlap Wreath, visit Top This Top That! 

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St. Patrick’s Day — 5 Ideas from Pinterest to Get You Started

St. Patrick’s Day is primarily observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture in the United States. This Irish religious holiday is now celebrated by those of Irish heritage as a symbol of patriotism. People of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today, so we’re going to be sharing some of our great finds to help you create your own St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

1. These St. Patrick’s Day Mint+Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats from Lolli at Better in Bulk whets our whistle for something sweet, green and fun for kids and adults.

 

2. For the wee lads and lassies in your life, the Editors at Babble have shared 12 fun crafts to introduce them to all things Irish.

 

3. It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without Irish Soda Bread.

Source: greeneggs-and-spam.com via Misty Kearns – CEO of Me® on Pinterest

4. Setting a festive table is something we strive for and this one is a particular favorite of ours!

Source: pier1.com via Dorothy on Pinterest

 

5. We can’t leave out the adults! This Tyrconnell Clementine is made with Irish Whiskey and perfect for those of us not wanting to feel the burn normally associated with straight whiskey.

Source: blog.freshdirect.com via Amy on Pinterest

What St. Patrick’s Day festivities do you enjoy?

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4 Quick Valentine’s Day Crafts

It’s never too late to get your craft on and here at Straight Up Crafty we know that some of the best gifts can be made at the last minute! These sweet Valentine’s Day crafts don’t require much planning- just a few basic supplies and a few minutes of your day! So get your craft on for more fabulous items to share with your loved ones! After all, no one ever said being crafty had to be hard! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Radiating Hearts Valentine Card

Free DIY Valentine’s Day Printables!

Today we’re bringing you some of the best Free DIY Valentine’s Day Printables from around the blogosphere! Bloggers are a creative bunch and we count ourselves lucky to know quite a few who have straight up crafty ideas for their readers.

This collection of free Valentine’s Day printables curated by Emily Vanek of Colorado Mom for Type-A Parent is adorable! We adore these mini-Valentines from Amy is the Party! Just print, cut and sign!

Mini-Valentine Printables

Free Valentine's Day Printables!

We’re also crushing on this roundup of nine free Valentine’s Printables from online magazine, Blissfully Domestic.

Nine Free Valentine’s Day Printables

9 Free Valentine’s Day Printables

Next up are creations from Andrea at Lil-Kid-Things. If you’re the parent who’s awakened on a holiday (cough, cough) and realized you didn’t have a card for the teachers, she saves you with these quick, free printables on her site!

Easy Teacher Valentines from Lil-Kid-Things

Easy Teacher Valentines {free printable}

Free Valentine’s Day Print from Lil-Kid-Things

Free Valentine's Day Printables!

 

Which free Valentine’s Day printables are you crushing on? Let us know in the comments below!

For the love of baked goods: Pinterest’s Trendiest Food Valentine’s Day Pins

Ah, Pinterest. You create hope that my life could be filled gorgeous handmade things as I create pin board after pin board for holidays, items for my home, delectable recipes and more while providing a mental respite thanks to all the pretty that appears on your pages.

Since Lisa and I have already professed a love of baked goods, these five food beauties are pure eye candy. Oh, and they’re part of the top ten trendiest Valentine’s Day Pins on Pinterest. Can you say yum?

Red Velvet Cookies

 

Heart-Shaped Fruit 

 

Frosting-Coated Wafers

 

Felt Pencil Grips at Rusty and Rosy for Valentine’s Day

Remember passing notes back and forth in school with a “check yes or no if you like the class cutie”? We do and that’s why we are swooning over these felt pencil covers Tonja Staab from Create Celebrate Explore created for Rusty and Rosy. Tonja includes step by step pictorial instructions on how to create these adorable pencil covers for the little Valentines in your life.

Felt Pencil Grips at Rusty and Rosy by Tonja Staab

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