DIY Valentine Gifts for Men

DIY Valentine Gifts for Men

Valentine Gifts for menRomance is in the air!  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and by now most of us moms and grandmothers are winding down our Valentine crafting.  Classroom and teacher gifts are done or nearly done, as are gifts for friends and families.  By now many of us have had our fill of cutting out hearts and cupids and are ready to move on.  But we may have neglected one of the most important people in our lives, our significant other!

Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is a female holiday.  We expect our husbands and boyfriends to take the initiative and come up with fabulous Valentine gift.  We expect flowers, chocolates, jewelry, dinners, etc.

I admit I love the pampering, and most of the gifts my husband has given me.  Okay, the weed trimmer wasn’t a big hit, but it was certainly memorable.  Over all I think he’s gotten this Valentine thing down pat, even though at times he goes overboard with humongous boxes of chocolates or a truck load of blooms.

I must confess that most years I tend to neglect doing something special for him.  By the time I get around to getting him a gift it’s usually the day before Valentine’s Day and I end up buying a shirt or a bottle of cologne.  Occasionally inspiration strikes and I do something special.  One year I remembered early enough to reserve an ocean view table at our favorite gourmet restaurant, another year I checked us in to an oceanfront suite for the night.

This year I tried booking a table at a restaurant during the last week of January.  I tried all our favorites, they were sold out unless I want to have dinner at 10 o’clock.  So I searched the web for inspiration. I found many great ideas and will be incorporating a couple in my Valentine’s Day plans. I’ve decided that a moonlight picnic on the beach is just what we need.  We live in Hawaii so the weather should be cooperative, if not then on to plan B, a picnic at home.

Here’s a round-up of DIY Valentine gift idea for men.   Perhaps they will inspire  your Valentine planning.  Whatever you decide have a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day!

valentineIf you’re still feeling crafty then this cool chocolate guitar may be just what you need.  Specially if your Valentine is a music and chocolate lover!

Edible Crafts online has a great tutorial to show you how you can make this guitar for your lover boy!

Click here for the tutorial![spacer height=”-20px”]

valentinePicnics are always romantic.

If the weather is bad you can still have a romantic picnic in your livingroom.  Set the scene with candles and “picnic” on a blanket on your floor.  Serve food you would serve if you were actually going on an outdoor picnic, but keep it simple; pasta salad, cold chicken, cheese, crusty bread, fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, etc.  And wine,  Don’t forget the wine!  (sparkling cider makes a nice non-alcoholic alternative, specially if you have to drive home)  Pack everything in a picnic basket if you have one.

valentineAfter  dinner snuggle up in your romantic bedroom.

I’d add a candle or two , a couple of wine glasses, a bottle of wine, and a small box of truffles to this design by Everyday Art. [spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's ValentineI love this heart box by  Theresa of Crafting the Web!

Fill it with his favorite treat!

Click here to learn how to make it![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

Men's ValentineBacon is supposed to be “manly”, treat your man to Chocolate dipped roses by Everyday Dishes![spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's ValentineHere are more Bacon Valentines from PrettyOrganized you’ll find recipes and free printable tags on their site.[spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's Valentine

 Give him a gift that lasts the whole year.  This Pre-planned date night book by Thinking Closet let’s you celebrate Valentine’s Day once a month doing something you both enjoy.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

Men's ValentineThis Sensual Valentine by What’s On My Porch will stimulate all his senses.

Decorate cardboard boxes and fill each one with a corresponding item.  His favorite candy, a massage bug, his preferred cologne, a CD, and some sexy lingerie he’ll love seeing you in.  Tailor the items to your man.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

Vaporizing Shower Melts

Vaporizing Shower Melts

Cold and Flu season are in full swing and even if you have took the flu shot (which you should have) you can still get the flu and winter colds.  I know!  I got the flu 3 times last year even though I had taken the flu shot as soon as it was available.  I know the flu or a cold is no fun.  You feel yucky, you’re tired, your skin and mouth can feel dry, and worst of all your nose is stuffy.  That’s where these Vaporizing Shower Melts come in handy!

Think back when you were a kid and had a stuffy nose.  Remember your mom or dad sitting you in the bathroom with the hot water running and the steam building up?  They probably even put a dollop of Vick’s Vaporub or Mentholatum ointment in a bowl of hot water.  Or perhaps they used a vaporizer in your room.  Which ever one they used the idea was to create steam that released the caphor and other ingredients in the Vaporub or Mentholatum, these days we call it aromatherapy!

Well so far since last Christmas everyone in my family has has a winter cold.  I swear no matter what I do or what medication I take my nose is still stuffy.  That’s why in desperation I turned to my parents’ stuffy nose cure, the good old fashioned vicks in a steamy bathroom.  But to bring it into this century I made these Vaporizing Shower Melts.

Vaporizing shower melts work on the same general idea, Vicks + Steam = stuffy nose relief!  Only it’s a bit more PC in that you’re not wastefully running water down the drain whilecreating steam.  It actually works with the water you’re  using to take my shower.  Talk about multitasking!

But best of all these Vaporizing shower melts really work!  Yes, they will clear your sinuses.  So they’re not just good for winter colds they’re great during allergy season as well.  Whenever your nose is stuffy these Vaporizing shower melts will definitely help out.  Now I’m not saying they’ll cure whatever ails you; they definitely won’t!  But they will make you feel just a little bit more comfortable for a little while.  In my case it clears my sinuses just long enough so that I can at least get to sleep.

My daughter told me that a while back these vaporizing shower melts were sold in stores but she hasn’t been able to find any recently.  Why bother to find them when you can easily make them.

Really these vaporizing shower melts are super easy to make and use 4 ingredients you probably already have.  All you have to do is mix them up, stick them in molds, freeze for an hour and they’re ready to use.  Seriously it’s that easy!

I used silicone molds to make mine, they’re really ideal for making these vaporizing shower melts because you can push the finished melts out of the molds so easily.  Not to mention there’re lots of cute molds out there and using them make the melts look so pretty.  But don’t worry if you don’t have any molds you can use ice cube trays!

I also decided to color my melts a teal blue, you can color yours any color you want or leave them white.  It’s totally up to you!

Once you’ve made the vaporizing shower melts you just have to store them in air tight containers, mason jars work well, and use them when you need them.  They should last for about 3 months, so you may have to make more to take you thru both the flu and allergy seasons.  By the way they make great gifts when you visit friends suffering from winter colds or allergies, they’ll love them!

To use them just place a Vaporizing Shower Melt in the shower with you when you’re taking your shower.  Place it somewhere out of the way like by the drain so you don’t step on it and slip.  The floor gets a bit slippery as it melts so be careful where you step.

Now again these melts are there to provide soothing relief from runny noses.  They do not treat colds, the flu, allergies, or other ailments.  If you have fever, sore throat, aches, pains, chills, and other cold and flu symptoms seek medical attention  from your doctor or a health care professional.  You definitely need to take care that a winter cold or flu do not develop into something more serious and only your doctor or health care professional can tell you what needs to be done and prescribe the correct medications you might need to get better.

So here’how you can make Vaporizing Shower Gels to help soothe your stuffy nose!  If you’ve got a stuffy nose when you make this you’ll find that the scents will clear your sinuses as you mix!  That’s an added bonus!

By the way use a metal or glass bowl to mix ingredients in.  Plastic will absorb the smells and will more than likely you’ll never be able to get the smell out.

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Supplies:

1  3.53 oz. jar Vick’s Vaporub, Mentholatum, or other similar ointment

2 Cups Baking Soda

8-10 Tbs Water

Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)

Directions:

vaporizing shower meltIn a large metal or glass bowl mix the ointment into the baking soda.  This make time some time for the ointment to mix well with the baking soda but keep mixing.

Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing.  If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want.  I ended up using all 10 tbs.  Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.

Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture.  You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet.  That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring.  When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.

 

Press mixture into your mold or ice tray.  The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray.  I got 4 large hearts and 8 small ones from one batch.  You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix.  If you need lots of melts make one batch at a time.

Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour.  Then unmold and store in airtight containers.

They look pretty good in Mason Jars, specially if you’re gifting them to a sick friend.  Just add a tag with instructions on how to use them and you’re good to go!

 

 

3 Non-Candy Valentine Cards for School & Free Heart Shaped Animals Templates!

3 Non-Candy Valentine Cards for School & Free Heart Shaped Animals Templates!

Valentine’s Day is next week.  It’s time to get those Valentines ready so the kids can take them to school.  When my kids were school age it was easy, pick up a bag of Valentine packaged candies from the supermarket, write their names on them, then send them off to school on Valentine’s Day.  Unfortunately these days lots of kids have all kinds of food allergies, I know 3 out of my 5 grandchildren all have various food allergies.  In fact allergies are so common many schools have banned students from bringing food treats to school.

I know this is true at my grandsons schools; Devon’s elementary school, and Jett’s Pre-School.  This requires a bit more thought, but don’t despair, there are many alternatives out there.

Non-candy valentine cardsHere are 3 Non-Candy Valentine Cards I made for the boys’ classmates.  They really don’t take long to make nor do they cost a lot of money.  Actually these Non-Candy Valentine Cards cost less than candy Valentines!

 

 

non-candy valentine cardsSince watching the new Star Wars movie Devon’s been all about Star Wars.  He was quite happy to pose for this Star Wars themed Non-candy Valentine’s Card with glow sticks.

All you need to make this card is to take a photo of your child holding anything that resembles a sword.  Devon wore his Darth Vader shirt, but really anything will do, and was reaching for his toy light saber.  (His brother was actually off to the side holding the tip of the light saber and Devon was reaching for it.  He wanted to give the appearance that the saber was flying into his hand.)

Then I uploaded the photo into photoshop, if you don’t have photoshop you can use Picmonkey a free online photo editor app.

Using the editor I cut out Devon’s picture with the sword then overlayed the photo with a space image I had snapped a photo of.  I then added the text I wanted and saved the photo.

I printed the photo on cardstock (4 photos per sheet), cut them out using a paper cutter, scissors will work fine, then made a small slit on the sword hilt large enough to slip a light stick in.  I used Bracelet glow sticks I found at the Walmart party section.  A pack of 5 cost about $1.  Then I taped the glow stick on the back of the card.  Done!  I had an extra card which I glued on to a plain brown bag and stenciled Star Wars sayings on the front.  He’s using the bag to carry the cards to class.

non-candy valentine cardsFor Jett’s pre-school class I made Race car Valentine Cards.

These were super easy to make!  I just popped a picture of a race track into photo shop, added the text and printed them out on cardstock.  (4 to a page)

I poked holes spaced to hold the plastic race car in place.  I used plastic zip ties to hold them on the card, but you can use twine or thin ribbon.

I got the race cars from Walmart, a pack of 6 for $1.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

non-candy valentine cardsFor Jett’s Day Car buddies I made these Dinosaur Valentine Cards.

These were made exactly the same way as the race car Valentine cards, just with a different background.

I bought the little dino figures from Walmart as well.  A pack of 6 for about $1.

 

These are just 3 ideas for Non-Candy Valentine Cards, I’m sure you can come up with many more.  Just walk down the party section of your local discount or dollar store and you’ll find many fun things you can turn into Valentine treats.  (think play-doh, crazy straws, maze games, etc.)

Then find a cute saying that will coordinate with the toy like “You make my heart race” for plastic race cars or “You are Dino-Mite” for the mini dinos.  You get the idea!

With a bit of time and imagination I’m sure you’ll come up with great Valentine Cards for your kids to share with their classmates!

 

Here are some cool heart shaped animals from Personal Creations you can make with the kids!

They would make a great gift tag or card embellishment!

Download the templates from Personal Creations today!  They’re free!

Click here for templates!

5 Things You Should Know Before You Start A DIY Project

5 Things You Should Know Before You Start A DIY Project

There are many benefits to conducting a DIY project. Whether you are painting your house, remodeling your kitchen, replacing the windows or sorting out a plumbing issue, DIY projects can save you a lot of money and keep your brain sharp as you learn new skills.

In order to successfully complete a DIY project, you will need to know what to expect so that you can be adequately prepared.

Here are 5 things you should know before you start a DIY project.

Here are 5 things you should know before you start a DIY project.

1. Be Aware Of The Surroundings
If you intend to carry out a DIY home project, make sure that you keep an eye on everything around you. Ensure that the children stay away from the construction site to prevent accidents and injuries. Never leave active power tools unattended and safely store them away from your children’s reach while not in use.

2. Be Prepared For The Mess
One thing you should know about DIY construction projects is that they can be messy. If you are demolishing a wall or installing a new floor, get ready to uncover pet stains, rodents, insects and also, to be covered in dust and debris. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty; when you are mentally prepared for the job it will be easier to get started, get through the mess and complete your DIY project successfully.

3. Accidents Can Happen
Always remember that accidents can happen. Before you start your DIY project, it is important to know where all your tools are and which areas you will need to be extra careful. Utilize protective gear and clothing such as goggles, gloves, and boots. Keep the workspace clean to avoid slips, trips, and falls. Your walkway should always be clear of debris and machinery to avoid accidents.

Identify all the hazards and make a plan to avoid them. Make a list of all the preventative measures you would take in the event you or your family member got hurt. A well stocked first aid kit should always be within your reach.

4. Follow Instructions, Not Intuitions
Power tools should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, warnings, and instructions. Before you start your project, be sure to read all the tools manufacturer’s instructions. Use tools that are in good condition. A cracked wooden handle on a hammer could result in the head of the hammer flying off and striking your fellow worker. Do not assume anything, if the tool is not right for the job at hand, do not use it.

5. It Is Okay To Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask a few friends or family members to pitch in and give a helping hand. If your DIY project becomes too overwhelming, you could also call in a professional to help you finish the project.

Conclusion

There you have it; 5 things you should know before you start a DIY project. If you have gotten hurt while doing your DIY project due to a manufacturer’s defect or a product that was not labeled properly, do not worry. This New Jersey Attorney will help you protect your legal right and get the settlement you deserve.

Cheap DIY Christmas Gifts From Your Kitchen

Cheap DIY Christmas Gifts From Your Kitchen

The bests gifts I receive are always homemade ones.  It means that the giver cared enough to take the time to DIY Christmas gifts.  I specially love homemade candies and cookies.

Here is a round up of easy and inexpensive DIY Christmas gifts from your kitchen.

Homemade mints in pretty jars are great hostess gifts anytime of year.

They look pretty, you can make them any color and shape you want.   Learn how to make these cream cheese mints here!  [spacer height=”-20px”]

Gifts From Your Kitchen

DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar are always a yummy hit!

You can put almost anything in a jar and make it look good, seriously!  It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to package DIY Christmas gifts, or gifts for any other time of year.

Here are a few suggestions:

Ice Cream Topping and other gifts in a jar from Mom Laughs.

For my cookie mix gifts and free printable click here!

For my cappuccino mix and free printable click here!

Gifts From Your Kitchen

An orange wreath!

Grab a case of clementines from the fruit market to make these cute and healthy clementine wreaths.  No cooking or baking involved!

For instructions click here!

 

 

Gifts From Your Kitchen

Divine Caramel Sauce is very versatile!

It can be used to top ice cream, pancakes, and more!  I love it for my homemade bread pudding!

For recipe click here!   [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

Cookie dough

Frozen Cookie Dough, another great idea!

You can use you’re own cookie recipe or even buy refrigerated cookie dough from your local grocery store.

click here for recipe!

 

 

For more ideas follow me on Pinterest!

 

 

Thick and Fluffy Santa Hat – Free Pattern

Thick and Fluffy Santa Hat – Free Pattern

There are many patterns for Santa Hats out there. This is one of my favorites.  I love the thick and fluffy trim!

I made two of them for my twin grand kids, Harper and Sadi. Loved it so much I made some for the other grands and my sister-in-law’s grandkids as well.  I used the free pattern from Creatiknit which I accented with Holly Leaves and Berries.  I added a cute gingham bow to Harper’s hat. I tied a large jingle bell at the tips so the kids jingle when they walk.  FUN!

The pattern uses #6 worsted yarn and a Size N hook, the stitches work up very quickly!  Instead of using #6 worsted yarn for the hat body I used one strand of #4 yarn in red and one strand of #4 Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in sparkle red.  I held both strands together while making the hats.  For the white trim I used Bernat Baby Blanket Super Bulky #6 yarn in white.  I used this for the pompom too.  The holly leaves and berries are made with #4 yarn in green and red.  I made the bow using 5/8″ ribbon.

Hook Size N 9mm

#4 worsted yarn in red, sparkle red, and green

#6 bulky yarn in white

Yarn needle

Click here for Santa Hat Pattern from Creatiknit!

Click here for Holly and Berry Pattern from Ravelry!

 

Santa HatDon’t have time to make this hat?  No worries check out my Etsy Shop!  I’d love to custom make one for you!
Want a thinner Santa Hat?  Here’s another free pattern I used to make a thinner version, click here!