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If you need a quick and easy Valentine craft idea (for a teacher, grandma, friend, etc.) this one is so cute and fun.

You need a little birdhouse, some trim, a few embellishments, and hot glue. That’s it.

I find this adorable birdhouse, with the heart cut-out at the local craft store for $1.99. I brought it home and gave it two coats of white matte spray paint.

birdhouse ingredientsNext, I decided what trim I wanted to use. A few buttons, a little fabric rose, a piece of vintage trim and, of course, a little bird.

birdhouse add trimUsing your hot glue gun (or craft glue works, too) glue the trim along the edge of the bird house and start added the embellishments.

bridhouse embellishments

I just loved the buttons and little rose.

birdhouse doneAnd in about five minutes, you’ve got this sweet little gift for someone special. Total project time is about an hour if you count time for the paint to dry.

Attach a card that reads, “A little birdie told me you’d be my Valentine!”

She Who May Have Decided to Keep this Birdhouse for Herself

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raspberry muffins group platedNothin’ says “Be my Valentine” like a little lovin’ from the oven.

These raspberry muffins are easy to make and you can prepare them the night before (and days before and freeze) then warm up Valentine’s morning for breakfast. They are moist and sweet and guaranteed to be a hit with your sweetie (unless of course they don’t like raspberries, then you are on your own.)

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Blend until mixed, but don't over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Blend until mixed, but don’t over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Gently stir in raspberries.

Gently stir in raspberries.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned. Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes, until tops are lightly browned, then remove from oven.

Yum!

Raspberry Muffins

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups raspberries

Sugar in the Raw (Turbinado Sugar)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Melt butter then stir into dry ingredients.

Mix egg, vanilla and milk together. Pour into batter, stirring until blended, but you want to leave a few lumps in the batter.

Gently fold in raspberries.

Spoon into a muffin-pan lined with paper baking cups. Sprinkle tops with a little turbindo sugar (optional) for a sweet little crunch on top when they are baked.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned.

Remove and serve with butter (or plain).

She Who Loves Raspberry Treats

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If you’re looking for a fun little way to say I love you, how about making a Heart Message Board you can leave love notes on all week.

heart board finished 1

Using contact paper and dry erase markers, you can change the message every day.

heart board ingredientsI found this roll of marvelous contact paper at the dollar store. Sometimes the things I find there are quite surprising. You’ll need contact paper, a piece of cardboard, ribbon, trim, glue, scissors and a nail.

heart board cut to sizeMeasure a piece of contact paper to completely cover the cardboard. Leave the side edges long.

heart board taper edge

Cover the front of the cardboard and fold edges around to back. Trim the side pieces at an angle so when you fold them in, they taper out from the center  (like an envelope) and won’t show. I like layering the edges in the center because it keeps the paper from coming loose from the cardboard.

heart board coveredIt should look like this when you finish. Nice and smooth with no wrinkles.

heart board glue trimNext, glue your trim on in a heart-shape. I placed mine then glued a little section at a time. You can use plain white glue, craft glue or hot glue, your choice. I used white glue and held it in place with push pins until it dried.

heart board nailUse a nail to poke two holes, one in each top corner, for the ribbon.

Heart board ribbon cornerAdd the ribbon and knot each end in the back. Trim off excess.

heart board sharpieIf you want, you can write something like “Love You Because” in permanent marker and draw a line then fill in the blank every day, or leave the whole thing blank and write a message every day. Just remember to use dry erase markers for what you want to be able to change daily.

You could also use this as a big Valentine card and could write the message in permanent ink.

heart board finishedYou can hang it up for your true love to see each morning or give it to them as a gift.

She Who Loves Heartsy-Crafts

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heart day

Wishing you  a super special, fabulous day!

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