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I came up with this simple teacher gift idea the other day. I meant to make marshmallows during the Christmas season for a hot chocolate bar and then completely forgot to even try. Suddenly, two months later, I remembered.

There are many recipes online for marshmallows, but here is the one I used.  It took about 20 minutes to make, but they have to set for 6 hours, so leave enough time.  I cut mine into heart shapes, but if you just cut squares it doesn’t take long.

Here are all the things you need for the marshmallows plus a stand mixer, sifter, baking pan, non-stick spray, and a spatula to smooth the mallows into the pan:

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Last week I posted about Valentines Holders that I made for the back of our chairs at home. I have challenged my family to share their love this week by making notes to each other. Sweet T has heard the challenge and raised the bar. I see a job working at Hallmark in her future. She came up with this Valentine all on her own (minus the stickers for inspiration). She made one for the baby and her daddy. So sweet. More ideas to come. . .

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To finish up my Valentine decorations I finished up some cute, cute, cute garlands. Three to be exact. Here is the link to the heart-shaped paper garland. Super easy. The girls even helped me curl the hearts, and I hot glued them together for more stability.

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The little yarn puffs garland is super easy too.

1. Wrap yarn around the width of your hand about 20 (or so) times. Remove by sliding off your hand without unwinding the yarn

2. Cut a small piece of yarn (about the size of your hand) and wrap across the middle of the “yarn ball”. Tie tightly, pulling it close in the middle.

3. With scissors, cut the loop ends on both sides, leaving many strings. To make it more poofy, roll the ball in your hands.

4. String the balls onto yarn or ribbon.

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The last garland is a pennant flag made from scrapbooking paper.

I have a few more things to make, but we shall see. Next week I’ll post some of the fun secret Valentine messages I left for the family.

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IMG_7060I cannot believe Groundhog day has come and gone, and Valentines day is just around the corner. Someone make this year slow down!

Normally I could careless about Valentines day, except for the family. I like to make it a little special by buying cute little unexpected gifts. Nothing extravagant.

Recently I read an idea in a mag about having a valentine war all week with the family. Writing and leaving love notes or notes of encouragement all over the house and in unexpected places. To go along with this idea, I decided to whip out and dust off the sewing machine and FINALLY make the back of the chair valentine holders I thought of a couple of years ago.

You can make a simple bag and then decorate with crafts, glue, and glitter. I choose to decorate each bag with a simple appliqué. More on that in a bit.

What you need:

2 pieces of felt

ribbon

scrap fabric or other craft supplies to decorate

velcro (optional)

1. Decide how to decorate your Valentine Holder. If choosing to appliqué, cut out shapes from scrap fabric.

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2. Pin applique in place on front of first piece. I don’t use a lot of pins, just enough to hold it in place as you sew. I also like using a contrasting thread color. This was the most complicated of the appliqués because I layered the breast part of the bird. I cut the whole bird out and sewed it on (first image below), then I cut a small piece of the breast to lay on top. You can find all kind of templates on the internet. Here is one I used, but I used it as a guide to draw my own larger one.

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3. Flip the felt over and attach ribbon that will be used to hang the bag. For my chairs, they are about an inch from the edges and an inch down. I sewed a square shape to hold the ribbon well. You could also cover the front part with a cute button if you want. The ribbon is about 4 or so inches. Attach ribbon to the inside of the back piece of felt also. (a total of four pieces of 4 inch ribbon.)

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4. Sew the two pieces of felt together, right sides facing out with a decorative stitch.

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5. Almost done.  To make it easy  to remove the bags, I attached self-stick velcro to the ribbon ends. You could also just tie the ribbons together. Be sure to make them a little longer if you go that route. Also melt the ends of the ribbon to keep them from fraying.

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All finished.  Here are a few of the other bags I made. I plan on filling my hutch in the background with blank valentine stationery the second week of February to make it easy for the kids to make their valentines for each other.

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I made the blue bags from blue fleece for the guys, since pink and red just isn’t their thing. It worked okay, but the felt is a little stiffer and easier to work with.

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I have several more things to add to our decorations. One of the other ideas I got was from this blog. I think the wall turned out cute.

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While I was taking pictures, The Oldest decided to photo bomb my blog.

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