Sweet-Heart-Love


Sweet decadent treats…love them!  Like these itty-bitty chocolatey cupcakes from a local bakery.  Sometimes I have to have the most indulgent treats.

However, sometimes when I want something sweet, but also somewhat healthy, I’ll bake up a batch of oatmeal cranberry cookies with some ground flax seed mixed in.  And I’ll swap some of the butter with applesauce too…no one ever knows the difference.  Making these small, healthy adjustments is good for the heart.

Speaking of hearts, here are a couple that I made using these stamps from Crescendoh.  The very talented Jenny designed these cute and clever stamps.

I couldn’t help sneaking in a little “love”.

You can find the how-to instructions for making the 2″ x 2″ mini-canvases (shown above) at the Crescendoh Gallery.

Below is a heart-inspired package that I made for my sweet daughter, Brook.  I repurposed a toilet paper roll into a pocket (simply machine sew one end together) and added a soft heart made of organic cotton batting.

Wrap some goodies in tulle and tuck inside…so easy and pretty.

Here’s another easy project for you.  Altering Scrabble tiles is so quick that you can whip up a batch of heart love in no time (to make it even quicker, originally I created 5 different designs to fit on top of a tile, and then made color photocopies to make many multiples.)

Just in case anyone’s been admiring the pink buttons in this post…BTW, they’re hand dyed.  These sweet and beautiful buttons are available in the “Button Love” kit over at Crescendoh.

For these next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a blog break.  I’ve been craving some fresh air so I’ll be stepping outside more to take it all in.  I should be back by the start of March.  Until then, Happy sweet-heart-love to you and yours!



32 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. all so sweet and lovely. one question-how do you poke holes through the tiles?

    enjoy your blogging break. best wishes.

    February 10th, 2012

  2. Such sweet and lovely Valentine goodies! I do love those pink buttons, I’ll have to pop over there to check them out. Hope you have a good break Becky!

    February 10th, 2012

  3. heart beat beat beat for it all
    + now resting in those sweet pink buttons. xox

    February 10th, 2012

  4. To answer your question Ludid. I used a hand held Dremel tool to drill a tiny hole through the tile. Place a small wooden block underneath the tile so the drill bit doesn’t go through the tile and into your table surface. I use this drill for many things so it’s really worth getting if you don’t already have one.

    February 10th, 2012

  5. oh my gosh! loving the little bags!! (everything actually!) I was in stampington and got a sneak peak of the new “life” coming out… Congrats! your work is truly beautiful!!

    February 10th, 2012

  6. so nice and sweet! Have a happy break!

    February 10th, 2012

  7. Ann Marie

    A. Gorgeous — the tiles are stunning.
    B. I’ll be heading to shop after this at Cresendoh
    C. Wah? Break? No, no, no break! What will I work on (copy)?
    Enjoy the break.

    February 10th, 2012

  8. Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

    I love those hand dyed buttons and your mini canvases. I hope you enjoy your blog break. Look forward to your return.

    February 10th, 2012

  9. I love everything you make, and these lovelies are just incredible! Have a great time Becky! I will be waiting for your new beautiful creations. :)

    February 11th, 2012

  10. Mindy irwin

    I’m so copying your toilet paper roll idea for my sweetness daughter…I wonder if I can tuck a tiny bottle of nail polish in. Enjoy your time. Thanks again for the inspiration. :-)

    February 11th, 2012

  11. laura huffman

    so lovely. love it when you make miniature items, tiles, canvases, and buttons-swoon. the toilet paper treat holder-so brilliant. i love it. going through the bathroom to look for some right now. thank you and enjoy your break. hope you rejuvenate and find peace .

    February 11th, 2012

  12. Patricia Wolf

    So lovely!! Have a well deserved break….but please not too long!!!

    February 11th, 2012

  13. Linda K

    oh so lovely and sweet and clever Becky art. I love it all. I’ll miss your posts while you take some time away, but it’s a good thing to take a step away once in a while. Enjoy the outdoors and nature that refreshes the soul. <3

    February 11th, 2012

  14. The sweetest of posts.
    I adore the toilet roll pouch because of the elegance of its simplicity. Also, this is something I enjoy altering myself, makes a beautiful manner in which to present a small gift.
    Enjoy your break but please don’t be away for too long :)
    Wishes
    Lynne

    February 11th, 2012

  15. I <3 all of your lovely creations! What glue did you use on the Scrabble tiles? I hope to make some Valentines today. My daughter and her friends are baking right now…it smells really sweet at my house. I love to tweak recipes, your adjustments sound great~ enJOY your break! ATB

    February 11th, 2012

  16. Ellen…about the glue question. I used a glue stick to adhere the paper to the tile. Then I added a light layer of Diamond Glaze on top of the paper to protect it as well as give it shine. Once the Diamond Glaze is dry (usually takes 24 hours) then you can drill a hole through the tile and add your wire hanger.

    February 11th, 2012

  17. soooooo sweet! Pinning away here! enjoy your break….it will almost be spring once you return! can’t wait! l)

    February 11th, 2012

  18. oh what lovely, yummy eye candy you’ve put up for us today!
    Have a wonderful refreshing break!
    Happy hearts day!

    February 11th, 2012

  19. Good Morning, Becky! Took some time to catch up on many of your past posts, and, as always, such beautiful art you’ve shared. You always provide fabulous inspiration. I LOVE the t-paper tube pocket. Love it! And the canvas project … I have to try it. Thanks for sharing the instruction link.

    Oh, please pop over to my blog and see how I am displaying the amazing little fabric tag you included with the Mingle mag I won some months back in your giveaway. I love it. It makes me smile every time I walk by it.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    February 12th, 2012

  20. What a surprise to find out that your little pocket is a toilet paper roll – thanks for a giggle!
    Have a great time outside – here it´s much too frosty to think of being outside for longer than necessary …

    February 12th, 2012

  21. Becky,
    I love, love, love what you have done here. Just a joy to my eyes and heart.
    XO,
    Suz

    February 12th, 2012

  22. So many wonderful ideas in one post!
    I love the little canvases – so much conveyed in such a small piece of art… and the scrabble tiles look wonderful.
    Hearts are everywhere this week!

    February 12th, 2012

  23. Becky,
    I’m nearly shocked seeing this because I have made a Valentine for my hubby with the same heart you applied to your gift package for your sweet daughter. The colors are different, white and red, but the similarity is incredibly striking. Someone would say, great minds think alike!:)
    Hugs!

    February 13th, 2012

  24. P.S The little canvases are a delight!
    x

    February 13th, 2012

  25. Happy Heart Hugs Becky Dear. Love every one of your Valentine creations. And definitely eat some delicious chocolate goodness. Enjoy your fresh air time. Winter may finally have arrived as we had rain and a few inches of rain last night. Breathe that fresh air we all enjoy…

    February 13th, 2012

  26. Love these ideas, thanks so much for sharing…your blog is like looking at my favorite magazines.
    I’ve tried to sew on cardboard like that and my machine jams…wonder what i’m doing wrong?..I’m not a real sewer so I run into trouble with the machine.

    Enjoy your break and come back soon. :)
    Scarlett

    February 13th, 2012

  27. For Scarlett and anyone else who might prefer to sew by hand, or If your sewing machine isn’t cooperating. You can try to hand stitch the edge closed – try using a hole punch (with smallest circle punch available) to punch holes along one edge of the roll. Then use these holes to run an embroidery needle and thread through, creating a pocket-like package.

    February 14th, 2012

  28. Happy Valentine’s Day Becky!
    xo
    jeanne

    February 14th, 2012

  29. Becky:

    Enjoyed reading your article about creating Heartfelt Jewelry in Stampington’s Postscript. Hearts are one of my favorite symbols. I definitely will be making some of these “cuties.”

    February 15th, 2012

  30. Becky, sweet confections! Both the treats and the hearts!
    I make healthy scones the same way – substituting no fat yogurt or applesauce and using whole wheat flour. I make them sweet by adding Splenda or savory by eliminating that and adding sauteed (in olive oil), peppers, onions, garlic, a tiny bit of bacon and low fat grated Parmesan cheese. Oh….yummmmy!

    XO – Diane

    February 18th, 2012

  31. These are truely delicious valentine treats. I love every tp roll project you ever came up which Becky! Esp the adorable paint tubes you paired with stamped images. Thanks for the inspiration.

    http://mel-designs.typepad.com/my-blog/2012/02/wool-felt-bird-wedding-decor-1.html

    February 18th, 2012

  32. Thank you for stopping b my blog, that was so kind of you. I am so inspired by your blog. I love the little 2×2 canvases, I really want to try working on them.

    February 27th, 2012

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