Mini Hearts in a Bottle

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little mini hearts in a bottle are so sweet, and really easy to make for someone special this Valentine’s Day.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I was inspired by the mini glass bottles with the sweet little cork tops.  I thought it would be cute to make a miniature heart flower that was like it was growing inside.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little bottle gardens remind me of teeny, tiny terrariums.  You can get a sense of the scale and how small they really are by the thimble.  The thimble was too big to fit inside the glass bottles, so I made a cute little stand alone one with the thimble as a tiny flower pot.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Here’s how to make your own:

Materials:

  • mini glass bottles
  • moss
  • air dry clay
  • white glue
  • felt
  • stuffing
  • thread
  • glue
  • wire
  • green embroidery thread

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Instructions:

1.  To make the heart flower, start by cutting out two matching hearts (a front and a back) , small enough to fit through the mouth of the glass bottle.  Sew them together with coordinating thread, using a blanket stitch.  Before sewing all the way around the heart, add in a little stuffing.  Finishing sewing it all the way around.

2.  To make the stem, cut a small piece of wire.  Using green felt, cut out a very tiny leaf or two, with a narrow stem piece.  Tie on some green embroidery thread to the top of the wire, and wrap it around the wire tightly.   Part way down, wrap in the stem of the felt leaf.  At the end of the stem, finish by tying the thread off, and using a little white glue to secure it.

3.  To assemble the heart flower, use a tiny piece of air dry clay as a base, and insert the stem into it, so it’s able to stand up on its own.  Glue the heart onto the top of the stem to create the flower, pushing the wire up into the felt heart.  Allow the clay and glue to dry.

4.  To assemble the jar, put a tiny amount of glue in the bottom of the jar with a toothpick.  Glue the flower in place in the jar, using tweezers to position it.  Cut the moss into tiny little pieces and add to the bottle.  Use a toothpick and tweezers to push it down and compact it at the bottle of the flower.  Optional:  Add a little handmade tag that says “love grows here”.

5.  To create the thimble flower, make the flower in the same way, with the clay pushed into the thimble and topped with moss.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Make a few for a pretty little grouping, with different shades of pink felt hearts.  Use little birch tree rounds to create different heights in your display, and different sized bottles.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I love how these turned out and they were really simple to put together.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

They remind of fairies.  Any little fairy fans on your Valentine’s Day list?  These would be perfect.  I know my little girls love them.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

With Mini Hearts in a  Bottle, life really is a party!

20 Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $20

 

Something for every Valentine on your list, and all at under $20.  (All prices are in US Dollars.)  Perfect for gift giving, and spreading a little love to those who are extra special.  I hope this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide gets you all ready for Valentine’s Day this year.

For The One You Love

1.  Nat King Cole -Love Songs

Because my husband is a sentimental romantic at heart, and chose “When I fall in love” as the first dance at our wedding, and I believed him.  $10.99

2.  Heart Shape Pancake Making Set

Because pancakes alone + heart shaped = true love.  Who won’t love a special Valentine’s Day breakfast of heart shaped pancakes.  No one, that’s who.  $14.99

 

3.  Sense and Sensibility

Because a romantic movie and Valentine’s Day just go together -maybe add a bottle of wine too.  😉  This one is a classic, and my guy likes maybe even more than I do.  Rent- $3.99  Buy- $9.99

 

4.  Ice Cream Bowls and Scoop Set 

Because a Valentine’s Day with ice cream sundaes, well it’s the cherry on top -literally.  It would be fun to pick up some fun ice cream flavours, syrups, whipped cream, cherries, and sprinkles and a fun build-your-own-sundae night. $19.99

5.  Wood Cell Phone Case

Because the feel of the wood case is so nice, and it’s cool, and I get lots of compliments on mine.  $8.99

6.  Bubble Bath

Because I think almost everyone loves a bubble bath.  Light some candles and put on some music and draw a warm bath for the your kids, or your sweet heart.  Warm Vanilla Sugar is I think my favourite, but they pretty much all smell amazing.  The shower gel can be used just like bubble bath. 10.95

 

For Him

 

7.  Beer Packaging

Because, let’s face it, he loves beer.  This set is just the packaging, so you can fill it with whatever his favourites are.  You add the cute labels to the bottles and put it in the six-pack.  It’s so cute, and it’s beer.  $9.99

8.  Battery Charger

Because if you ever run out of battery, this handy little backup battery is a life saver.  And because my guy loves gadgets, and yours might too. 15.99

 

9.  Flashlight

Because it’s super bright, has a little carry case, and again, it’s a nice little gadget.  It even comes with batteries!  15.27

For Her

10.   Vintage Inspired Chocolates

When I was a little girl, I remember these elaborate heart chocolate boxes in the stores at Valentine’s Day.  I thought they were so, so beautiful, and I also remember thinking someday maybe my sweetie would buy me one. I don’t even like chocolate that much, the idea of one of these pretty vintage inspired chocolate boxes seems like a dream come true to me.  $14.99

 

9.  Love Necklace

This pretty, and simple gold necklace is so sweet.  It perfect for Valentine’s Day.  It’s made by Foxy Originals, I love their products and I’m sure you will too.  $11.99

12.  Little Marble Bowl

Because it’s marble, and although it doesn’t seem too romantic, it’s useful and timeless and beautiful, and what every woman really wants.  Am I right?  $8.54

 

13.  Gold Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups

Because you probably already have measuring spoons, and cups so you won’t buy yourself new ones, but they’re probably ugly old plastic, and these are all shiny, and gold and they just make you want to bake something! $4.99 and $5.99

 

14.  Longitude Latitude Necklace

Because how romantic is it to give the woman you love a necklace with the longitude and latitude of some where special -maybe your home, perhaps your honeymoon location, or where you first met. $17.95

 

15.  Metallic Temporary Tattoos

Because they’re metallic, and sexy, and sassy, and temporary.  I love these for a night out,  and they come off easily with a little baby oil (top tip).  They make a girl feel cute. $8.59

 

 

 

16.  Valentine’s Day Pillow

Because my friend Lucy from Craftberry Bush sells the most beautiful pillows. There are lots of beautiful ones, for any time of year, but these are perfect for Valentine’s Day.  $20 each

 

For Kids

17.  Pink is for Blobfish -Jess Keating

Because pink doesn’t have to be girly.  This book is perfect for any kid that loves nature and weird facts.  It’s all about some pretty unusual pink animals and couldn’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day for the kid in your life who isn’t too girly or frilly.  Great book. $16.99

 

18.  Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse Storybook

Because if you have littles, a special storybook means a special cuddle at bedtime.  And this series of books about the mouse -remember “If you give a mouse a cookie”? is so good.  $5.33

 

19.  Soft Cupcake Set

Since Valentine’s Day is for all things sweet, I think this soft cupcake set would be perfect for any little ones in your life.  Chances are they’ve had enough actual sugar throughout the special day, but this is the perfect way to let them have their cake and eat it too. $14.29

 

For The Dog

20.  Milk Bone Mini’s

Because this year we have a puppy, and little Oscar gives us so, so, much love, we should send a little extra his way this time of year too.  Seriously, puppy love is the best.  $8.99

 

I hope you’re feeling inspired to shower the ones you love this Valentine’s Day.  Around here, we love parties, and special meals, and homemade gifts, and special thoughtful little presents too.

With a special little gift for everyone on your list, life really is a party!

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I love Valentine’s Day, and as much as I love celebrating with my sweetie, I also love celebrating as a family.  This Valentine’s Day Breakfast is the perfect way to celebrate together -and share a little love.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I started out with the beautiful buffet.  When I decided to make a special Valentine’s Day Breakfast, I thought it would be fun to set it up as a buffet with lots of fun choices for everyone.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

Around our house, buttermilk pancakes are a real favourite.  So for Valentine’s Day I made little silver dollar pancakes, and served them in little stacks.  The pretty heart pix were the perfect final touch.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

We love to top our pancakes with real maple syrup -we are Canadian after all.  We also had some whipped cream, strawberries, and the sweetest little heart sprinkles.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

Along with the wonderful pancakes, we had to have some sausages.  To make them a little more festive, I cooked sausage patties, and then made them heart shaped with a cookie cutter.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I also made some breakfast parfaits.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

These are made with some vanilla yogurt and my favourite homemade granola -get the recipe here.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

They got dressed up for Valentine’s Day with some strawberry hearts on top.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I also made some really simple scrambled eggs.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

And probably our very favourite of the morning, we had homemade jelly donuts -get the recipe here.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

These heart shaped donuts are pretty easy to make because the dough for them is made in the bread machine!  So good.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

My very favourite element of the Valentine’s Day Breakfast Buffet though, has to be the amazing paper flower backdrop.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I actually made the flowers quite a while ago and had them stored in a plastic bag in the basement, since they’re so pretty I couldn’t bear to throw them out.  They’re quite easy to make -you can see my how-to video by clicking here.  I used pinks, white, some off-white, and some book page papers.  Some have a little pink paint added here and there too.  To hang them over the buffet, I hot glued them all to some paper in a kind of swag, and then used command hooks to secure the paper to the wall.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

The giant paper flowers are so pretty, I don’t think I want to take them down!

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

For the Valentine’s Day Dining Table, I kept it pretty simple. I layered a few runners I already had, and added some beautiful flowers.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I used an assortment of thrifted milk glass bud vases, and added some roses and tulips.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

The flowers are really simple and easy to do, but have lots of impact.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I thought the roses tied in really well with the big paper roses in the backdrop too.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

For the table settings we kept things pretty simple too.  I bought these pretty heart plates at a garage sale years ago, and always try to remember to pull them out this time of year.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I wanted to keep things pretty neutral, in keeping with the Rustic Scandinavian feel of the room, with just enough festive pink.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I picked up these simple wooden heart chalkboards at the dollar store and thought they were the perfect rustic touch.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

Over in the corner, one more special touch, a little pink hot chocolate stand.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

I picked up the sweet heart marshmallows at the Asian grocery store -they’re so perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

It’s easy to make pink hot chocolate, just add a little red food colouring to white hot chocolate -perfect for Valentine’s Day.  And here’s a little entertaining tip, serve it in a tea pot.

Valentine's Day Breakfast: the perfect inspiration with decor and menu for celebrating Valentine's Day with family and friends.

This was such a fun and sweet little family party.  I hope you’re feeling inspired to do something special with your family to celebrate love day together -whether big or small, make sure to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.

With a special Valentine’s Day Breakfast, life really is a party!

I’m joining in with 25 other Canadian Bloggers this week to inspire you this Valentine’s Day.  Be sure to check out their amazing projects!

Monday

Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Blood Orange Limoncello Cocktail for Valentine’s Day by Tara of Suburble
Ombre Cake Makeover from a Grocery Store Cake by Colleen of Lemon Thistle
Valentine’s Popcorn by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
“Warm Heart” Hand Warmers by Sarah of Flourish & Knot

Tuesday

Valentine’s Day Embroidery Projects by Heather of Home to Heather
Valentine’s Candy Inspired Table Setting by Andrea of Personally Andrea
Valentine Heart Strawberry Pop Tarts by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Valentine’s Day Date Night In Gift Basket Idea by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Wednesday

Felt Valentine’s Day Cards by Alex of Northstory
Lovey Dovey Vegan Chocolate Bark by Joann of Woman in Real Life
Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging by Thalita of The Learner Observer
DIY Valentine String Art by Tash of The Dreamhouse Project
Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Thursday

Easy DIY Valentine’s Wreath by Laurie of VinYet ETC
Raspberry Pie Mousse Cups by Daniela of Lifeovereasy
Valentine’s Day Breakfast by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Valentine’s Mantel by Jen of Rambling Renovators
Boyfriend Bouquet | Floating Heart Terrarium by Cynthia of Cynthia Zamaria

Friday

Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art by Christine of The DIY Dreamer
“You & Me” Wood Sign by Lindi of Love Create Celebrate
Chocolate and Coconut Coated Heart Mini-Cakes by Jane and Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit
DIY String Heart Wall Hanging by Melissa of The Sweet Escape
Heart Shaped Marshmallows for Valentine’s Day by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Jelly Donuts

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

These Jelly Donuts are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat….or any other occasion treat…maybe just the perfect treat in general.  If you’ve never made home made donuts before, this is the recipe for you, because the hard part is all done in the bread machine.  And trust me, no one will ever know, they’ll be too busy saying things like “you made donuts…you are amazing, the donuts are amazing, you and the donuts are amazing.”

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

I’ve made donuts a few times -like these Homemade Honey Crullers, the kind of tricky part is deep frying them.  But these weren’t even made in a deep fryer, I just used a little pot of oil on the stove and oil thermometer.  When you taste you them, you will think it was worth the trouble.  Trust me.

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

So start out with your trusty old bread maker machine.  Set it to the dough setting and let it do all the hard work.

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

Jelly Donuts

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 pkg.) active dry yeast
  • oil for frying
  • white sugar to roll the fried donuts in
  • jam for filling -I used raspberry, you can use your favourite kind

Instructions

  1. When making dough in a bread maker, the order the ingredients are added in is important. Add ingredients layer by layer, and do not mix. For the first layer in the bread maker, add milk, water, and beaten egg. Next add the butter, sugar and salt. Finally add the flour, and the yeast as the last ingredient. Set bread maker to dough setting and start the machine.
  2. When the dough is finished, roll out on a floured surface to about a 1/2 inch thick. Use a small heart to cut out donuts. Lay donuts on a greased cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise around 30 min.
  3. Fry donuts in oil that's 350 degrees, until golden brown, then flip over and cook over side. (If the outside is too brown and the middle isn’t cooked, your oil is too hot -you will have to watch the temp as you go, and adjust as needed, or use a deep fryer.)
  4. Roll the hot donuts in white sugar to coat them. To fill the donuts with jelly, wait until they are cool, then use a piping bag with a #230 tip to pipe a jam of your choosing into the middle. Best eaten the same day -which frankly isn’t really a problem. ?
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Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

I thought it would be fun to make these into mini hearts for Valentine’s day.  And, it was.  They were so, so cute.

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

I did try once before to make jelly donuts and I had a little trouble getting the jelly inside.  This time I was prepared and picked up a #230 tip for my icing bag.  It’s long and thin, and perfect for poking into the donut and squeezing in the jam.  If you’re going to make these I highly recommend picking this little guy up first.  I’ve tried in the past with a ziplock bag, and a regular icing tip on an icing bag, but it’s too hard to get the jam pushed all the way inside the donut.  This special tip worked perfectly.

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

These, like any donuts, are best eaten as soon as you make them.

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

You can however, make the dough ahead of time.  I saved half my dough, wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge over night, and it still worked great.  So, if you were thinking of making these for your sweetheart for breakfast, you could make the dough the night before and just fry them in the morning.  And then your sweetheart will love you even more.

Bread Machine Jelly Donuts: mini heart shaped jelly donuts, with an easy to make bread machine dough. Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert, or anytime.

With home made heart shaped jelly donuts, life really is a party!

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