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Valentine's Day Craft Ideas, Projects, and Recipes To Spread Your Love

Valentine's Day Craft Ideas, Projects, and Recipes To Spread Your Love


Even though Valentine's Day is right around the corner, it isn't to late to add a little bit of a festive touch to celebrate the day.






While we  typically think of the holiday being all about love in a romantic relationship, there is no reason why you can't celebrate the feeling of love for your friends, children, or neighbors, too.  For your coworkers, why not bake up a batch of the delicious dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting, pictured below.  Or take the time to print out and address some vintage inspired valentines for your best friends.  Sending out a little love doesn't have to be just for elementary school children!


Here are some of my favorite simple craft ideas, projects, and recipes that you can try this week to celebrate all the loves in your life....


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A Farmhouse Bench with a Secret Distressing Technique

A Farmhouse Bench with a Secret Distressing Technique


See how a basic scrap wood bench is transformed into a 
distressed farmhouse style piece of furniture.







If you enjoy hunting for worn out furniture to refurbish, it can be tempting to look just for pieces that have built in character like turned legs or fancy trim.  You know that those details will always look great when painted and distressed.   All that piece of furniture needs is a little love and updating to look special once again.  But, furniture like that can be hard to find, especially at a reasonable price because it is what everyone is looking for.

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How to Fold Shirts Like Your Favorite Clothing Store

How to Fold Shirts Like Your Favorite Clothing Store





Have you ever wandered through your favorite clothing store and wondered how they get those neat little stacks of perfectly folded shirts?  Although none of us live in a house with our own boutique shop for displaying what we wear, there is no reason why the storage of our clothes can't look just as tidy.


Whether your shirts are stored on a shelf in your closet or tucked away in a drawer, the folding technique is the same.  It doesn't take much time to do it correctly, and it is a pretty fool-proof process.  Knowing the proper way to fold your clothing will not only make your closet look neater, but will also help to keep your clothes wrinkle free and ready to wear.

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Understanding the Secret Language of Recipes

Understanding the Secret Language of Recipes





A recipe is like your road map in the kitchen.  If you know how to use it, there is no reason why you can't be successful at baking and cooking basic foods.  Believe it or not, but recipes are written with a "secret formula" helping to ensure that you can understand the steps and process of making the dish.  But the reasoning behind how recipes are written is rarely shared.


You may take an imperfect cake or cookies out of the oven and wonder where you went wrong.  Maybe the cake isn't done on the inside or the cookies became hard from being cooked too long.  Because you had a recipe to follow, you assume that the problem was with your own abilities.  But that isn't necessarily the case.  Most times, the problem is simply that the recipe itself was written in a way that could be misunderstood.

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Types of Paint for Your House

Types of Paint for Your House





Painting a room is one of the most cost effective ways to transform your home.  Nothing will alter the mood or style of your space more than a simple change of color.  A dark color makes your room more moody or cozy feeling, while a lighter color allows in more light making it feel open and alive.


While we spend a lot of time discussing what the "right" paint color would be for a room, there is something equally important to consider before having your paint mixed up.  While the color is what we see, the finish of the paint determines how it appears on your wall and how it will withstand the wear and tear of daily living.

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Perpetual Calendar for Remembering Special Dates

Perpetual Calendar for Remembering Special Dates


Use this handy free printable to record the birthdays, anniversaries, and special days 
of your friends and family each year.



Never forget important birthdays and anniversaries again with this handy perpetual calendar.  Download the free printable at www.andersonandgrant.com.



Have you ever thought about how you feel when someone acknowledges your birthday with a card, email, or even just a text?  Knowing that they remembered and took time out of their schedule to mention your special day makes you feel all warm and happy inside, doesn't it?  We like to be reminded that on at least one day a year we are worth remembering and celebrating.


On the other hand, how do you feel when the realization hits you that you forgot to wish your best friend from high school a happy anniversary?  Or that your best friend from high school forgot about yours?


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