Friday Links

Paint Swatches by The Crafted Life

Happy, happy Friday friends! I’ve been working away on some homemaker projects that I can’t wait to share with you (you’ve probably seen sneak peeks on Snapchat). Although I’m almost done, I’ll most likely be spending the weekend building furniture, so send wine. Whether you’re spending the next few days sprucing things up around your home, or just relaxing with some friends, here are some links you won’t want to miss:

– Did you grab your free Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day printables?

– While you have your printer on, grab these rap lyric Valentines too.

– Iron on gold foil?! YES.

– All the fringe.

– Just the prettiest bouquet!

– Oh snap, this is brilliant.

This ice cream is totally healthy, right?

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold Foil

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold FoilIf you’re looking to make your Valentine a sweet treat, what says I love you more than edible gold foil?! These melted chocolates are possibly the easiest dessert you can whip up and they’re equal parts delicious and fun. Here’s how:

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: melting chocolates, edible gold foil, mold, pan/spoon

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold FoilYou can buy any color of candy melts you want, same goes for the shape of the mold. I found both of mine at my local party store, but Michaels and Amazon have a pretty decent selection. A heart shaped mold would be super cute for Valentine’s Day, and well, everyday if we’re being honest.

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold FoilMake sure all of your utensils are dry before beginning. Water causes the chocolate coating to harden and steak. You can either melt your chocolates in the microwave (stirring every 30 seconds until melted) or with the double boiler method on the stove.

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold FoilOnce your chocolate is melted, pour into your mold. It helps to run the back of a knife across the top to smooth the bottom of your candy out. Tap the mold on a hard surface to get rid of any air bubbles (important step!) and then set in the freezer for 10 minutes. Your chocolates should pop right out once you remove them from the freezer!

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold FoilTo complete, apply gold foil to your chocolates by placing the sheet on the surface and smoothing with your finger. Easy as that! Store at room temperature (don’t put back in the fridge) and keep away from heat and light.

Enjoy!

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold Foil

Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold Foil

 

 

 

 

10 DIYS to Make for your Galentine

10 DIYS to make for your Galentine! Hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries. Who knew a TV show would start one of my favorite holidays, but boy did they ever! Galentine’s day is not only a great reason to get together with your friends for brunch, but it’s the perfect excuse to tell the special women in your life how awesome they really are.

And of course, no celebration would be complete without the handmade thoughtful gift (though you don’t have to hand-stitch pillows with the newspaper headline from your friend’s birthday). Here are ten diys you’ll actually want to make for your favorite gal pals this Galentine’s Day:

10 DIYS to make for your Galentine!1. Conversation Heart Rings by Studio DIY

10 DIYS to make for your Galentine!2. Faux Glazed Pots by Fall for DIY

10 DIYS to make for your Galentine!3. Rhinestone Hair Clips by The Crafted Life

10 DIYS to make for your Galentine!4. Stamped Air Dry Clay Bowls by Alice & Lois

10 DIYS to make for your Galentine!5. CB2 Vase Hack by Dream Green DIY Continue reading…

DIY Valentine’s Day Postcards + Free Printables

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesNow that it’s officially February, it’s full steam ahead on Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day crafts at The Crafted Life HQ! This may just be my all time favorite diy season for a number of reasons. Everything is pink/red, covered in hearts, and you get to tell people you love them with a good pun. Oh that and the candy selection is always top-notch. Those candy hearts, am I right?

These DIY Postcards are the perfect way to surprise that special someone with a colorful mail greeting. AND it only takes a few clicks and cost less than a dollar per card to send! Here’s how you make them:

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesDownload the printable of your choice from this post, or create your own if you want, and head to Zazzle to upload the design. They’ll print and mail you the final version, cut and ready to mail. The paper is really nice (with a gloss finish) and is so affordable that you can send one to all of your friends, family, and current crushes.

Once you get your postcards, slap on a stamp, address and drop in the mail! No cheesy grocery store Valentine’s this year! Now, to the downloads:

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesClick to Download You Are Loved Postcard

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesClick to Download XOXO Postcard

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free Printables

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesClick to Download Galentine’s Day Postcard

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesSo fun, don’t you think?! I totally fell behind on sending Christmas cards last year, so I’ll be sending these to everyone instead. Which one will you send?

All printables illustrated by Ann Shen

 

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