Valentine's Day--The DIY Edition

Did you know Valentines greetings were exchanged as early as the Middle Ages? Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of St. Valentine's Day way back in his 1375 poem "Parliament of Foules," and Charles Duke of Orleans wrote the first documented Valentine's Day greeting in 1415 with a poem to his imprisoned wife. (Thank you History Channel).

The world loves to love, and while romantic dates may not be on the agenda in this Covid world, we can still celebrate Feb. 14th with the ones we love! 

While my husband and I have managed to sneak away for a fancy Valentine's Day dinner a couple times in our decades together, we usually opt to spend a *romantic* evening with the whole family. Heart shaped pans of brownies and some spaghetti and meatballs are usually on the menu at our house, and we exchange chocolate hearts with all of our 11 people.  

This year, our youngest, Kensie, and I made something *fancy* for our centerpiece. A friend gave us two glass coffee jars (no idea why she saves these--but glad now she does). We painted the outside of the jars with hearts and daisies and filled them with rose bouquets. We'll use them year after year!

Have you ever painted on glass? I first learned how at a fun wine glass painting event at a local wine shop. Give it a try ->

1) Just grab a wine glass, mason jar, vase...whatever you want to spruce up with your artwork.

2) Clean it well...If you have alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol you can finish your cleaning with, that's best.

3) Dry thoroughly.

4) Use acrylic paints to paint your design.

5) Dry thoroughly.

6) Put parchment paper on a baking sheet.

7) Put your glass on the baking sheet in a COLD oven.

8) Turn the oven to 350 degrees, and set the timer for 30 minutes.

9) Let your glass cool completely while still in the oven.

Now, your paint is set, and you can use your creation! Hand wash only, and never ever put your painted glass in the microwave. 

If you're hoping your evening is slightly more romantic than ours (and involves considerably fewer people), we have a couple recipes you might want to try. The first, our Loving Lip Scrub, will get your lips super soft and ready to pucker up! The second is courtesy of Azure Farms, the Lavender/Rose Bath Soak. Whether you want to tie a ribbon around a jar of this amazing recipe for gifting, or you and your love want to linger in a candlelit tub, this recipe is perfection!

Loving Lip Scrub:

1 teaspoon of honey

2 drops of rose essential oil (brings feelings of love, comfort, and care)

2 teaspoons of brown sugar

Mix ingredients together until smooth. Rub on lips. Rinse with warm water. 

 

Lavender/Rose Bath Soak:

Please go to the Azure Farms website to see the gorgeous presentation of this recipe. Below is just our little teaser ingredients list, but their website has the prettiest photos and amazing instructions to make your soak come out perfectly giftable for Valentine's Day!

2 cups Epsom salts

1 cup coarse pink sea salt

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup dried lavender

1/2 cup dried rose petals

15 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops rose extract

extra lavender and rose to top off the jars

 

We hope you and your loves have the happiest of Valentine's Days! xoxo