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Best of Valentine’s day projects links

Unless you’ve been stucked on an island (without internet access, for that matters!), you probably realized that there are a tons of Valentine’s day projects popping on the blogosphere, lately.

As I was browsing through my blog reader, I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects with you.
It’s good for karma, they say. 😉



Free downloads & printables

Thanks to all the amazing crafters/cookers/designers who share their projects with us. Without this community, Valentine’s day surely wouldn’t be as fun! 🙂  

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Martha Stewart: Holiday Sweets review

I was looking for Matha Stewart’s special Holiday magazine with crafts, but I found this one about baking holiday treats, instead. I thought you would enjoy it as much as I did.

What I love about this issue is that they have a whole part of the magazine dedicated to Gingerbread houses making.

It’s very interesting for me because, in the Quebec culture, we don’t know much about Gingerbread houses other than this famous story and the general mainstream talk about it during the holidays.

What’s even more interesting, is that they show you different versions of the Gingerbread houses. This one is more cake-like and can be eaten.

If you’d like to know more about them, I strongly suggest you give a listen to Craftypod’s podcast about Gingerbread houses.

There’s also a big selection of different Yule log recipes. A great classic!
I’m planning on making the Gingerbread one on the far left. Yum!

Theses little cakes looks amazing! I love the pine effect it gives with the almonds. It must take some time, too. :-p

And, as usual, there is always some great recipes to please the little ones. The snowman’s hat was made with a rosted marshmallow!

I can’t wait for the kids to grow up, in my family, so they can start appreciating thoses things and build memories for the future. Come on, grow up, kids! 😉


I certainly won’t have time to make all theses recipes, but this is a great magazine to keep for future holiday baking. With all it’s new take on old christmas classics, it makes it a sure value.

If you’d like to get one, check out your local magazine retailer and Ebay‘s a great ressource to find recents or old issues.

Another Halloween trick-or-treat bag project

I’m really into Halloween crafts, lately. I’m trying to get everything done before everyone else. Eheh. 😉

Other than using my free stickers, I am also planning on making theses cute muslin candy bags for Halloween from Marthat Stewart’s Living magazine of October 2008. (Yes, it is an “oldie”. :p)

It’s very simple, you need:

  • Muslin bags (You can get them at this Etsy shop)
  • Apple (This will be your “stamp”)
  • X-acto knife
  • Foam brush
  • small cosmetic sponge (1$ store kind)
  • Acrylic paint (orange & green)

01. Cut an apple in two, vertically. Use your x-acto knife and carve out the pumpkin face.
02. With your foam brush, apply a thin layer of your acrylic paint. Stamp.
03. To create stem shape, cut off the tip of your small cosmetic sponge, dip in green paint. Stamp.

Only 31 days left untill Halloween! ^-^

Freebie: Halloween candy bag sticker

Here is a free halloween sticker that I made for you. 🙂

I made this sticker with the idea to decorate  thoses small brown paper bags that some of us use at Halloween, like theses:

But you could use it for any Halloween craft that fancy your mind, of course. 😉

Just click on the sticker image and you will be forwarded to my Flickr account where you will find it in 300 dpi (Printer friendly!) & free download.

You can print them on regular paper and just add some craft blue to make them stick.
Or you could buy thoses A4 size Avery sticker sheets they sell at your local stationery shop.


If I get good feedback on those kind of Halloween freebies, I may make some more. Just let me know if this is something you appreciate. 🙂

New Martha Stewart Halloween special 2009

I just found the latest issue of Martha Stewart Halloween special. Yes, already!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween. In my opinion, it is one of best event to bring out your creativity!

And it seems that Morgane’s clone got a job at the Martha Stewart Headquarters. 😉 Oh, and the pumpkin is great too! It’s a mix of pumpkin cutting -and- painting. Awesome!

And the masks are back! For pumpkin decoration, that is. With a cat and a owl design, you can’t go wrong.

Speaking of owls, I love how they are all over in this year’s issue. For this craft, you just need to make sure you get the right pumpkins sizes & “look”.

Just like each year, they have fun and easy costume to make. I really wish Oli would dress up as a beekeeper, this year. Such a great idea!

And this is a candy dispenser, my friend. I thought it was a very un-martha-stewart craft as it is rather yucky. :-p But, personally, I love it!

And with every Martha magazine comes: comfort food!
What’s interesting is that not only you have some Halloween-inspired menue, but you also have some that are more autumn-oriented. Like rigatoni with roasted tomatoes or maple-walnut oatmeal cookie. Mmm…


My only disapointment for this issue is that, in the middle of the magazine, you have a 10-page advertisement by Grandin Road. The add has the same esthetic as the Martha Stewart magazines which makes you think it’s part of the magazine

I have nothing against advertissement, but I don’t like it when it’s made that way. It makes me feel as if I’ve been “fooled” and leave me with a  negative feeling.
Am I the only one feeling this?

And, was there a 2008 issue?? I have the 2007 one… do you know this?

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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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