Homemade Valentines Day Gifts

10 homemade valentines day gift ideas atthepicketfence.com

Sometimes there are years when we just wanna buy ready-made stuff. Sometimes making something from scratch just sounds so exhausting. Sometimes we don't even want to think about it let alone create it. Sometimes all we want to do is to buy the box of Valentine's Day cards and have our kids sign their names on them without having to get all extra fancy schmancy Pinterest-y and making personalized, individualized, customized, one-of-a-kind gifts for each kid in their class knowing all along … [Read more...]

Our Song ~ A Personalized Record

Personalized our song framed record atthepicketfence.com

Before I say anything else I would like to just mention two things... First of all, this is the totally awesome project I had all planned to show you on Wednesday before things went horribly awry. Of course, as it turned out, the day ended up being pretty awesome anyway but you'll have to go back and read more about that here.   … [Read more...]

Date Night and a Chalkboard Word Search Puzzle

Valentine's Day date night at home atthepicketfence.com

It was the summer of 2003. My husband and I were sitting outside at a restaurant enjoying the warmth of the evening and sipping on our glasses of wine. Our newborn son slept soundly in his carrier at our feet and we smiled smugly at each other across the table as if to say, "Why do people always make it sound like life has to stop when you have kids? Here we are having a nice dinner out as though nothing has changed at all! The baby will be asleep for at least 2 hours and if he does fuss it's … [Read more...]

Take Five: DIY Poppers for Valentines Day

DIY poppers for Valentine's Day

  I miss those days.  When they came home with a list of classmates and we headed to the store to carefully pick out the perfect pack of Valentines for their classes.   We've had Hello Kitty, and Princesses.  We've had Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Heroes. It was pre-Pinterest so I never had a chance to make all of those cute homemade ideas, when they were little, but they still had so much fun choosing each one for a certain classmate. Then, all of a sudden you … [Read more...]

Five Minute Valentine’s Day Craft: Notes Jar

Five Minute Craft Valentine's Day Love Notes Jar

 Can you believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Here's a cute five minute craft tom our friend Maryann of Domestically Speaking! Be sure to stop by and pay her a visit!  Hi Guys!  I’m Maryann from Domestically Speaking and I’m thrilled to be over here today sharing a quick Valentine’s Gift.   We’ve got just over a month till V-Day… crazy!  So let’s get on it… … [Read more...]

A Love Story

Pottery Barn Inspired Mercury Glass Cloche

Recently I fell in love. Mercury Glass Cloche love. But, the cost of this love was just too high. So, I had to settle for what might have seemed to be second best at the time, but in reality turned out to be the perfect one for me all along. That Pottery Barn kind of love is just too expensive for this heart! All I had to do was take a mercury glass candlestick, add a round mirror and a glass dome and voila...love blossomed right before my eyes. Of course this lovey-dovey stuff made … [Read more...]

Hearts Made of Clay for Valentine’s Day

Clay Heart Tag2 At the Picket Fence

I have a confession to make. I don't buy my husband anything for Valentine's Day. Not even a card. And he doesn't buy me anything either. Not even a card. Do you still like me? I promise there's a good reason for this! You see, in the beginning we were poor. As in, root around in the car seat cushions looking for loose change so we could do laundry poor. We decided then that Valentine's Day was a sweet idea but that we didn't need to do anything extra for each other on that day to show … [Read more...]

Decadent Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark

Decadent Valentines Day Chocolate Bark from At The Picket Fence

  What is it about CHOCOLATE that speaks to the soul?  It calls us with it's siren song...to open that bright red heart and bite into those little squares of goodness.  We know our favorites and savor those first, but eventually they will all be consumed down to the last coconut filled truffle. Or..how about the call to the pantry, where in desperation we dig out the half used bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and chase away our blues with handfuls of morsels and a few episodes of … [Read more...]