Free Printable Robot Valentines

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Do we have any robot fans out there? I'm so excited to finally share these cute Robot Valentines with you!! These robot Valentines will be fun for any child to hand out, and it's easy to add a treat or non-candy items (though they are totally fine to give out as-is)!

All four Valentine designs are on one sheet in a single PDF. Print on cardstock for best results.


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the watermark.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Crochet Fox Hat Free Pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy

Football Yardline Jell-o Snacks by Hoopla Palooza

DIY Sweetheart Glass Block by My Paper Craze

Easy Valentine's Day Banner by Average But Inspired

S'mores Ice Cream Cake by My Life of Travels & Adventures

Washi Tape Business Card Holder by TitiCrafty by Camila

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DIY Bling Crutches

In June 2013, I fell and got a really bad tibial plateau fracture. I had to have surgery, and I've now got 2 plates and around 13 screws. I spent 3 months down on bedrest (no weight bearing at all) and used a walker. At the end of September, I was able to bear weight on my leg, but I had to relearn how to walk & use my leg. In November, I finally started using crutches and am still on them. I will most likely have to change to a cane within the next couple of months, then hopefully be walking without help soon!!

I've been trying to keep a positive attitude once this happened, and the thought of having to be on crutches for so long started to wear on me. So, since I still have a ways to go, I decided to make my crutches a little more...me! Having sparkly crutches did just the thing to be a little more willing to go out in public, and it surprisingly boosted my confidence a little!

So, this tutorial is for anyone on crutches who just want to make to make those boring, old crutches shine - and not have to spend a lot of money or time doing so.

DIY Bling Crutches at artsyfartsymama.com #bling #makeover

Supplies:
Crutches (or walker, cane, etc)
Darice 18 Row Silver Bling on a Roll
Darice 18 Row Black Bling on a Roll 
E6000 or other strong glue (that will stick to metal)

I love that my crutches look like I spent hours and tons of glue, but honestly it really took me about an hour and not much glue at all! Darice's Bling on a Roll makes blinging anything quick and easy with a beautiful result (check out my Bling Frame tutorial)!

I received Darice's products for my Bling Frame project, and had plenty of leftover to use on my crutches. I didn't have enough of black roll to cover them completely, so I split it up with silver.

DIY Bling Crutches at artsyfartsymama.com #bling #makeover

Attaching them is easy! Measure around the crutch bar and cut the Bling on a Roll. Cut all the pieces at once so you can be sure you have enough! Add some glue to the back side of each end and down one line in the center. 

Carefully wrap the bling around so the seam/edges meet on the inside part of the crutches. Hold in place for a minute or two until the bling stays in place. Repeat until your crutches are covered. Let dry overnight, and then you're done! Super simple, and they are so fun!!

Here is my awesome x-ray for anyone who wants to see what a mess it is:



R & R Workshop Blogiversary Giveaway


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Today is R & R Workshop's 1st Blogiversary!!! To celebrate, I am joining with these fabulous bloggers to give away some amazing prizes! If you can, take a minute to stop by each blog and say thanks!


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I am so excited for whoever wins this giveaway! These prizes worth $85 and ONE lucky winner gets to take it all!! Be sure to visit the sponsors to see what you'd spend your gift cards on if you won!!

1: $30 Gift Card to Poppy Seed Projects 
2: $20 Gift Card to Urban Peach Boutique
3: $35 Gift Card to Shutterfly

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Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!


The giveaway will be open until Wednesday February 5th at midnight! 
The winner will be announced Feb. 6th! 
 ( Open to U.S. & Canada residents only )


Jimmy Dean Breakfast with Homemade Maple Syrup

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #onthego http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

JImmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick with Homemade Maple Syrup at artsyfartsymama.com #PMedia #onthego

I've shared a lot of recipes for easy, quick dinner ideas, but today I'm going to share one of my family's favorite on-the-go breakfasts: Jimmy Dean Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick. Yes. On a stick. I love that they are an easy option for families who are rushing out the door early in the morning and need something sustainable for breakfast, and kids love them!

JImmy Dean Breakfast with Homemade Maple Syrup at artsyfartsymama.com #PMedia #onthego

We found the Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick at our local WalMart in the frozen section (just FYI, in February they will move to the BREAKFAST aisle). My daughter was so excited that we were going to bring them home that she decided to carry them herself throughout the store - just in case mom or dad decided to put them back! She is pretty picky with her food, so seeing how happy she was makes me think that these will probably become a staple on our grocery shopping list.

JImmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick at artsyfartsymama.com #PMedia #onthego

Honestly, I think these are genius. Think corn dogs, but breakfast style! Fluffy pancake on the outside, yummy Jimmy Dean sausage on the inside. They can be cooked in the oven or the microwave. I prefer the oven so that the outside gets a little crispy, but my husband prefers that they be cooked in the microwave. Either way, they are delicious and are cooked in a matter of minutes.

JImmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick with Homemade Maple Syrup at artsyfartsymama.com #PMedia #onthego

At our house, no breakfast food (except cereal) is complete without maple syrup. These Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick are perfect for dipping, and the maple flavor really goes well with both the pancakes and the sausage. Any maple syrup will do, but I also wanted to share a super simple maple syrup recipe that is SO much easier than you'd think. Plus, you will save SO much money making it yourself!!

Easy Homemade Maple Syrup at artsyfartsymama.com #recipe #breakfast

Easy Homemade Maple Syrup
Ingredients:
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
2 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
1 tsp Maple Flavoring

Directions:
  1. Pour the water and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the corn syrup and stir until the mixture starts to boil.
  3. Remove from heat and add the maple flavoring. Stir until mixed thoroughly.
  4. While still hot, pour the syrup into a container for storing (like an empty syrup bottle) or a mason jar. This recipe will fill one 16 oz jar. Store like regular syrup (room temperature or refrigerator).

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Sweet Hearts Word Set

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I'm so excited to be decorating for Valentine's Day. Wood Creations has the cutest Valentines crafts available right now. I had a hard time choosing one to work on. I finally decided on the Sweet Hearts Set, and I "love" how it turned out!!

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Once you've sanded the letters/shapes, it's time to paint! I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints in Brilliant Red, Bahama Blue, and Peony Pink. Each letter and the heart shapes got two coats each, and the block got three coats. Let the paint dry completely between coats.

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Once the paint is dry, apply the "Hearts" vinyl that comes included in the kit. Place the vinyl closer to the left side of the block so you will have room to glue the wood hearts on the right side later. Set the block aside.

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When the paint on the letters is dry, get out your Mod Podge and glitter. Work one letter at a time, and paint the Mod Podge on kind of thick with a sponge brush. 

I used the Recollections glitter in Cherry, Taffy, and Gold. I really love the Recollections glitter because the lid comes off - which makes putting the extra glitter back a snap! The texture is also perfect for these kinds of projects.

Sweet Hearts Word Set at artsyfartsymama.com #Valentines #WoodCreations

Lay the letter on a scrap piece of paper, and pour your glitter over the letter. Make sure all the Mod Podge is covered. Let sit for a few minutes. If you're feeling multi-functional, work on multiple letters/papers at a time.

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Carefully stand the letter up over the paper, and tap off any excess glitter. Bend the paper slightly in half and pour the extra glitter back into the container. You could also use a small funnel if you want to make less of a mess.

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Once all the letters and hearts are all covered in glitter (yay!!), glue the small heart onto the large heart. Once dry, glue the hearts onto the block. Let dry completely before moving. If you attach with hot glue, it should set pretty quick. If you use something like E6000, let it dry overnight.

Sweet Hearts Word Set at artsyfartsymama.com #Valentines #WoodCreations

Spray the entire set with clear spray paint to help keep the glitter in place. Place the set on a mantel or shelf, and get ready for Valentine's Day!! These are fun to make on your own, or visit Wood Creations and make it a girl's craft night!!

The amazing Wood Creations is also letting me give away a Sweet Hearts set to one lucky reader!! Wood Creations has locations in both Utah and Idaho, or you can order online. Follow them on Facebook to see new crafts and sales!

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The giveaway ends on Friday, January 31st.


Disclosure: I received product from Wood Creations, Recollections, and DecoArt. All opinions are my own.


14 Free Printable Valentines

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Valentine's Day is almost here, and today I'm sharing 14 of my favorite FREE printable Valentines from myself and other talented bloggers. Every design is so fun, and can be paired with or without candy!! I'm sure they will be a hit with any kid this Valentine's Day!!

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1. Free Printable Owl Valentines from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
4. Love is in the Air Valentines from The 36th Avenue
5. Free Printable Chevron Valentines Cards from Kroma Design Studio
7. Mustache and Lip Sucker Valentines from I Heart Nap Time
8. Free Printable Pencil Arrow Valentines from Positively Splendid
9. Free Printable Monkey Valentines from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
12. Last Minute Glow Stick Valentines from Delia Creates


Wood & Amazonite Jewelry Set

Making jewelry was always something I've been intimidated to make. After going through my bead stash, I was inspired to make this necklace and earring set. I loved both beads (and even ordered them separately), but never thought of the two paired together until I was sorting through the beads. After spending an evening putting them together, this necklace and earring set are probably some of my favorite pieces!!

Moral of the story: even though some type of crafting might seem intimidating, try it anyway. You might just love it!!

Wood & Amazonite Jewelry Set Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #jewelry

Supplies: (for necklace)
Wood Oval Beads (found at Wholeport)
12 Amazonite Beads (found at Wholeport)
Bead Wire
Chain
Lobster Clasp
4 Jump Rings (2 regular, 2 small)
6 Crimp Beads
Jewelry Tools

Directions:
  1. Cut a length of bead wire for the necklace. Tip: Cut longer than you think you'll need - you'll just have to cut again if you end up cutting too short.
  2. Thread one end of the bead wire through a crimp bead, then through a small jump ring, then back through the crimp bead. Pull tight so that the crimp bead is butted up against the jump ring. With your pliers or crimping tool, pinch the crimp bead closed.
  3. Thread on two amazonite beads, then a wooden bead. You can tuck the end of the bead wire that was threaded through into the first couple of beads.
  4. Once you've added 12 amazonite beads and 5 wooden beads, finish the end by threading the wire though the crimp bead, jump ring, and back through, then pinching closed.
  5. Cut two lengths of chain (about 6-8 inches long), and attach one to each small jump ring.
  6. Add one large jump ring at the other end of each chain, and attach a lobster clasp on one of the jump rings.
  7. Enjoy your new necklace!!

Supplies: (for earrings)
Wood Oval Beads (found at Wholeport)
Amazonite Beads (found at Wholeport)
Bead Wire
4 Crimp Beads
2 Earring Hooks
Jewelry Tools

Directions:
  1. Cut a length of bead wire for each earring. Tip: Cut longer than you think you'll need.
  2. Thread one end of the bead wire through a crimp bead, then back through the crimp bead. Pull tight so that the bead wire is bent inside the crimp bead. With your pliers or crimping tool, pinch the crimp bead closed.
  3. Thread on a wooden bead and two amazonite beads. You can tuck the end of the bead wire into the wood bead.
  4. Thread the end of the bead wire through a crimp bead, then through the loop of the earring hook, then back through the crimp bead. Pull tight so that the crimp bead is butted up against the earring hook loop and also close to the beads. Pinch the crimp bead closed.
  5. Repeat for the other earring.
  6. Enjoy your new earrings!


Wake Up & Be Awesome Pen Holder

This post is sponsored by Mod Podge and Plaid.

I'll be honest: my office desk is a mess. Ever since I broke my leg, we've had to shift my computer/office equipment around and everything is just out of order. Papers are all over the place, stacks of unfinished projects, and I can never find a pen when I need it (and more than enough when I don't). I've had enough! So thanks to a little Mod Podge and some creativity, I think I've gotten off to a good start.

Wake Up & Be Awesome Pen Holder at artsyfartsymama.com #modpodge #plaidcrafts

In my efforts to try and get things organized, I decided to start by making a pen holder that is both functional and something I'd love to look at every day. A pen holder might seem like such a small thing, but when it comes to organization, every little bit counts. Having a designated place for everything will help you stay organized in the future.

Wake Up & Be Awesome Pen Holder with Sheer Mod Podge at artsyfartsymama.com #modpodge #plaidcrafts

Supplies:
2x4 block, cut to about 6" long
Mod Podge Sheer Purple
Vinyl (any color)
Mod Podge Spouncers
White Acrylic Paint
Sandpaper
Drill & 3/8-1/2" drill bit

I love Mod Podge and am so impressed with the Mod Podge Sheer line. It comes in a variety of colors, and can be used to tint glass, wood, and even tin!! You can find the Mod Podge Sheer at both Michaels and on the Plaid website.

Wake Up & Be Awesome Pen Holder at artsyfartsymama.com #modpodge #plaidcrafts

I decided to try the Mod Podge Sheer on wood to see how it worked. With every layer, the color gets a little brighter, but I love how the wood grain still shows through. It's glossy, but not tacky at all. I ended up painting on three layers of Sheer purple. Let dry 15-20 minutes between coats.

I let the block dry overnight, then cut out the phrase "Wake Up & Be Awesome" in white vinyl. I decided on this phrase because I usually try to start working in the morning, and I can use all the motivation I can get some days.

I marked the centers of the block and applied the vinyl. Make sure you press all the edges of the letters really well. You could leave the block as-is (I almost did), but I think the next few steps take it to the next level.

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Next, I used a Mod Podge Spouncer and the lid of some white acrylic paint (it fits perfectly) and carefully added paint over the vinyl. Try not to add the paint on too heavily, or it could bleed through. These little spouncers are so easy to use and fit perfectly in your hand. I like using these A LOT more than the other kind that just have a straight wooden handle.

Wake Up & Be Awesome Pen Holder at artsyfartsymama.com #modpodge #plaidcrafts

Once you have a layer of paint over the vinyl, use a regular sponge brush and paint the rest of the block with white acrylic paint. I painted about three layers to completely cover the block. Let dry completely between coats.

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Carefully pull up the vinyl with your fingernail, vinyl hook tool, or Xacto knife blade. If any paint leaked through, gently scrape it off with an Xacto knife. It will be a mess if you peel up the vinyl when the paint is still wet, so be sure to wait as long as possible.

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Sand all the edges of the block until some of the purple shows through. There's a few spots where I sanded too much and the wood is showing, but I love it!! Some of the dust stuck to the Mod Podge, but wiped away just fine with a lightly dampened cloth.

Wake Up & Be Awesome Pen Holder at artsyfartsymama.com #modpodge #plaidcrafts

If you don't want to turn it into a pen holder, this would also make a great paperweight!

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Decide how many pens you'd like to be able to store in the block. Mark out where you need to drill the holes for the pens and draw an "x" with a pencil. With a 3/8-1/2" drill bit, carefully drill a hole over each mark. Add your pens to the holes and place on your desk for some motivational organization!!

To learn more about the new Plaid products, watch these video tutorials:
How To Tint Glass with Mod Podge Sheer Colors • Learn How To Use Mod Podge Sheer Colors

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Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

DIY Polymer Clay State Pendant Necklace by Handmade in the Heartland

Apple Cinnamon Graham Crackers by The First Year Blog

Simple Coca-Cola Sign by The Happy Scraps

DIY Fleece Valentine Heart Scarf by Sew Sweet Vintage

Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake by Organizer By Day

Valentine Heart Frames by Crafts by Courtney

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Perfect Mini Meatloaf

My mom's meatloaf recipe was one of my favorites growing up, but I was too nervous to try it out myself. I've always perceived meatloaf to be some complicated recipe that took way too long to cook. So, when my husband requested meatloaf for dinner one night, I decided to take the plunge. I got my mom's recipe, and realized I should have been making it all along. So much easier than I thought, and it comes out perfect every time!!

Perfect Mini Meatloaf at artsyfartsymama.com #recipe #easydinner #lowcarb

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
1 Egg
1/2 c Quick-Cook Oats OR 1 cup Bread Crumbs/Cracker Crumbs (add more if mixture is too wet)
1/2-1 Small Onion
Seasoning Salt and Pepper (to taste)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

Topping:
1/3 cup Ketchup
2 Tbsp Mustard
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

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Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, onion, and oats (or bread/cracker crumbs). Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Roll meat into a 2" balls and place in muffin tin. If you want to make a meat"loaf", place meat in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan.
  4. Bake mini meatloaf for 15 minutes (loaf for about 45-60 minutes)
  5. While meatloaf is baking, mix together ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar in a small bowl until combined.
  6. Take meatloaf out of the oven, and add some topping to the meatloaf. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. Pair with slow cooker mashed potatoes and enjoy!
This recipe really is super easy, and making them mini-sized is perfect if you're dieting and want to control portion sizes, not to mention it's a great size for kids! Or, make a bunch as a fun appetizer on game day!


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