For Valentines Day, I made each of my girls a heart shaped buckwheat seed heating pad. I actually received one as a gift about 10 years ago and we have all used it many times.
I found the buckwheat seeds here. I wasn't sure of how much seed I would need, so I ordered a 10# bag. I weighed the heating pad I own and it weighed about 14.5 ounces so that was the weight I went with. I purchased a bottle of lavender essential oil from the local GNC store and divided the seed into 10 ziplock baggies and placed about 3-4 drops of essential oil into each bag. I let the bags sit for about a week so the oil would absorb into the seeds.
Next, I searched the internet for a heart shape that I liked. I wanted one that was asymmetrical so the pressure was off to make a "perfect" heart. I don't sew often so I knew this would be tricky. I found the perfect heart and printed out several on 11x17 inch paper so I could use them for patterns. This print size made each heating pad about 14" across at the widest point.
The next step was to fill the heating pads and stitch them closed. It was an easy step, but I need to improve on my hand-stitching. Here are the completed heating pads.
The girls really liked them, and I know it won't be long before one of them is used. They turned out so nice, that I also gave them to a couple of women at work.
Now, I have to find something for next year…oh boy.
I also made several cards to mail out for Valentines Day. I have adopted the idea to find a card I like and make several of them at one time. Makes it easier to make a lot of cards.
And, for the first time, Daughter #1 and I decorated the mantle for Valentines Day. Here it is from the angle of the couch. Daughter #1 made the I'm falling for you last year and Daughter #3 screen printed the Te quiero picture for my birthday last year.
Also, in looking back, I realized I didn't include a picture of the card that I made for my sons first wedding anniversary from last fall.
Well, it's off to making St. Patricks Day cards and decorating the mantle for Easter.