love is in the air :: valentine home tour

friends, i have a real valentines date tomorrow night. {!!!!!!!!!} i don’t think my husband has been in town for valentines day in over a decade. and technically, he won’t be here this year either, he goes out of town early that morning. but. we have a real date scheduled for valentines eve… at a swanky restaurant, with friends! and i plan on wearing heels. this is big time. do you have plans?

the season of love is in full swing around our home. check it out:

antlers with heart garland via seejaneblog

valentines day around the house via seejaneblog

DIY yarn wrapped canvas via seejaneblog

heart doily garland via seejaneblog

valentines chalkboard with pom pom garland via seejaneblog

valentines day antlers via seejaneblog

spread the love peeps! xo.

{photos by me, Jane Rhodes}


DIY yarn-wrapped canvas

creating change. since i took down my christmas decorations i’ve been craving change. something new. specifically: a new large piece of art. so, this is what i did:

i picked up a 36″ x 48″ white canvas with my 40% off coupon from JoAnns. i chose some new thick wool yarn in an almost-ombre selection of colors + red, and started wrapping my canvas! the red was chosen in honor of valentines day.

DIY yarn wrapped canvas via seejaneblog

all you need:

  • canvas
  • yarn
  • scissors

DIY yarn wrapped canvas supplies via seejaneblog

when the blizzard came to town, i had plenty of time to wrap yarn around a canvas! from start to finish, this entire project took me about ninety minutes. i started and finished each color by a simple knot on the back of the canvas as seen here:

DIY yarn wrapped canvas how-to via seejaneblog

that little section of red… i plan on switching it out with other colors depending on the season. next: an emerald green for st. patrick’s day. then: a mustard yellow for spring and summer!

DIY yarn wrapped canvas up close via seejaneblog

this is the cherub babies month to shine!!!

DIY yarn wrapped canvas via seejaneblog

if what you seek doesn’t exist, create it. in art. in life.

{photos by me, Jane Rhodes}


minecraft valentines + free printable!

as promised, here are the “boy” valentines for this year. however, i use the term boy loosely – at our house, minecraft is a very co-ed passion. my son kj, and my younger two daughters all enjoy playing minecraft – with that said, kj is the true video game playa at our house. so, i really wanted to create something minecraft-related for his valentines this year.

i have been thinking about this valentine idea for weeks and i believe the possibilities are endless. for example, i could have used the word, “mine” a few dozen different ways! finally i settled on wishing you a crafty valentines day! — and the card includes a craft!

minecraft valentines + free printable via seejaneblog

if you follow me on instagram {@see_jane} then you know my kiddos have fun with these minecraft box heads. the inspiration for our valentines!

minecraft box heads via seejaneblog

the valentine card includes a template for one mini box head that can be used in a variety of ways! mini pyramids, lego heads, and pencil toppers!

minecraft valentine mini box heads via seejaneblog

KJ is my least interested child in valentines day, so he was very pleased that all he had to do for his cards was sign his name!

minecraft valentines with my mister via seejaneblog

since we are snowed-in, and waiting for the blizzard of 2013 to pass, my little mister and i made a whole bunch of the mini minecraft boxes this afternoon. we came up with lots of ways to play with them. the steps are easy:

  • trim
  • fold
  • tuck
  • glue

if you want to make the minecraft box a lego head, or pencil topper… simply punch holes in the bottom square before you tuck and glue! also, KJ is going to tell his friends at school to photo copy the valentine at home before they get crafty, if they want more than one.  post-project advice: elmer’s glue sticks work great.  but, we used our hot glue gun when we wanted to make a whole bunch really quick.

minecraft valentines box pencil toppers via seejaneblog

minecraft lego box heads, printable via seejaneblog copy

minecraft valentines + free printable

DOWNLOAD the minecraft valentine here, i recommend printing the cards on white card/cover stock. currently, we are not allowed to drive here in boston. but, if i can get to a store soon, i think it would be cute to include a small pair of scissors and glue stick with each card in a little bag.

have you heard the news on the street? there is a new, trendy, video app! it’s called, “vine” and we are just as obsessed with it as instagram! hard to believe right? vine is a fun way to see and share life in motion. create short, beautiful, looping videos for your friends and family to see. if you have a smart phone and get the app, you can follow my video adventures as “Jane Rhodes.” i made a six second-looping video how-to-create the minecraft valentine boxes! check it out! the creative possibilities with vine are endless. i absolutely love it.

lots of love sent to you minecraft fans today! xo.

{production, styling, and photos by Jane Rhodes. graphics by lovely lindsay for seejaneblog.}


cheerleader valentines + free printable

how many more things can i create with a yarn ball? ha! here’s one more! this idea came to me a few months ago when i was wrapping my fingers one afternoon to make a yarn ball, and thought, pom poms! of course! we cheer with pom poms! three cheers for valentine’s day! i instantly visualized a little card with a tiny cheerleader. and….. this idea is perfect timing this year since my little bug sela has been obsessed with cheerleaders!

soon after i had this idea, i asked my very talented friend merrilee of mer mag blog to create the illustration on the front of the card for me. would you look at how cute it turned out! i love it!

cheerleader valentines via seejaneblog

if you’d like to make these at home, you will need:

yarn & scissors to make yarn ball bookmarks, i have a tutorial here.
download the free cheerleader valentine here and print on white card stock.
paper hole puncher
washi tape

to start, punch holes about one inch away from the cheerleaders hands.

valentines with free printable via seejaneblog

write the to & from greetings on the back | thread the yarn ball bookmark tail through the holes | secure in place, and tape down with a small piece of washi tape | roll the remaining yarn up into a little spiral, and tape down again to hold the long bookmark tail in place.  my sela loved helping to assemble the cards.

pom pom valentine how-to via seejaneblog

showing-off the yarn-ball book marks in one of our new favorite books:

extra yarn book with yarn ball bookmark via seejaneblog

extra yarn book with pom pom bookmark via seejaneblog

front | back – each friend will receive two bookmarks sans candy! {no candy/treats allowed at our schools.}

cheerleader valentines with pom pom bookmarks via seejaneblog

DIY cheerleader valentines with free printable via seejaneblog

three cheers for valentines day! xo.

p.s. if you follow me @see_jane on instagram, i am giving away TWO sets of these cheerleader valentine’s {10-15/set, assuming these are for the girls in a class and each class usually averages 10-15 girls, let me know the exact amount you need upon wining} this week! deadline is Friday, February 8th at 5pm EST. to enter:  follow @see_jane, re-post the picture that correlates with the giveaway on my instagram feed, and hash tag #seejanevalentine to enter. the winners will be chosen from the hash tags. the valentines will be sent to you and delivered by Feb. 13th. good luck!

p.p.s.  i have one more original valentine idea i’ll be posting soon! {for the boys.}

{photos by me, Jane Rhodes. valentine illustration by the talented Merrilee Liddiard of MerMag for seejaneblog.}


$150 MINTED valentine art print giveaway

one of my favorite events at alt summit is the “sponsor dinners.” on the eve before classes and all the party-ing begins, alt sponsors and the best restaurants in salt lake city host complimentary dinners for groups of alt attendees. you get a great meal and a chance to hang out with some of your favorite blogging buddies.

this year, i wanted to meet and mingle with the talented people from minted, so i signed-up for their sponsored dinner at cucina tuscana. minted went above and beyond with the decorations, menu choices, custom notebooks for each guest, and of course the company!

if you haven’t visited minted before, allow me to introduce you to an amazing custom card-inviation-party resource. minted has an endless amount of styles to chose from, all created by independent designers who receive a portion of each sale. every design can be customized to fit your color scheme and is printed on paper so pretty you won’t be able to put it down. in the past year, i used minted for sela’s birthday invitations and our christmas cards {i didn’t blog about those – but i will one of these days!}

right now, minted has classroom valentines that you can order and have your kiddos hand-out at school! a set of 15 start at only $16. {if you order them TODAY, you can still receive them by 2/13!}

minted valentine via seejaneblog

in honor of cupids holiday, i am thrilled to be partnering with minted to give one seejaneblog reader an 11×14 valentine art print, framed! this generous gift is valued at $150! to enter, simply visit the minted website, check out their valentine art – leave a comment below telling me which one is your favorite, and one winner will be announced via random.org on friday morning, February 8th! i am especially crushing on these three: one, two, three. i also adore the valentine card shown above that can be folded in to a little origami heart. when you place your order from minted, have high expectations, because they are ready to impress you.

happy browsing and best of luck! xo.


the winner is:

minted giveaway winner

congratulations, lindsay! minted will be in touch with you soon.


kiwi crate :: pop-up valentines

hey friends. happy martin luther king day! i am posting from a salon in utah while i sit with my laptop on my lap and tin foils all over my head! getting my hair done is one of my favorite things ever. you?

last week, kiwi crate sent us their valentine crate, and i wanted to start the week off by sharing the details with you! first, this crate full of crafty goodies was the perfect distraction for my sela when i was packing for Alt. Summit. she does not like her momma leaving her and i was having a hard time getting anything done with her tugging at my leg!

happy mail saved the day!

kiwi crate valentines crate via seejaneblog

what i like the most about kiwi crate is after sela opens the crate, and i give her a few simple instructions for the project, she can do it all on her own…

kiwi crate valentine's crate via seejaneblog

kiwi crate valentine's box goods via seejaneblog

sela was having so much fun. she would make a pop-up valentine, write a personal message, and immediately run the cards to her friends on our street. {why wait till february 14th?}  i adore the little robot with googly eyes, isn’t it cute?!?  if you want to make homemade valentine’s, but avoid the task of gathering supplies, this crate is the answer!

kiwi crate valentines via seejaneblog

kiwi crate pop-up valentines via seejaneblog

see jane blog welcomes kiwi crate as an affiliate this month. if you are interested in ordering a crate for a kiddo in your life, you can  find the logo + link on my sidebar to the right. it will be right there, if you need quick access.

We are kiwi crate fans!


photos by me, Jane Rhodes. this is a sponsored post, if you have a shop or product that you think would be a good fit for seejaneblog and are interested in a sponsorship, i’d love to hear from you! email me at jane@prolook.com for more information.


happy LOVE day!

Chalk lettering time-lapse video by Dana Tanamachi for The By & By design/lifestyle blog

she is so talented.
see more of Dana Tanamachi’s chalk art, here.



yarn wrapped kraft bags

in honor of valentine’s day tomorrow, i came up with an easy, inexpensive way to spruce up plain kraft bags —
simply wrap yarn around the handles, and voila!
you now have a snazzy little keepsake bag to give your valentine a gift in…

step 1: starting on one side of the handle, tie your yarn in a knot.

step 2: wrap the yarn around the handle.

step 3: at the end, using strong tape {i recommend clear packaging tape}, tape the end in place inside the bag.

get creative with this! ♥

my other valentine ideas for this year, herehere – and here!

{all photos by me.}


♥ ♥ faves from around the web + gift guide ♥ ♥

friends, to complete this week …

i wanted to share one last post about my favorite spotted valentine’s from around the web,
plus a gift guide for any of those people you love & what you could buy them to celebrate.


one two three
four five six
seven eight nine

happy weekend my friends! do you have plans?
our niece & her family will be visiting from denver, so, our guest rooms will be full & we’ll be sight-seeing around bean town. ♥

…tune-in on monday, i am going to start sharing “new to me” posts each monday to start the week.
you don’t want to miss it!



plane awesome valentine’s!

…for KJ’s valentine cards {also called friendship cards in this neck of the woods!}
i wanted something that he could create almost on his own. + treat free.

he really enjoys making paper airplanes {what eight-year-old boy doesn’t?!?}
so… we purchased a chunk of red card stock & he went straight to work making these:

my little man really got into it, he googled airplane patterns, and was folding and cutting and making each one really unique.

download the plane cool labels here!
you can print them on regular paper & glue onto the airplanes {this is what kj did.}
or print on full-page label paper, and have them ready to peel’n stick.

what do you think?

on friday i will be posting a few of my favorite valentine ideas from around the web + a gift guide for those you love!

{photos by me.}


great *beau* valentine’s

i mentioned yesterday that sela wanted to give the girls and boys separate valentine’s this year…

for the boys, i wanted to come up with something that was very charming {not something to throw-out in the trash as soon as they were home!}, and original, but still masculine.  and, no treats – candy, etc. – are allowed.

with all these requirements, i finally thought about bow-ties & beaus!

i pulled out the extra fabric from these drawstring bags.  i did not want to get out my sewing machine and spend too much time per bow-tie. instead, i used hot-glue and created a very simple pattern that took only a few minutes start to finish per bow-tie. we only needed to make 9 bow-ties for her class. this was all done in less than an hour!

{even if you don’t make these bow-ties as a valentine, you may want to try to make one for the special little man in your life! because it’s SO easy & i am very impressed with how sturdy they turned out!}

imagine the boys receiving these & instantly clipping the bow-ties on for the class party! insta-charm! how cute would that be?!?

step-by-step instructions for the bow-ties:

1) you will need 1/2 yard fabric, scissors, pen, clips, and hot glue gun

for 9 bow-ties, my fabric was 54″ wide, so i used less than a 1/2 yard.

2) cut your pieces 10″w x 3″h

3) using the pen measure 5″ to the middle, and 1.5″ inches down to put a dot right in the middle, this will help guide your with your folds later on.

4) fold the ends of your fabric in, similar to wrapping a gift & hot glue* down.
*each time i say “hot glue,” use enough glue to hold the fabric in place, but don’t use too much or when it’s time to fold the bow-tie later, you won’t be able to fold it into a nice shape.

5) fold each side in, as seen in the picture & hot glue. not shown: fold the pointy ends in to the middle, the pointy tips of the folds do not need to be touching, just within 1/2″ of each other. use the dot as a guide & hot glue into place. this completes the main part of the bow-tie! ta-da!

6) for the next step, you are going to set the bow-tie-aside, and cut a new piece of fabric 1″w x 10″h, consider the placement of how you cut this piece on your fabric because it will be the center of the bow. i made sure the stripes lined up with the rest of the bow-tie.

7) fold each side in almost to the middle & hot glue.

8) place the center strip around the center of the bow, flip the bow over & hot glue one end to the center (just above the dot).

9) wrap the strip around the bow & pull tightly until you like the appearance of how it “gathers” from the front. trim the strip where it fits nicely & hot glue the second side of to the middle of the back. keep the left-over strip for other bows. i was able to use one center strip for at least 2-3 bow-ties.

10) use a dot of hot glue on your clip

11) place the clip on the back-center of the bow-tie. finished! easy, right?

once again, i designed a very simple label, we used brown kraft paper card stock measured in 6″ x 6″ squares to match the valentine’s she made for the girls.  sela helped me cut the labels + she signed her name & glued them on. at her age, just signing her name 18 times is a big task! + she loves the glue!  we cut a small slit in the brown kraft paper to clip the bow-tie on.

the labels are available as a free download, here!
if you make some, please share & let me know!

cheers to great beaus!


we are cut-out for each other!

we have had a strange winter in new england. after all the crazy stories about how awful it would be, we have only had one snowstorm this past october and that is it! it’s been beautiful, and unseasonably warm.

however, week before last we had two days of rain + i had two kids fighting stomach bugs, so they stayed home from school. this was the perfect opportunity for us to create valentine’s day cards!

…and that we did.

all of our card designs this year are treat-free, so if that is something you need, these might be good for you. {i will be posting 3 ideas this week.}

sela has 9 boys & 9 girls {including her} in her class, per sela’s request she wanted to make cards for the girls & cards for the boys.

i saw this garland on pinterest last year & using the idea, we created these. lookie, lookie:

♥ yarn/twine
♥ vintage book paper {here.}
♥ paper cutter
♥ heart die-cut {here.}
♥ glue

1: fold paper in half, cut to size: 2.5″w x 2″h
2: cut-out heart die-cut + place over yarn & glue.

3: continue glueing heart cut-outs onto the yarn. we used 5 cut-outs per garland, spacing them approx. 4″ apart.

4: ♥ print the labels.
i designed a printable you can download for free here!

5: have your child sign & glue the labels onto card stock. our cards were sized 6″x 6″, and we used brown kraft card stock.

♥ when the garland & cards are finished, we wrapped the garland around the card, and using washi tape, affixed the yarn to the back of the card. {shown above.}

with our left-over cut-out hearts, we made more heart garland!

to make the others, take a piece of yarn {we used twine for this} and glue one heart on each side. ta-da!

i’m excited to share my other valentine’s ideas this week, make sure to come back & see what they are! {one of them includes bow-ties!}

{this is what we did last year.}

{all photos and labels, by me.}


my valentine.

we kept things very low-key this year.

i’ve been recovering from a minor surgery that i’ve put off for years and finally took care of. so, i wasn’t looking to go grand-scale with plans.

my husband always comes through when it comes to gifts, flowers, and all the romantic stuff i could ever wish for.

he planned our dinner here with good friends, which is a fresh & swanky kind of joint.
i highly recommend the flank steak.

and, this + this appeared on my kitchen table with big bows around them…
both, will last way longer than flowers or chocolates!

thank you, babe.

did you celebrate?
any recommendations for a healing-umbilical?!?

wanna trade?

this year, two of my girls lucked out with the cutest shirts from ‘one stitch at a time.’

alison, is a familiar link around here, because she used to be a sponsor for see jane blog. since i no longer have sponsors, i still love trading goods whenever possible! i created some new graphics for alison and her shop, and she created these darling-one-of-a-kind shirts for sela and myla

i still have a surprise coming in the mail for st. patrick’s day, {i can’t wait!} isn’t mail from etsy the best?!? ohhh, i adore etsy.

i also did a trade here, with a bestie for prolook shorts. i scored an uh-mazing quilt! it fits right in to my living room, just perfectly. everyone should check out lu’s etsy shop ‘for the love’ for quilts. she’s even making them doll-size, it makes me want to actually get out the dolls and play house! it also makes all our doll quilts look really pathetic!

…if you are interested in trading, please contact me, maybe we can make a deal? or send me your one-of-a-kind-goods, we’ll try it out and i will write a review about your product.


{photos by me}


crush party 2011.

we started the week of love with a crush party.

the crepe bar was the highlight of the evening. to keep things simple, i made most of the crepes before the party started {our family recipe, here.} then we had each guest bring the toppings. we served dinner crepes with everything from turkey, cheese, peppers, spinach, and mushrooms.

for dessert crepes we had all the fixings: fresh berries, ice cream, whipping cream, caramel, nutella, bananas, apple slices with cinnamon & sugar.

i also made heather’s cinnamon bear popcorn the day before the party. and served it in little plastic cups. this popcorn is perfectly festive for valentine’s day and soooo good.

here is the recipe card heather created:

we set-up a homemade photobooth for everyone to pose with their “crushes.”

cinnamon flavored toothpicks “HotLix” were handed out as party favors,
because everyone needs a toothpick after popcorn!

we had a house full of people we love — thank you to everyone who came!

happy valentine’s day!



husband and i are sneaking out for dinner tonight sans kids. maybe a movie, too.

what are your plans???

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