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DIY chocolate heart magnets

I’ve whipped up a little Valentine’s Day treat for you all – would you care for a bite of chocolate? …Tee hee. Okay okay, I didn’t turn into a chocolatier overnight, and in fact, you don’t need a sweet tooth to enjoy these candies because they’re magnets! Box them up for a whimsical gift that is sure to make your Valentine laugh :-) Read on for my super simple recipe for faux chocolates!

chocolate heart magnets

What you’ll need:

  • Oven-bake polymer clay in brown, white, and pink
  • a heart shaped candy mold
  • X-Acto knife
  • plastic straw
  • small round magnets
  • hot glue gun

chocolate heart magnets

  1. Knead a small chunk of brown clay until it softens, and press it into the heart shaped candy mold, making sure to fill all the nooks and crannies completely
  2. Carefully peel your heart out of the mold, and trim the excess clay with an X-Acto knife
  3. Bake the clay hearts according to the directions on the package. I baked mine at 275° for 25 minutes in our convection oven.
  4. While the hearts are baking, make some silly faces! Flatten out a thin piece of white clay and use a plastic straw to punch out small discs for the eyeballs. Roll teeny balls of brown clay for the pupils and lightly press them onto the white discs to attach. Use an X-Actco knife to cut out lips from a thin sheet of pink clay.
  5. Take your hearts out of the oven and decorate them with the eyes and lips (I did this while the hearts were still warm). Lightly press down to secure, then return the hearts to the oven for an additional 6 minutes to set the face pieces.
  6. When your hearts have fully cooled, hot glue a magnet to the back side (or maybe a bar pin to make a cute brooch??)
  7. All done! Find a special Valentine to share a few “chocolates” with!

chocolate heart magnets

Add a sweet touch to your love notes and momentos with your new chocolate treats!

chocolate heart magnets

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Toby the Christmas Grinch

Our resident Grinch would like to wish you a wonderful holiday break filled with love, happiness, and lots and lots of scrumptious cookies :-) Thank you all so very much for another great year here at Little White Whale, and I’ll see you back here in the new year – cheers!

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DIY gold star gift wrap

I know some people absolutely loathe this task, but one of the highlights of Christmas for me is all the gift wrapping I get to do!! While I drool over all the beautifully printed gift wrap out there, it pains me to know that all that pricy paper will just get shredded and tossed into the garbage at the end of the day. As a result, I almost always go with plain brown kraft paper – it’s super cheap, and you can have a lot of fun thinking of ways to glam them up for your friends and family! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s under our tree this year…

DIY star gift wrap

I made my own shiny gold star stickers (wish I had known this little trick in elementary school, haha) by cutting up this metallic contact paper, which is one of new favorite crafting supplies – it’s amazing! I like the look of organic, imperfect stars, so I just freehanded them in varying sizes on the back of the contact paper and cut them out without fussing over it too much. After applying the starry stickers in a random fashion, I then wrapped the presents with some bakers twine and topped them off with some jingly bells and sprigs of our Christmas tree :-) So easy, and the spray of gold stars really elevates the ol’ humble kraft paper in a very pretty way! .

DIY star gift wrap

PS. 24 Merry Days may be half over, but there are still LOTS of incredible prizes ahead!!

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24 Merry Days 2013

It’s time to kick off the merriest month of the year with some 24 Merry Days action! 24 bloggers have come together once again to host a giveaway each day in December all the way up to Christmas. I’ve given the site a cozy winter makeover, and the prizes are bigger and badder than ever thanks to Audrey from This Little Street!

My giveaway will take place on Dec. 18, so mark your calendars and be sure to check 24 Merry Days daily to win goodies from Anthropologie, Poppin, The Land of Nod, and even an amazing bike from PUBLIC – wahoo! To say that I’m a bit jealous of you all that get to enter to win these incredible prizes would be quite the understatement.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Toby has been reading up on food blogs, pinning delicious recipes, and watching extra episodes of Chopped in preparation for turkey day. Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

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toby the viking

“BUT WHAT IF MY FRIENDS SEE ME DRESSED LIKE THIS??”

If you’re going out for Halloween tonight, please be on the alert for this totally vicious and bloodthirsty viking!! Toby’s costume this year consisted of a cozy cape made from an awesome cropped faux fur vest I found at a thrift store, a baby hat “helmet”, and a couple of swords and battle axes stashed away underneath all that fur – don’t let that innocent face fool you!

Wishing you all a fun and safe night, and be sure to check out my 10 favorite horror movies for a spooky night at home!

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