Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sweet Straws

Valentine's storefronts are emerging all over the city. Hearts of deep red float across the glassy panes of the bakery near fifth. Florist shops glow from within, with window displays that pass in an intricate blur as you drive by in the low light of February afternoon. Wonderfully colored, warmly lit. There are so many pretty things to be seen and made this month. I just finished up these embellished straws for Papermash. Click here to download a .pdf at Papermash with project instructions and photos. It's a simple and customizable project, and best served with something sweet! Update: The larger hearts are made with a Martha Stewart Craft Punch and the smaller hearts are "Dimensional Heart Stickers" from the same line. But you can cut your own simple heart shapes as well using the templates in the download.

52 comments:

Rachel Dangerfield said...

So pretty! I know Valentine's Day gets a bad wrap, but who can hate a day all about spreading a little love? Even if it was created for commercial reasons, the idea behind it is still pure I think!

And Livvy, I swear, everything you touch turns to gold! I mean, striped straws are cute and adorable (and I totally want them), but this is AMAZING!

julie said...

These are so petite and charming. Especially love the use of the aqua colored paper with the pink. Thanks for sharing. - Julie

Annie said...

They are just adorable! What a lovely valentine craft!

I wonder where you got the smaller hearts? The big ones look like they are made with a Martha Stewart punch, but I would really like to get the small ones!

All the best!

Herself said...

So beautiful and sweet! Lovely post!

San Smith said...

I love the colors in these photos! I'll have to check out the project, thanks for sharing it :)

The Cupcake Goddess said...

They are lovely! I love the colors and they sweet valentines they are served with.

Hannah said...

so pretty.

Pattie said...

I'm so excited about Valentine's coming! And I am in love with these pictures :)

They make me want to create something!

country girl said...

Very cute. I love your photography and choice of props/colours!
xo country girl

S.L.North said...

{really lovely}, thank you for sharing :)

Lisa said...

Very cute! I think I'll make these for our Vday breakfast smoothies :)

actually.love said...

soo cute!!

xoxo
missfashekiss.blogspot.com

Star said...

Very pretty, but I don't see how to cut out the squares in the hearts? Is that part of the punch design or do you have to cut out the squares singly?
Blessings, Star

Livy said...

- yes the openwork part of the heart is part of the punch design.

Practical Princess said...

What a lovely blog you have! I honestly love every little thing!

melissa said...

oh my.

love at first sight.

who knew i could fall so hard for stripped straws and paper hearts?

pitter patter.

Manon said...

I absolutely love these!
So cute.

justagirl said...

I LOVE these! so fun!

Cynthia L. H. said...

Love this!
;^)

louise said...

Love the colours and the ideas. Thanks for posting.

www.frescocreative.com.au

PilliPilli Handmade said...

Very sweet indeed...

tinypaperheart said...

these are so sweet. :)

Jen of Made By Girl said...

No kidding...V-day is around the corner....can't wait! I love all the decorations and cute pics all over the web too. Thanks for the PDF - will send to a friend I know will love this!

Jen Ramos
www.madebygirl.com
madebygirl.blogspot.com

Daisy's Mercantile said...

I am going to make a version of these for my daughter's 8th birthday. They are great and the girls will think they "are all that". Crazy 8 year olds acting like they are preteens will ensue...THANKS !

Lovely Scribbles said...

These straws are so, so lovely! I just love all of the gorgeous crafts and images you create. :) Happy Friday!!

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh this is so cute! I wish I was craftier...

melinda said...

Your crafts are so perfect! I love your blog. SO inspiring.

RNSANE said...

These are delightful!

Rhiannon Banda-Scott said...

I love love love love your blog! I am featuring these straws on my blog because they are PERFECT :) Cheers to you friend! xx

Pretty Shiny Sparkly said...

gorgeous & lovely.

Cassidy said...

lovely !

Nancy of Wolf and Willow said...

Gorgeous! I just voted for you on the Lovelies because that's exactly what you are - as is this post :)

Livy said...

Aww. thanks Nancy!

Abigail said...

I'm really enjoying your blog. Thanks for sharing these lovely sweet straws.

Live the Home Life said...

These are fantastic. What a treat! Thank you for sharing.

-Cara @ Live the Home Life

Jen Kim said...

like everyone else, i love these! i MUST stop buying the martha stewart craft punches, but they're just so fun and versatile...

Anna said...

I just love this post!!!

Kristina said...

Those are fabulous! The red-and-white striped straws somehow remind me of Coney Island, though I've never even been there. Go figure.

Kristina
Sweetfern Handmade

Sara Ballstaedt said...

how creative!
I love these!

Olivia said...

These are so pretty...thanks for sharing, you always have such cute crafts posted :)

Christina Song said...

ahhh i love these

Jessie said...

These are darling! I'm going to pass along the link!

susan said so said...

http://confessionsofasineater.blogspot.com/2010/02/first-light-in-sky-last-night-in-house.html

xox,
Susan

ThiliBlooms said...

so pretty!

Maleah Matthews said...

I LOVE these Valentines, the vintage feel to them is wonderful!

Nadia Marie said...

Hi, Livy! I just saw this post today and had no idea that you were the one who made these for papermash! I blogged about this craft on my own site! I should have known these were your handy work since your blog is one that I've been following for quite some time now! They are so lovely!

Fort & Field said...

Thanks so much for sharing! These are so sweet! I posted about your creation on my blog here. I also happen to have red and white striped straws for sale here. I think the hearts would be really cute present toppers or made into a garland for any time of year as well. I just bookmarked them as a project to start really soon!

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

Goodness...these are adorable. Bummed i missed seeing this post before V-Day. I'm tucking it away for inspiration next year. xoxo

Sarah said...

Adorable! I've downloaded the page and saved it for next year. My homemade valentines were featured on my blog recently. D is for Doilies. Mine were fun to do, but I really like the ones you did. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Kim and Roxanne said...

These are great ideas! I'm definitely going to use them next year

Second Hand Office Furniture said...

Your crafts are so lovley thank you for sharing them with us.

JoyHey said...

Looove your thinking! Thanks! Trackback: http://joyhey.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/inspiration-paper-straw-party/

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