Personalized Cookie Pennant Banner

Happy Weekend! During the crazy December holiday hubbub, I completely forgot about posting photos of some gingerbread cookies I made… but I think these could work for Valentine’s Day inspiration as well!

A friend of mine came to visit for an afternoon of gingerbread chaos; and by that, I mean we’d made templates of all kinds of wonderful gingerbread landmarks we were going to make – which for the most part failed and fell apart in the oven – but ended up with all kinds of other cute things such as gingerbread trolley cars (we DO live in the bay area after all!) plus a giant sugary mess in the kitchen, and these adorable gingerbread pennant banners!

Adorable, right? Here’s a close-up, pardon the light dusting of flour still present..

I think these would translate really well into sugar cookie pennant banners if gingerbread isn’t your thing. (Or if it’s not December. *Ahem.*) To make these, we simply rolled out the dough and used a butter knife to cut out triangles/pennants. Then we used a plastic drinking straw to “cut” out some stringing holes, one on each side of the top corners. After they were baked and cooled, we used royal icing to draw letters, hearts, and other cute designs on each pennant. Once the icing was set, we ‘threaded’ the pennants with pretty ribbon. 1/8″ ribbon worked perfectly for this!

These would make a really cute (and edible!) personalized gift for someone special this Valentine’s Day, don’t you think?

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2012

As February approaches, so does the particular occasion where we express our (undying?) love and devotion to that special someone in our lives…[Even if that special someone is yourself…]

Yes, I’m talking Valentine’s Day!

Okay – I’ll admit – obviously we should be showing our love and appreciation on any given day of the year, but I think it’s fun to do something romantic or sweet and silly for Valentine’s Day.  Don’t have a certain special someone? Why not do something for your best friend instead!

While my own Valentine’s Day tradition always involves some kind of homemade chocolate indulgence (a must!,) I thought I’d share a little compilation of fun Valentine’s gift ideas for those of you shopping for something unique. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Fun Valentine's Day Ideas 2012

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1. Do You Like Me? Check Yes or No – Sweetheart Cuff Bracelet – $25 (I have 3 different styles of these available, but the check-boxes version is really a classic!)

2.  Valentine Card – 3D Hearts $4 (Yes, this is indeed awesome. You can write your own personal 3D message inside too!)

3. Greeting Card – Just The Way I Am $4 (For those with a sense of humor!)

4. Sterling Silver and Pink Pearl Drop Earrings $27 (One of my favorite earring styles, with vintage sterling silver and freshwater pearls. Available in other colors if pink isn’t your recipient’s style.)

5. Custom Couples’ Portrait Hand Carved Stamp $70 (A usable work of art! You can stamp your faces everywhere! :) This would be a really great idea to use on wedding invites or Thank You cards.)

6. Hand Blown Glass Anatomical Heart In a Jar $95 (Another work of art. A really unique and interesting piece!)

7. Fleur de Sel Swirl Marshmallows $10 (Having eaten both marshmallows and caramel from this shop, I can attest to the fact that their sweets are AMAZINGLY delicious! Super friendly shop owners, too. Definitely a great gift!)

8. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles $12.95 (I haven’t tried these yet but I’m pretty sure they are delicious just by the photo alone! You really can’t go wrong with a chocolate/raspberry combo.)

Clearly I could make a list of dozens of gift ideas, but I thought I’d spare you this time. All of these gifts can be found on Etsy following the links. Enjoy!

Have any Valentine’s gift ideas you’d like to share? Maybe a favorite dessert recipe? Let me know in the comments!