DIY Valentine Heart Pins

Ah, yes, Valentine’s Day. There are those who love it and those who despise it. I personally don’t feel strongly either way, but I think hearts are really cute and I like candy, so V-Day is ok with me. Whether you’re planning on being showered with gifts and candy by your love, or perhaps sitting at home feeling wretched about your love life with your Galentines, these DIY Valentine pins are for you. They’re the perfect way to express your feelings about love, and also make really cute personalized gifts! After all, you have to keep your #pingamestrong.DIY Valentine Pins

They’re super easy to make. Here’s how you do it.

You’ll need:

Oven-bake Clay (like Sculpy)
Heart Cookie Cutters (small, various sizes)
Embossing Letters (I used these)
Craft Paint and a fine brush
A gloss sealer like Mod-Podge
Heavy-duty craft/jewelry making adhesive
Pin Backs or Tie Tacks

First you’re going to roll out your clay to about 1/4 inch thick. Then use a small cookie cutter of your choice to cut out a heart shape.

DIY Valentine Pins

Then you’re going to press your messages into the clay using embossing letters. Bake the stamped shapes according to your clay’s directions.DIY Valentine Pins

After the clay is hardened and cooled, use craft paint and a fine brush to outline the letters. You can skip this step, but I like the way it makes the letters pop more and gives them more of a conversation heart look.DIY Valentine Pins

Now you’re going to use heavy-duty jewelry making glue to adhere a pin to the back of your heart. Let dry completely before handling.DIY Valentine Pins 4

Once everything is dry you can finish it off with a coat of glossy sealer. I used Mod Podge. It gives a nice finished look.DIY Valetine PinsThat’s it! Done.DIY Valentine Pins

Show me what messages you come up with by tagging @melodramablog on Instagram.


Moonshine Cherry Vanilla Chocolate Milkshake

I recently received a jar of these moonshine cherries from Ole Smoky and I am completely smitten. I’m sure I’m going to be using them for heaps of things, but you know me and boozy desserts. I immediately blended them up in a creamy milkshake with vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate shavings. They’re soaked in 100 proof moonshine so they have a serious kick. I was buzzing on both sugar and alcohol by the time I was halfway through the shake. Perfect.

Moonshine Cherry Chocolate Vanilla shake

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I figured I would share my recipe with you. Either you’re going to want to share this with a date, maybe your gals if you’re into the Galentine’s thing, or you’re going to drink the entire thing alone while watching some Audrey Hepburn movie on Netflix. Either way alcohol, ice cream, and chocolate are pretty standard on Valentine’s Day. Here’s how to mix them all together for a milkshake.

I used a 16 oz glass…don’t judge me.

1 pint vanilla ice cream

1/4 cup Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries (with liquid)

2 tbsp chopped dark chocolate

Blend it all together with a splash of milk if needed. Serve with whipped cream, more chocolate, and a moonshine cherry on top.


Ole Smoky describes the cherries as “a sweet hello followed by a warm goodbye.” I can’t describe it any better. When mixed with creamy ice cream and bitter dark chocolate, it’s the ultimate dessert combo. Try it!


Thank you to Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine for providing product for this post.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizzas

My ideal Valentine’s Day is spent at home with a nice meal, good drinks, lots of candy, and a movie. My husband and I aren’t really into going out to crowded restaurants or the usual date stuff, so we usually put on some good tunes and cook together at home. A really fun thing to make at home is pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza?

Pizza is good in any shape, but if you want to get really festive for V Day, you have to make everything heart shaped. It’s a rule or something. Like heart shaped personal pizzas with heart shaped pepperonis, obviously.

Behold the perfect Valentine.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaThese are pretty basic but fun to make. Just make or buy your favorite pizza dough, separate it into 4 equal parts, and shape it into hearts.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaTo make the hearts I used a fondant cutter. A mini cookie cutter would also work. You can even fold the pepperoni and cut a heart like you would with paper hearts. Since I made mini pizzas I made mini hearts.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaAdd your sauce and cheese, and then the pepperoni hearts. Tip: If you put some cornmeal on your baking sheet your pizza won’t stick.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaThat’s it. Pop them in the oven and then behold the cuteness. I never want to eat regular shaped pepperoni again! So dainty.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizzas

These are also perfect to make for girls night or with the whole family, any time of the year, really.



Aperol, Rose, and Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe


As you can see above, I really like this cool spot in San Diego called Polite Provisions, and one of my favorite drinks on the menu is the Veronica Rose. The menu’s description reads “Aperol, rose gomme, and sparkling wine”. Perfect.

It’s delicious and beautiful, but since I can’t get down to San Diego every time I want one, I recreated it at home. Here’s my version of the Veronica Rose.

Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine


This recipe makes two drinks:

1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. rose syrup (I recommend Royal Rose Syrup)
3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
4 oz sparkling wine

Stir Aperol, rose syrup, and bitters with a cube of ice, strain into chilled glasses. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist or, as I like to do, a rose petal.

Veronica Rose Recipe - aperol, rose, and sparkling wine

Or if you only want to make it a serving for one…get serious, just use a larger glass.


Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine

DIY: The Cutest EOS Lip Balm Valentines (Printables)

Ok, Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about candy and romance and making out right? But who wants to kiss someone with busted lips? Ew. I’m one of those gift givers that’s kind of sneaky, meaning I usually find a way to give a gift that has something in it for me. That’s why I came up with these cheeky and highly suggestive DIY Valentines using those EOS lip balm spheres we all love (and hoard). These valentines are basically like “Wink, wink this lip balm is really for me but it means we get to make out so happy valentines day!”. Feel me?

EOS Balm Apple Valentine Printable EOS Balm Ice Cream Valentine PrintableHere’s what I came up with. Cuuuute right? I just printed the valentines out on regular paper, cut them out, and glued them to colored card stock. I got fancy and used different paper edgers. Then I used a glob of rubber cement to stick the balm to the valentine.

I’ve never done printables before, but let’s give this a whirl. I’ve included links to the pdf files I printed and cut out.

EOS Balm Apple Printable

EOS Balm Ice Cream Printable

Print on standard letter sized paper and cut out.

DIY: Creep Out Your Valentine With This Hilarious DIY Valentine’s Day Card Idea

I’m going to confess right now that I’m not your typical lover of Valentine’s Day. I mean hearts are cute and I like pink enough, but I’m just not the traditional Valentine’s Day kind of girl. I am however, the kind of girl who occasionally likes to prank my friends and often likes to make a joke out of anything possible. That’s why these Valentine’s Day cards are probably my favorite to make.

Last year Jess from Letter and Ink and I made these weirdo creep-style Valentines, and this year I’m just doing my part to continue the tradition. If you want to get your creep on, just grab a stack of old magazines and get to cutting.

Hilariously Creepy DIY Valentines Day Cards

Seriously all you need is a festively colored piece of paper (red or pink preferably) and an old magazine that has as many words as possible. You’ll also need glue to, like, make it all stick of course.

Then just think about what you want to write. Poems are nice. Roses are red, violets are blue… It doesn’t take a lot, you guys. Just speak from your creepy little heart. A calm, assertive “BE MINE.” works.

Then cut out all of the little letters you need to complete your sentences. Don’t worry about cutting yourself, blood adds a nice touch. (Only kidding! Kind of…)

When you’re done you will have a colorful and adorable stalker style card for your favorite Valentine.

Hilariously Creepy DIY Valentines Day Cards