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A handmade Valentine’s Day – make the love!

There’s just no getting away from the fact that this time next week it will be Valentine’s Day… The day with so many expectations, so much money thrown at red roses and chocolates, and so much pressure – pressure for singles, pressure for couples, old and new, yes, I get it, it can be romantic, and it’s good to be reminded each year that every (surely every) girl loves getting roses and being spoilt, but seriously, I’m just a little over the pressure to splash out and spend your hard earned money, spoiling your someone special with something made in China… Let’s put some real love back into Valentines day and make something for your special Valentine…. I’ve no doubt that it’ll score more brownie points and loving on the day :)

Here are some suggestions that I could find… there must be about a million more though with a little bit of imagination…

Imagine presenting a treat like this for your love…. YUM how delicious does this strawberry jelly cheesecake look. (Follow the link for the recipe)

I don’t have the recipe for this one, but I’m sure the foodies out there will do it justice! Such a cute idea from Amy Atlas’s blog

Myself personally, would fall head over heals in love with this ribbon heart… seriously – you can’t go wrong with beautiful ribbons now can you! You can find some more creative heart ideas over at A Creative Mint

And perhaps my favourite (followed closely by those yummy Jelly Cheesecake things above!) would be to create your own Valentine’s Day Date night box – beat the packed restuarants, filled with every couple gazing into each other’s eyes, but staying at home and making sure you’ve got all her favourite treats near by and cuddle up on the coach with your favourite romantic movie, or with a board game or pack of cards, some good music in the background and high fives, happy valentine’s day all around :)

And for those who are running out of time I’ll try and get a post up in the next day or so for handmade gifts that you can buy from one of the many creative Jamtin listers!


Christmas Gifts in Jar

I recently received a bunch of glass jars from Consol and they are truly beautiful to use for storage around our home. There are some in the kitchen, some in my office, one withbe jelly beans in (they don’t last long), some that are still empty cause I need to find things to store in them! With a few of these jars around at the moment I did think about using some to make some Christmas presents. What you think?

Love this gift idea for Cookies in a Jar. You can see the full post over at Make it Do, together with the free printables like the one on this jar, as well as a printables with the directions for baking.

And how about these labels for your mason jars that you give…  (Seen on Older and Wiser)

Or how about this cute sewing kit from The Paper Mama


Herb Gardens


One day… seriously, one day soon I’m going to get my herb garden growing nicely… At the moment there is one lone lettuce that I’m not even sure is a lettuce… I do love these ideas..

Using a cork to mark the herbs growing – this would be perfect for a beginning like me who might need some help in this area… (Idea from Shine Your Light Blog)

How good would it be to have this hanging in the kitchen!

(Image from Pinterest)

(From Casa Sugar)

Lister Love: Whimsical Cupcakes

It’s Friday… and I’ve always firmly believed that calories don’t exist on a Friday… a perfect reason to choose Whimsical Cupcakes as the Jamtin Lister of choice for today!

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that there is just an  insane amount of  talent that goes into these cakes and cupcakes… I’ll post a few pics of some of my favourite ones, but do pop over to Whimsical Cupcakes website, and even better… if you’re in Cape Town I’d suggest putting in your order at the very soonest opportunity you can find…

Thought this was a good photo to end of with…. just cause how could you not love Whimsical Cupcakes cakes… I hope I’ve enticed you enough to pop over to their website, you can also find them on Facebook or email Natalie at info @

Cupcakes to go!

Such a cute idea… perhaps for a market day for kids, or just a sweet idea for something different for cupcakes… love the added touch of wrapping a spoon around the cups… You can see the full tutorial over at  Nothing But Country