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heart-cookiesTextured heart cookies from Pink Icing and Red Petals, February 2012

Valentine’s Day prep is here! There’s a little chunk of NYC’s West Side that I frequent for my growing stash of supplies for baking, card-making, crafting and floral arranging. You can get to all of them from 18th to 28th Street in less than a 15-minute walk: plus browsing time.


Heart texture sheets, dragées, spiral rolling pin, sprinkles, pastry bags, tips, icing coloring, crimped paper liners and pink candy box from New York Cake & Baking Distributors: 56 West 22nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenue, NYC.


You can get beautiful flowers like the tulips, carnations and roses above from your local market or deli. These sweet peas were from Japan Bloom Fair 2012, February 2012, but also available in a multitude of colors at G. Page Wholesale Flowers: 120 West 28th Street between 6th & 7th Avenue, NYC. Red satin ribbon, oasis ball and waterproof floral adhesive for carnation pomander from Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies: 149 West 28th Street between 6th & 7th Avenue, NYC.


Crayon hearts tutorial by Martha Stewart, glassine bags, pink baker’s twine, heart treat bags and scalloped heart cards, sequins and paper doilies from Paper Presentation: 23 West 18th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenue, NYC. Cards also from Last Weekend I Gave You My Heart, February 2011.

While you’re in the area…

City Bakery: 3 West 18th Street between 5th & 6th Avenue, NYC, just a few steps from Paper Presentation. Right now visit for the 21st Annual Hot Chocolate Festival with a different flavor every day this month. While you’re there, grab a pretzel croissant — you’ll be walking it off anyway.

The Container Store: 629 6th Avenue between 18th & 19th Street — love, love, love, so many great ideas here — boxes, bags, tissue, wrap, ribbons and more.