Saturday, February 27, 2010

Our Homemade Valentines

Since my Christmas post is normally completed in January, it is quite a feat to actually post Valentine’s Day during the month of February!

This year, Mary Catherine asked if she could make homemade valentines for her classmates.  Not being overly crafty, I was a bit overwhelmed by the idea, but gladly put on my “we can do anything” attitude and bounded off to Michael’s Craft Store with my very crafty daughter. 

We had a successful shopping venture and this is what we returned home with:  lots of foam stickers, heart-shaped cardstock, beautiful glitter scrapbooking paper and ribbon.  Somehow the paper doilies that were in the shopping cart didn’t quite make it to checkout.

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To speed along the process of creating 15 homemade valentines for classmates and teachers, I traced and cut-out the scrapbooking hearts for Mary to adhere to the heart-shaped valentines.  Her first attempt at using glue stick to attach the scrapbooking paper was unsuccessful, so after a  quick lesson in the art of how to use Elmer’s Glue, she moved on to greater success…and adhesion!

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Next, she attached her foam stickers to the inside of her valentines and diligently “signed” her name to each one.  I never tire of watching a preschooler/kindergartner print their name…it’s just the perfect example of childhood innocence!

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(We haven’t quite mastered the “only use a capital letter for the first letter in your first name” rule, but we’re almost there!)

Finally, it was time to insert valentines into envelopes.  I thought we were finished, but my little Picasso had other ideas.  She insisted on coloring all 15 envelopes using either a red or pink crayon (front and back) and adding more stickers.  I tried to warn her about this undertaking, but I guess true crafters don’t see coloring as a form of punishment!!! LOL

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Now, I know these weren’t the fanciest or most beautiful valentines out there this year…I’ve seen the most incredibly creative/crafty scrapbooking valentines floating around on the internet, but I truly had tears in my eyes when she proudly handed them over to her teachers to be distributed into mailboxes.  (I know, it’s a pregnancy thing!)  Even her teachers were overwhelmed by the amount of time and effort that she placed on making each of these homemade valentines.  She truly put her “heart” into this project.

Hoping your Valentine’s Day and the month of February was filled with lots of hugs and kisses!


7 comments:

  1. We did homemade Valentines this year too! It was fun! Mary Catherine did a great job! These are really cute!

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  2. We also make our own. Except ours are way different. Our kids sit with me at the computor and we create. Then print postcards and rip and share. These are beautiful.

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  3. Those were probably the most special Valentines that any of her classmates received. They're beautiful!!

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  4. Me again. How do you like your Canon EOS Rebel? I'm really wanting a digital SLR, and I've always had Canon cameras. Well, once we had a Nikon, but we traded it in on a Canon.

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  5. Mary did a GREAT jo on her Valentine cards. Her name looks great too.
    I bet EVERYONE like hers THE best.
    Ohh so cute.

    Melinda

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  6. I LOVE them! They are the sweetest and best valentines!!!

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  7. KBeau,
    I also have a Cannon EOS Rebel. I like it but I prefer the Sony. That is just what I am used to. This Cannon camera is easy to use and takes great pictures. If you are "used" to Cannon then that is what you should get, it is what you would like.
    Shannon,
    Val's friend from Houston

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated! As Mother Teresa said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

Valerie