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Valentine’s Day Fun

February 15, 2012 08:53 by ehouston

We have managed through another week and a half of head colds all around and today I was able to pull myself away from my own nap time to post about our card making day.  Last week I wrote about how we planned to make the wild animal cards featured in FamilyFun.com magazine and online.  It ended up being a lot of fun and I was surprised at how much of the process my almost 2.5 year old could handle.

Recently we moved one of the twin beds out of the spare room and into the play/media/exercise room – this was The Mister’s attempt at satisfying my strong urge to chuck the crummy futon and buy a small sectional sofa.  So far I like the extra seating, but my sofa longing has not ceased.  Anyway, that left me with one twin bed (we had them pushed together into a king) and a large open floor area in the middle of my craft space.  I have been loving the openness, but will admit I almost immediately filled it up with sewing projects, scattering piles of fabric from one side of the room to another.  I admit it, I’m a totally messy crafter.  So, I went in and made a space among the piles, patterns, ironing board and fusible webbing for our Valentine’s Day Card Extravaganza!  WOOT!

I found that one of my under bed storage boxes was the perfect height for me and the Little Guy to finish the assembly of his classmate cards. 

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While he slept I sliced the cardstock and animal print scrapbook paper to the size indicated in the magazine.  To make it easy (at least for me) I printed two sheets of word balloons, like you see in the comics, from Microsoft Word.  They are under Insert, Shapes, in case you are wondering what the heck I am talking about.  They made for a quick write up as we came up with the greetings for each animal.  I used the ones offered up in the magazine, along with a few extras for animals they did not feature.

My biggest surprise about all of this was how well he did in putting the cards together.  I figured the most I would get out of him was some sloppy glue stick action, but he was an old pro! 

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Not only did he spread on just the right amount, but at one point when I wasn’t paying close attention he stacked the pieces and moved on to the next one.  Of course, I had to straighten it out a bit, but it shocked me at how quickly he picked up the process and kept it going.  He also glued and placed most of the word balloons, but about half way through that part he grew tired of smearing and said, “Mama Do”.  So, I did.

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He loved picking out which animal went with each card, but I think his favorite part was gathering them up the next day, and putting them in a little heart bag I found in my gift wrapping stash. 

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He thought he was a regular old cupid!

I hope all your Valentine’s Day crafts were made and filled with, LOVE!  Now excuse me while I go eat my 4th iced heart cut-out sugar cookie of the day.  I mean, they aren’t going to gobble themselves up are they?

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Making And Crafts : Valentine’s Day Card 2012

February 8, 2012 08:23 by ehouston

This year, as in years past, we decided to make our own Valentine’s Day cards.  The difference this time around is that we are giving them to classmates rather than family.  An exciting step for one Little Dictator!  I strongly considered the cute character versions that you can pick up at the grocery store and even spied some with fun tattoos.  I did make the conscious decision to avoid candy as a card favor since I knew the kids would be sugar logged after their preschool V-day party.  I’m also the mom in charge of bringing the drinks and opted to present both milk and juice for the kiddos.  My two and a half year old has already informed me he will be choosing juice.  I guess I cannot expect any less when I don’t offer up the sugary treat on a more regular basis.  Don’t get me wrong, we do drink juice in this house, but his gets watered down quite a bit.  So, like most kids, whenever given the option he makes the less desirable choice (at least in mom’s eyes).  I am figuring that most, if not all, of the milk will come back my way…but, hey, at least I’m giving the choice! (Yep, I’m that mom!)

Okay, back to the subject at hand.  I wanted to share what our card plans are and a couple of downloadable cutie, patootie, versions I came across online.  First up, wild animal cards!

I suddenly received a Disney’s Family Fun magazine in the mail a couple of weeks ago and this was one of the featured Valentine’s Day card ideas.  It was too cool not to attempt, so we are going for it.  To get the full instructions pick up the magazine, which has a ton of other great ideas, or go to: www.familyfun.com.

I love the idea that the kids get a little something and it’s not going straight to their thighs rot their teeth.  ;o)  Next up, in the same type of idea category is from Simply Modern Mom.  I LOVE this one! 

So, sweet and simple, of course!  Go to her blog for a free printable too.

Over at Our Humble A{bowe}d, Amanda has created some neat printables and ideas for giving both sweets and non-sweet treats.

With the Little Guy’s love of robots and stickers, I would have definitely jumped on this idea had I come across it first.  But….maybe next year!?!

Hope you all are having a good time decorating and thinking up fun things to do for your loved ones this month!

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Holiday Gifts

February 17, 2011 13:02 by ehouston

As per the usual, Valentine’s Day cards were late this year.  I don’t know what it is about this holiday, but I always seem to just get my idea or project started when I should be sealing the envelops and sending them on their way.  This year I was stumped, then I got an idea and then the Little Guy refused to cooperate.  Idea down the tubes, Valentine’s Day cards still unfinished.  I kept trying to think of a new approach, but I just didn’t get there. 

Then on Friday the 11th we had a couple of little friends come over for a playdate.  We decided, yeah “we”, I discuss all decisions like this with the Little Guy and he usually agrees with everything Mom says.  And, that’s the way it should be, right?  He’s such a good boy!  We decided to have a Valentine’s Day themed playdate.  This basically meant I had an excuse to make pink iced cupcakes and gobble them up like a street urchin out of a Dicken’s novel.  Another brilliant idea that we discussed was making Valentine’s Day paintings for a fun activity.  Getting toddlers to cooperate with any craft is virtually impossible, but after reading several parenting blogs I had become convinced that they could at least make prints using cookie cutters.  It turns out that they could make prints on big sheets of paper with heart shaped cookie cutters, or rather us mom’s could make the prints while our little ones smeared the markings, ate the paint and generally goobered up anything within reach.  It was fun for only minutes and luckily one mom was an art teacher and helped us understand that our experience was completely normal.  Later, after the “paintings” dried out a bit the little ones added puffy heart shaped stickers to polish off their masterpieces.  Even with the slight tantrums after being told paint was not for eating, I think things went pretty well.  We each left the playdate with fun holiday artwork. 

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Later I decided, well we discussed and then decided, to use the painting for special holiday cards for the grandparents.  In my craft arsenal stockpile I still had some unused cards and envelops.  With a little help from some scrapbook paper stacks we put together what I believe are some cute little greetings.  First I used some scalloped scissors to cut down the scrapbook paper to fit inside the front of the cards.  Then I created a template from junky cardstock that fit just inside the fancy-schmancy cut cardstock matt.  Using the template I was able to move it around the painting the Little Guy had created to find the best places to cut.  Basically I was looking for parts that had his little fingerprints, nice heart stamps and stickers that he had randomly placed. 

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Once I had all the card fronts cut from the larger painting I used craft gluesticks to assemble the pieces.

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Whoola!  Holiday cards via the Little Guy!

I then used colored pencils to write a simple greeting and let my tiny artist scribble his own signature.  I think the Grands will be happy with that!  At least I hope.

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