Sunday, February 13, 2011

homemade valentines

I used to be very creative.  No, really, I was.
I have volumes and volumes of scrapbooks from the early years of my kids' lives.
I'm serious!  I really was creative and crafty.
And then I got bogged down by life.
I have a scrapbooking table that is covered in so much stuff there aren't even piles.  It's just a mountain of stuff.  Lots of stuff.  The little bit of table that is still exposed to daylight is covered in dust (no, I will not post a picture).
Anyway, I am trying very hard to tap back into the creative, crafty side of my brain.

My girls wanted to make homemade valentines this year.  I did this ONCE with Hannah when she was in preschool.  I have pics to prove it.  I haven't done it since simply because life happened.
I agreed to homemade valentines this year.  We invested in the 1980's Glam sharpies, foam heart/flower stickers and more cardstock.

The plan was to work on valentines Sunday afternoon.  I recognize I should have started much sooner but it didn't happen.
As fate would have it, I didn't make it home with my family after church today.  Daddy took a nap and the girls decided to try their hands at homemade valentines.
It didn't work out very well.
I arrived home to find a very huge mess on my dining room table and unfinished valentines.
The paper wasn't cut to standard sizes.  Matter of fact, it wasn't even cut straight.
They used our famous duck tape to adhere the blow pops to the valentines.
Only 3 of the valentines have stickers.
The rest just say "From:  Abi".
I should have taken a picture of the huge mess but I was just too overwhelmed.  I might be able to laugh about it now but I couldn't then.
The girls turned the house upside down searching for Abi's classroom list but it has disappeared.
So that means we don't know how many pink valentines she needs and how many green ones to make.  We don't know the correct spelling of any names.
Thank goodness, Abi isn't a perfectionist.  She was very content to make mostly green valentines and scribble "From:  Abi" on them.  Most importantly to her, she has a Russell Stovers chocolate heart for Mrs. Childs (Jody, please act surprised if you read this before Miss Abi delivers it to you.)
I seriously considered posting a picture of Hannah and I making the homemade valentines from preschool but I knew most of you would know it wasn't current.
Oh well, we have some great new sharpies and foam stickers for craft time.
Eli was the wise one this year.  He chose pre-made extreme sports valentines.
Homemade valentines are totally overrated :)


Amy said...

I want to see your scrapbooks sometime!! I'm going to blog about our homemade valentines in a bit. They are very imperfect. Very, very. The kids did them all themselves and they love them. That's what's important. :)

Anonymous said...

I made homemade Valentines with my Little last week for our families. I thought they turned out nice and posted a few photos last week. When I gave one to each of our nieces last week, the oldest smiled and sweetly said "Oh, I love homemade cards!" Well...we spent time with the nieces last night making an assortment of cards...and my eyes were opened to the wonderful world of card making. Let's just say...they know quite a bit more about card making then their creative aunt - and they love me anyway! The oldest sweetly made me one with a bluebird on it with glitter glue - wow!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Haha! You are too funny.

Chad and Jody said...

I loved the chocolates. Abi asked me later on in the day if I liked strawberry with chocolate. I told her of course I do! Sorry if my reaction wasn't what was expected- Valentine's Day is a little overwhelming for me! the kids were sweet today though. :) Thanks for being such a wonderful parent in my classroom!