Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I've had a load of hits on my old Valentine's posts, so I thought I'd collect them all in one place. So if you're in need of a last minute valentine, here's three to choose from.

Last year, K and her class were suffering from a severe case of Percy Jackson Mania! K's Valentine's were greeted with near hysteria.

If you are similarly afflicted, you can make your own! You will need:

White pens, cause your labels are white.
Mailing labels, avery 5160
Card stock
Template for backing card
Template for labels
Clear tape

Here is the template for the labels:

Print the labels and put on one the side of each pen as shown, kinda high up, so the clear tape won't be over the label.
Here is the template for the card

Just write your name, cut out the four cards, and tape your pen in place. You and your friends will have brains full of kelp in no time!

Two years ago we made the very cool, though really labor intensive Family Fun rock candy valentines.

These were really cute and the kids loved them. Want your own? Here is what you need for one iValentine.

1 14-inch piece of white yarn
1 9 inch piece of white yarn
2 Hersheys Kisses
1 (1-ounce) box of conversation hearts
4- by 8.5-inch strip of pink paper
Glue stick
Sheet of white printer paper
Template for playlist
Template for scroll wheel

The templates can each make at least 24, so if you want to make a bunch, just multiply everything by 24.

Cut one piece of yarn about 14" and the other about 9", tied them together so the ends were even and used low temp hot glue to glue the Kisses to the ends. Tape the other end of the yarn to the top of one small side of the candy box. Tape the pink paper around the candy box.

Print the two templates on the white paper, cut out the playlists and the scrolls, and glued them in place. Write your name on the back of the box and they'll be all done.

Last but not least, one year I crochets K and Mr. Man each a heart.

I found the pattern on Pepika. The pattern is free and calls for a size 1 hook and red cotton yarn. Not having a size 1 hook, I grabbed my size 4 hook and Red Heart yarn and they turned out great. Didn't take long either.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Monday, February 7, 2011

My lil' Seurat.

K had a piece of her artwork displayed in a show here in town this weekend.


She didn't win a ribbon, but her piece was chosen to represent her class. There were some really amazing pieces.


Our favorite is the eye. There were also a few pinhole camera pictures that were really good. Might have to try that.