February 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm (craftiness n' colors, holiday, nummies for th' tummies, picture post, valentine's)

“I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.”

– Robert Bloch
A few of the fun Valentiney crafts we’ve done over the last few weeks. . .

Valentine, you light up my life!

Remember when we made Christmas ornaments, and T wanted to make a heart instead of a candy-cane? Well, she still thinks it’s a brilliant idea, and it is – especially when you use translucent beads and turn the finished product into a sun catcher! Translucent, transparent, and opaque have been words that Puff has incorporated into her vocabulary over the last month or so – it was fun to put her knowledge of these fun words to the test!
We also got to use some super-neat-o beads that were given to us from our awesome Cousin A – they GLOW IN THE DARK! So we made a heart-shaped necklace outta ’em! Just for th’ record (though I think it’s fairly obvious) t does all the beading, I do the heart-shaping and string-tying.
do you have any idea how hard it is to take a picture of glow-in-the-dark beads actually glowing-in-the-dark?!  In daylight, these beads are white and pink, but Puff declined to have her photo taken this time. (yes, I *almost* always ask her permission)
And speaking of light, remember when we did these candeholders back in autumn? Well, we did ’em again. This version wasn’t nearly as cool as the one with the leaves inside, but T thinks its beautiful – and it certainty is Valentiney. She always has fun ‘painting’ with glue and tissue paper!

Valentine, owl love you forever!

It might seem a little bit random at first, but this little owl is made up almost entirely from heart-shapes. And he’s soooooooo cute! I have a little bit of an obsession with owls, so I was excited about this one (as was T!) Thanks to Wecki and T2 for inspiration for this silly craft.  Of course, we used the opportunity to learn all about mommy’s favorite nocturnal birdies – again. Only this time, we did it during daylight hours!

Valentine, you take the cake!

Cupcake, that is. For someone who is made fun of for being so strict about T’s sugar intake, we sure have been doing an awful lot of baking lately! Puff just has such a fun time cooking and decorating (and licking the spoon), I can’t say no! Am I the only one who finds it odd that we made cupcakes and cookies for Halloween and Valentine’s day, but not for Christmas? Truth be told, it really took us until January to finish the (frozen) October batch!

We colored our own pink & purple sugar sprinkles this time! We’ve been learning a lot about mixing colors lately, and this was a fun way to demonstrate the concept without paints.

Don’t forget about the playdough version, inspired by NoTimeForFlashcards.com! Good sensory fun – no calories!

Will you be my Valentine?

Simple and sweet – what Valentine’s day would be complete without doilies?
T still seems a bit dubious about the whole XO = hugs n’ kisses thing, but she has accepted it for the time being. She was excited that she could ‘read’ these as she made them. Perhaps using just the letter ‘U’ in place of the word ‘you’ wasn’t such a great idea – but its all in good fun!


  1. wecki77 said,

    You know, I keep thinking the same phrase for the owls.

    Love all the crafts and baking! How did you get the beads to glow for the picture?

    • Me said,

      How ’bout “Whoo-Whoo loves YOU!??”

      I did it with a little help from my husband! He ‘charged’ them with a light while I focused, and the cut the light and I got the shot while they were still super-brightly glowing. The other ones were easy – they just look like that hanging in our window when the sun shines through!

  2. Kendall said,

    Awww…what sweet crafts!! Glad ya’ll had fun. 🙂 Cupcakes look sooo yummy, even the playdough ones. hehehe….So sweet.

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