Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines Day Projects

Valentines Day Projects
Wanna know what I do with all of my “spare” time these days?  I spend every single minute of it on Pinterest.  I’m not kidding.  You must be living under a rock if you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet.  Let’s just say that a number of my projects start with an idea I saw on Pinterest, and maybe I changed a thing or two, and maybe I didn’t.  But, I can tell you that I have yet to be disappointed with a project I’ve attempted to tackled.  This past week and weekend were dedicated to Michael’s valentines for his classmates, goodie bags for his party and the valentines we send out each year to our closest family members and friends.  

Friends and family valentines were a no brainer.  The second I saw this tutorial I couldn't resist...
Left: Original Tutorial  Right: Our pile of valentines!
I decided to forgo the stickers the original poster used for her message and relied on my best friend, the Sharpie, since I was making 18 of these bad boys.  I was so happy with the result, and they were not nearly as time consuming as I expected with all of those little fingers to cut out.  

Next up, valentines for Michael's classmates and goodie bags for his party.  I knew immediately what was going in the goodie bags.  Shopping for 2/3 year-olds is maybe the easiest of shopping.  So, I relied on my favorite party supply store Shop Sweet Lulu for the cutie patootie bags and let a shopping trip to Target and one super quick Pinterest project complete these bags o' loot. 

The tough decision this year was which valentine to go with for each of Michael’s classmates.  I had so many choices, but school rules kinda restricted in which direction I could go.  As I’m sure you’ll find now at most schools all of the treats brought into the classroom now must be prepackaged and purchased from a store.  Nothing homemade and nothing can be removed from its original packaging.  Let me paraphrase this for you- none of the good stuff.  This is absolutely the only rule at his school that bothers me.  Allergies smallergies.  Come on!!  They are taking the fun out of it for me.  Ok, I’m done ranting.  Anywho... these were the top contenders for Michael’s valentines (all Pinterest inspired of course!).

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I loved all of them.  Some didn’t work because the treats had been repackaged at home.  Others weren't quite age appropriate yet.  So... I improvised and this is what I came up with...

And, VOILA... Store bought treats with a fun twist.  My mother-in-law asked me the other day if I will ever be the mom who buys a box of valentines from the store.  I simply replied no.  I always had the boxed valentines growing up, and I loved preparing them every year.  Then somewhere in my early 20's as I was spending my days going to school and teaching preschool something came over me.  I started adding twists to everything.  I love going the extra inch.  It's a disease actually.  I just can't wait for the boys to jump in and help me with this list of never ending "inches".  Now, what the heck do I do for the husband for Valentines Day?!  And, P.S.- this valentines day I ESPECIALLY LOVE YOU, PINTEREST!!

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