Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day

It's time to get organized for the next upcoming holiday: St. Valentine's Day. Here are some things I'm finding appealing right now; please feel free to comment with suggestions of your own!

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

the greatest Valentine's Day book of all time!

form drawing - simple but lovely hearts form

dipped candles - we made rose colored candles by alternating layers of red and golden beeswax

sweet family valentines activity - set out slips of paper and colored pens and let people write secret notes of appreciation to each other - fold up and place in a vase - save them all and then open up and read on Valentine's Day

woven paper heart baskets

handmade paper with flower seeds in it - enjoy as a decoration and then plant in your yard - made heart shaped by pouring pulp into a cookie cutter as a mold - we did these one year for Christmas ornaments / handmade presents but we used a star cookie cutter and dyed the paper yellow

pinecone bird feeders for the birds

valentine tea bags - an idea too cute to pass up

AWESOME wool felt crown!

Many years ago when Natalie was in kindergarten she and I made a Martha Stewart Living project for Valentine's Day. It was a pattern and instructions for a heart shaped oven mitt, quilted using red fabrics, but we made a little one that fit her hand using a huge copper heart-shaped cookie cutter. It was so adorable!

I'd love to give the children gifts. I have my eye on the Haba Color Buttons Pegging Game for Zac...

... and Magic Wool Mermaids, Fairies and Nymphs through the Seasons for the older girls.

And if I were going so far as to give myself a Valentine's Day gift?

Well, the most practical thing would be The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living because it's the book that goes along with one of my new therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

The truth is that I can't afford store bought presents right now and so I need to focus on homemade things that will be just as wonderful (if not more so) and make all four of my children feel special and important to me!

I just don't have any Valentine's Day recipes figured out yet... Hmmm.

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