Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Because I’m crafty like that…I think

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  It’s really not a big deal for me anymore since I’ve been married and every ounce of romance that ever was has long since disappeared, along with my perky boobs and bladder retention.

The best part of the holiday, by far, is seeing how excited the kids are to give/get Valentine’s.  So when Cole and Bella came home from school last week, waving a bright pink paper in my face, I knew what was coming.

“Mommy”, they screamed, “We have to do our Valentine’s!”

We went out right away to the craft store to see what was available.  Cole found some store-made dinosaur Valentine cards that he loved so that was easy.

But Bella wanted to make something different and unique….of course, just like she is.  So we came up with our own little version of a “sweet Valentine’s day flower”.

Bella’s Sweet Valentine’s Day Flower Craft

Get some cardstock in a variety of colors.  We also got some fancy scrapbooking cardstock for the middle of the flowers.

Per flower, cut out 3 heart-shaped petals, 1 flower-shaped middle, and 2 leaves.  Punch holes at the bottom of each.  Write the “to” and “from” on the leaves.  This was the most time consuming part…waiting for Bella to write all the names.  I swear, I could feel my hair turning gray while I waited for her.  Have I ever mentioned that I have a serious lack of patience?

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Okay, if you haven’t died of old age at this point (assuming your kids can write super fast),fold all 3 heart petals in half and then open them up again. 

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Then take the hearts and overlap them so it forms a flower shape.  Add the flower center and make sure all the holes line up.  I put a little bit of glue on each of them to make sure they stayed put.

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Then turn your flower over and add the leaves with glue, again making sure that the holes line up.

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Turn the flower back over and put a lollipop through the center…add a tiny bit of tape at the bottom of the lollipop stick to make sure it stays in place.  Nothing worse than a kindergartener freaking out because he didn’t get a lollipop when everyone else did.

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We made 32 of them…all in various colors with a different design in the middle of each.  I hope her friends will like them!!

Memorable conversation of the day:

Me (walking out of Cole and Bella’s room, after putting them to bed): Goodnight! Stay in your beds! Do not come out unless you're bleeding from your eyeballs!

Cole (to Bella): Bleeding eyeballs?!  How can you bleed from your eyeballs?

Bella: I could stab you in the eyes with a pencil. That'd probably work.

Me: I heard that....there will be NO stabbing of anyone's eyeballs!

Bella (to Cole): Well, I could just pull your eyelashes out one by one and then they'll probably bleed. And it would probably hurt way less than me stabbing them with a pencil.

Me:  Both of you need to stop talking and go to sleep!  Besides, your conversation is seriously creepy and disturbing! 

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66 comments:

Merri Ann said...

Wow ... I'm seriously impressed. Those cards are super cute. And, I'm with you on the writing thing ... I'm so happy there are teachers ...

The eyeball thing? I'll have to thank you for that later ... I know I'm going to be thinking about stabbed eyeballs all day ... ewwww.

Valerie said...

Helene,

Once again, you do not fail to make me laugh...and I need some serious laughter in my life at this point. (See latest blog post!)

Bella's Valentine's are adorable. I must say she outdid Mary Catherine, not that it's a competition, ahem, but Mary insisted on making her Valentine's as well.

I cheated and bought those plain, white, ready-made heart-shaped cards, a bunch of Valentine scrapooking paper, puffy stickers, glitter, doilies, etc. and let her have at it. They turned out pretty cute and I need to post a pic.

Since we were told "no names" (PreK) I thought I was in the clear, but no...Mary decided she needed to COLOR all 12 5X7 envelopes with crayon. I told her to use stickers only, but she insisted that she could not pass out white envelopes. After the first one, she only had 11 more to go...we've been working on this for 10 days. HA!!!

Anyway, hope you have a great Wednesday,

Val

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

You are a patient woman! No way would I make all those flower valentines! I'm with Cole on this, buy the ready-made dinosaur ones! I did happen to see some cute animal ones I liked that moved when you tilted the card. I didn't buy them though. Did get a nice card for my hubby.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Helene,
Those are awesome! I just bought some this year for Abby & Emma(they want to send a few to family). I took the easy way out!
Those are seriously so cute and I know Bella's friends will love them.

Tiffany said...

Those are really cute! Thanks for reminding me that I need to bring a shoebox to school for Prayse - my poor baby. She's gonna be THAT kid who's Mama forgets everything... I just know it.

LOL at the eyeball conversation - kids are so funny.

Tina... said...

After finding you and reading your babies conversations, I'm sorry that I only have one child and I'm the one who has creepy conversations with him....everytime I say something to him it turns into a conversation I really didn't want to have with my ten year old...

Robin said...

Wow 32..you are dedicated...they are a so cute...that is a lot of cutting and pasting(without a computor)..but the eyeball thingy .hurts my stomach thinking about it...ooooh...eyes and lash pulling gives me pain in my stomach..not the pencil part though..I know I am weird..!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

OMG! Kids writing their names on cards is the most mind numbing experience ever!!

You are so brave for making those flowers. That is way cool!

yonca said...

I really didn't know you're crafty Helen. You're a patient mom.Those are so cute.I 'm sure Bella's friends will love them.
Have a great day!

Brooke said...

that is a super creative valentine! :) and i'd say if you made 32 of them you ARE patient whether you'll admit it or not.

singedwingangel said...

OK too cute ... sadly my boys would not have the patience for that task... roflmbo @ the conversation.. what will kids NOT think of

Jessi said...

Wow! I wish I could come up with cool crafts like that but I am just not really very crafty! She did such a great job though, they are too cute.

What's with the conversations your kids have? Stabbing with pencils Hahah! They crack me up!

HT said...

It's because you are crafty like that!

My kids made two cards this weekend for their teachers and that was enough for me.

We, I mean "I" decided to buy cards for the 17 kids attending the class party on Friday!

Mother of Multiples said...

Helene---As always I love your blog...Please stop by and grab your cool blog award.....I have never done awards but you are definately worthy of this one.

Heather

Buckeroomama said...

How cool is that Valentine?!

I have to make Valentines, but I only have to make 5, because there are only 5 in J's class. That's my excuse for still not having done them with him. I figure we will have time to do all 5 tomorrow.

Bella does have quite the imagination! :)

Eva Gallant said...

The valentine was adorable. Very clever. Hope no one ended up with bleeding eyeballs!

Eva Gallant said...

The valentine was adorable. Very clever. Hope no one ended up with bleeding eyeballs!

Creative Junkie said...

I am totally impressed Helene! Those Valentines are absolutely adorable!

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

The cards look so cute! I still have to do ours...I keep putting it off for some reason :).

Amy W said...

Cute!! I've gotten seriously lazy in the homemade Valentines department the last few years. Yeah - that long! Good for you - Bella's classmates will love them!

Jen said...

cool craft. I just brought Hayden some cards and I am not going to do any this the little kids. they don't know... yet.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Great. I wrote a catchy little saying on some foamy hearts & tape on some candy & thought I was freakin' Martha Stewart!

Over-achiever!!!

Mayhem and Moxie said...

You made over 30 of these Valentine's, Helene? I am seriously impressed. Bella's classmates are going to adore them. Anything homemade is so, so wonderful. Plus, you'll be light years ahead of moms like me who just ordered them.

Well done!

Kristina P. said...

Those are adorable! You are a superwoman.

Corrie Howe said...

Love the Valentine's Day craft. And I'd be worried about Bella if I was you. Maybe Cole should be more worried.

Nezzy said...

Hay, ya'll are crafty like that! I sure hope Bella doesn't use the crafty little Valentine sucker stick as a weapon! Heeeheehe!

Ya'll have a fun-filled day enjoying all your blessings!!!

Karen said...

Look at you and Bella! Channeling your inner-Martha!

Those are super cute!

HarryJack's Mom said...

Very cute, and I'm sure the kids will love the lollies. You have a lot of patience - I struggled thru 16 "Valentine's books" that Harry wanted to make. Jack was all about writing his and his friends' names on pre-made ones. I'm thinking this is where the girls are separated from the boys, and I'm thinking boys are easier....at least on VDay. Great job, Bella!

shortmama said...

Great job on the cards! We are making ours this year too!

T. Anne said...

That's so sweet I love that!

Marianne said...

those flower cards are AWESOME! Between the cakes you made for Cole and Bella's birthday and this, you're like a less annoying Martha Stewart (and not a convict!). Remind me to call on you when I have children, because creativity hits me once every 23 years (I'm 22, so that's just a guess, haha).

Jenny said...

So cute! LOL about the bleeding eyeballs!

Mercy said...

I think that puttin the lollypop in the center was an original idea. The kids will want to hold on to it longer.

Mrs Montoya said...

32 of them - you are a Saint! There's no flippin' way I could wait for The Princess to write all of that. I wouldn't have time to blog! They are darling, though. Absolutely darling.

Gawd, pull out all of his eyelashes. Really . . .

Twins Squared said...

My what lovely children you have! :) The bleeding eyeballs part. I couldn't get mine to go to sleep 2 nights ago but their conversation was NOT about bleeding eyeballs.

I love the flowers! We did the same old store bought ones. I am not patient either - I am just worried about them signing their own name on 20 cards. The teachers won't let them put who it's to because it would take forever to hand them out. But I have been working with Kaitlyn on her reading and I think my hair has been turning gray on that. What seems to me to be some of the simplest words are taking her a lifetime to spit out of her mouth. I actually have to start gritting my teeth because it takes so long but she's never before been willing to work on it so I'm at least glad she's trying.

You're funny! Happy Valentine's Day!

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

Oh you are such a better mom than me! I do not have the patience for those kinds of crafts - unless the boys could do it all on their own. Oscar hates even writing his name on the premade cards! So lazy - just like his mother.

Those do look really cute though! I'm sure her friends will love them!

Theta Mom said...

You ARE crafty, how cute is that???

LaVonne said...

Pretty good! I can't wait until my Bella can make crafts. At this point, no. I would probably go crazy trying to do it. :) I only have one and my patience level is not too high. I need to learn better patience :) Thanks for sharing the craft. I could do this one!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Soo pretty Valentine! Love it, Helene.
You're very crafty!!
B.xx

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Jessica said...

Relating on the fled romance and bladder retention. What is with that?!

My kids never wanted crafty, which is a good thing, because I can't buy crafty.

Samantha said...

That conversation is hilarious & those Valentines Day cards are super cute and definitely unique. They'll be the best ones in the entire classroom!

The Lane Family said...

Helene,

When I grow up I want to be as good of mom as you are!! Making all of those cute Valentine's Day cards!! They are so cute and you have got some serious patience :)

The conversation was so funny and once again I wonder....where do they think of these things :)

Jenni Jiggety said...

Impressive Valentines!!!! I always just take the lazy mom route and buy the premade ones at Walmart.

Menopausal New Mom said...

What a cute craft project, where do you get the patience? die of old age ha, ha, ha?

Bleeding eyeballs? I always say "Don't come out unless you hair's on fire" I think I like mine better Lol!

Alicia said...

Wow, those are soooo cute!!!!

And lol at Bella & Cole! I would love to have a convo with them one day!

Missie said...

I love those flower valentines. I'm sure her class will love them!

Mighty M said...

The valentine's turned out so cute - you are SOOOO crafty! :)

Neo said...

lol @ memorable conversation

2Wired2Tired said...

Very cute heart flower and it looks so easy too - 32 of them might take some of the ease out of it, but it still looks like fun. Hope her classmates liked them!

Vera Ezimora said...

You made 32 of those cards??? Oh, God. I think I fell asleep while reading. LOL.

LOL @ the bleeding eyeballs. Ouch.

Michelle said...

I am crafty but I hate to admit this...I have never hand made my kids Valentine cards. This year it was $2 Wal-Mart cards. We are snowed in anyways so I guess I will send the kids with their cards and treats Tuesday.

"BUTTERY"fly said...

Very cute Valentine cards!
BTW, The conversation you had with your kids is so funny!

Following you from MBC...

XO
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Jessica said...

AND I'm Back, to be crafty in other ways;
I’m passing the Beautiful Blogger Award on to you!

That’s right YOU, you crafty mama!
You can even visit my site and see it in big, fancified “Matter-O-Facto” and get the 411 / the skinny/ the shiznit.
Most importantly, the Pic. ;)
You So Rock! I want to weep at your awesomeness.

christy rose said...

Those are super cute! I wish I had more crafty in me! :)

Xazmin said...

OMheck! These are so freaking adorable! Good job crafty mama!

Also...we too have creapy conversations at our house...don't even think twice about it!

Frugal Vicki said...

First of all, you are the most awesome momma ever! Secondly, can I live in your house for a few weeks, add my kids that would be AWESOME! and finally, at least your kiddo's only suggest poking of the eyeball. Mine would probably just do it.

Megan said...

Ooh, you are crafty! I am impressed, woman. Now I'm thinking about the sad little Mickey Mouse valentines I bought for Ashley to hand out at preschool...oh well, you win some you lose some.

Angela said...

Adorable Valentines! I can't believe you did all of that! Yikes! I grabbed the first box..scratch and sniff...Baby!

Miss Dot said...

I'm with Angela -- you cut out all those shapes for 32 VALENTINES?! Gah, I'll never make a good mommy!!! Ugh. The best part is the lollipops anyway. Can I just give them lollipops??

wife.mom.nurse said...

What a fun craft. I am sure they are so proud of themselves.

Yeah, that conversation would give me nightmares ;)

debi9kids said...

What a great Valentine's craft! I have been trying to figure out what the heck to do with my kids for school...ugh

OMGOSH! LOL about how LOOOOOOONG it takes kids to write all of those names out. PAINFULLY long. I have no patience for that stuff either.

Brandi said...

Loving the Valentines. So going to steal this... :)

♥Georgie♥ said...

You have the patience of Mother Teresa and you are crafty like martha Stewart LOL...goodness i suddenly feel like my childrens got jipped when they were younger ;-)
awesome valentines craft goodie

Seizing My Day said...

Stumbling upon your blog... you are funny... and I think I will find your follow button! ;) I made those flowers (sort of) with my little girl when she was in first grade... this year she choose a 99 cent box of animal cards at Target... I couldn't be happier... b/c the heart shaped leaves we picked and pressed in the fall were haunting me... (thus they sit in magazines still?) ;) hee hee
PS. If I had 2 sets of twins.. I would not have made those! hats off to you! Just Jenn~
www.seizingmyday.com

Seizing My Day said...

Stumbling upon your blog... you are funny... and I think I will find your follow button! ;) I made those flowers (sort of) with my little girl when she was in first grade... this year she choose a 99 cent box of animal cards at Target... I couldn't be happier... b/c the heart shaped leaves we picked and pressed in the fall were haunting me... (thus they sit in magazines still?) ;) hee hee
PS. If I had 2 sets of twins.. I would not have made those! hats off to you! Just Jenn~
www.seizingmyday.com

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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