- My five year old son is making a Valentine's Treasure Hunt in a bottle for his classmates. Together, we colored rice, poured it into plastic drinking bottles, added a dozen or so little bobbles (a crayon, a button, a coin, etc), and tied on some ribbon for decoration. We also dipped the top of the bottle in red paint to seal the cap and add a bit more festive color. Then, we made a label asking the recipient to twirl, swirl and twist their bottle and find the hidden items.
- My seven year old daughter is making paper heart and doily Valentine notes for her classmates and tucking them inside a clear bag with a few pieces of candy, tied up present-style.
- At some point, I jumped on my (newly purchased!) sewing machine and created a quick heart garland to brighten up the kitchen window facing our snow covered, Eastern European backyard. 10 minutes of cutting out felt hearts plus 5 minutes of connecting them via a rapid running stitch equals a bit of festive warmth.
- My daughter is also crafting away at matchbox valentines for her teachers and family. She started down this path for her 15 classmates as well, but her plans fell short when we could only round up seven matchbooks! (I went EVERYWHERE in Tbilisi searching out matchboxes and came up empty-handed. She was left using up what I purchased a few months back.)
- Meanwhile I'm putting my newly purchased sewing machine to good use and creating a few little goodies for my darling three. One of my favorite mornings of the year is February 14th when I adore meeting my blurry-eyed kids upon waking, wishing them a sweet Valentine's morning, hugging them extra tight and placing a tiny little handmade toy into their still sleepy fingers. I can barely wait...
10 February 2012