making Valentine's.

10 February 2012
Valentine's Day may not be the major holiday here that it is in the States, but that's not stopping us from celebrating. The kids have been hard at work creating valentines for their classmates, their family members, their friends and their teachers. Here's a sneak peak at what's going on:
  • 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...

5 comments:

Anne said...

I am stealing that idea for the treasure bottles! How cute!

Tricia said...

That felt garland sounds like fun. It's bright and happy!

Rochelle said...

Do we get to see the goodies you're sewing? Would love to!

Sonja said...

Such lucky kids, classmates and teachers! You are one fabulous mom. Thanks for sharing your fun ideas!

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@Rochelle: I regularly sew little 'toys' for my kids for random holidays. They're just tiny things made out of scrap fabric with a bit of personality woven into them. It's kind of a secret little smile from me to them. Perhaps I'll snap a few pictures and show them off in an upcoming post... Thanks for your interest!

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