Arts and Crafts

Monday, February 13, 2012

So, I inhabit the world of Pinterest where everything is DIY-able and really cute at the same time.  It's a lot of pressure.  And you know what tomorrow is?  Valentine's Day.

People go Craft Crazy for this holiday.  To wit:

[image credit]
Idea:  Buy candy bars and put custom wrappers on them.
With ribbons and handmade paper flowers.
Design*sponge suggests making 3-D Valentines.
I adore anything that involves cigar boxes.
(But the thought of this exhausts me.)
(And holy crap, what's inside?)
Ooh, I have a weakness for Oreos... [image credit]
But I'm not sure my red icing hearts would look even that good.
Do you see, though, how this gets out of control?  Very  much so, very quickly.  So, what's a mom to do?  I had already decided that I would have no guilt at all about not giving out Valentine's at Jack's school.  He is not yet two (though we're careening toward his birthday -- eek!).  He has no idea.  His buddies have no idea.  Valentine's for two year old are for the edification of the parents.  

And I say that, but guess what I've spent the weekend doing? [brace yourself for a contradiction]


Yup.  I sure did.

But, that's not actually true.  I've been working on these for a while, ever since I realized that I would love to get all Tiny Prints up in here for cute photo Valentines but am *not* willing to spend the dollars on their insanely awesome products.  So, I said to myself, self, what if you make endearingly simple ones for free?  

You see, a few years ago, I started buying scrapbooking supplies before I faced the cold, hard, indisputable personal truth that I Am Not a Scrapbooker.  That paper sure did come in handy, though.


Um, you can see that I stayed *minimal* with the design.
I was an English major, not an art major.
The clincher is on the inside.


Jack's super cool dude smiling face wished all of his teachers, buddies, and family a Super Cool Valentine's Day.

And he wishes you one, too.
Heather

13 comments:

  1. LOVE the handmade Valentine cards! Well done, Jack's mom.

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  2. I love these. And I apologize ahead of time for whatever Jack receives from Eli tomorrow!

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  3. I received hershey's kisses in a ziploc bag with a little note that said, "we love you tia". My heart melted. It's all about the thought and effort. Well done.

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  4. You are so awesome it's ridiculous. Those are super cool. Totally impressed.

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  5. Omg. You are over achieving with style, grace and too much cuteness! Send me one!

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  6. Okay, we are twins. I just polished off super quick and easy valentines for the 10 kiddos in Ike's daycare using scrapbook paper that I have had on hand since our honeymoon (turns out I am not much of a scrapbooker either) and some silver paper left over from our wedding. I started at 9 p.m. and was done before 10 p.m. And I spent zero dollars. Wahoo! I had no intention of doing valentines at all until we got a note on Friday saying that the kids would be exchanging valentines on Tuesday...it kind of seemed mandatory!

    But your cards are super cool because they have an awesome picture of Jack. Love those shades, cool dude.

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    1. Ha! We are twins! I want to see pictures of what you made!

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  7. You admitted to scrapbooking....lol.

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    1. Nope. Just to foolishly buying the supplies. :)

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  8. Those were incredible. Great job. I'm inspired.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Arts and Crafts

So, I inhabit the world of Pinterest where everything is DIY-able and really cute at the same time.  It's a lot of pressure.  And you know what tomorrow is?  Valentine's Day.

People go Craft Crazy for this holiday.  To wit:

[image credit]
Idea:  Buy candy bars and put custom wrappers on them.
With ribbons and handmade paper flowers.
Design*sponge suggests making 3-D Valentines.
I adore anything that involves cigar boxes.
(But the thought of this exhausts me.)
(And holy crap, what's inside?)
Ooh, I have a weakness for Oreos... [image credit]
But I'm not sure my red icing hearts would look even that good.
Do you see, though, how this gets out of control?  Very  much so, very quickly.  So, what's a mom to do?  I had already decided that I would have no guilt at all about not giving out Valentine's at Jack's school.  He is not yet two (though we're careening toward his birthday -- eek!).  He has no idea.  His buddies have no idea.  Valentine's for two year old are for the edification of the parents.  

And I say that, but guess what I've spent the weekend doing? [brace yourself for a contradiction]


Yup.  I sure did.

But, that's not actually true.  I've been working on these for a while, ever since I realized that I would love to get all Tiny Prints up in here for cute photo Valentines but am *not* willing to spend the dollars on their insanely awesome products.  So, I said to myself, self, what if you make endearingly simple ones for free?  

You see, a few years ago, I started buying scrapbooking supplies before I faced the cold, hard, indisputable personal truth that I Am Not a Scrapbooker.  That paper sure did come in handy, though.


Um, you can see that I stayed *minimal* with the design.
I was an English major, not an art major.
The clincher is on the inside.


Jack's super cool dude smiling face wished all of his teachers, buddies, and family a Super Cool Valentine's Day.

And he wishes you one, too.
Heather
 
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