Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day

This year I am trying to not buy most things new. I don't say 'any' thing because I have decided that is not realistic, but whatever I can buy used or find around the house to re-purpose is my goal. So far I have managed to get clothes for my husband and I, toys for the boys, and even make a curtain for our bathroom, without buying anything new.  

Then comes Valentine's Day. I would go buy a box of cards, but I know I have construction paper at home. I had hoped to find some heart stickers in my scrapbooking materials, but no such luck.  So, instead, I had to be creative.

Step 1: Paint with watercolors

Step 2: Cut out construction paper hearts and cut out hearts from previous painted paper. Glue together.
Step 3: Add a short Valentine's message, because these are for 3 year olds after all.
Step 4: Make a special one with airplane stickers for the teacher.

I would love to say what a great craft/bonding experience this was for my boys and myself. But, alas, that was not the case. The painting went mostly smoothly, except for Micah eating the paint and painting the table. The glue/cutting was mostly a disaster.  Between Micah, again, eating the glue, Jack trying to glue the table and steal the scissors, plus attach stickers to his face. It was over in 5 minutes. It may not have been the most meaningful mother/son time, but it didn't cost anything and the cards that will end up in the recycle bin (I hope and not the garbage!) as soon as the day is over, make my son happy. 

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