Tuesday, February 14, 2012

hearts aplenty

the crafty crow saves the day again with great ideas for holiday crafts.

i had so much fun making things with tristan and realized that we definitely don't do enough crafting together. he is almost three now and quite ready to work with glue and glitter. he does however have this particular way of claiming he doesn't like the finished product. i'll tell him from the start that we are making a sun catcher and once it's all said and done and hanging in the window he says, i don't like that sun catcher. take it down. what's up with that?

he had good fun pasting the tissue paper to the parchment on this sun catcher.

we made the sun catcher and transparency from a red and gold gift box. there were some strips left over so i made tristan a little heart bracelet and he made one for tashi. it was so sweet to see him giving her a valentine.

i ended up making some of these handprint cards of my own, as i had to demonstrate to tristan that laying one's palm in the paint was neither hot nor painful in any way. i really didn't think he was going to do it, when suddenly he just squished his hand in there and was ready to go. thus commences an era of finger painting.

i adore the idea behind these love rocks. i don't think mine turned out quite as nice as those in the tutorial, especially without any mod podge on hand. but the idea is so sweet and tristan really liked carrying his around (and dropping it on occasion). tashi has a very cool
magnetic word stamp kit, which i used to stamp some choice words on the backs. i didn't photograph the backs but they turned out pretty well.

we had a tasty valentine dinner of greek potatoes, youvetsi, salad and bread. surrounded by roses and flowers from dan and my dad.

followed by rich chocolate pudding with whip cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes.

and candle light.

i didn't manage to photograph tashi's valentines as there was no good light left, but she made a lovely book for all of us, and some sweet cards with messages hidden under layers of heart lobes. my favorite part was that tristan went to bed with his card from tashi in his hand. seeing the love between my children is the greatest valentine gift of all.

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