Valentine’s Day: An Excuse to Decorate
My non-valentine’s self has just been bursting with creative juices this year…all for a day I used to avoid like the plague.
Honestly, on these cold and dreary days I’m just desperate to come up with Ethan-friendly projects so they may as well be in the shape of hearts.
Or maybe the whole idea sprouted from my desire to play with, as Ethan calls it, “Mama’s Magic Machine”. With a few clicks of my mouse we were surrounded by hearts in shades of pink, white, and red.
Some white yarn from my knitting box with a spot of tape wrapped around one end for a “pointy tip”…perfect for sewing. (Did I just say “spot of tape?” Too much Downton Abbey).
After showing him a few sample “stitches”, Ethan took over yarn duty. Soon he took over heart holding too, leaving me to pick up the colored hearts as directed. Half way through I realized what a great learning tool this is for colors…he even got the idea of “dark pink” and “light pink”.
This was no quick activity. It took a nice long time. We chatted, listened to some tunes, weaving hearts and yarn till our garland was complete. Fine motor skills, check. The finished product looks lovely on our fireplace.
But I didn’t stop there.
And then yesterday I did something silly…offering to help Ethan’s preschool class celebrate the holiday with some garland supplies. We will be making a garland to hang in the classroom, plus assembling eight small sets, one for each student to make a garland to take home.
And, since I’ve had a few requests, I put the large garland up on my Etsy store. It comes assembled or in pieces for some family craft time fun. Either way, it’s $8 + shipping and I’ll get it out ASAP.
I’ll be talking about more heart-shaped goodness on Friday. Oh yeah, I’m going now and can’t stop! Maybe there is a Valentine’s Day-lover in me yet.