In case you haven’t noticed with all my Valentine posts, one of the goals I set for myself was that the majority of items that made their way into the Valentine mailbox be hand made. Between knitting, sewing, and crafting I was able to stick pretty closely with my goal!
First off, I made little card holders like the one I did for the Valentine giveaway (and the ones that are available in my shop). Instead of filling them with postcards, I had some simple photo books done using a gift card I won in December. These weren’t just any old photos, these were photos from our summer family vacation. It was such a memorable time for all of us, and Joshua and Emma G were so excited to get these! (Couldn’t find Miss Emma’s for the sake of the photo shoot!)
Thanks to a little incentive from Six Flags, the kids have been reading lots to each get a free ticket. 360 minutes later they’ve completed that goal but the reading continues! I used some leftover mesh from the knitted nesting boxes and sewed them some simple bookmarks. Of course, you can’t give bookmarks without a book, right? I ordered them each book through their school which means their classroom received a free book!
The last Valentine’s sewing project was a simple drawstring bag. In case you haven’t noticed, the red and white fabric piece I found in the As Is section of Ikea was HUGE, so I’ve been using it for lots of projects. Back to the drawstring bag, I found a set of 2 Star Wars guys at Target for $3. One guy usually costs $7, so this was a score. In keeping with my goal, I made the bag to hold all his guys. He loves the new addition to his set.
Emma G has really been resistant lately to taking a bath. I tried to convince her it is fun and all that, but it wasn’t working. I try to be a smart mama, problem solving these things but I was clueless until a friend mentioned that maybe she was bored in the tub. That was precisely the problem. Since we’ve been back, I haven’t invested in bathtub toys of any sort. I decided to make her some bath paints. I had made these before, but she didn’t remember. When I ran the water for her evening bath, she said, “Now I have something to do in there!” And I think to myself, “Why didn’t I do this sooner…”
Well, that concludes my Valentine’s gifting. My crazy brain is already onto other projects…my birthday boy, and 2 birthday nieces!