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Happy Valentine’s Day 2016

Hedgehog Valentine 2016

I “pick” you! Be MINE…CRAFT?

Valentine 2015

LEGO Minecraft (front & back) and flaming pencils. What’s not to love?


Valentine’s Day is Looming…Literally

Yes, it’s true. Claire has her Valentines done. So soon?

It’s worse than you think…We worked on Valentines over Christmas Break! What? She’s hooked! (Again, literally…the puns are just flowing today!) …and what better time to do it than when you have NO homework AND time to play with something new!

Claire LOVES making bracelets.

Here’s what we did this year for Claire’s Valentines.

I ordered packs of Red, Black, and White bands online. In bulk, they’re REALLY inexpensive. Claire made each bracelet, and I said I’d help her with the tags, which are just strips of pink construction paper and Sharpie.

We stapled the tags on each one.

Find the middle of the circle…

…and pinch to make a heart. Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Hedgehog Family Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!  (This photo may or may not be a tiny bit foreshadowing.  You’ll have to wait and see what surprise we have up our sleeves!)

LEGO Valentines

Yes, we’re thinking about Valentines already! What? We like to make our own every year, and the assembly line only works so quickly.  Plus, things take time to dry, man.

After some brainstorming, we decided to do a LEGO theme. Claire loves all things LEGO, and how hard could it be to make a heart?

As it turns out, not very hard at all. The tricky part was figuring out how to make it in as few pieces as possible.

I’m not going to lie; the first attempt at the prototype had 12 pieces.

The winner?

SIX pieces.

How did we do it? Here’s how!

I did the math. We decided to make 30 valentines for her class (28 kids, including Claire, plus 2 teachers). We decided to make 5 extra for relatives.

I called our local LEGO store to see what they had in stock (and available in bulk) and they had red 1×2 and 1×3 blocks. PERFECT!

By my calculations, each little heart was made of up of two 1 x 2 blocks and four 1 x 3 blocks.

LEGO Valentine Resources Procured

Yes, the LEGO employee helped me tape the lid on to this container. All 210 pieces fit in the small tub! ($0.24-ish per valentine, for the WIN!)

This is how we constructed the hearts.

1) Start with two 1 x 3 blocks, side by side. (They didn’t have any 2 x 3 blocks in bulk.)
2) Put two 1 x 3 blocks under them as shown.
3) Attach one 1 x 2 block next to them.
4) Do the same on the other side.

Voila! A LEGO heart.

I got a new paper cutter as a gift, and I LOVE IT. We cut an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in half to do the valentines.

We drew half a heart on 1/4 of it, folded it, cut it, and that made the heart cut-out on the front cover.

We used red crayon to spiff it up and put tape on the back of the LEGO heart.

Here’s the outside, inside, and they’re ready to sign!

A Big Milestone

After years of begging to have it done, we finally acquiesced.

Claire got her ears pierced today!

She wanted little hearts in honor of Valentine’s Day, but they don’t offer those as the initial studs. So, just like her momma, she opted for her birthstone.

As you can tell by the photo above, they did them one at a time, and she didn’t even flinch.

That’s my girl!

Butterfly Valentines

I’ve been waiting until February to post this, so that people wouldn’t get too mad at me.  Yes, we started this process early this year.  I figured it would be easier to get all the steps done without having to rush through them.

This year, Claire wanted to make Butterfly Valentines.  Last year, we made Origami Butterflies, but these are a bit different.  (I adapted a pattern I found here.)  My all-time favorite Valentine was the year before that.  You can see it by clicking here.

Anyway, last year, I had trouble finding Valentines that weren’t so candy-centric, and this year was no exception.  I used the above pattern, but rather than use candy, we used a pencil.  (Claire is REALLY into pencils right now, so this was a win-win!)

I discovered that Hobby Lobby had Valentine Pencils on sale!  Sweet!  (Pun totally intended.)

Claire wrote her message on the patterns, and we copied them.  We cut them out.  She did most of the cutting, but I helped.  (There are 14 in her class and we did one for each teacher.  16 butterflies is a lot to do in an assembly line!)  Then, we traced over the writing with glue and glittered them.

Then, we waited for them to dry.

When they’d dried for a couple days, we curled the antennae, slipped the pencil into the wings, and Claire put glittery heart stickers on each one.

The end result is cute!

A practical romantic

Engagement Photo - October 2000. We will have been married 11 years this November. (11 in 11 of '11 ...MAKE A WISH!) But, this post isn't about that anniversary. This post is about the original one.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve posted one of our engagement photos taken in October of 2000. (Courtesy of my friend Tara, and blurred upon request of my special valentine.)  But, it’s not just Valentine’s Day that we celebrate this time of year.  Our “original anniversary” is so close to Valentine’s Day that we’ve always combined the two celebrations.  (What?  There is nothing wrong with being a practical romantic!)

This year marks 14 years together!

We’ve never been the traditional type, so we’ve made sure to honor our original anniversary throughout the years.  Yes, yes, the “wedding” anniversary is important, too, but to us, it was purely a formality.  To us, the years before we made our relationship legally binding are just as important as the years after.

True Romantic Traditionalists will gasp out loud at that admission, but it’s true!  And here is where I push them completely over the edge by admitting that roughly 14 years ago, some guy picked me up in a bar…

He picked me up, but he has never let me down, and I think that’s all the romance I really need.

Origami Butterfly Valentines

Last year, Claire and I made the cutest little Valentine cards.  Click here to see them. We came up with a cute picture and poem, and it was fun (AND EASY) to do!

This year, we wanted to do something a little different.  But what?

Claire’s Valentine’s Day Party is tomorrow, so on Tuesday, we started looking online for ideas. Because of all the drifted snow, we were trapped at home, and we were limited to the craft supplies we already had in the house.  We had no pipe-cleaners.  (That ruled out about 97% of the ideas we found.)  We had no candy.  (That ruled out another 2%.)

Then, one thing led to another (as is often the case when you’re poking around online), and we stumbled upon the instructions on how to make Origami Butterflies. This would be perfect! Claire was wanting to personalize each Valentine, which is against the “everybody gets a Valentine, BUT they can’t be personalized” rule. So, I decided to make each butterfly and she worked on writing HER name in little hearts which we attached to each butterfly.

I had butterfly printer paper, so we used that.  It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would to make 16 origami butterflies, and the end results are great!  Plus, I know how to make them now by heart! Bonus points for learning a new skill that will keep someone occupied in a restaurant while we’re waiting for our food!

Something tells me the ancient Japanese Origami Masters didn’t have a butterfly assembly line in place and incorporate a BlackBerry as a paperweight.

Imagine this, times 16.

We even made some tiny ones for ourselves with the scraps we had left over from making the printer paper into squares.

Claire made this one all by herself!

If you’d like to make these yourself, here is a link to the video! (I tried to embed the actual video, but youtube is giving me fits.)

The guy in the video makes things very easy to understand, and we’ll be doing some of his other creations too.

I’ll warn you…once you start making origami butterflies, you may have a hard time stopping…as is evident by the fact that we’ve turned napkins, paper towels, and old grocery lists into beautiful little butterflies already!

Have fun!