Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d pop in to share my Conversation Love Rocks project with you. It is a simple, easy, quick project with super satisfying results. Check it out here, and spread some witty, cheery rocks to your loved ones.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Holiday, Literacy, Must Read | Tags: conversation, craft, creative, cute, glue, hearts, love, message, messages, rocks, sweet, valentine's day
Friday, February 8th, 2013
1. Melanie of You Are My Fave developed this adorable Valentine pin project. I love the colors, the shapes, the imperfection of the hearts, and the packaging. So sweet!
2. Jessica’s Glowing Cupid Arrows look SO FUN!
3. This simple, hand drawn hearts project is a lovely, independent activity for wee hands.
4. My children are making these watercolor Valentines for their classroom parties. (Project by Bar Rucci on You Are My Fave)
5. Oh! Stitched Heart Bookmarks!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Holiday | Tags: bookmark, card, craft, Cupid, cute, fun, heart, kids, pins, project, sweet, Valentine, valentine's day, watercolor
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Last February, I posted this Sew-A-Heart project on my blog and it was a big hit! My children loved making this sweet and simple project for their friends. It is easily modifiable for children of different ages: parents and teachers can punch the holes for little ones, so they can simply stitch, and older children can punch their own creative designs.
The best part? You can transform stuff that you already have in your house (cereal boxes and random bits of yarn) into cheerful messages of love.
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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
I had my two children in mind when I designed this little fabric heart necklace for Valentine’s Day, but after I threw one around my neck, I was kind of feeling the vibe. They make perfect lovey gifts for sharing with friends, don’t you think? Plus, it is a fantastic way to use up those beautiful bits of leftover fabric.
cereal box panels
sewing machine OR embroidery needle and floss
1. Ask a child to draw a heart shape on the back of some favorite fabric. Cut out the shape, and place it right side up onto a piece of cereal box panel. I didn’t affix the fabric to the panel with anything, but you could use a dab of a glue stick to keep it in place.
2. Put a denim needle in your sewing machine and sew around the heart. You could also use a big embroidery needle and floss. Once the sewing is completed, trim away the excess cereal box panel.
3. Use the hole punch to make holes in the two tips of the heart. The punch will go through the fabric and cardboard, but you’ll probably need to trim a bit of the fabric out of the hole to clean it up.
4. There are two different ways to string the yarn (both techniques shown below). You can simply thread it through the back and then use a bit of glue to affix the yarn to the back of the heart (so it doesn’t show when you turn it over). Or, you can thread the ends of a piece of yarn through the holes and then tie big, big, big knots so they don’t slip off.
Happy heart making!
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