Valentine’s Treats and Crafts Circa 2011

I think we are done with Valentine’s Day.  No more crafts.  No more sweets.  We have had some lovely moments leading up to this day full of love, but now I am done.

I have to chuckle sometimes when I open up my blog and see “The Happiest Mommy on the Block.”  Some days make that title more ironic than others.  Today was one of those days! 🙂

Anyhow, more about that later…

Here are our finished projects for Valentine’s Day 2011.  Most of our inspiration came from some blogs that I researched earlier this month.  Their links can be seen here.

We initially made some Valentine cards with Fruit Loops.  They were darling, but I paid $4.29 (ouch!) for the cereal that I went out to buy at 9 o’clock at night in the blizzard.  AND the dog ate the cards two days later while we were out of the house!  (Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!)

We also made sun catchers — one for each light fixture in our entryway.

I thought I would have the kids help me with my mobile hearts, but I wound up making them one weekend afternoon when I had the “itch” to do a craft (and the lack of drive to clean the house!).

I used free downloaded images to make the kids’ Valentines this year. Maggie made the butterflies (from Skip to My Lou — thanks!), and Walt used the cowboy Valentines (from Cottage Industrialist — again, thanks!).  I thought the latter were especially appropriate because of Walt’s cowboy-themed room and love of “Toy Story.”

The kids also each made a handprint card.  I enjoyed embellishing the cards with some doodles and light stamp ink around the edges.

Fast forward to today–we were very busy this morning making treats for the office Valentine’s Day party.

As soon as I got back from the gym this morning, I began baking cupcakes.  I used sprinkles from Target and candy hearts (a lot like candy corn) to decorate the little cakes.

I popped some cookie dough in the oven from one of those holiday packages of Pillsbury cookie dough.  I had a coupon, and they were on sale.  (Had to do make them for that reason alone!)  I garnished the platter with strawberries cut to look like hearts.

Our third treat was Rice Crispy Pops.  These were dipped in pink chocolate and also doused with Target sprinkles.

Each lady at the office got a little goodie bag of chocolates, heart socks, and holiday note pads and post it pads (Target too!).  The tags on the bags and the hearts and “flags” on the mail boxes below were downloaded for free at Tip Junkie.

The kids decorated a mail box for each person to receive her Valentine “mail.”  We had to remind them to put up the flags!  (I had already purchased the mailboxes when I stumbled upon an idea for how to decorate them at Jolly Goode Gal.)

When we got home from the office, the kids’ tummies were full of sweets, and the kitchen table was full of Valentine’s Day loot and cards from generous and caring friends.

So this “happy” mommy is now recovering from a crazy morning that included one of the worst dirty diapers EVER; a broken and shattered glass in the kitchen (“Sorry, Mommy,” said Walt so sweetly); a toilet and bathroom floor full of toilet paper (no one owned up to that one); two crazy little people full of sugar and spit and vinegar for one another (TIME OUT!!!); half-eaten, torn up candy all over the living room floor (S-T-I-T-C-H!!!); and a mangled, chewed up (STINKY) diaper (see “one of the worst dirty diapers,” above) and poop-stained floor in Walt’s room (BAAAAAAAD DOOOOG!!!).

…All in a heart’s day’s work!

I just had to share what went on behind the scenes.  It’s sometimes hard to get the {REAL} story from a bunch of (somewhat) staged photos!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Despite a few mishaps, we’ve had a blessed and memorable one so far.  Hope yours is too!

P.S.  Did I mention that Walt went #2 on the toilet this afternoon?  On his own accord?  Yup.  There’s always a silver lining. 🙂

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5 Responses to Valentine’s Treats and Crafts Circa 2011

  1. Jo says:

    Phew, what a day! Btw, your cupcakes look awesome (should become a Pro).

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  3. April says:

    Cute ideas!

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