Valentines Day Crafting – Sweet and Easy Bookmarks

Something has to be done about February, yes?  This short but immovable month that asserts spring is yet a good way away.  Enter Valentines Day, for we could do worse than a day dedicated to love  and friendship.

When love and friendship means 20 or 40 cards though, for all the kids at school and/or daycare, one must keep her head to keep Valentine’s Day fun rather than fanatical, especially when walking the homemade path.  I found the simplest solution this year, and homemade can’t get much easier or quick.

We made bookmarks made from paint chip strips.  Pretty, and possibly useful, if like us you actually use them in your reading!

Once you’ve picked up the colours shades that you like (I stuck with reds, but no need really), trim off the edge with the printed paint names (I did this, but an older child could too).  Punch a hole in one end, and string through some pretty ribbon or yarn.  Bonus:  kids love using a good hole punch.

My five year old focused his energies on writing out the names of the kids in his class, and we made some also for family members – which meant the little fellow was writing for a good while.  We used a Sharpie, as regular markers smudged off.  He wrote the names in one sitting, but he’ll be signing his own on the reverse in a second sitting.  (A key to successful crafting is pacing – know when to end a session – there’s always tomorrow.)

They’re simple , we “made” them and without further ado, the boy has a stack of Valentines worthy of the day.

A final word:  if, once you are seated at the table, your other child ditches your Valentines craft idea and decides to create this own from plain construction paper, then sit back and enjoy the virtues of being ignored.





Valentine’s Day Round-up

It’s that time of year again.  Whether you think Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday better left uncelebrated or a reminder to tell those closest to you how much you love them, February 14 will be here before you know it.

If your plans include track pants, take-out and a bottle of wine (my dream evening!), I say enjoy!  However, if you are looking to add something extra special to your Valentine’s Day be sure to check out this round up of easy-peasy, simple ideas.

Martha Stewart always offers a variety of crafts and recipes that appeal to all skill-levels.  These crayon-melted hearts are an easy craft to do with children and would add some much-needed colour to gray and gloomy windows.


This simple to construct candy and tulip bouquet would make any special lady smile this Valentine’s Day.


Karissa Goss of Piece of Cake Events by Karissa, was featured on Salem County Woman.  Her marshmallow lollipops are simple to create and an instant favourite with the kids.


Jennifer Hallissy of The Write Start dedicates her blog to exploring literacy in the everyday.  I am a big fan of her blog and often look to her for inspiring ways to engage the boys in fun, creative activities where they get to flex their reading and writing skills.  This Valentine card was created by Jennifer’s daughter and would be a fantastic activity for a quiet Saturday afternoon.


Every night I tell my boys, “I love you, I love you, I love you.  For now and forever to bits and pieces, more than you will ever know.”

My middle-son always responds, “Do you love me to bits and pieces of poo?  Because that is the most you can love anyone.”

And I always say, “Yes, to bits and pieces of poo.” 

What can I say?  Love is strange.

EAB Designs is a visual delight and this year they are offering readers a free download of their elegant tags inspired by Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee?”  The download comes with 12 tags for you to write 12 individual messages to the one you love.


If you are not into the craft or creating, why not just add some heart-shaped food to your table?  At our local salumeria, salami d’amour is always available and makes for an instant Valentine’s Day treat.


image courtesy of Chef-Girl