Friday, February 15, 2013

Too Lazy to Decorate for Valentines Day

Hi All! 

I hope you had a wonderful, chocolate eating, rose smelling, love filled day yesterday! 

I was a little bit lazy this year with my Valentine decor. (Ahem...every year, actually.)
I did manage to throw a few hearts up on the mantel, and I made some fun heart wreaths for the front entry, from things I had on hand. 

 My new-ish pup Romeo is peeking out the door at me. He's a rescue. Half German Shepard, half Yellow Lab. (My son tells people that he's half Lamb!) He's still in full on puppy mode. We call him the shredder. He can destroy a new toy in a day! He's totally frisky and adorable.
 I realize now that I am looking at these photos, that I am very lame indeed! Oh well. Life is for living, and I have vowed this year, to be less worried about perfection, and more focused on enjoying life.

My ivy topiaries are just barely hanging on. We've had some really cold nights this winter in SoCal.

Now, on to the mantel. I did warn you that is was LAZY just keep that in mind! 
  I just threw up some greenery I had in a cabinet and a few cardboard hearts, and changed out the scrabble messages for Valentine's Day.

Then I decided to add a roll of burlap ribbon, since it looked a little bare. I can't believe I am even showing you this!  

I also helped with my son's school Valentine's Day party yesterday. It was so fun to see the kids so excited! (Sorry I can't show photos of their sweet faces!)

We had fun setting up while they were outside playing. When they came in we had food, games, crafts, and they passed out the Valentines they made for each other.
Then we cleaned up while the kids sat in closing circle with their teacher.

My son made me a GIANT Valentine. I love that boy!

And then, just to be on the safe side, to make sure I knew how much he loved his mama, he made me a small one too!

That is what life is all about, I tell ya!

Hope your Valentine's Day was just as sweet.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Re-Post: Be Mine Airplane Valentines

In honor of Valentines Day, and because I STILL can't seem to get my act together, I thought I would re-post what we did for my son's class last year. We are making them again this year (tonight) for my son's school party tomorrow.

Hope you like seeing them again! 
Happy Valentines Day 2013!

*(Feb 2012)*
Hello all! Today I am working on making Valentine airplanes with my son for his school Valentine's Day party next week. We made a few prototypes, and we are trying to decide which one to use.

We are an aviation family, as I was a flight attendant, and my husband, my father-in-law, and my husband's uncle are all pilots. My sister-in-law has been making these cute planes with her 3 kids every year. Now all of their friends have come to expect them, and my eldest niece (a high school senior) still makes them for her friends. There's something to be said for tradition!So, now it will be my son's tradition too! They really could not be more simple.

Here's what you'll need...

  • Large white lifesavers. (The small ones won't work.)
  • Smarties.
  • 2 inch rubber bands.
  • Old school individually foil wrapped gum. Like Double Mint, or Extra.
  • Paper cutter and paper for wing or banner options. (You can pre-print your labels via your computer, or hand write them.)
  • Optional foam hearts. These were found in the dollar bin at Tar-jay.
  • Ribbon to tie banner on, if choosing the banner option. 
Here is how you construct them...

 Thread the rubber band through the lifesavers.
 Pull them apart and insert smartie roll in between the two lifesavers.
Put piece of gum on top, and pull rubber band over the "wing" one side at a time.

Here are the prototypes we came up with this morning...I may still tweak them a bit.
 Here is the banner option. I just used regular paper here, and hand written message, but it would be cute to make banners in a fun font on the computer. I punched a hole, and tied the banner on with skinny silver ribbon.
 This is the wing label option. My son's name is on the label, so I used a small strip of paper to block it out for this shot. (No offense, just don't his first and last name out there. Sadly, ya neva know...).
 I think I like the banners best. I was even thinking of using a dab of hot glue and gluing them to a "runway" made from black construction paper, and white lines, with maybe 3R on it, or something... (that means runway 3 right in the aviation world).
 Close ups.

 The label is not glued on yet. I know, it has a gap. 
Side view.

So that's it. We'll see what I wind up with. I just wanted to show you what we were working on. 

I will be back later today with my thrifty finds this week. I scored AGAIN! <3 Love that!!!