Monday, January 14, 2008

"HOMEMADE MEMORIES": Valentine's Day
I have very fond memories of Valentine's Day because
my mother created wonderful "HOMEMADE MEMORIES"/traditions
for our little family.
I carried these traditions to my family
and I hope my daughters will continue them with theirs. I had a table & chair set in my bedroom that was like a little art table.
It was sturdy kindergarten furniture because my mom wanted to be able
to sit on a little chair and create with me.
We always made things to hang in the windows.
1. Make a heart shaped template of cardstock or use cookie cutters.
2. Trace around the hearts on cardstock, scrapbook, or construction paper.
3. Cut out 3 hearts for each 3-D heart you're going to make.
4. Use 3 of the same color or print, or mix them up.
5. stack 3 hearts together and staple them in the middle vertically.
(I used red staples because I had them... any color is OK)
6. Fold the top heart in half forwards.
7. Fold the back heart in half backwards.
The picture below is the same completed heart... just photographed several times
so you can see how the folding looks from different angles.
8. I sewed a long black thread (for hanging purposes) to the heart
and the other end tied to a Christmas ornament hanger.
9. I cut a piece of fine wire and twisted on a little red heart I found at a craft store.
10. I added some colored beads and bent the top of the wire
and hooked it through the bottom of the heart.
11. I tied a ribbon on the wire where there weren't any beads.
Got it?

You could leave it just as is
Make a whole string of them!!
The hearts spin slowly with the air currents and are fun to watch.

Add your own creative touches to the basic idea.
Be sure to share them with us!!

See you tomorrow...



de vliegende koe said...

That’s some wonderful photo of you and your mama! I love the idea of a whole string of hearts. Thanks Mrs Yummers!!

Angie said...

We made these at Fine ARts Camp a couple of summers ago with about 45 kids. Not only was it a neat craft, it was a way to use up that (old) scrapbook paper I knew I didn't want anymore!


hunnybunny said...

That's a fantastic project. My kids will love making them, and they'll look so cute all hanging up. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

That's a lovely idea Joni - the children will enjoy doing them! Lucy x

Junie Moon said...

Your heart project is so adorable and very clever! I also love the memory of your mother creating projects with you when you were little. I think that is the sweetest thing and a Valentine gift all in its own.

Thimbleanna said...

Very, very sweet Joni!

Helen Hancock said...

We made these at playgroup some time ago...they are brilliant...I love your string of them! I just love that photo....beautiful!

Isabelle said...

Goodness, I've just recovered from Christmas, myself. But your hearts are very pretty.

I LOVE Cole Porter too, by the way.

Gina said...

Hi Joni, Thanks for looking in on my blog. I love those hearts you've made!
At the moment the tea cosy was a one off but I need to work out if they are cost effective to sell (I keep promising to set up an etsy shop!)... so keep looking in!
I read the Book Thief last year and thought it was wonderful. Hope you enjoy it!

Wanda said...

Love the picture of you and your precious, and what wonderful traditions and memories. Thanks for sharing!!

Dot said...

Hi there Joni

Many thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments!
I am so happy my blog inspired you in any way :).

Your blog is full of light and love and your profile photo shows your shining spirit.

I am going to become a regular visitor!

Take care

Dot xx

Wendy said...

Oh Joni what a wonderful memory and a fantastic idea. I can't wait to try this with my son he will love it!! Thank you soo much for sharing!! I truly appreciate it!!