Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine Workshop

"Okay. Lemme see. I want these, and those,
and two more of that and lots and lots more of this!"

Rules, rules, rules! Here come those art teachers - always loaded with them. How nice to attend a crafty event where there aren't any of those pesky things! Well, okay. Not exactly. You can't poke your brother's eye out with scissors and you can't glue your little sister to her chair. But you can dive into grandma's pile of red, white and pink paper, pom poms, buttons, punches, feathers, glitter, stickers, wiggle eyes, markers, paint and crayons and have yourself a merry little valentine making session by putting together anything you want, the way you want it!

We held one of these "do-it-your-own-way" workshops recently and it netted each of six little cousins their own tenderly made stack of cards for mommy, daddy, grandparents and friends. Mommies were right there to help, but creativity spilled independently and abundantly from the hearts - and glitter bottles! - of every little craft maker present.

Young boys gravitate toward things mechanical. Sae operated every paper punch like a pro and was the go-to guy for any shape you took a fancy to! He doesn't know it yet, but he'll find a star shaped one in his bag of valentine goodies from grandma and grandpa!

Little sissy, Angeline, crafts with a delicate hand. One carefully glued item at a time! This one's for mommy, so it has to be perfect!

Twin sissy, Ava, is in love with the look of pom poms!

Somehow I managed to slip in a rule or two. One of them was a designated "glitter station," slightly removed from the enthusiasm of the work table. Here's Nick, carefully considering his choice of color and placement.

Brielle is a lover of butterflies, sparkly jewels and the color pink. She was in valentine heaven!

It's evident that some of us are partial to stickers, others to wiggle eyes. But "everybody and his/her brother" (and sister!) is partial to glue. After allowing a healthier than normal drying time, we admired the fruits of our labor. And you can too, grandma. There's still time! A sweep through Dollar Tree will score you nearly everything you see here. Well, except for the six little artists. Those little love bugs are not for sale!


  1. I literally gasped at the first picture....omg she is so cute / the photo is perfect...the lighting..and I just wanted to grab her up and squeeze her!!! :)

    The boys are cute as usual and the look of concentration on every child's face is priceless.
    Those little twins with their ponytails...ah! I want to squeeze them too!!
    Then Nick..he's got a bit of triumph on his face in "YES it's coming together just as I'd planned"

    Bree seems so dainty and careful in her shot.

    they are all so CUTE / over the top adorable post.

  2. Your card party looks like so much fun. I wish my grands lived close enough so that we could do the same. I always send them home made cards and fun stickers and treats for Valentines. Kids love to get mail don't you know.

  3. It amazes me how quickly they are growing! They sure are a cute group with one very awesome Grandma. I bet the recipients of those cards are really going to love them and you have all of the memories captured!

  4. Cute fun - cute kids. I love how each one is so different in their approach - what a grand day it must have been.

  5. J, your grandchildren are adorable.. They look like they are having lots of fun making the Valentines..wonderful photos. Happy weekend!

  6. Okay, this is off the cuteness chart. What a wonderful time you must have had creating your valentine creations. And, I was already to ask to borrow just one of those cute little people and then you said that wasn't part of the post. Bah humbug. :-)

  7. I absolutely love the expressions on the little ones faces, so intent on making a special Valentine. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  8. This is adorable J. Their looks are intense including the baby, lol. Everybody looks like they're having a good time and focused on the task at hand. They turned out cute. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi! I'm visiting form Grandma's Briefs. I enjoyed looking at your grandchildren making Valentine cards at you house! My grandsons like to draw with magic markers --I make sure they are the washable kind. My grand daughter is only two but she likes to use crayons and I am introducing her to rubber art stamps. It's nice to encourage children to enjoy art and creativity.

  10. Can I come to your house and play. Looks like so much fun.

  11. Hi, I'm stopping by from Roses of Inspiration. What adorable grandkids you have. You are truly blessed.

  12. how special to share in creative time with your grandkids, such fun!!

  13. A Valentine fun, my friend! I would love to set this up for my son - thank you for the lovely idea. Hugs to you and thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration.

  14. What a beautiful afternoon of watching creativity blossom and soar, and how wonderful and fun to be one of your grands! :) ♥ Everytime I come to your place, I end up with a huge smile on my face. Thanks, Joyce!

  15. It looks like they had a lot of fun. Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  16. So cute! Love, love seeing kids being creative! What a wonderful grandma you are! Thanks for sharing with SYC. By the way, love the few rules!

  17. people dread the thought of becoming a grandma but you make me super excited to become one! except my kids are 12 and 16 so they better wait awhile for that to happen to me! LOL i'm taking all my grandma tips from you, the expert. the kids always look so happy :)