Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Homemade Valentines

I can’t even remember how many cupcakes I’ve consumed in the last 24 hours.  Probably fewer than Chase but I know she’s got me on candy.  She had candy this morning before she had Cheerios.  I can remember my mother giving me little plastic hearts filled with Smarties for Valentine’s day.  I wanted something similar for Chase but the closest I could find was a little heart tin filled with m & m’s.  They taste nothing like Smarties but I think it’s probably the closest substitute.  She was very pleased.  

She was so excited for her party.  She worked so hard to get ready.  Stamping cards, stringing garlands, testing candy.  You know, the usual.  She even helped me with the icing for the cupcakes this morning.  And then, of course, asked me every hour thereafter if it was time for her friends to come.  It’s a good thing that almost everyone came on foot there is still NO parking anywhere here.  None.

She did such a great job sharing her toys and playing with her friends.  I think she had a good time.  When I asked her what her favorite part of the day was it was candy, cakes and oh yeah, candy.  Don’t forget the candy.  What a load of fun.  Only one playmobil person went mia.  If she stowed away with you please let us know, her pony is lonely.

It’s too late to make use of it now but maybe I’ll remember to link back to this post next year.  I was really happy with how Chase’s Valentines turned out.  I had no vision for them when we started, it was something of an organic process.  I scanned the original card so it can be downloaded as a template to make your own homemade mouse valentines!  You can print and cut them out as is or cut it out and use it as a template for cutting your own sponge for stamping.  We used tempera paint on cardstock.  Once they were dry I drew on the face and tail and cut them out leaving a 1/4″ border.  A10 envelopes are just the right size for these cards.  Or you could freehand your own simple mouse shape.  I’ll try to get the pdf up in the next couple of days.

I spent all weekend coming up with clever notes to write on the back.  Here’s what I came up with:

  • Brie my valentine
  • You’re my main cheese
  • Love is in the gruyere (Thanks Shannon!)
  • I’m never bleu when I’m with you
  • I’m so glad we’re such gouda friends

Those are some serious cheese puns!  We also finally got around to trying the crayons I posted about last week.  I found a heart shape ice cube tray at Target that worked fine and was way cheaper than a silicone pan.  They bake at such a low temp that it didn’t particularly matter that the pan may or may not have been silicone plus they weren’t going to be eaten.  I did have to bake the crayons twice as long as called for at 175 rather than 150 in order to get them to melt.  I used a bunch of different crayons and they seemed to separate a little making all of the color sink to the bottom which made it easier to color with one side than the other.  Generally though a fun and cute project that used up a bunch of crayon bits.

The table was cute all set up.  Each kid got a valentine, a lollipop, a crayon and a paper bag to decorate and bring their stuff home in.  So, we had a good time and I used up some of the party supplies we seem to have collected over the last couple of years.  It’s easy to do when everything is always pink, pink, purple and sometimes red.  Now I just have to work on remembering refreshments for the grownups.  I think my absentmindedness in that regard is a reflection of my everyday.  I need to work on that.

It was nice to see all of our friends.  Chase is already asking when it will be her birthday again.  Funny girl.  Here are a few pictures from the party.  Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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