Valentines for the Craft-Challenged Mom
Have you ever felt as if all of the other moms are crafting geniuses, while you can barely sew a button back on a sweater? I remember my son’s first Valentine’s Day in preschool. I had taken him to the store to pick out the miniature cartoon-themed cards like we exchanged
back in the eighties not that long ago when I was a kid.
When I picked him up from school that day, his backpack was stuffed with all sorts of Valentine’s goodies—personalized cards, treat bags, handmade baubles. I realized that I had dropped the ball.
I know that it is not a competition. Let’s face it, he was three. It is not like he will be telling his therapist in twenty years that his intimacy issues stem from a mother who served store-bought cupcakes for his birthday. I did feel like I missed an opportunity, though. I actually do like to craft. I am just not very good at it. I like to gift wrap and make party favors and spray paint random items in my house. When it gets to the advanced projects is where the drama begins. Painting stripes on curtains is beyond my expertise. And let me tell you, Gorilla Glue is EVIL.
The good news is that now Pinterest is here for all of us crafting-challenged moms. If you are searching for fun ideas for Valentine’s Day, look no further. These are some of my favorites from my valentine ideas board.
All of these projects and more are just a mouse click away. Not on Pinterest? What are you waiting for? Pinterest is still operating in an open-beta stage and is invitation-only, but any user can issue invitations. If you would like to try it out for yourself, drop me an email, and I will shoot you an invite.
Happy Pinning![box type=”info”]For even more great (and easy) V-Day ideas, check out the Rocket City Mom Valentine’s Board as well! [/box]
Katie Davis Skelley is a Tennessee native who moved to Madison with her family in 2009. Katie enjoys gardening (when not combating her mortal enemy, the Japanese beetle), fitness, singing in her church choir, traveling to exotic lands such as Orlando, and to the consternation of her husband Marc, frequently redecorating rooms in their home. You can read about her adventures in parenting over at Team Skelley and follow her on twitter at @katiedskelley.
Saturday I pulled my three year old into the studio -complete with her pink tutu- for Valentines pics for her own custom cards. I felt a LITTLE silly but she will have some rockin’ cards!
That will be precious! I think that the most the seven-year-old boy will let me do this year is personalized labels. “No girly ribbon, Mom! And no pink!”
A good thing to remember if feeling sort of guilty is—how much of that do we keep? As thoughtful as it is, a good chunk of it will end up in the trash. A lot of the candy ideas are cute, but I tend to toss all the candy that gets brought home with my girl. A good chunk of the Valentines brought home have candy attached, and that ends up being like 15 pieces of candy, not to mention the treats they get at the class party that day. Heck, I still have her bag of candy from the Christmas party. She gets one piece and that’s it. Between all of the school parties and birthday celebrations(including kids bringing cupcakes for the day at school and then having a party with cakes and treats on the weekend), it is just too, too much. But that’s a rant I’ll save for my future blog. 🙂 In the meantime, we’re handing out Scooby Doo Valentines with matching pencils at school, and a couple of her close friends are getting Valentine’s lip gloss we found in the dollar section at Target.
All in moderation, definitely. We ration out candy here and that way, it is more of a special treat for the kids. Thank you for reading! 😀