I remember loving making Valentine’s Day cards for my friends when I was little, so I was very excited to make them with Gracen for the first time this year… Here’s what she shared with her little friends and cousins today:
Today we spent our afternoon doing a bunch of little art projects for Valentine’s Day.
Gracen happily drew a “picture” on the back of each of her little friends’ cards.
All we have to do tomorrow is attach the heart-shaped crayons we made yesterday, and they’ll be done!
Our next project involved punching out hundreds of little paint chip hearts… Technically Grae wasn’t the one doing the punching, but she was a great assistant.
Her real job was getting each little heart into this container for safe keeping. Of course this job was right up her alley because it involved transferring objects from one place to another. Little weirdo.
And while all those paper hearts kept Miss G busy, I worked on some Valentine’s Day hair clips for Grae and her little cousin, Kinslee.
Our last project of the afternoon involved a wax / watercolour resist. First, Gracen scribbled all over white card stock with white crayons…
Then we cut out a bunch of hearts, taped them down to some plastic, and painted them using homemade watercolours.
It took a minute for Grae to really get into the painting part (at first she was squeezing and shaking the paint out of the brush), but once she got the idea, she went for it.
Tada! Another masterpiece by Miss G. :) We’ll let them dry overnight and tomorrow she’ll hang them up on her bedroom door. And just in time. Only 3 days left!
Gracen adores the little family and friends photo book she got in her stocking while we were up in the Okanagan.
I’m fairly certain we’ve “read” it at least 5 times a day each day since she got it. She carefully points to each person’s face and either tells me the person’s name or waits for me to tell it to her.
“Manmaw” (Grandma) and “Ee-Doh” (Gido) are easy peasy.
Grandpa Dave still gets called “Ee-Doh” most of the time, but we’re working on fixing that.
Inevitably, someone in the book is always “pretty, pretty, pretty”. Today Grae ran her little finger over Auntie Rozi’s hair several times and announced, “pretty, pretty, pretty”. I asked her, “Grae, do you think Auntie Rozi is pretty?” and with big eyes, she gave me the biggest, most serious nod ever. Aw, Auntie Rozi – Grae thinks you’re pretty!
Here are a few of the other pages in Miss G’s book:
Making the book was super easy. All I did was round up some photos, add the text using Pixelmator (the photo editing program I use), and printed them out. I picked up the little album while grocery shopping, and it cost next to nothing.
We’re still waiting on a couple of photos of great grandparents, but Gracen loves this little book anyways. The best part is that Little G always has her loved ones close by. :)
Gracen absolutely adores the little colouring book we made for her ‘Christmas in January’ stocking. She loves pointing out her family members and having me tell her about what’s happening in the pictures. We’ve already coloured 4 pages today, and it’s still morning!
All we did was take some of our favourite photos of her and her cousins, pop them into Photoshop, and turn them into line drawings rather than photos. Then I printed them all on card stock, bound them, and that was it!
Here’s a little peek at some of the other pages in the book:
Here’s my cool girl helping her Mama with grocery shopping.
This is my all time favourite picture of Grae and her cousin, Kinslee, who is exactly 6 weeks younger than her.
Of course, her cousin, ‘SuperChay’, had to be in the colouring book.
And here’s one of her cousin Korbin’s pages.
The best part is that while we colour, we can talk about all the fun memories that fill the pages. This photo was taken when Grae’s cousins came to visit us in Vernon and we all visited the pool for Chayton’s birthday. I have a feeling these little colouring books will become a yearly tradition in our family. :)
Here’s a little peek at the project Gracen and I worked on yesterday and today… Since she LOVES books more than life itself, I thought it would be fun to make her a couple of photo books for the stocking she’ll open when we celebrate Christmas in Vernon in a couple of weeks. This one is all about body parts. You’ll have to excuse the cheesy name. I just couldn’t help myself. Here are a few of the pages:
I’d love to actually have an actual bound book printed, but I know that with the amount of “love” this little book is about to receive, it wouldn’t last as long as I’d like it to. For now, I’m going to get the photos printed and put them all in a pretty little album. Hopefully Miss G likes it as much as I expect her to.
This morning we took advantage of Bradley’s later shift and made some ornaments for our teeny tiny tree.
The pipe cleaner decorations were a little bit tricky for G to make, so we adapted the activity and gave her some pasta to thread onto her pipe cleaners. Although she could do it, eating the dry noodles was apparently more appealing.
Gracen’s Borax crystal ornaments made for her by Papa.
The messy glittery glass ornaments were more up G’s alley and she loved getting to pick out her own glitter colour. I have a feeling if we make this one yearly, we’ll have to start buying bigger glass bulbs.
Our reindeer family ornament. The little Rudolph on the righthand side was made using Grae’s thumbprint.
We also made a few different salt dough ornaments. The Christmas bulbs on these little trees were made using our thumb imprints.
I’m looking forward to keeping up this tradition in years to come… Before you know it, we’ll have a giant tree filled with all kinds of eclectic handmade ornaments. :)