This year the kid and I worked on several projects for Valentine’s Day. We did up individually wrapped cupcakes with hand made heart flag picks. We created 20 foam bookmarks for her friends and her Pop Pop (and one for her too). We worked on some scrapbook pages, and did a lot of colouring too. But I think our most impressive item this year were the two tissue paper lanterns we made for her Daddy and her Grams.
For such a simple craft project, they are awfully impressive. And it really is something you can do from start to finish in an hour (not including clean-up, which definitely includes a bath or shower). Here’s a list of what you need:
- various colours of tissue paper
- fish bowls (or other glass containers – a used/clean pickle jar would work)
- white school glue
- decorative stones (optional)
- paint brush(es)
First things first!
Make sure your glassware is clean. We used old fish bowls that we purchased at one of our favourite thrift stores. Real fish shouldn’t live in bowls, but that doesn’t mean fish bowls aren’t good for other things. An old pickle jar or jam jar would work well too.
Mix up your paste!
Roughly 3 parts white school glue with 1 part warm water is perfect. Don’t worry about being finicky over the measurements. You just want the paste a little more watery than it comes straight from the store.
Prepare your tissue paper!
For the fishy lantern we used white, turquoise, blue, and red tissue paper. For the heart lantern we used white, turquoise, pink, and red.
Tear the white into pieces about 2″ x 2″… again, don’t stress too much about the size or uniformity. It doesn’t really matter all that much. Too small and they take longer to put on, too big and you end up with a lot of wrinkles – but either way? They’ll still turn out great. If you are doing a fish themed lantern, tear your turquoise (or light blue) paper into wavy strips about 2″ long by 1″ high.
Fold the remaining coloured papers so that you have six or more layers. Cutting multiple layers at once will save you a lot of time – but if you’re little ones are old enough to cut out some shapes too, this isn’t such a big deal. Choose the type of shape (we did fish for the one, and hearts for the other) and cut away. Vary your sizes. Having everything big or everything little isn’t nearly as fun as a good mixture.
Take your paint brush and paint some of the glue/water mixture onto the outside of the glass. Working in small areas, start covering the entire surface with the white tissue paper pieces. Paint the paste under and over each piece. While it’s still wet, sprinkle a little glitter here and there. You can skip this step, but it’s awfully purty.
Now start on your more decorative layer. To make it look like water, start the turquoise about 1/4 of the way down – so you have some white still visible at the top – and work your way down, covering all the remaining white. For the heart lantern go to town, place things wherever you feel like (this would also work for stars or any other shape you come up with). If you are doing a fish lantern, the fishies will be your very top layer. And again, make sure you have the glue/water paste both under and over each tissue paper layer.
In the fish lantern we chose to put some decorative blue crystals in the bottom prior to placing the candle. But didn’t do the same for the heart lantern. We also used a permanent marker and wrote the date and the girls name on the bottom of each lantern on the exposed glass.
Super easy peasy, right? And they are sooo cute!
Child will not sleep.
We finished our usual nighttime routine and laid down in the dark at 8:20. It’s now 9:40 and she is still awake. If I didn’t log on to blog anyway, I’d have lost my mind. It’s bad enough when I lay in bed at night unable to sleep, but laying in bed waiting for my night to start for over an hour??? Holy crap. Talk about wanting to bang ones head into a wall. Jeepers.
Neither the girl nor I sleep without melatonin. We just can’t slow our brains down enough, so we just lie awake for hours. Thankfully, with melatonin it’s usually no more than six – eight minutes in the dark for the kid and equal for me. Of course, she takes less than a third of the dose that I take. Well… usually. Tonight she’s had twice her regular dose which is about half my regular dose (don’t even ask how much of the stuff I take when I’m away at a dog show, YIKES!).
I think the excitement over the Valentine’s Day party her pre-k class is having has got her too wound up. This girl, like her mommy, loves to give. Even Yule and Christmas don’t get her wound up enough that she can’t sleep. But the excitement over giving everyone in her class a home made bookmark and individually wrapped and decorated cupcakes? Too awesome for sleep. Of course, I’ve now had to pull out the big guns and told her that if she doesn’t sleep she will be too tired to actually go to school tomorrow. So no sleep means no Valetine’s party.
Well. I thought we almost had her there. A couple minutes remaining still… but nope. She’s thrashing all over the place again. Ugh. Wish me luck. Got to get this kid to sleep and no idea how the heck I’m going to do it. Pretty quick I’m going to be forced to tag out and get her Dad in here to double team her. Good freakin’ grief. Oy!
I’m afraid that after all of her hard work, kid-kid may just be coming down with something in time for her class’s Valentines Day party. 😦 Today she has a runny nose, and is a little extra wrangy… Hopefully with lots of fluids and healthy foods we’ll have her on the mend before then. Poor kid.
On Friday we spend the early afternoon baking and decorating: cupcakes, of course. Confetti cupcakes with chocolate icing, and covered in sprinkles, sparkles, and red, white, and pink candy hearts. We then popped one tray into the freezer and one into the fridge. We still have to make the cupcake toppers and slide them into their individual bags – but then they’ll be all set. We’re also planning to do up bookmarks for all of her classmates. She’s super excited about them, and I know they’ll turn out adorable. After everything she’ll have put together it would be awful for her to miss out on the festivities.
Damon and I don’t usually exchange anything on Valentines Day. Instead we buy something for the girl. After all, we have our anniversary to celebrate one another… Valentines is about celebrating love, so it only makes sense that we’d celebrate our baby. 🙂 And went out shopping yesterday and again today in search of the right gift (while Lily-Ann was having her weekly sleep-over at her Pop Pop and Grams’ place). I think we’ve got something she’ll absolutely love. And thanks to an error at the store, we got it for half price – which is what brought it into our price range. LOL Gotta love an error (of course, we didn’t realize it was an error until the price came up differently at the register – but Toys R’ Us honored the price marked on the shelf, so YAY).
Even if the girlie ends up out sick, I’ll make sure that her things are delivered to her class, and she’ll still get a present… but after all her efforts I’d hate for her to miss out on the class party. Lots of good vibes, healing energy, and white light her way, if you have any to spare, we’d appreciate it.
My poor baby. Crashed out on top of the comforter… We didn’t even make it three pages into our current chapter before she was out like a light.
And yes! She has a fuzzy red heart-shaped pillow (it’s a total coincidence, we didn’t start reading the Goddess Girls books until after she’d had it for several months, she giggles every time we read about Aphrodite’s pillows).
And again, yes. She’s wearing a frog prince sleeping mask – which I slipped down over her face after I snapped this shot.
And one further yes. Like any good Canadian kid should have, she’s got on her Toopy and Binoo jamies. 😉
Poor kid, just wiped right out.
One of the gifts we gave the wee girlie for Valentines Day was a heart shaped balloon (okay, it was two heart shaped balloons). She had borrowed a book from the library the week before that was all about the special gifts we give those we love. A dog receives a bone, a kitty some cream, a pelican gets a fish, an otter a clam… and the little girl at the end gets two heart shaped balloons.
Here’s one of her balloons, from a bit of an unusual angle.