Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Crafting!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are some mini-crafters making homemade Valentine's Day cards!

Here are some close-ups of the crafting table.  This was inspired by the catalogue Making Valentines item (43332) - I saw it and I was going to buy it, but then I thought I really should try to make my own first.  And it was lots of fun - kind of like when you are indeed making Valentines with your kids. 

The banner letters are from a Paper Source catalog that I saved from last year (I hope that they are sending another catalog this year).  
I found this bunting tutorial from Mrs Greene which explained how easy it is to make bunting.  In order to make the fold-over part, I glued the letters onto pink construction paper. 

Here's a close-up of the crafting table.  I used pink and purple construction paper as the base and just glued the rest on.  My children have a heart punch, so that helped.  And I used some free printables from the Dollhouse Miniatures magazine.  I cut the gold strip off a makeup box.  The little heart stickers are also cut-outs saved from last year's Paper Source catalog. 

Finally, in anticipation of Chinese New Year, I finally completed my Ann Vanture Chinese take-out kit and here it is (although there are also plates that I have not yet finished).

So my crafters have ordered some Chinese takeout to eat after their crafting session.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

My daughter helped put this scene together out of my box of stuff for a Chinese restaurant.  I had to make the tablecloth quickly because I didn't have table that matched the chairs.   We found the very large red fish on a visit to Chinatown.  The panda is my childhood pencil sharpener.