She carefully selected each lollipop according to the color of the paper (and which classmate she was considering at the time: “Devon gets watermelon. I know she likes watermelon.”).
Oh, who am I kidding? I couldn’t completely leave out the embellishments. I cut little birds out of black vinyl — with hearts as wings! Does it get any cuter than this?!?! *This is the part of our crafting where I realized that I am completely living vicariously through my child and am fawning over the valentines while my child is pleading to open a lollipop.* I stuck the bird onto the left side of the butterfly and wrote a message on the right. Lila can write her name, but very deliberately and (most importantly) s.l.o.w.l.y. I decided that I would be in charge of all-things-writing for this project.
Also, I send huge props to her preschool teachers who insisted on every valentine being addressed to “my friend” instead of a class list. This makes my life (and theirs) infinitely easier.
Only three lollipops were addressed to specific people. Lila was adamant that her teachers got valentines from her as well. Hubby rolled his eyes as I clutched this apple paper to my chest and sighed with happiness. I know – I’m dorking out hard over the details, but I can’t help myself. This paper was also in my stash. I like clearance racks. It may be a problem.
And when I see Lila carefully smooth out the creases in the butterfly wings, and wonder aloud how a red lollipop with look with blue and green paper, I think, “Have I created a monster? A future crafting monster?!?”
Oh well, we’ll just have to go to Michaels together.
Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day projects! I’ve got a couple more running around on the hamster wheel in my brain.
Until then, here is a valentine for you, because I think that you are super-great. And you have nice hair. And you make me laugh. You’re awesome, Valentine!