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Valentine’s Day Crafts 3

Valentine’s Day was a great excuse to make some cute things I’ve seen on Pinterest lately. First, I’ve been wanting to make burlap banners for the different holidays since seeing this on Etsy.

After almost buying this one for Christmas, I decided I should just buy the burlap and make my own, because purchasing different banners for each holiday could get pricy. I found you can get 2 yards of burlap at Walmart for under $7, which is much more affordable. I also purchased an alphabet stencil (3.5 inch letters) at Michael’s Craft store, and a new red Sharpie to complete the project. 
My inspiration:
I loosely followed this tutorial found on Pinterest. After cutting the six triangles (6 x 8) I folded the top over and made a small edge. I then learned how to sew the edge over on a sewing machine (thank you EDS and your very helpful mother!). I then strung the hemp through the top of each triangle to hang the banner. Looking back, it would have probably been easier to pin the hemp and sew it directly onto the burlap (as seen in the tutorial), rather than stringing it through. 

Here is the finished project: 

I think it turned out pretty cute and I look forward to making a new banner for the next holiday, which will probably be AJH’s second birthday party! I would like to get a darker tan burlap next time, but it was sold out both Walmart’s I visited so I settled on the white this time.

Speaking of AJH, she did her first watercolor painting this weekend, which was lots of fun.

I wanted her to have something special to wear on Valentine’s Day, but didn’t want to do what I do every year and buy a shirt from Old Navy. After seeing this tutorial on Pinterest, I decided to give it a whirl because I love the vintage look. I bought paper heart doilies at Walmart for $1.88, a white tee shirt from Walmart for $3, and some Martha Stewart Fabric paint for $2.99 at Michael’s Craft store. 
Thankfully I used one of AJH’s old pink shirts for the first time go round since it didn’t work very well.  The above tutorial says to roll the doily in paint and then press it onto the shirt, though when I tried that technique, none of the paint stuck. I then had to use this solution to remove the white splotches and start over. Next, I tried this tutorial and it worked a lot better! 
Here are the finished products:

You can see some of the white splotches on the first shirt, along with the leftover residue from my rubbing alcohol/hand sanitizer solution! The second shirt turned out much better!

This week, AJH also enjoyed this pipe cleaner/strainer activity I found on Pinterest, reading with daddy and in her chair, sporting her first ever pigtails and her “I COOL” Barbie sunglasses!

Did you make any Valentine’s Day crafts? 
If so, leave a comment with your blog so we can check them out!

More love.

One year ago today we lost a dear friend whose legacy will live on forever. My sis-in-law wrote a great post on MaDee’s life which you can read here and you may remember reading about MaDee here on my blog. I ask you to please take a moment to look at her beautiful smile and peruse the foundation her family has started in her memory.
MaDee’s sister Abby found out she was pregnant with a very special little boy named Cy exactly one month after MaDee’s passing, which happened to be the day my little girl was born. My AJH and Cy got to hang out at a recent basketball game and she must have made a good impression because he sent her a super sweet Valentine in the mail on Monday.
 And she LOVED it.
 “Hi, baby Cy…
 I think you’re my boyfriend.
I like you a lot!
You are so cute!
I want to give you a kiss!
 Uh, oh. Am I in trouble?
 Maybe I’ll just eat it instead!
 Nah, I really want a smooch!” Love, AJH
She also got a special Valentine from her Mamaw, Tenny Jo, her (middle) namesake.

She was very excited to grab it.
Mamaw is known for her well-stickered envelopes.
 And taped dollar bills.
AJ really studied it.
Not one holiday has gone by my entire 29 years without getting one of these very special cards.
And now the tradition has started with AJH.
Funny girl.
I can’t get over how grown-up AJH looks sitting there in her little cardigan. One month from today she will be one year old!
We also had a very special Valentine’s treat when the choir from my school came to sing to the kids at AJ’s daycare.

They were pretty mesmerized.
 And it was a beautiful moment.