Mabel was just pointing out to me that it’s always night when we finish a craft–and I always want to post it on my blog right away, so the photos are always dark. This is so true. Just possibly I will try to replace these with better photos in the morning, but more likely I will just move on to the next thing and forget about it. (The nice thing about not having a “monetized” blog is I can be sloppy and lazy and no one cares.) (Update: I did take a couple more photos in the morning. But it’s winter and the photos are still kind of dark.)
Mabel got the idea for butterfly-lollipop valentines from the internet. We added our own twist by making the butterfly wings out of hearts punched from scrap-booking paper. (The punch we used made 16 hearts from one 12″x12″ sheet.) We lapped the points of the hearts and glued them, taped the lollipop onto the back, and then made a crease at the center so the wings would stand up a bit. Rose signed her name on the back. (The wise teachers at our elementary school gave us the tip to not bother writing recipients’ names on valentines, which makes it quicker and simpler for the kids to pass the valentines out.)
Henry wanted Paper Mario cards, and Mabel designed this card for him. If anyone wants a copy of the document, which fits 4 cards on an 8.5×11 sheet, leave a comment and I’ll email you a copy. (I’ll even change the name on it for you.) It’s in MS Word 2010, but I could probably convert it to an older Word format.