Valentine Monster

For the little one’s Valentine party at school, he (and by that I mean me) was tasked with taking a cereal box and turning it into a recepticle for the kids to drop their cards into.  This is what we (I) came up with:


This was made with stuff found entirely in my craft room (except the cereal box – I don’t hoard cereal).  I used some shiny red fabric left over from a Halloween costume, a scrap of orange felt for the teeth, pipe cleaners for the “hair,” and a styrofoam ball cut in half for the eyeballs.

Sometimes it is nice to have a boy because you can get away from all the cutesy stuff and go wild!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Little Stitches

It is always great to think that your children are following in your footsteps.  For years, I have tried to get my daughter interested in needlearts.   I have tried to teach her cross stitch and there was one disasterous event that involved crochet.  But alas, she has never taken to any of it.  Her creativity lies with pen and paper.  She is an excellent artist.

I thought all was lost – I would never pass my love of cross stitch on to either of my children.  Until this past weekend.  My son (who is 6 years old and a boy’s boy – very rough and tumble) showed interest in cross stitching.  He kept asking for me to teach him, so we went to the craft store and I let him pick out his own thread colors and hoop so he could do his own project.


He wanted to stitch a Christmas Tree, so I lightly drew one onto Aida cloth and he used that as a guide.  It took him some time to get the hang of it, but he ended up doing very well.  It wasn’t actually “cross stitch” – it was more of a running stitch, but he did a good job and I was so proud!


I know he probably won’t love it as much as I do, but I can hope!