Do you know what today is? It's the last day of January. Do you know why that's important? Well, if you had paged through the Sunday paper or walked in a store recently, you would realize the clock is TICKING quickly toward Valentine's Day.
My 9 year old was reading the paper with me yesterday and said: 'Geez. Why are there all these ads for Valentine's Day? That's not even the next holiday.'
So I asked: 'What's the next holiday?'
And she said: 'Groundhog Day!' with that exasperated world-weary tone that expressed a loud 'DUH' without actually having said it.
Which led us into a big conversation on why Groundhog Day doesn't get a big spread in the sale sections, and of course, it's that no one's figured out how to sell a lot of stuffed groundhog paraphernalia yet. Yet.
But back to VD. Eeeeek. Like usual, I haven't really thought about it. I know we won't buy any store-bought valentines. But hmmm. What to do, what to do? Past year's have included:
- simple hand-cut hearts of varying colors and sizes (Heather's kids once repurposed old finger-painted art pieces for that color splash!)
- hearts colored with bubble wrap paint impressions
- heart-shaped stamps from cardboard roll-ups
Of course, it's always fun to try something new. MIghty Nest just showed a cute-as-a-button art project using veggies as stamps that could be tweaked for Valentines. I've got some month-old wilted celery that would be perfect for this, as it's about two minutes away from getting tossed into the compost bin.
Is anyone out there a little more on top of this, and have some great plans in store for home-made valentines this year? Or do you have some favorites from years gone by you'd like to share? If you too are looking for ideas, check the comments from the links above, and you may find some fun ideas there. And bonus points for creativity! Who says only a heart can show love? Maybe this will be the year of the trapezoid! Or the hidden groundhog within the parallelogram.