Posts Tagged ‘valentines’

{Heart Stick Arrows} Seattle Area Child Photographer

February 6th, 2013

Often, it can be challenging finding crafts that will withstand brother battle attacks, cardboard box forts, and just plain old fun. When I found this link for these arrows of love, I was quite intrigued. (be forewarned that the Krokotak site is in Bulgarian, but it’s a goldmine of interesting and FUN crafts!). Plus, it […]

 

Often, it can be challenging finding crafts that will withstand brother battle attacks, cardboard box forts, and just plain old fun. When I found this link for these arrows of love, I was quite intrigued. (be forewarned that the Krokotak site is in Bulgarian, but it’s a goldmine of interesting and FUN crafts!). Plus, it is a very simple craft. All I used were sticks from the yard, craft glue, and felt. The original site called for yarn as well, but since i didn’t have any on hand, I just cut up longer strips of leftover felt to tie on the ends of the arrows. Did I mention this craft is 1) SIMPLE , 2) HARDY and 3) FUN. What more can you ask?

What You’ll Need:

  • Sticks (we got both long and short, fat and skinny sticks)
  • Felt
  • Craft Glue (I used Aleene Tacky Glue)
  • Yarn (optional)

 

First, gather up your four year old. I mean, gather up some sticks. Cheesy four year old is optional.

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Next, cut out some felt hearts.  I found it was best to cut out hearts that had a deep V in the middle. You’ll need two for each side. (this is actually my older son. I just wanted to give him a shout out. 🙂

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Put down one felt heart, some glue, then your stick. You want to glue your stick on the rounded side of the heart, away from the pointy end.

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Next, put more glue on the side of the stick and on top of the stick (if you really like glueing, feel free to put it all around. My kids are glue minimalists though.) Then, put the matching heart on top and leave to dry for a few hours.

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I cut strips of felt and tied it to the other end of the stick to make the arrow “fletching”. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY.

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Voila! Heart stick arrows. These were made with our “big” branches.

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How cute are they? Yes, we definitely could have used more glue, but they have been holding up with over a week of play, so I think we’re good to go.

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Here are the ones we made from little sticks (and little hearts). I think we’re going to put these on strings with Valentines attached and give them to our neighbors. Aren’ they adorable?

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My little one loves them as well. My boys and I give this craft six thumbs up! As a bonus, when you are struck with one of these cupid arrows, you fall in love. 🙂 I hope you enjoy making them as much as we did!

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{I Heart You – Valentines Day Fun} Seattle Area Children Photographer

February 5th, 2013

I’ve already declared my love of Valentines Day, and my youngest has his preschool Valentines moustached up and ready to go. As a photographer, I feel grateful for the chance to be able to put a personalized spin on my boys’ Valentines for class and actually put their pictures on them. You can google up […]

 

I’ve already declared my love of Valentines Day, and my youngest has his preschool Valentines moustached up and ready to go. As a photographer, I feel grateful for the chance to be able to put a personalized spin on my boys’ Valentines for class and actually put their pictures on them. You can google up “Valentines picture templates” or creature your own, but it’s a fun way to print them out (wallet size at Costco for us), and my boys have a swell of pride handing out Valentines with their own pictures on them to their classmates. It’s also a step away from the commercialization of buying candy and choosing a Batman or Barbie set at the store (and having to go to the store with uncooperative children in tow).  Here’s a look back at some of the ones we’ve given out over the last few years.

 

Look at my tiny little baby! I think this was his very first year of preschool.

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My oldest, just a scant few years ago.

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I call this his Calvin Klein jeans pose. 

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Superheros can be your Valentine too

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Last year, this was our outtake from the Valentines Day photoshoot. My youngest was beginning to realize he could cheese it up, BIG TIME, for the camera.

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We ended up giving out ladybug Valentines with his picture in the middle.

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My oldest gave these out, with a robot he designed on the back.

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{I Moustache You to Be Mine} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 26th, 2013

I love coming up with cute Valentines idea for my kids, when they’re in an amicable mood for a photoshoot. I had seen some really cute moustache themed Valentines stuff on Pinterest lately, mainly ones that said “I (moustache) you to be my valentine” and thought HEY! I can do that! I already had felt […]

 

I love coming up with cute Valentines idea for my kids, when they’re in an amicable mood for a photoshoot. I had seen some really cute moustache themed Valentines stuff on Pinterest lately, mainly ones that said “I (moustache) you to be my valentine” and thought HEY! I can do that! I already had felt moustaches on hand, so I cut out hearts from felt I had in the craft room, then bribed my youngest with jelly beans, and trundled off into the backyard for a quick photoshoot. Yes, there’s glitter all over his coat, and his hat is missing a pom pom, but his smile is contagious, and I think the pictures came out pretty cute.

 

Do you know this face? I call this “four year old CHEESE” face. Maybe you’ve seen this face too, on your child.

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I asked him to hold his hands over his heart. He held it over his stomach and told me, “I love my tummy more”

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Sometimes, the outtakes are the best part about a photoshoot.

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Jon Cusack, eat your heart out. I thought about photoshopping a radio, or some rain in the photo, but thought the face and the posture said it all.

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Look at this face!

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I love this.

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Happy Valentines Day! 

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{Paper Heart Valentines} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 24th, 2013

February is just around the corner, and with that comes one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day! I was looking for some fun crafts to do with the boys, and came across this paper heart craft from Roots and Wings. Theirs seemed a little more work than my boys could handle (aka it looks more […]

 

February is just around the corner, and with that comes one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day! I was looking for some fun crafts to do with the boys, and came across this paper heart craft from Roots and Wings. Theirs seemed a little more work than my boys could handle (aka it looks more mom intensive than boy intensive), so I tweaked it a bit. I used old magazines papers, and had the boys tear out any that were red or reddish colored for them to cut up to use. Then, we cut them up into strips, and used a ribbon instead of a brad to hold it together in the middle. I think it came out very well, and adds a pretty decoration to our home!

 

Concentrating very hard, the sparkly cape gave him super cutting powers.

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You want to end up with different lengths of paper (I chose three different lengths for the boys)

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To make it easier for them, I placed a ribbon down the middle of the paper heart to help attach it, instead of using brads. The other paper sides would go on the other side of the ribbon.

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The other side (yes, it does look exactly the same). You sandwich them together with the ribbon in the middle, smallest lengths closest to the ribbon.

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Then, I had them staple the bottom of ALL the paper strips to the ribbon, and then fold the strips up (shortest strips first) into a heart shape onto the ribbon and staple it. Repeat with the longer lengths.

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This was a super easy project! We then hung them on crepe paper around the house as decorations. So pretty!

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A close up. I loved using the recycled papers to give the hearts a unique look.

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Our garland! You can see we made some with construction paper as well. It was really fun, and an easy craft for both the boys!

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Fireflies and Jellybeans

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{My Heart} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

February 14th, 2012

This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is, appropriately enough, Hearts. I think this is one of my favorite shots of the boys ever. The background is just an old red fleece blanket I  had them lie down on. I love how their hands and toes just touch. Click on the link, or the camera […]

 

This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is, appropriately enough, Hearts. I think this is one of my favorite shots of the boys ever. The background is just an old red fleece blanket I  had them lie down on. I love how their hands and toes just touch. Click on the link, or the camera button below to check out more fun heart entries!

 

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