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I always get really excited to make valentines for Eli to exchange at school.  These sweet little valentines first got their start when Eli was in preschool.  My octopus and fishy valentines have been around the block now and this year, with Eli in second grade and all, it was time for some fresh new faces.  Thus the Rock Star valentines were born.   Owl, Rain or Shine and Dinosaur valentines quickly followed and have kept my little shop busy for the last few weeks.

The honest truth of it is that my son doesn’t care a whole lot about what his valentines look like.  He even reminded me that his classroom valentine exchange is optional.  Maybe optional if your mom is not a card designer.  There’s no way my boy is going to school without some handmade valentines in his backpack!  I only have so many years to enjoy this….  That said, Eli was more than satisfied with the whole rock star design.  Electric guitars, amplifiers, not too much red or pink.  You know, it’s cool.  And that’s good enough for this mama.

Exchanging valentines is fun, but I suspect that the goodies that come along with commercial valentines these days are the main event. Last year when I looked through Eli’s paper bag stuffed full of little cards, do you know that the majority of them had something attached to them?  Pencils, lollipops and (I’ll try to suppress my gasps of horror) these packets full of sugar.   It’s hard for a handmade valentine to top a packet full of artificially colored sugar, no?  Still, I think it’s entirely possible that some young eyes might find a colorful valentine card sprinkled with little hearts inside a translucent envelope a refreshing change.  Even sans sugar.

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…taking inspiration from SouleMama in celebrating {this moment}. There are no words to this Friday ritual. Just a sweet and simple moment from the week to remember, cherish and absorb just a little bit longer.

{this moment}

…taking inspiration from SouleMama in celebrating {this moment}. There are no words to this Friday ritual. Just a sweet and simple moment from the week to remember, cherish and absorb just a little bit longer.

{this moment}

…taking inspiration from SouleMama in celebrating {this moment}. There are no words to this Friday ritual. Just a sweet and simple moment from the week to remember, cherish and absorb just a little bit longer.



My sister Eliza made me this fabulous pair of leather earrings.  They were made in beautiful colors shaped like leaves, long and layered.  I feel fun, fancy and slightly exotic when I wear them.  And who doesn’t need some more of that?

A few scrap pieces of leather,  a nice sharp pair of scissors,  some earring hooks and a pair of round nose pliers were all it took to make a mess of lovely earrings.  Some are leaf-like, some maybe more like feathers.  All are earthy and warm in shades of brown and black.  I experimented with stitching on some of them.

There are two girls down the street  who come over to hang out with Eli, play with Soren, eat homemade baked goods and do a lot of crafting in my office.  They were over-the-moon for these earrings.  Scissors were snipping, tiny pieces of leather were flying and there was a whole lot of happy chatter going on.  The 11-yr-old made herself a pair of white leather heart earrings around which she painstaking stitched a purple border.  So cute.

Since the earrings were such an easy joy to make, and since they were eagerly adored by the young-girl sector, I packaged some up as gifts for a young friend of ours who recently had a birthday.  She got her own little set of leather feather earrings and I so hope she’ll feel all the fun and fancy in the world when she wears them.

{this moment}

…taking inspiration from SouleMama in celebrating {this moment}. There are no words to this Friday ritual. Just a sweet and simple moment from the week to remember, cherish and absorb just a little bit longer.

These happy little bird houses made their way into our New Year’s celebrating this year.  They came via kits from Paper Source and were assembled on New Year’s Day by hands both young and old.  The idea was to write our resolutions on the paper perch, all rolled up for safe keeping.  Things deteriorated slightly when it was suggested that we write resolutions for our spouses.   It went, as you might imagine, quickly downhill from there.  Fortunately we were laughing all the way.

Once we returned home after days of visiting, gathered around our warm and quiet (okay, only quiet by comparison) family table, we wrote our honest aspirations for 2012 and tucked them cutely into our little bird houses.  Soren, given that he’s not writing, or even really talking for that matter, was given a honorary resolution to “keep being awesome”.  I don’t think that will be a problem.

As we tinker into this bright and bold new year with a brand new tradition, some of my older, more familiar traditions are getting some exercise.  The house gets a good scrubbing as it really feels nice to start things off fresh and clean.  A couple strong weeks of cooking, celebrating and visiting can surely inspire a good, hearty cleaning.
And last year’s calendar gets made into this year’s envelopes.  My 2011 calendar (also from Paper Source) made such pretty, vibrant envelopes and I had fun pairing them with note cards from my scrap drawer.  My pen pal has months of delightful mail awaiting her and I have the thrill of turning the old into the new and starting 2012 off with the very best morsels of 2011.  Sweetly marked into last year’s calendar squares, birthdays and soccer games, vacations and visits with friends all got neatly folded into fresh, new envelopes.  For a whole new year of correspondence.

Happy, Happy New Year to All!  May this year bring beautiful moments to cherish and a whole slew of bright new traditions.  Hazzah!