Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Valentine's Day Garland


Inspired by this Valentine's Day rainbow heart banner that I found while surfing the net, I decided to hold a pre-Valentine's Day crafting party with my children.

A few days before, I had been to my daughter's Grade 3 class for a quilting session. That reminded me of how much the kids enjoy sewing things by hand. So, while the garland that inspired me was stitched on a sewing machine, I thought I would enlist the kids' help to sew our garland by hand.


I knew my daughter would be enthusiastic about the project, but sometimes my son needs a little push to get off the iPod and join in. I went out and bought heart-shaped bowls and snacks at the dollar store. When the kids got home from school, I told them that everybody who participates in the sewing gets to snack on goodies. That sucked him in.


Look at that lip. He's really concentrating.



Jolene the dog got involved too -- in trying to steal popcorn that is.



Tomorrow, I'll share more detailed instructions and some spin-off projects we decided to do another day. In the meantime, here's a video of my daughter explaining how the process works. {I have added the instructions and more heart projects here.}


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Did you catch her brother mimicking her there? Sweet, huh?



We hung our slightly imperfect, but made with love Valentine's Day garland in the doorway between the kitchen and the family room.




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16 comments:

  1. Wow! This is such a cute project! Cool thing is everybody's participating. I love every detail, the heart-shaped bowl and the heart-printed sheet, I can feel the love is everywhere in your home. Great post!

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, we even got my husband making a heart when he got home from work. It was lots of fun. :)

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  2. I love this idea! So cute. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I really appreciate that. :)

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  3. A great idea!!! Is so lovely...
    You know what? I was looking for a thai recipe in a book an i found the recipe of yellow curry! And i thought about you. If you want it i can send it to you but it' s in french so it would take me a time to traduce it... (i've my english soooo forgotten!).

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    1. Nice of you to think of me! Don't worry...I have forgotten French. ;)

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  4. This is such a cute garland! I love the final shot with the exhausted dog flopped out on her bed, hearts hanging above ... like she did ALL the work!! Your daughter did a great job in her tutorial :) Wendy

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    1. Thanks! That dog pretty much looks exhausted all the time, except when there's food around. Jo

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  5. Beautiful photo!
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  6. Jolene, lol..The banner turned out great!!! The kids, as always, are super sweet. :)

    PS: Congrats on making the top 25!!!

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    1. Thanks! Couldn't have made it without your help! :)

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  7. I love that heart garland! So great, Jo!!

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  8. I am so in love with the video! So cute--

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