Feb 12, 2008

Preparing for Valentine's Day!

OK, just so you know, I've been trying to get paragraph breaks to work on this friggin' blog, but I can't seem to make them happen. Sorry that it looks all run together, but it's not being my friend today!

Today Brooke has preschool & so I decided this morning that we would work on her Valentine cards to pass out to the kids in her class. She has been looking forward to doing this for a couple of weeks now & asks me almost everyday if we can do them. When she doesn't get the answer she wants to hear, then she says she's going to go work on her own cards for preschool. I had picked her up a couple of darling little scrapbook embellishment kits at Target for $1 each, so she's been chopping & taping those up. I guess maybe I should have better inspected the one with the heart shaped confetti, because now I have to try to clean all those up & some are sort of transparent. What a mess! But, it's cute & I LOVE that! I started to use my scalloped scissors on these, but to get them aligned properly from front to back, you have to cut the card while it's folded. My scissors are too dull to cut through the 3 layers where it all overlaps. So, the teachers & helpers get these at the top row. We had to save back a green frilly heart so Brooke could make a card for Daddy too!

This is the inside of one of the teacher's cards

The inside of one of the student's cards. I used a Quickutz heart shaped die to make that heart.

Her party is Thursday & she has to also decorate a special heart shape for one person that's supposed to be a secret. I want to find a heart shaped paper doily to put on it & then use my scallop scissors around the edge. Then, who knows what for the center of that? We might even make it into a magnet!
We still need to work on the goodie bags, but I have a little time for that too & don't have any bags yet. Need to get those today at the dollar store. I think we'll work on a special treat for the teacher's too....
I thought we were going to have something to look forward to this weekend with the weather, because they said it would be in the 40's on Sat., but now it doesn't look like it at all. Now they're saying only in the mid twenties. What??!! At least Feb. will be half over by the weekend, so we might have something to look forward to with March right around the corner. Ya think, maybe? I just want to see my flowers come up & hope that I didn't kill them when I planted them. I typically have at least one or two casualties each year. Sometimes, I'm just impatient & dig them up only to find that they were still just making good roots or learn later that they're biannuals & don't do anything the first year. Duh!!! I do need to start some seeds here soon though. I have no problem getting seeds to sprout, it's keeping them alive & not getting leggy that I have a problem with. Each year I learn a new trick or two, now if I can just remember what those tricks were from the previous years, I'll be doing good! Maybe they're not even a new trick, I just might not be remembering them from before. LOL
Last year, I moved a bunch of some beautiful pale blue & dark blue tiny flowers so that they would be closer to the daffodils on that bed. I had noticed they were all blooming at the same time & how striking the yellows & blues looked together, but they weren't close enough together to give the effect I was looking for. I sure hope I can reap the rewards of the beauty I'm hoping for this year, but will probably have to be patient for at least a couple more years.
When we moved to our house 5 years ago, there wasn't much landscaping to speak of, but more than any other house I had lived in, so that was still a plus! It was mostly some bushes & LOTS of hostas. There were a ton of lavendar Iris growing around the large Oak tree bed & they did great one year. I'm not much of an iris person and not the lavendar ones especially. So I dug them all up, gave some to the neighbor across the street, some to my friend & just tossed the rest over to the edge of the woods. Well, they have taken off very well & I must say, I like the look much better than the weeds that have a tendency to take over there. I think I'll keep them there!
I need to stop all this flower talk...it's making me long for the warmer, sunny weather that is sure to be a little ways off yet to make me happy.


Glee said...

Great, great cards! So very pretty! Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

rose said...

oh these look wonderful Beth
and so cute

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