Art projects are a major part of life with our children. These projects can take many different forms: crafts, painting, beading, drawing, clay/playdoh, and much more. It seems there is always some holiday or season to theme an art project to and right now is no exception: Valentine’s Day. If you have a child that is in school or likes to swap Valentine’s Day cards with his/her classmates and friends, there are tons of options lining store shelves. But if you want to go beyond the ordinary and create some one-of-a-kind cards to exchange, here are some ideas of cards we made with our children for this year for Valentine’s Day.
earmarked: verb Designate for a particular purpose
Since beginning Here in This House, I have had the pleasure of coming across some amazing products, websites, images, blogs, and events. Often times I will find myself getting lost in a maze of beautiful, alluring pictures and text that send me into a sort of design coma only to reemerge minutes (sometimes hours) later wondering how I can share these items with others. Luckily after several months of bookmarking pages, only to return to them and forget exactly why I saved them, I was introduced to a site called Pinterest. Finding this site is like the first day of school (you know when you’re all excited and giddy over your new school supplies). Pinterest is a website where you can “pin” images from any website and it saves them for you in neat little “files” on your personal page. You can share your pins, you can see other people’s pins, and you can follow your friends to see what they are digging too! I can’t stop playing with it and saving all of these fantastic images to spark my creativity.
I blame my parents for my dishwasher problem. (Sorry, Mom.)
Still, there are always a few things that I insist on hand washing: sippy cups, wooden utensils, chopsticks, steak knives, etc. For those, I have required a dish rack for my drip drying needs. In the past, I was content to have a lovely countertop drying unit from Simple Human (shown below). It served us well but in our new home, there is hardly any counter space to spare. Simply using a clean dishtowel or paper towel? So unsightly. Coming off the success of my kitchen storage project, I decided to embark on my Dish Rack Project. My requirements were two-fold: must fold away for easy storage and must look beautiful. (If it’s going to be out, at least make it eye candy!) How hard can that be to find?