Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Valentine Heart Tree

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It's funny how blogging influences what your kids pay attention to. Like when Greta said to me the other morning, "Mom....I can't wait to see what new decorations you put up while we were sleeping...!" I have to say - since starting my blog, my kids have become much more attuned to the changing of seasons.
Because I am always working on some type of holiday project, they have become much more aware of holidays, in general - how we prepare for them, how we celebrate them, how we decorate for them, how we stress over them.... (errrr scratch that last one...I am working on not letting holidays = stress :)

It is always fun for me when I can include them in the process, so when Greta asked me to get out the paints the other day, I thought I'd get out the paper hearts too. Sometimes they need a little nudge!


Okay, so she doesn't look too happy about the idea. But before long she was singing a different tune:


She made quick work of the hearts (she refers to herself as a "little artist" and says she needs a beret...) and they turned out beautifully. She even convinced Ellia to help her paint some when she got home from school! I wasn't sure what to do with so many hearts, but then I spotted the now literally bare branches from my Bare Branch Christmas Tree. Aha!!


I punched a little hole in each of the hearts, and used twine for the hanger. I tried to hang them in different directions to balance out the branches.


Such a simple decoration...and it is made infinitely more beautiful by the fact that it's my kiddos' artwork! Even though I didn't ask for permission to punch holes in her hearts, I think in the end Greta approved:


What she didn't approve of were all the pictures I took of it......




 

...Good thing it's not up to her :)




Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy



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23 comments :

  1. I would guess that the girls enjoy having their "heartwork" on display for all to see. It is also fun to see the pictures of the project in progress. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! I want them to be proud of their artwork and "heartwork" :)

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  2. Okay I am officially hooked to your blog! I love this and think it is so great that you proudly display your children's masterpieces. I have been doing more and more projects with my little one and I'm not lying when I say that lately I've been learning more than teaching. Children's creativity is uncapped and it is something that should really be appreciated. That tree is too cute, too!

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    1. Awwww...thanks Jacqueline! I completely agree with you - I love to let my kids' creativity shine and I am always amazed by their "raw" ideas. Very inspiring. Thanks for your kind words :)

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  3. Hi! Visiting from Life on Lakeshore and want to say that this craft is so sweet and your daughter is beautiful!

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  4. Bare branches are so easy to find this time of year. Good reason to get the boys outside. I am a new follower! I found your link on Flamingo Toes. I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party Fluster Muster on Wednesday’s @ http://www.FlusterBuster.com.

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  5. What a fun tree! Your little one looks pretty proud of her artwork, too bad she doesn't approve of your pics! Lol! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Very cute, I love how you've presented the hearts and will be pinning it in a minute. I do something quite similar with my boys every Valentine's, but with a mix of drawing, paintings and messages they've written about why their family are special to them.

    From you newest GFC follower :)

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  7. Cute blog and what a fun project! This looks like so much fun and perfect for Valentines day coming soon.
    I am coming over from a blog hop and am a new follower. Feel free to stop by and follow back!
    www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

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  9. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Valentines Day themed linky party!
    http://tessacotton.blogspot.com/2013/01/valentines-day-linky-party.html

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  10. Your tree is so cute, and your daughter is such a cutie!! You are making precious memories! You are so right about decorating more when you're a blogger. LOL Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I hope you are having a wonderful week. :)

    Kathy

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  11. Sometimes the most simple projects are the best.
    Excited to find your blog and follow! I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime and consider joining the Tuesday "oldies" link party!
    www.dosmallthingswithlove.com
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I'll be stopping by now and will check out your link party! Thanks for the invite! :)

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  12. I totally understand what you are talking about, that secret connection between momma blogger and the way her kids act! My daughter asks the same question every day: "Mum, what have you prepared for us today? Did you print something?" :)

    I like your decorations, we'll probably try and do something similar.

    I found your blog via linky party at somewhatsimple.com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by - glad to know I'm not the only one with kids who are blog-focused! I guess it's probably hard to avoid. Stopping by to see what you've been up to now... :)

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  13. Love this - just pinned it to my Valentine's board. I'm visiting via the Tutus and Tea Parties Pinterest Party. My site is www.jodiefitz.com & hope we can connect...

    Have a GREAT weekend!
    ~ Jodie

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    1. Thanks Jodie!! Stopping by to see you now.... :)

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  14. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional. Your post has been featured so head over and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2013/01/tuesday-confessional-features.html
    ~Macy
    www.craftyconfessions.com

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring me, Macy! I appreciate it! :)

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