Friday, February 13, 2009

V-Day Doesn't Totally Suck

All right, so I said my little "prayer for love" and hope that all of you Happy-In-Love Saps People have a great National Single Awareness Day Valentines Day.

Myself, you ask? No. No big date. No exciting plans with the man of my dreams. Just me and about 200 other people. What the freak? I know, I'll explain.

I was in charge of our party last night at Church. We had a "King of Hearts" Pageant (a total spoof). It was a riot! I will be sure to explain more and post some pics next week. Tonight, I am helping my good friend and neighbor, Desperate Housewife, pull off a 50's style sock-hop Valentine's Dance. She is in charge and I'm a committee member. The Bad News? I have no date. :( The Good News? I LOVE 50's style sock-hops I'm not sure yet... I'll have to get back to you. Just kidding... I am not really into that musical era, however she has got the most fun dance/party planned. We always have a good time at her activities, plus there's free food, right? So - I know I'll have a good time, dateless or not. Think anyone would notice if I toted around a blow-up date?

Well, I suppose the weekend isn't/wasn't totally a bust. I did help my kids create some pretty awesome Valentine Day Card "mail" boxes. Oh - who am I kidding? They didn't do a thing - I made them all by myself! Of course, being the kind of crazy, insane person who works best under deadlines, I didn't really get to it until around midnight the night before their class parties. I know pride is a sin. But I gotta tell you - I rocked out on these puppies and I think they are awesome if I do say so myself. Without further adieu...

1) The Lego Valentine Mailbox

I got 2 Papier-mâché boxes from the craft store. Painted 1 yellow and 1 blue. I cut an opening in the top of the bottom lid, as well as in the bottom of the top box (got that?).
I glued the top box to the lid of the bottom box.
I used 4 round chip-board circles, painted them blue, and glued them to the top box, cut an opening in the top and... voila!




2) The iPod Valentine Box

My daughter wanted a purple iPod for her box. I used a 12" cereal box, so the 12x12 scrapbook paper would work easily. On the back I even added the "apple" logo, but I told her I had to do it backwards so as not to infringe on any copyright laws ... (actually I just accidentally glued it on backwards and realized it too late!)

For the click wheel, I cut out a white circle, and then cut a smaller circle in the middle. For the "screen" I used black paper, a white gel pen, and a color copy of one of her favorite album covers.
I used her real headphones and poked them through a small hole in the side of the box.

The bad news? Turned out we were 2 Valentine Cards short and I had to make a midnight run to Wal-Mart (bleh) and scour through the picked over goodies to find 2 individual Valentine card-treats. But I got them and was back home and in bed by about 2 am.
The good news?? After school she told me that the class thought it was the best box ever.
Even better news??? It took about 10 minutes to whip together.

14 comments:

Louise said...

Hey, the kids are right, that i-Pod box is the best i-Pod box ever! Wow. I couldn't do that if you paid me a million. I can't even do Barbapappa costumes for Carnival. Totally failure as a mother, me. AND alone with one cat and one dog on Valentine's night. They're so happy to be in my company they're both asleep. Ho-hum. Have fun at the dance.

Vickie said...

Those are the coolest Valentine's boxes ever!! Great Job!!

Hope you have fun at the party. Free food is always a plus.

Ruthykins said...

that sounds like it would be fun. can't believe you didn't make the valentines yourself. i'm all for card making.

EmmaP said...

i have done handmade Valentine's for the kids in years past - but for Pete's sake! I'm a single mom. Plus - didn't you read what else I have going this week??? Sheesh, Ruthy! :)

Susie said...

That was an awesome box! Great job:-)

Sabrae Carter said...

Oh I love 50's music!!! Have fun!!!

Yaya said...

WAY TOO CREATIVE!

Happy Valentine's Day!

lizcooper said...

those boxes rock!

andrew's mom said...

Especially loved the I-pod box. Where was Big-D on Feb. 14th? What he can't be bothered to show you a good time on the most important date night of the year?

Laura said...

oh gosh! i wish I could be this creative!

TravAndToni said...

Wow, awesome V-D boxes! I miss making those for the kids. Junior high is really not as much fun for the mommies, I swear.

The Willeyes said...

You are too much! Talk about talented. You kids have the coolest V-Day boxes ever! My kids just got shoe boxes covered with cute paper, words and stickers. LUCKY!

RhondaLue said...

my kids weaved construction paper hearts in their class for art and used those for their valentines. Saved me the effort but after seeing yours now I wish I could have made something so cute. But I also don't have creativity like you either!

Kaye Butler said...

Those are the cutest Valentine boxes ever. Love the legos. I stepped on my share of those!