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Valentine’s Preparations

We wanted some garland for the kitchen window. So we took a bit of oak tag (cereal boxes work just as well), glued misc. wrapping paper or old cut up greeting cards to cover it, cut it into heart shapes using a cookie cutter as a pattern and strung the paper-covered hearts, along with hearts turned into Valentines for individual family members, onto a festive ribbon. Voila! Heart-y Garland!

Next we fashioned some larger hearts to dangle from the windows. Also a Valentine’s Booklet to mail to Grandma & Grandpa. Put stuff on a table and let ’em at it!


Gotta have lots of cookies, right? Ruth’s Vanilla Christmas Cookies is a fabulous cutout cookie recipe (the dough is oh so easy to work with!) And Chocolate Chipper Tramps featuring pink and red M&M’s are always a treat. (Look for those recipes tomorrow!)


Ah! Time to sit back and enjoy the fruit of our labor!



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  1. it all looks so festive!

    Posted by nancy | February 3, 2009, 6:48 pm
  2. That looks wonderful! Thanks for inspiring me to put out a little extra effort for “LOVE” day!

    Posted by diane romlein | February 4, 2009, 5:36 am
  3. How very pretty! I love the garland of various papers. I showed Jameson the pretty things Nana made, and he’s excited to make some, too. (Now to just get around to it…!)

    Posted by danica | February 4, 2009, 6:16 am
  4. Oh what a good idea. Thanks for sharing! The girls will love it.

    Posted by Michelle | February 4, 2009, 8:21 am
  5. Renee Z. just made me a beautiful garland for my kitchen window that says, “God is Love.” I love it! I think Valentine’s Day is such a great occasion to decorate for. Gotta love that pink, red, and white! So many ideas, so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by Judy Tomford | February 5, 2009, 12:08 pm