thumbprint heart
The thumbprint heart. Looks simple enough, right?

Now imagine trying to get your I-can-do-it-all-by-myself 4 year old and unable-to-open-her-hands-on-her-own 4 month old to make one…..

Yeah. I don’t have any pictures of that. But it was awesome. And we had red paint everywhere.

Eventually, I did manage to get something that looked kind of like a heart from both of them.

Here’s what I did with my hard-earned winnings.
family tree hearts
Made myself a valentine, that’s what! I cut out their little thumbprint (which actually turned out to be pointer fingerprints) hearts and stamped their initials on each.

Then I printed out this lovely family tree (Thanks, Martha!) and glued it onto a tiny canvas. I stamped a b+v in the heart on the trunk and placed it on a picture ledge. Makes me smile every time I see it as I walk down the stairs.
cornelia augusta
I got the idea from a very creative valentine-maker,  Miss Cornelia Augusta, in the book The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond.
Day It Rained Hearts
Have you read it yet? I hope you can find a copy at your library. It’s a good one.

Linking to: the treasurista,
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