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arrows and (more) hearts

let's face it, valentines without candy aren't much use to kids. but, we're giving it a go anyway. with a little felt and a lot of help from eve, bracelets were made for the classmates. will they be passed by as the greedy little hands search for more pink laffy taffy? probably. but i remain hopeful that these little bracelets will find a home on the little four-year-old wrists at some point. the arrows should lure in the danger seeking boys while bright pink hearts are like a siren's song to this group of little girls.  

for the girls


for the boys


eve was busy cutting out hearts and addressing the cards while i trimmed her edges, rounded corners, and sewed pink and red buttons for the bracelet closure. we both "threaded" the hearts/arrows on the bands and eve took particular care assigning each friend a specific bracelet. she amazed me over and over again with remembering the assignments perfectly (i tried to trick her). . .  a quick project that should complement the kit kat (oh, i hope there are kit kats) and m&m hands. 

happy valentine's day to everyone! and to those celebrating president's day, enjoy the long weekend! we'll be making our log cabin cake in honor of mr. lincoln and enjoying some long overdue time together. 


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Oh Katie, you've outdone yourself. I love Valentines and it was always such fun to get them ready for classmates. But these, these are way WAY cooler than anything I ever gave or received as a kid. I bet they will be such a hit!!

February 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy R.

These are great, I'm going to remember them for next year. My kids school has a "no candy" policy. I always go to great lengths to come up with something cute, creative & non-food, while other parents ignore it and just send kit kats & m&m's. Sigh. I'd like to rebel too, but I'm just such a rule follower, I can't quite do it!

February 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTania

our preschool didn't celebrate Valentine's Day now that I think of it. Oh my goodness, I just love these bracelets and even more I love Eve's handwriting on all those names- she's doing so well with writing! You and she are just little creative geniuses. I really think this is a "top blog" and needs to be featured in a darling magazine or something. Please never put ads on your blog though! (:

February 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatria

I read your fantastic blog all the time--I just love it and look forward to every new post--it's like a special treat...and your girls are just beyond delicious. (that is my Jewish Mom speaking through me!!) Anyway, this is one of the most special and fun things you've created. The bracelets are so cool--what an awesome idea, and they came out so great. I love that the boys have their own arrow one's--- very hip indeed! I too think Eve's handwriting just makes the whole package complete. What a super project for you to do together. I love Valentine's Day and totally remember going with my Mom and picking out and buying those little boxes of cards to fill out and pass out to my classmates at school. Winnie the Pooh and Peanuts (Snoopy) were two I really adored. (Am I dating myself? I'm 40!) It was one of my favorite things I remember from childhood. How amazing it would have been to do a project like yours instead though. As always, I am inspired by you to be creative and to try new things. Thanks a bunch. Happy Valentine's Day to you and the girls.

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEva

these are ADORABLE!!! love love love

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

wow! you are so amazing! i just sent dum-dums. lame!

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Hey - sobbing at the window from imagined tragic scenarios.... super creative valentines.... same creative mind at work! Great job

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermom

Hey! I just found your blog on the purl bee and can I just say, I love it! I have bookmarked you and will be checking back often. I love this idea, and the heart/circle headband idea as well. If only I had girls...

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

katie these are so wonderful. i'm so sick of candy!!! that's ALL my kids ate today.

**liam will be a plane this week ;)

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

those are the cutest valentines I have ever seen in my whole life! They seem vintage-modern and are completely adorable and gorgeous at the same time. the colors and felt are fantastic- your children are so lucky to have such a creative, amazing mom! (and i'm so lucky to have such a creative, amazing aunt!)

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrynne

Adorable. We have a no candy policy at our school, so something like this would be perfect!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

oh! that is such a cute idea!!

and i love the lincoln log cabin cake. ..

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

It seems to me like perhaps Eve has a special feeling for Tyreese and Victoria. True??

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

eve loves victoria. and thinks "tyreese is ok". she started labeling with the crayon before she decided it is much easier to write with a pen. . .

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Love them! And even amidst a sea of heart shaped candy, a bracelet is still quite a prize. I'm impressed with Eve's lettering skills.. and I love that there is a little girl named Willa in her class. I might have to steal that some day.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

Oh, I have just discovered your blog this morning and I love each post!! What pretty and handsome Valentines. :)

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

AWWWW. Eve is so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhm

those are amazing! I love it! I have just been perusing your blog and i had to tell you how lovely they are. I made handmade valentines with the kids I nanny and I have to tell you-- it was challenging to figure out what to create with a 4 and 5 year old that other children would appreciate receiving. We ended up dyeing mini playsilks and just tying a little tag to them with a red bow, which the kids loved doing and I hope the other kids loved receiving... anyhow, the bracelets are so simple and creative. thanks for sharing! May have to keep that in mind for next year...

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlouise

this is adorable. i don't suppose you'd want to give a "how to" for these, would you?

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersusie

I'm making these with my niece for pre-school Valentine's! They are so cute! Love them. Because I'm lazy, I opted to tie a knot for the closure. No sewing needed. THANK YOU! These are so cute and creative.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle B

Oh I love these!!! So sweet.
Thank you for the great idea.

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Beautiful, I have a friend in viagra online labs that make this for hobby and she's very in what she's does.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdakuro

I have a friend who study crafts in the college next to Viagra Online's office , she can makes similar things, these kinds of things are so beautiful.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpepe cadena

WOW love these......How does each end of bracelet attach to the other? These are sooooo adorable! thank you.....

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoco

I broke the heart of my girlfriend today.

May 2, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterveguwuci

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