So Valentine's Day for this mom is filled with conflict. One of the things I remember most growing up was the HUGE box of Russell Stover candy that my parents gave me every year. I loved that heart shaped box. I looked forward to that heart shaped box, no I longed for it. Today however we know better. Is a pound of chocolate really the best way to express your love to your kids?
Now, don't get me wrong, my kids (are they still kids when they are 18 and 19?) will get a heart, maybe just not the largest one. Instead I'll try to express my love with something handmade. Now you might think that is obvious coming from The Handwork Studio lady, but truth be told......I'm not the craftiest. My work is my craft. But the longer I work with kids the more I see the power of a handmade gift.
In our classes, we often see kids work for weeks on a project, pouring their heart and soul into their creations. Then after much hard work, they proudly proclaim how they are going to give it to a parent, a grandparent or a friend. Sometimes we are even lucky to watch it happen when mom walks into to the studio and is given the gift. Such pure, honest, beautiful love.
So this year, if you don't already, let me encourage you to make something for or with your kids. If you are looking for some ideas, here is an oldie but goodie from an article we did last year with MetroKids, or the craft Martha Stewart did on the Today Show this morning. You can even check out our Facebook Page and see the great, simple heart pillows our kids made yesterday in a workshop. Send us your pictures or comment on what you'll be doing for your kids this year. I'd love to hear about it.