Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day - Ready To Blast Off

I am a sucker for Valentine’s Day.  I LOVE to make stuff and give it out…..but mostly I LOVE to get stuff.
That sounds bad.  I don’t mean I am greedy and want a bunch of stuff, but when someone takes the time to think of me by buying me something, or making me something, or even just writes a little note….I feel loved.  It’s my silly love language.
Unfortunately, this elevates things like birthdays, anniversaries, and of course Valentine’s Day, to crazy levels of expectations on my part, and utter failure on my husband’s part.
Poor guy.  He works hard for me so I can stay home with the girls.  He calls during the day to tell me he loves me.  He cleans the house….and from what a lot of my friends say, their husband’s don’t do that.  AND he gives me a really nice hug or back rub whenever I want.  He pretty much nails the other four love languages of humanity but WHY CAN’T HE BUY ME A FREAKING CAMERA OR WRITE ME A LOVE NOTE ONCE IN AWHILE???????
Anyway, it wasn’t much of a surprise when he called me this morning from across the world to say, “Gosh honey, I didn’t get you anything for Valentine’s Day.  I promise I will take you out for Chinese when I get home.”
So the girls and I, lonely and bored, decided to have a major craft festival on the dining room table today.  We made over 75 Valentine Rockets to hand out and I’m thinking they turned out pretty awesome! 
To make them, you will need:
©     Rolls of Lifesaver candy, or Mentos for the longer ones (We used a Japanese candy because I guess Japan doesn’t have Life Savers.)
©     Hershey’s Kisses
©     Red Construction Paper
©     Orange and yellow tissue paper
©     Glue gun
©     Double sided tape
First, cut the construction paper to fit around the candy rolls. (3 x 3 inches for the Life Savers, and 5 x 3 inches for the Mentos)  Now is a good time to write your message onto the cut cards leaving a bit of space for the overlap on the bottom of the card. 
 Glue or tape the paper around the rolls of candy.  We used double-sided tape.  You can now use a hot glue gun to stick a Hershey’s kiss onto one end of the roll.
Lastly, take a small square of tissue paper and glue it on the other end for the flames of your rocket.  We decided to use orange and yellow for some added flame excitement, but just orange looks cool too.
The kids made a bunch.  We used mint Mentos for the teachers because they were bigger and mints are more grown up!
I made a few for my fantastic girlfriends who have been checking up on me while hubby is away.
Now the kids are all ready to get “candied out” at school for V-day and I even though I had fun with my girlies, I was starting to stew in my not-getting-anything-for-Valentine’s day tears…..and guess what came in the mail?
Yay!  Okay…’s from my mom…..but who cares!  Yay!  I got a present! (And my girlfriend made it!) 
And honey baby dearest husband of mine.  I love you and I miss you!  I can’t wait till you come home and you better bring me back a present so we can go and have some Chinese! 

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  1. I love this post. It is so crafty and sweet. You will get a big present when he comes back home.
    We celebrate love and friendships....Valentines couldn't be perfect if it weren't for friends like you :-)

  2. I am sure you have the best husbnd ever! ok, I do. Yours the seconds the best. j/k
    that's a great idea for small gifts to friends and family.
    Happy V Day!

  3. I remember when you and the girls made me one of those rockets for Valentines Day!!!! Sooooooo long ago!

  4. Most creative Valentines I have ever seen! Awesome! :)