For the past two weeks I have had it in the back of my mind to make the girls skirts for Valentine’s day. This doesn’t mean I looked at my fabric stash or even the patterns I have. I just thought that it sounded like a nice gift. Last year I made them embroidered pillowcases, and the year before that I made little heart shaped monogrammed pillows for their beds.
At 8:00 last night I took to my fabric stash and my patterns to figure out what I was going to make. I eventually settled on the easy peasy “Lazy Days” skirt from Oliver + S. Then I went through all of my red and pink fabric and ribbons.
I whipped these babies up in a few hours, and was on to something else by midnight. To say the pattern is simple is understating things. It has great directions, is free, and comes together so fast! It took me a little longer on Sadie’s skirt because I doubled the fabric. I cut her skirt 20″ long and Olive’s was 17. I had to grab a pair of their pants from the dryer and measure them as I had forgotten to measure either girl. I just made a free hand heart template for the pockets.
This morning the girls opened them up and loved them! I was a little nervous as Olive has a tendency to want whatever Sadie has, but she ended up really liking her own skirt.
Sadie was super pleased with her skirt. I hope it will fit for a while. These girls are growing so fast we can barely keep them in shoes and clothes.
We sent them off to school with their valentine’s in tow. Sadie insisted on making hers this year. We perused pinterest, magazines, and websites to find what she wanted. A friend of mine posted this idea on instagram and Sadie loved it. We took cupcake liners and made little ribbons with them. On the back she drew another one that said, #1 friend!
The best art table is a messy art table!
For Olive’s cards I took a drawing she did, scanned it in, and then added a little text and a border. I spelled it Balenstime’s day because that’s how she says it and I love it. She hand signed them and then added glitter to each one.
I love my husband, but we aren’t crazy about celebrating the “couples” version of Valentine’s day. I know not everyone loves the holiday. Often I hear that it’s a commercial holiday made to sell things. The thing is, how can you refuse a special day that is about celebrating the people you love and GLITTER? Especially as a kid where you exchange candy and cards at school? It’s just fun. Sadie was bursting with pride, so excited to share her Valentine’s with the kids in her class. What’s not to love about that?