Love Letters


Love Letters

This week my daughter and I had the privilege of inviting 20 girls from her class to our house to make Valentine’s Day cards for a very good cause. Here’s the scoop: DoSomething.org, the largest non-profit in the US for young people and social change, has launched a campaign called Love Letters. Love Letters asks kids and teens to create Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression. These letters are then sent to Meals on Wheels all across the United States, and delivered to those seniors who are in need of some love and attention.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

We filled the tables with heaps of fun and colorful crafting materials. Some of the girls were using rubber cement for the first time (hard to believe)! They were so excited, their smiles were contagious. The girls fully embraced their task and enjoyed every moment. All the while, being completely aware of how much they would help another person with their thoughtful, handmade cards. I was so proud of them!!

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

Here’s what we put out on our tables (all found on Amazon):

white card stock (folded in half) // construction paper in valentine colors // heart punches big and small // scissors // glitter glue // rubber cement // pom-poms // markers // chalkboard markers // paper muffin cups // fabric strips (cut from scraps) // washi tape

DoSomething.org asks that you follow these guidelines when making your cards:

~ Outside of the card should say Happy Valentine’s Day.

~ Inside the card, share three facts about yourself in order for the receiver of your beautiful cards to feel more of a connections with you. For example:

What state are you from?

What is your favorite hobby?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

~ You may sign the card, but do not use your last name or any specific details about where you live.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

The deadline for sending cards is February 15th. Please, please consider making some cards with your kids this weekend. Click here for directions, guidelines and addresses of Meals on Wheels across the country.

Thank you, thank you! You guys are the best.

xo, Bar

 

Printable Valentine Coloring Pages


Printable Valentine Coloring Pages

Hello! I have been busy cutting and sewing quilts lately so I have been away from my desk. It’s been a while since I posted anything. But hopefully you’ve been busy, too…creating and making amazing things. Today on Art Bar Monday I am sharing these easy and sweet Valentine printables. If you are in the mood to make something with the kids but you don’t want to put in more effort than hitting print and bringing out the crayons, then this is one’s for you! Swing yourself over to Small for Big for the downloads.

Happy Monday!

xo, Bar

 

Valentines Made by Hand {24 ideas}


Valentines Made by Hand {24 ideas}

Moving to America when I was five was memorable for many reasons. Learning a new language for one, although I don’t remember that. What I remember most about my first year here was making Valentines for everyone in my class. It was like Christmas! Sharing what I had made for my friends, and receiving what they had made for me – I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. I miss Kindergarten.

There are infinite ways to make a Valentines card from scratch. Most of these ideas are open-ended, process oriented cards, which are the best kind. Just put out supplies and let your kids explore and create! (And you can, too).

Row 1: cut out heart window and add red heart (you can forgo the printed lettering and write by hand) by Lovely Design // heart punch and paint chips at Juneberry Lane // tissue paper collage heart + glitter at Panther’s Palette // use glue and collage materials to make valentine faces by My Paper Crane

Row 2: minimalist painted valentines by Annily Green // simply paint with reds and pinks then add glitter and cut into heart shape at Many Hats of a Mom // fingerprint valentine by The Gold Jellybean or Paint Cut Paste // liquid watercolor heart postcards at Art Bar

Row 3: layer paper hearts and fold into an envelope by Martha Stewart // draw hearts with pencil then paint in with patterns and cut from our Flickr feed // i heart you accordion cards at BHG // trace your child’s hand for the sweetest valentine by Martha Stewart

Row 4: stickers and washi tape heart pendants at Blank Style // felt heart (sew or glue on) with rubber stamps at Clever Charlotte // liquid watercolors make for beautiful paper, then just cut into hearts at You Are My Fave // newspaper heart bunting at Maya Made

Row 5: use cupcake liners to make a valentine badge by Urban Comfort // ombre heart kit (and other valentine kits) at Paper Source // hand sew or use glue with these simple heart cards at Apartment Therapy and All Buttoned Up // make a heart lei at Homemade Serenity

Row 6: pop-up valentine at Minieco // heart doilies by Martha Stewart // newspaper hearts at Art Bar // melted crayon hearts by Martha Stewart

craft table: handmade valentines | art bar

In my opinion, the best way to make homemade cards is to create a craft table full of all the supplies you will need. Set up the table on the weekend, and leave it out for a day or two. Sit down with your kids if you can, or if they are little, and just enjoy the process. The photo above is from our Valentine craft table from last year. The cards don’t have to be complicated…it’s just so lovely to give something (and receive something) that has been made from the heart. ♡

xo, Bar

{For last minute printables and ideas that include gifts, visit my Pinterest boards “Holiday Ideas” and “Printables”}

 

Make: World Flag Garland


Make: World Flag Garland

craft table: make flag garland and learn about the world

craft table: make flag garland and learn about the world

craft table: make flag garland and learn about the world

Today on Art Bar Monday on Small for Big, find out more about this awesome craft. And I do mean awesome. This one kept my kids busy for days and days. It’s actually still out on our table. But more than that, it sparked so many interesting conversations about the world. It was a way for them to see beyond their own country (and get to use rubber cement at the same time). Seventeen days ’til Sochi 2014!

Happy Martin Luther King Day. Have a great week ♡.

xo, Bar

 

A Love Quote


A Love Quote

I found this quote on Pinterest. Like many images on Pinterest, the source never led me to the original. I really wanted to print it out, so I made my own version. And I made this printable so you can print it out, too!

valentine's printable | art bar

This quote is so perfect because it reminds me to look for the magic in those that I love. We all get so bogged down with the day-to-day grind that we end up yelling, blaming and criticizing those that we adore, which is all wrong. Let’s print this out and hang it in our bathrooms (the place where we will surely read it every day) to help us look for the magic, and turn to love. ♡

Have a happy week!

xo, Bar