Here is our little guy, Scooter, resting comfortably in his bed…
Apparently, our Labrador, Jasmine, has no idea how big she is…
…and that’s not the first time she has squeezed herself into Scooter’s bed…
Ah, here is a bed that actually fits both of them…
Glowstick Valentines are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. I saw several versions of these on pinterest last year. Here is one that caught my eye:
…and I wanted to make something similar for my younger daughter. I downloaded the file from kommunicated.com, added panda graphics (from Pandemonium Kit by Mindy Terasawa) and manipulated the text and layout a little in Illustrator. The glowstick bracelets were purchased at Michaels. Here is the final result:
I made a PDF out of the Illustrator file I set up to print five Valentines on one sheet of cardstock (see photo of single uncut sheet of cardstock above). The PDF contains all of the crop marks, cutting lines, and hole punch locations that you’ll need to make these Valentines. Click on the following button to download the file:
Having received a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday in January last year, I wanted to put it through its paces. I used the Cameo to make the main part of my older daughter’s owl Valentines in 2012.
The owl ended up being inspired by a jumble of different ideas…
• The owl outline came from this cutting file by Peppermint Creative:
• The feathery belly came from an owl box in the Silhouette online store:
• The eyes (circle punches), beak (heart punch) and wings (oval punch) were made in the same way as these pillow box owls that my kids made in church:
And here is the final result:
I found that I could tuck a note under one of the wings, so I downloaded a free Valentine’s card printable and redesigned it to fit my needs. My daughter used these mini cards to address her Valentines.
I still love to use my old Sizzix diecut machine, the one with a red base and a lever with a black ball on the end of it. It’s fast and easy, so I made my kids’ Valentines in 2011 using the large heart die and the medium bow die. I cut quarter sheets of red and pink card stock, glued the hearts (and bows on the ones for my daughters) down and let the kids do the rest (stamping and addressing).
• One-eyed alien – from Monster Fun set by Hero Arts
• Little girls – from Three Girls set by Hero Arts
After our first dog passed away almost two years ago, we swore we would never have a pet of any kind (read a little more about it here). Of course, that all changed when we adopted Jasmine, a Labrador Retriever, just over a year ago. And now, we’ve added another furry family member…
Meet Scooter, a little guy who weighs just over 12 pounds and is lightning fast on his feet. He looks like a pup, but he is actually about 2 years old. Even though Jasmine is almost five times Scooter’s size and weight, she is super gentle with him as they wrestle with each other; sometimes his whole head ends up in her jaws. They have become fast friends, though, and it’s a joy to watch them play with one another.
Scooter was abandoned in a foreclosed home in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 2012. Naturally, we didn’t think too much about his pedigree; we assumed he was some type of Chihuahua mix mutt. After doing some research, though, it turns out that he is likely a “designer dog” known as an Italian Greyhuahua – a cross between an Italian Greyhound and a Chihuahua! He looks exactly like the smoky grey dog on the facebook page for fans of this hybrid.
Regardless of Scooter’s pedigree, our family loves him just the same. Hopefully he and Jasmine will enjoy many years together.