Throughout the year my husband and I stay on our girls about everything. We are consciously trying to raise specific type of ladies. So, when the time comes to treat them, we well I, usually do a little more than usual. These are the times when being a craft hoarder comes in handy. It’s during these busy times (I’m now working full time again) when it pays off to have a good stash of craft items to get you through any spur of the moment crafting task.
I really hadn’t thought much about Valentine’s Day and much like most of the country on Thursday my brain went into high gear and this is what we ended up with. Treats for our Sweets. Weather and time made us miss both daddy and donuts and muffins and mommy so this was a great opportunity to make it up. We had breakfast treats (along with fruit) candy and cards from daddy, and new gymnastic leotards (I had them so just turned them into gifts).
What I had in hand:
- twine from about 3 years
- ribbon from 2 years ago
- heart plate we used when the girls brought treats to preschool (they are now 8 and 6)
- candle that was around the house
- table runner I’ve had for while
- balloons and helium from a leftover tank from our Summer birthdays
- our family center chalk board (50 cent yard sale frame)
- washi tape I had in my school bag
- bags with chalk board label. This was a recent purchase and I wasn’t sure what I would use them for. Didn’t know I would need them so soon. I think it all came together nicely.
It was a great surprise for the girls, we had a difficult week (bad weather, difficulty at school, full moon) and this was a sweet way to end it.
If you’re starting out and you are not sure what to get, here are a few essentials you can slowly get to start your own hoarding collection.
- hot glue gun: (don’t buy the small portable one you’ll end up buying a bigger one anyway)
- ribbon: ribbon makes everything prettier; red, white, yellow, green and blue will cover every season and holiday
- washi tape: these are sometimes better than ribbon they stick and peel right off
- sharpie pens: perfect for writing great notes
- scissor: a good pair that you use only for your crafts and leave it in one place. I don’t know how many times I’ve asked the “where are the scissors girls” question.
- double sided sticky tape runner
- chalk board or an empty frame: these are great for writing about your event or to frame printables.
The most important thing to remember about crafting is that what you create is yours. Don’t let Pinterest and the professional scrapers scare you from enjoying things you’ve created. If I can do it you can too.
What project are you going to start?