Sunday, February 13, 2011

I Was Going to . . .

Here I sit, at 10:00 p.m. on Valentine's Eve, having just finished with our Valentines for tomorrow. I had grand plans for projects that I wanted to complete for Valentine's Day this year. Just like last year. 

I have some Valentine blocks that are so cute, I could just faint from the cuteness, but they are only 98% finished. My dirty little secret is that they've been 98% finished for two years now. Oopsie.

I started a "Be Mine" Valentine banner, and it's 50% finished. Actually, I started two of them because I was going to give one of them to one of my lucky readers. Now it will have to wait until next year. Stick around.

I was going to make Valentine paint cans . . .  didn't even get that one started.

I was going to finish the Valentine chair bags that I started last year.

And do you know what the surprising thing is? I'm still hopeful that all of these things will get done in time for next year. They will.

I will conquer procrastination! Just wait.

Hee hee. I stole that from a magnet my SIL gave to me. She knows me so well.

These Valentines are proof that I do get things done. Eventually.

Even if I don't always get them done when I initially plan to get them done. I saw these cute little matchbook Valentine's at least two years ago, and that's when I bought the templates for them. I finally got around to making them for my girlies this year, and I love how they turned out.

I couldn't resist using this picture for Annika's Valentines. She's such a goofball, and this picture sums her up pretty well. It was taken at the San Diego Zoo.

Here is Zoe at the same place, but I couldn't bring myself to put this picture on her Valentines. It's not the most attractive picture and all.

After I put the girls' pictures on the templates and added their names, I just printed them three to a piece of cardstock, cut and folded them, and finally stapled a treat inside. Easy peasy.

Next, the girls wrote their classmates' names on the matchbooks. I'm glad I won't be there when their classmates rip them open to get at the chocolate and cast aside the panda cuteness. 

I don't think I could watch.


  1. These are so awesome. If only I had time and your talent.

  2. I am a little slow. I was trying to figure out why your kids would give matchbooks for valentine cards, lol! Now that I *got* it, how very cute!

  3. Your cuteness is unmatched:-) Pardon the pun!

    Happy Valentine's Day:-)

  4. I am glad to know I am not alone in my battle with procrastination!!! I have bins full of "1/2 finished;next year;maybe one day" projects for each's ridiculous. But, I think I came up with a plan....I will spend this year finishing all the projects I have started, "instead of starting new ones", and then I will be ready for next year!!! At least it sounds like a good plan...if I don't wait until the end of the year to get started! ;)

    I love all your crafts and your blog always makes me smile.

    Have a great V-Day!


  5. I LOVE those!1 they are AWESOME!!!

    So cute! And sadly, (or happily!) 99% of the children getting them will never know of their matchbook origins.

    Those are amazing.

  6. Oh, and just so you know, I've had to make myself comment on your post now because my first thought was "oh, I'll come back later and comment."


  7. I thought of you today. I was at work and I was watching the kids pull out their store bought valentines and I thought to myself "I bet Jill made some really cute valentines!"

  8. Ya, I'm doing some Christmas cross stitching that I procrasinated.

    I will get better at NOT putting things off.

    Those are some seriously cute Valentines. What a great idea!
    Totally love her goofy face. I love the one you didn't put on the Valentine. It's hilarious, but I can see grade school kids being mean.

  9. Thanks for the link!!! Premade templates for goodies like this...genius!!
    All I had to do was cut out hearts, stuff them and staple them ('go ahead, break my heart!') and didn't even do that. I printed off a freebie this morning and cut and addressed. 'Tis all
    You are not alone :P

  10. I love these!! we just moved over the weekend so my daughter couldn't start school until tomorrow. I missed her getting to write out all her valentines :( they turned out soo cute jill way to go

  11. you are so thoughtful! love that you always do such special things for your girls.

  12. You and your craftiness, at least you made Valentine's and didn't get some at the store like some mother's I know *blushing over here*. Those are adorable!

    So winning that V-Day banner next year ;)

  13. love all you do! What printer do you use? All your projects turn out so crystal clear! Love it!

  14. Thanks for all the sweet compliments, Ladies! :) "J" Crew, my printer is an HP Photosmart C7280 All-in-One, and I love it. It has been the best printer I've ever had. I do go through the ink pretty regularly though. If I'm printing more than a few prints, I upload to Wal Mart Photo Center though. That way I'm not completely sucking up the ink.

  15. What an honor to have you pop over to my blog and respond to my post! I heart you!!! Love your blog!!! And all you share...thanks!

  16. Adorable. I am sure that every mom who saw their child received one of these was thrilled and amazed. I love homemade valentines and it seems like a lost art.

  17. I heart these panda valentines! I haven't been able to check in for a while, but it's good to see you're still up to your usual awesome-ness.