I know you're probably sick of Valentines Day already... there has been a display in our local supermarket since the day after Boxing Day (they also have an Easter section already!) but we were just too tempted by all the pink and sparkly inspiration around at the moment.
We made a batch of red playdough and scented it with some rosewater from my baking cupboard - honestly I can't smell the roses in it at all! I did use baby oil in place of beg oil in this recipe as a little experiment, so maybe that overpowed the flowery scent.
I did my usual sweep of the kitchen cupboards, craft stash and toybox to find some tools and props to play with - I wan't expecting to find much, but we had loads of red and pink goodies stashed around (maybe I am a secret girly girl, who knew?)
We have... heart shape silicone cake and petit four cases, pink mini loaf cases, heart cookie cutters, pink and red tissue paper, plastic beads, pom poms, pipecleaners, drinking straws, magnetic and foam letters, fabric scraps, our painted rock pets (Vin now calls them 'lovebugs') and a strawberry shaped icecube tray.
I also added a tub of edible glitter - I didn't have any regular glitter (which actually works better in playdough as the sparkles are bigger) - these teeny pots cost like £3 each, so I might be mad giving them to the kids to play with, but I have had this red one sitting around forever and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get around to actually baking with it!
Everything about this set-up is so pretty and girly - cutting out heart cookies, using lace strips to print into the dough, tissue paper flowers - every bit of my usual aesthetic is fighting against this urge!
I have started keeping some of our letter colouring sheets (ie mom's marker penned masterpieces) in with our kit to practise - I keep the sheets in a plastic sleeve so the playdough doesn't stick - the kids love poking their fingers into the letters.
(this one looks somewhat disturbingly like a real heart with ventricles poking out of the top -
I am assured it is a lollypop cookie though!)
...seriously, this is the only way to impress me with flowers... playdough and pipecleaners (you know you spend too much time around kids when...)
And a little shot of our playtime in action - just in case all my superneat photos at the start left you with the wrong impression!
So how do you celebrate Valentines friends? Crafting lots of heart shaped projects or ignoring it altogether?