Feb 152013

Mr. Yazoo and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day (we’ve got Christmas, then a bunch of January birthdays, then a whole bunch of February birthdays, so it’s too much present pressure), so this year I was surprised that I was all excited to do Valentine’s things for the kids and other people. It’s a non-romantic holiday for me, apparently!

Since we’re finally done having kids, I made my mom a complete set of mini Yazoo hand/footprint pot holders. Pot holders are totally my Achilles heel of sewing — mine always come out looking so home made! I get away with it only by sticking baby prints on them.
mini Yazoo pot holders and Valentine envelopes

I also made Valentine envelopes for the kiddos. Can you believe that these took me an entire night? I have unparalleled powers in making super simple projects take ages to complete. I kept sewing and ripping out the embroidery because it looked bad, so that added time. I also stamped the kids’ names on the front. A little while ago, Cosmo brought a silly little cheapie card to school, and he and another kid got into a fight over it because the other kid thought it was his. Mr. Yazoo let the other kid take the card home, and the next day, my mom sent Cosmo to school with another card that had his name on it. Heh!
Valentines envelope, back

The instructions indicate that buttons can be used to close the envelopes, and I thoughtlessly made a big buttonhole on Cosmo’s before I remembered that he wouldn’t be able to work the button. Then I replaced it with velcro and sewed on a felt heart to cover the hole and velcro stitching.
Valentines envelopes, inside

I also made glow stick favors for his classmates and kleenex pouches for his teachers. The tag says, “I’m sending all my love achoo!” Hee!
teacher kleenex pouches