Snoopy Valentine Mailbox

Snoopy Valentine Mailbox Baby Bear's TK class had the kids make their own Valentine mailboxes with their families and of course, he chose Snoopy for his theme! :D I got my inspiration from a pinata and made a opening using the nose as a little knob. Bruce helped me make 5 fringe pieces ("I'm tired. Let me know when you work on the eyes and ears!" Haha!) and he traced, cut and glued the eyes, ears, and mouth.

Snoopy Valentine Mailbox

We got lucky that Target had Snoopy Valentines so he gave a Snoopy box of chocolate to his teacher and Snoopy sticker Valentines with bouncy balls to his classmates.

Snoopy Valentine Mailbox

Snoopy Valentine Mailbox

Snoopy Valentine Mailbox

Enjoying his Valentine haul! We hope you have a love-filled weekend! <3

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Crafting with Bruce Vol. 3


a colorful garland

Here's another edition of Crafting with Bruce! :D If you missed the first two, here's Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

My sweet friend, Diana, had given us a box full of styrofoam balls over a year ago and I had been trying to think of fun ways to use them. Then last week, I had this brilliant (to me!) idea of making a colorful garland for Bruce's room so he can learn his colors. :) You can see how we painted the balls in the animated photo above.


Here's how the painted balls turned out! They are bright and cheery, perfect for any kid's room!


Materials I used: construction paper (to protect our working surface) paper plates styrofoam balls foam brushes craft paint

To string the balls together: yarn a skewer (to poke a hole through the balls) fun wire (to makeshift a long needle to pull the yarn through the balls)

This project is self explanatory but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! :) I will note though that I was too excited to wait for the paint to dry so my yarn has a few streaks of color on it. But you really can't tell. ;)


And here it is above Bruce's bed with his 89 cent world map! (Yes, 89 cents!! :D ) I love it!





I think I need to do more painting projects with Bruce since he loves it so much! :)

What do you think? You can even make them with select colors to match your decor. Will you be making one? Please share photos if you do! :D

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Valentine Crafts & Other Lovely DIY Gifts

With Valentine's Day coming up in just a couple days, I thought I'd put together a little roundup of all the free My Dear Darling Valentine printables and other crafts you could make for your loved one! :D

My Dear Darling Printables: Printable Valentine's Day Card (pictured above)

Printable Valentine Hearts Wrapping Paper

Other lovely crafts that you can make:

Accorddion Photo & Message Book

Let me know if you decide to do any of these crafts! :) I'd love to see! Happy crafting!

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo