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Trying for perfect love

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

I love Pinterest as much as the next girl. I use it for two things, recipes and kids crafts, because as mentioned before, I have to work hard to keep up on Marek's passion for art.

I always look at those crafty Pinterest pictures and vow to make my house a perfect collage of paper mache letters, burlap wreaths, and hand-painted cupcake holders. I always fail miserably. My cupcakes have brown edges, I forget to buy the wreath, and my pictures are always just slightly askew. I don't why, but I can't reach the perfection, and I'm okay with that but I keep trying anyway.

We started our Valentine crafts a couple of weeks ago, beginning with this PIN on shaving cream hearts. Basically you put dots of food coloring in shaving cream, swirl it around, dip paper hearts in it, then scrape it off. Marek and I spent several days cutting hearts, dying them with the shaving cream, gluing, and stringing them across the fireplace. We LOVED this project and I was feeling rather successful as a cutesey Pinterest mom.

I searched more and decided that a simple decorating of the letters L*O*V*E would be the perfect accent to our heart banner on the fireplace.

Jonas and Marek woke up early Saturday to start painting letters with metallic red and black paint. After they dried, they added Valentine stickers and we proudly decorated the fireplace. They both really enjoyed this project too.

So much so, that this week Marek requested more letter painting at his babysitter's house. He chose the letter R as a present to me. Awww ...

Then, he came home and proudly put it right next to our other letters.

And, poof, we went from Pinterest perfect back to slightly askew again.




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I think that’s the best Valentine decorating I’ve ever seen :)

That’s hilarious!

I think it looks great, Richie. I’m going to pin this picture and let other moms try to keep up with you!

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