You've probably seen my friend Jennifer Vallez's work before, she is the genius behind Sophie + Lili. Jennifer and I have been friends for a long time and I've blogged about her custom dolls (still love my Sally doll), custom valentines, original illustrations, and amazing collaborations. Today I wanted to share about her latest and greatest project: Custom Watercolor Portraits! Her watercolor illustrations are absolutely beautiful and I know many of us having been requesting family portraits and now she is offering them right here. We just received our family watercolor portrait and it is perfection. Our family was lucky enough to be one of her first test families and I could not be more thrilled. We haven't had a proper family portrait in years. I sent Jennifer a photo from our Rome trip last year and she captured it perfectly (just picture the Colosseum in the background). I think a custom watercolor portrait is the perfect unique and memorable gift to give any friend or loved one. I know our portrait is going to be a family keepsake.
Along the theme of play money valentines, I designed valentine printables for Korean play money. The currency in South Korea is the won and hence the You Are A "Won"derful Friend Valentine printables.
I'm pretty sure the majority of you will not be able to put these valentine printables to good use, but I couldn't resist!
One of my boys' favorite toys growing up was a toy cash register full of toy money. Although they don't use the toy cash register as much as before, they still use the play money. Play money is not only fun for kids to play with it but it also helps them learn how to count, add, and subtract money. So as another non-candy valentine alternative (see other non-candy alternatives here and here and here) I thought it would be fun to design "I Can Count On You" Valentine printables and attach a set of play money.
I remember how stickers and a blank notebook would occupy my boys for at least 1/2 hour after a meal in a restaurant, allowing the adults time to enjoy our meals. Although my boys have outgrown their sticker stage, I am living in Korea where the stickers don't get any cuter so I find myself picking up stickers for friends with young kids.
Seeing so many cute stickers gave me the idea of creating valentines where you can attach a sheet of stickers. Stickers are great because most kids like them and you can buy different stickers depending on the interests of each child.
Another alternative to the stickers, but sticking with the "Let's Stick Together" theme, is to attach magnets to the valentines. I found a set of magnets at our local shop. My boys used to love playing with magnets and picking up metal toys and paper clips with them.
When the boys were younger we would often play "I Spy" when we were in situations where we had to pass some time. So when I came across these magnifying glasses at our local shop I thought they would be perfect for non-sweet valentines.
The I Spy Valentine Cards fit the mini magnifying glasses. All you need to do is print out the card and use a piece of washi tape to adhere it to the card. For the regular size magnifying glasses I designed little I Spy Valentine Gift Tags that you can tie onto the magnifying glass handle with a piece of ribbon. Check out your local party supply store for magnifying glasses in the party favor section or you can also use mini binoculars.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and this week I will be sharing some simple and fun Valentine's Day projects. First up, Valentine Bunny cards! I designed two versions of the Valentine Bunny cards, a "Be Mine" balloon and another one where you can insert a real balloon.
The Valentine Bunny Be Mine card only requires white cardstock and a printer. The Valentine Bunny Balloon card requires a few more supplies, but is very easy to make.