The Valentine Factory opened bright and early on Saturday morning. It was down to business IAC (Immediately after Cheerios).
We started by dabbing water colour paints all over a large sheet of wetted newsprint. We set the newsprint aside to dry.
Pastel colours fell out of favour at some point in the nineties, didn’t they? I think they’re back on top again. I declare them back on top.
We got out the 5″ x 8″ card stock. I scored it with a butter knife. Yes. A butter knife. If you don’t believe me, read this.
The boy folded each card. It was all business. He was an all-business folding machine. I couldn’t keep up.
He kept himself busy drawing a heart on each card. Good idea. Great idea. Way to keep it moving.
I cut out his hearts with my Exacto. That doesn’t sound good. But, you know what I mean. Goodness.
He wrote names on each card. Slowly. Meticulously. Painstakingly.
He chose to write in cursive. You remember cursive, right? So that took a while. I thought it was a bad idea initially, but it was totally worth it in the end.
I kept myself busy cutting out little rectangles of the dry dabby newsprint. I cut them into hearts. Good thinking. That’s the way.
We glued the newsprint hearts into the back of each cutout. Darned glue everywhere. But glue dries, thank Pete. Imagine if glue didn’t dry. What would that world look like?
We wrote a message in each card.
We stuck dabby newsprint hearts to the inside of each card.
We attached a candy bracelet to the inside of each card.
The boy signed each card.
We placed each card in an envelope.
The boy labeled each envelope. Non-cursively.
We made many many Valentines. It took six and a half hours from start to finish. That’s 390 minutes.
It was TOTALLY worth it in the end.
All in all, a successful and productive day at the Valentine Factory.
Well, I’m off to collect my giant dose of love. You have yourself a warm and happy Valentine’s Day, won’t you? ♥