Monday, January 26, 2009

Valentine Project & Decorations...

Thank you all that left supportive comments on starting school last week. Sadly, I was lost the minute I walked onto campus. Even though I had a map and highlighted exactly where my classes were located.

Anyway, I learned two things last week.

1) Never answer "yes" on a questionnaire that asks you if you know what caused the mortgage crisis...without being capable of explaining it in front of the WHOLE flippin' class.

2) I need to exercise. Holy cow my arms hurt from carrying two books....that's really bad! And I had to walk two miles from my car to the school. I was out of breath...which caused me to become disoriented and get lost. (I can come up with the best excuses for stupidity!)

Moving on....

Recently I was visiting Jenni at A Nest to Keep and found this fun Valentine project. She purchased little mailboxes for each of her kids. From now until Valentine's Day they will each get a little treat and/or card. Oh, I just love this idea!

So, I found these mailboxes at Walmart for $4.00 each. They came with valentine stickers & stencils.



I had the kids get to work decorating...


And viola, they are ready for Valentine mail...



I bought little gifts for under $1.00 to give them inside their mailbox...






Now, for my Valentine Decorations...

I really didn't have any Valentine decorations until last Tuesday. I was shopping at the local grocery store and found these cute little bears...oh, I'm in love!



I wondered if there could possibly be a boy bear that matched. I dug down to the bottom of the basket and found him...

So, here is my Valentine display. Yep, that's it. That's all folks.


I know what you're thinking...I need more Valentine decorations. I'll get right on that. ;-)

50 comments:

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...those mailboxes are the cutest idea EVER!!! And to get the kiddos involved...even better. Thanks for sharing.
Good luck with the 'furthering your education' deal. Very impressive. : )

Darlene said...

Oh girl I am sorry you had a tough time last week...hopefully, this week will go a little smoother.♥ Those little bears are adorable. I saw Jenni's post also and got the little Target mailboxes. We are going to do the same thing starting Feb 1st thru Valentine's day.♥ I think it is such a cute idea.

Chris said...

Those kids look like they're so into decorating their cute little mailboxes. And what a find you got with those adorable bears. I'm so proud of you for going back to school for your BA, it'll be hard with kids and keeping the home on track, but well worth it. I admire you. Good Luck.

Hugs,
Chris

Sarah said...

Those mailboxes are cute!!! I love all the little gifts that you got to put in them too...what a great idea!

squawmama said...

Good Morning.... What a wonderful idea for the kids for Valentine's Day... Kinda a new take on the whole holiday... I bet it takes off like the Easter bunny...LOL LOL Congratulations on heading back to school... Both my daughters took on this the last couple of years... They both were going to Nursing School and then continuing on to their next degree... I have one that graduated this past December and the other will next December... It was hard with kids & work but well worth it in the end... You go girl and show the world how wonderful you are... I think it great! Have a good one today... And keep your chin up and a smile on your face...

(((HUGS))
Donna

Ps... I am passing this project on to my daughters to do with their kids... Thanks

J. Leigh Designz said...

Yes, the lovely walk from car to campus...sadly I think that was the best thing about NOT being in school LOL!

I LOVE the mailboxes and now you have me running off to Walmart to get them! Do you happen to know which dept. they were in. I MUST have these LOL! And $4, sweet!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your little mailboxes are just as cute as they can be. I have a sick grandson today..but will gather supplies for him to work on these next weekend when he comes. Thanks for sharing.. hugs ~lynne~

Shannon said...

So sorry about your school experience! :) I know exactly how you feel-I used to hate the parking and walking while holding 50 lbs! :)

The mailboxes are so cute and I think your V-day decorations are perfect! Those bears are really cute!

Mabry's gamma said...

Brandee,

I am in agreement with all the other comments, that is a cute idea with the mailboxes. I have a little craft coming up later in the week that I have posted.

School will come easier as time goes on and then you'll wonder what the big deal was about. You go girl...you rock.

Cheri

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love it!!! I am off to get the supplies! (Thanks for making me realize V-Day is around the corner!)

Strawberry Blonde said...

I am SO proud of you for going back to school. I AM SURE you are the cutest kid in your class.

I like your Valentine's Day pretties. I may see if there are any pretties I can come up with...

Good luck, hope you have a better week. -- Brandi

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love your bears!

Which school are you attending? It sounds like you may need one of those rolling backpacks. :)

Laura said...

Brandee those mailboxes are so cute! I will have to do that idea next year!
My husband just started his first class of grad school and he said the teacher barely introduced herself before she was off talking about spreadsheets and stuff. He said he sat there wondering what he got himself into, just keep it up! Oh and he got a parking ticket! The thought that he might have to have a parking pass didn't even cross his mind!

Laura :)

Girly Stuff said...

Now you can tell us what caused the mortgage crisis! I always say California.

Glad your first week is over...it can only get better!

Love the mailboxes...my kids would like to be your kids!

Lisa Ann said...

Love mailboxes and those bears are adorable.

ceekay said...

Oh those bears are so cute!! Great idea with the kid's mailboxes. Very sweet!

Carrie said...

I love the mailboxes I wish I could find some I have looked everywhere. I think your bears are the cutest.

Ms. Tee said...

Those are so sweet - I love the idea of stretching it out. It shouldn't be over in just one day! lol The teddy bears are so cute, too :)

Susan S. said...

Love the mailboxes....what a fun idea!! I'm sure the kids will love getting all the goodies!

And girlie...you got me bet on valentines day decorations.....I have ZIP...I guess without Children around OR a valentine of my own...I just don't decorate for it. Hmmm...maybe if I did the Valentine's Fairy would send me a Sweetie...what do you think??!?! lol!

da Bergs said...

Oh, soooooooooooo cute!!! I AM going to buy a cute jar and heart candies! AND I LOVE that mailboxes!!!! Man, I want grandkids!

Ginger said...

Hi Brandee:
What a great idea for the kids. I'll have to pass that along to my daughter. I love your bears that you found at the grocery store. They look like Boyd bears. I noticed your heart shaped candle holder, I just bought the same thing at Walmart on Sat. I thought they are so cute.
Sorry to hear about the school experience... I guess that's why I didn't go back to school. I would be embarassed if I got called on to answer a question like that.

Erin said...

Your mailboxes look awesome! I am going to have to do this with my kids for sure! I know they would love them!

Leigh said...

What great ideas!

I love your blog!Thanks for stopping by mine! I do hope you will stop by Bloggeritaville again!
I love new friends.

Oh! I became a "follower".

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Those mailboxes are just precious! The children did a wonderful job on them! And I love your decorations! The bears are too cute! I haven't put out a single Valentine's Day decoration! Guess I am the VD scrooge! LOL! ~RHonda :)

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Very cute idea for the valentine mailbox. As far as school, rolling backpack, you have GOT to get one of those, it makes it so much better. You can stow all your gear in it and go. You are allowed to do this if it has been a few years in between high school and college and you must call your stuff gear and use the term "stow my gear." Oh, and make sure you name your rolling backpack. Mine was Milo and everyone started to refer to my backpack as Milo, it was humerous. Now, I just went to a trade school, but if this doesn't work while getting your bachelors my advice would be stow that idea and go to a trade school!!Ha
Valerie

Blondie's Journal said...

This was such a funny post! You are really brave to go back to school. I did when I was in my early thirties and felt so out of place. That ended quickly when I found out listening & taking notes pretty much prevented any other stray thoughts from entering my mind!!

I love the mailbox project! Thanks for telling us where you found them. I can think of a lot of cute projects for one (maybe leaving little love notes to my hubby! :-)

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, but please go back & see my note under the comments. Thanks

xoxo
Jane

Twice as Nice said...

What a great idea with the mail boxes. How fun will the next couple of weeks be at your house?? They decorated them so CUTE! I just love your bunnies...what store did you get them at?

nikkicrumpet said...

Actually I was thinking that your Valentines decorations were perfect and added just the right amount of celebration!!! Love the mailbox ideas...very fun for the kids...hmmmm maybe if I buy me one my hubby will fill it full of goodies lol

cindy said...

You're little bears are darling! I went out looking for some valentines decor too..not easy to find. The mailboxes are really cute too. Good luck in school!..you have guts!

J. Leigh Designz said...

:( I went to walmart yesterday in search of these, and sadly never could find them. And of course when I went to FOUR employees not one of them bothered to help me or even tried to understnad what I was talking about. I figure Thursday night I will attempt finding them in a different one.

edeenut said...

What a great idea for the kids!
I am posting this idea on mu V-day ispiration post. I hope you don't mind that I used a picture of yours (please let me know if you do and I'll remove it)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Love the mailboxes, I'll have to send this idea to my daughter! The little bears are darling!

Katherine

the wild raspberry said...

My girls keep little decorated white metal mailboxes out all year and love to surprise each other with fun mail and gifts. you may not want to pack them away after Valentine's!
chasity

AJ said...

Hey B! Love your cute little decorations! I personally think it's just enough:) I got the little Target dollar spot mailboxes and am going to use rub-ons to put the girls' names on them. I was planning on putting them on their nightstands and sneaking little treats in them here and there.
Love how your kids decorated theirs:)
Good luck with school!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Good morning! I love this post. And little bears decorated for the Holidays...whatever they are...I just love them! cute post. have a wonderful day!
Debbie

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Now that is just too cute! That takes me back to when I was a kid and covered shoeboxes... Now you have gone all cute and fancy, love it! Good luck going back to school... you are sooo brave. Im such a stinkin' chicken~

Cheryl said...

clever clever girl!

A Hint of Home said...

That is the cutest and best idea! You could use those for any occasion with the kids to leave mail or cute notes for them. How clever.
Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I can see we have things in common.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Brandee, congrats on going back to school! I hope it all goes well for you. I can't imagine sitting in class again. My brain is too old!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

I can tell we both like to keep it simple! I have candy in a jar for a decoration!
-Kim

Reynie said...

The mailboxes are adorable! What a great idea! AND, awesome on the return to school! You'll enjoy it after you get settled into the routine!

Christine said...

These little mail boxes are adorable! I have had the same boxes for my kids for over twenty years now...I think they need a face lift! Love your Valentine decorations!

jenjen said...

What a cute idea! I love the mailboxes. And the bears are very cute!

Thanks for letting me stop by!

Jen

J. Leigh Designz said...

http://jleighdesignz.blogspot.com/2009/02/mailboxes-handmade-valenitines.html

Found them!! TY! Gave you credit too!

Laura said...

Hi Brandee! Just stopping by to say hello! Hope class is going well!

Laura ;)

Kitty Scraps said...

What sweet little bears!

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

Adorable! I love your cute bears. And the mail box ideas sounds really fun.

That is really awesome that you are going back to school! Good for you!

Our Complete Family said...

Hope school is better now!
Love your valentines things!
Many happy day wishes sent your way~ Les

Pajama Mama said...

I know you must have friendship awards coming out of your ears, but I've got one for you on my blog today! Happy Valentine's Day-take study break and do something ridiculously romantic!!!
-kristen

cindy said...

Boy, school must really be keeping you busy! Havent heard from you in a while!...Hope you found a closer place to park...

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