Getting everyone inspired for making Valentines was a bit of a challenge this year. Liz joined me at the table to make cards for a little while, but Helen wasn't so enthusiastic. It's an ongoing theme/challenge with teens--how to keep up the handmade traditions as they get older and less engaged.
I got inspired to do a little bit of "found poetry" out of the newspaper. Liz's Valentine poem was made up of words clipped from an article about an Albatross who had recently had a baby and flown across oceans to care for it. Helen's came from a travel article on vineyards in France! Perfect words in those two articles, I tell you!
Helen and Liz finally got inspired and disappeared for an afternoon. They drove into town, had coffees, and bought a large amount of gourmet chocolate. They came back and made Valentine boxes for their purchases. Yup. My girls are now driving off for afternoons on their own. Here are Helen's designs.