Monday, February 14, 2011

Candy-Filled Hearts

Happy Valentine's Day, gals (&/or guys)! I'm afraid to say this hasn't been the most celebrated v-day we've had, as Ren is sick with a bad case of the flu. It began Saturday morning with complaints of leg aches, and by that evening she was complaining that even her hair hurt. I knew then she had most likely been struck by the dreaded flu. I'm just hoping John-Heath doesn't get sick or my elderly parents (though they, my mom and dad, have had their shots).

Needless to say my little girl is miserable. She is achy all over, has a terrible sore throat, and can barely talk. Plus, her doctor said she was somewhat dehydrated. And, of course, this hits at the end of bball season so she will be missing the district games. You know how high-schoolers like to keep up with their social agenda. She doesn't play but she loves to go and cheer on the team from the stands. I always wished she had played more. She's 5'10. You'd think she could have been useful under the goal. Anyway, that's another story. She will also be missing school all week - according to her doc- and is worried she'll get behind. Plus, her principal announced at school today that this was his last day. He is having to step down due to some health issues. She hated that she wasn't there to see him on his final day. She really thinks a lot of both the administrators and the teachers at her school (well, most of them anyway. You know, she is a teen and there's always someone they don't fancy). Mr. Oldham, better known as Big O, was my principal and is pretty much an icon in our local schools. I know Ren is really going to miss him.

Well, enough of our affliction account. I wanted to show you what John-Heath and I made to use as gift sacks for Valentine's Day. I had seen the idea on the Martha Stewart site and thought it would be a nice way to deliver sweets to our sweets. For step by step instructions be sure to pay Martha a visit.

You can see below all the items needed to make these neat little heart shaped bags. Of course, a paper trimmer is not required. Scissors will work just fine. The hearts I made were created from paper ranging from 8" squares to 12" squares. The polka dotted one in the picture below was the smallest (at 8"). I also glued mine together a little.

We made these for John-Heath's teacher and her classroom assistants and for a few relatives.

The ones being sent to his school were each transported in a store-bought gift sack. If I had not put them in the sacks I can personally guarantee that NO candy would have made it to its recipient.

Each bag was filled with Hershey's kisses and hearts and a few of our homemade glass magnets.


Jane Kaylor said...

sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup ( ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

i hope it works on you as well.

Tyla said...

Thanks for the advice on the cough syrup. I had not heard of that before. I may have to try it. :)

Julie Harward said...

Sorry you have been dealing with sickness..we have's bad stuff this year! Love the darling Valentines gifts you have been making, they are really cute! :D

Farmchick said...

The flu is now rearing its ugly head in our school district. Just when we think we will be in school for a while now that the snow has subsided. Hope your daughter feels better as the flu is a tough one.

BTW, I bought my message board, complete with a sackful of letters/numbers, at Potter Barn Clearance several years ago.

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Those are adorable!

Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting on my juice pouch valentines :)