Off I go on another Crafting House Call! This time I go to our local elementary school to help spread the cause of promoting the love on Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day. A favorite of mine. Had my first kiss on Valentine's Eve and first date with The Hubby at a Valentine's Day dance in high school. Baby Girl was born 57 minutes before the Big V Day. Holds a dear spot in my heart so I promote it at every turn. I asked Teacher Friend if I could enter her domain and present her class a Valentine Loving Tree. This one is an enlargement of one that I made for my kids decades ago. Back then, I painted the branches of a bush white, placed the embellished twigs in a small bucket of sand and had the kids make small heart valentines that would promise a gift of doing to someone in the house. Signs like: 'I will do the dishes for my sister.' 'I will not complain about schoolwork', ' I will be kind' sort of messages accumulated on the little tree. Lovely. So here I start on a bigger scale for four times as many children. I raided my garden for a large pot and then sacrificed to the Valentine gods, several Rose of Sharon bushes from the sleeping garden area. Rose of Sharon branches are pretty light colored so I could skip the painting part of the project. Pea Gravel, (thanks to Youngest Son who carried the quite cumbersome bag from parking lot wayyyyyyyyy to Teacher Friend's room for me, a weak old lady....:D) took the place of messier sand. Our local school is a beautiful, well kept school so I did not want to be a messy crafter. Back in the Sewing Room, I fashioned 14 little stuffed felt hearts with a simple design and blanket stitched all around, with a piece of ribbon to hang from, for a gift for each of the children. One suggested that he could hang his on his Christmas Tree, to which I heartily agreed... Some card stock, doilies and an abundance of shiny thingys to make their creations spec-TAC-u-lar, and off they go to create their 'gifts'.. I might like to mention that some of Pauline Hill's auction goodies got put to use again! A plethora of goo gahs in a myriad of colors for just that shiny fascinating effect that children (and many adults apparently) love so much. Several of Pauline's goo-gahs had prices on them: 3 for .67...Maybe 1965? Several the little girls had pink shirts on that day. I pointed out to Friend Audrey that her shirt matched her valentine! One little boy avoided the pink paper like the plague! I reminded him that maybe the recipient of his valentine, might like pink. He stated emphatically, 'NO ONE in my family likes pink!' Got it. I would like to point out that Hubby found the gilded gold doilies and thought that I needed them for the children. Big hit. And here we are, be-ribboned,be-lighted, be-ginghamed, be-adorned and a big hit in Teacher Friend's classroom!! Might we see a Lucky Shamrock Tree and a Spring Fling Tree..... Maybe....!