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I have never been a huge fan of what I call “kit crafts".  In fact if I ever buy kit crafts it’s so I can tear them apart and use all the cool pieces in other ways.  However, there are many times where I’ve found kit crafts can save the day.  Case in point, the burgeoning Mission we support in Mexico.   The local kids love to craft, and the Pastor is a firm believer that this helps keep the kids focused and engaged.  This is why, every time I visit, I pack my suitcase with as many kit crafts as I can fit.

If you are familiar with my posts, you know that I adore fun things done with food.  I’m not really what I would call a “foodie” however. I totally swoon over adorable edible creativeness!  When I came across this sweet little strawberry rose, I just couldn’t help passing it on.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, hich means I’m planning about making sweet treats at my classes and events this week.  While preparing for these holiday workshops, I started looking back through my various posts, and realized that I have a ton of  "sweet" Valentine offerings.  So many so that I thought I ought to revisit a few.

So it is without further ado that I offer up a series of fun ways to play with your food this Valentine’s Day:

As a child, I adored rebus puzzles; where they replace words with pictures.  I used to love to do them with my grandparents.  My Pop was a huuuuge punster and taught me the joy of making word rhymes and songs.  He was known for strolling around and bursting into little songs at the drop of a hat.  One of my favorites went:

“Mare-zee doats, and doze-ee doats, and liddle lam-zee divey, a kiddle-dee divey doo, wouldn’t you…

indoor tents from Sophie's World | sophie-world.com

I love my older clients.  When I say old, I’m talking about 11 and 12 years old.  Why do I love them?  Because at that age they have strong opinions, and always offer a challenge.  They are savvy enough to use Pinterest, my frienemy, to share their ideas, but not so jaded that they can’t buy into the magical quality of twinkle lights and painted cardboard cut outs.  It remains an age that is about fantasy, play, and giggling.