Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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You Won’t See These Valentines on Pinterest

Will Crazy Guy Valentine

When I asked the younger kids what they wanted to make for their valentine holders, Lily said a panda, of course. Will thought for a moment then said, “How about a guy’s head with a really big mouth to put stuff in?” No problem.

So this is Will’s Not-Ready-for-Pinterest valentine holder. If I told you Will calls him Doc Brown, would you know what I meant?*

Here’s Lily’s panda. Actually, he’s totally ready for Pinterest. And here’s the best part: Lily did it all herself! I gave her the paper-plate-as-face idea, but she dug out the shoebox, covered it in paper, and added all the bits and pieces herself. My favorite is the bamboo.

Lily Panda Valentine Holder

Lily also made her own valentines. They’re butterflies with candy taped to the back. I feel they have a bit of angel in them as well.

Lily and Will Valentines

Okay, one thing did come from Pinterest. It can be challenging to come up with non-mushy valentines, so I was glad to spot these super cute “So glad we’re in the same school” valentines. They were really easy to make and I love anything with Swedish fish and red and white baker’s twine.

Will is not into the whole homemade, crafty thing, so, yes, I made these. And I enjoyed it. It’s very satisfying to have something to putz with while watching the Olympics. (He did do the “to” and “from” part on the back.)

School of Fish valentines

Andrew and Lexie are spending the school day at a jazz festival at a local college. Instead of red, they left the house wearing the jazz band uniform of black pants, black shirt, black shoes. They looked quite French, actually. And who says amour better than the French?

Happy Valentine’s day to you all. I hope your day is filled with love.

*Doc Brown is the crazy inventor in Back to the Future, in case you forgot!


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  1. Diane says:

    My vote would be both on Pinterest….wonderful. Perfect Panda face and the bamboo!! And Doc Brown (whoever he is) gotta love his ears, nose and mouth.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    1. Shannon says:

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!! We’re all smitten with the panda.

  2. Marilyn says:

    I love the Doc Brown reference (what a great trilogy)! It’s a well-named holder . 🙂

    1. Shannon says:

      Isn’t that funny? I love that my kid can reference a movie that came out when I was in high school!

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