Sunday, May 9, 2010

When do you feel most beautiful?

I love People magazine and US weekly.  It's my little guilty pleasure.  I get annoyed with myself when I think about the wealth of knowledge I have accumulated about these people I could care so little about.  I know more about them than I do members of my own family!

Disgusting really.

Recently, I was reading People's Most Beautiful People in the World issue and they asked celebraties "When do you feel most beautiful?"

When Do You Feel Most Beautiful?

A couple of answers stuck out at me.  First Bradley Cooper said when he is with his Dad he feels the most beautiful and I just thought that was really sweet.

Then Kate Hudson's answered that when her son tells her she is beautiful is when she feels the most beautiful.

How true that is.

Recently, I haven't felt very beautiful.  I've let a few of those little maintenance things slip.  Like plucking the hairs on my chin.  They seriously just appear out of nowhere.

My hair has needed a cut for months.

And the grays! Eek!

Part of my job is to go into schools and read stories and tell students about the library.  I visited a second grade classroom the other day and one boy raised his hand and said, "You have a couple of gray hairs."

"Yes, I have more than a couple. Thanks."

Then another boy raised his hand and said, "You know you can dye your hair and get rid of the grays."

Total mortification.  These boys were in the BACK OF THE ROOM. They weren't right in front of me or looking down from above.  They were atleast 6 feet away.

And yes I have gray hairs.  I actually have had gray hair since high school.  In my early twenties it's got so I had to dye it and I've been a redhead ever since.

I told the boy that yes I did know I could dye my hair but I am a mom of two small children and I've been pretty busy lately. 

I could have slapped him but he was atleast 6 feet away.

As I sit here now I still haven't had the chance to dye my hair.  I did do some plucking and got my hair cut so I'm getting there. 
But you know what...I don't care.

This morning when we were getting ready to leave the house Annabelle said,
"Mommy, you are so beautiful.  You look so beautiful in that skirt."

And I did feel beautiful in that moment. 

In her eyes I am beautiful

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday Stories and A Craft: Birds

Read A Bird Book or Two or Three.

Birdsongs by Betsy Franco takes the reader on a journey from the quiet of morning to the silence of night and invites us to listen to the birds along the way.  The woodpecker makes 10 taps on his tree and so on until the hummingbird whispers 1 quiet sound.  Engaging read aloud while reinforcing counting skills. 

One of my favorite authors is Mo Willems.  I love the Elephant & Piggie series and this is one of my favorites.  Also a fun read aloud!

Make a Bird Puppet. 

Step One: Gather Your Supplies.  You'll need construction paper, popsicle sticks, scissors, tape and anything you wish to decorate your bird with. 

Step Two: Print out the Bird template I've provided. 

Step Three: Cut out the Bird template and trace onto construction paper.  Or you can run your template through a copy machine. 

Step Four: Cut a slit into the bird's body and insert the wings. 

Step Five: Decorate your bird with crayons, markers, feathers, stickers or anything else. 

Step Six: Tape your popsicle stick onto the bird.  Fly fly away!

Bird Template

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What's In A Name: Singing Three Little Birds

Woke up this morning

I was in the shower this morning thinking about projects, crafts, blog posts, birthday parties, children's stories.  I get some of my best ideas at 3AM.  I hardly remember half of them but occasionally I wake up with 2 or 3 good ideas and half a dozen bad ones.  Sometimes I wake up forgetting my best ideas and then I walk around all day racking my subconscious for that lost idea.

Smiled at the rising sun

I woke up to a beautiful day.  My husband ran back inside and told me not to put coats on the kids.  He was giddy with the excitement of it.  Both of the little ones were happy when they woke up and I got the kids out the door smoothly.  I even remembered to bring in an extra change of clothes for both since the weather was so warm.

Three little birds sat by my door step

I heard the birds singing this morning.  I probably hear them every morning but it is only some mornings were I stop and notice it.  I stopped and notice my kids faces, their smiles, the way Dashiell claps when I turn the radio on in the car, how Annabelle runs outside with joy and fearlessness.  I tried to stop and notice it all.

Singing a sweet song, a melody pure and true

When Dashiell was a new baby I sang Three Little Birds to him while I got him dressed.  One night Annabelle asked me to "sing Three Little Birds." It became her song.  She quickly learned all the words like she has learned so many songs.

This is my message to you. Singing don't worry...about a thing...

She started singing it last fall.  My husband and I were pretty stressed then.  I faced losing my job and he did lose his job.  The hospital he worked for closed.  The library system I worked for faced closures.  My husband was waiting test results after a medical scare in the summer.  But when I heard her sweet voice singing I knew it would all be alright. 

cause every little gonna be alright!

It was.  My library stayed open, my husband got a new job and his results came back fine.

This morning I caught myself singing Three Little Birds.  I knew it was going to be a good day!  And guess what? I remember that good idea I had at 3AM!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Feed Me Books Friday: Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs

A co-worker found these books and they are so cute! Harry finds dinosaurs in his grandmother's attic and decides they would rather live in a bucket than a box.  He carries them in his bucket throughout many adventures and books by Ian Whybrow. 

I was charmed by Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs and equally charmed when Harry went to the museum with his family and bucket in tow.  Harry's sister is looking for their ancestors, the Romans, and Harry finds his dinosaurs ancestors too!

Annabelle is a fan of these books too.  Last night we were reading about Harry and at the back of one of the books were pictures of the dinosaurs and their names with pronunciation.  I was pointing to each and saying, "Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus," etc. She points to one and says, "What's that saurus?"  Oh she is such a hoot! I love the conversations we have while reading. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dollar Store Baby Doll

Annabelle's favorite baby doll is from the Dollar Store. 

She has a baby doll that says, "Mama" and makes sucking noises when a pacifier is placed in her mouth.

She has another one that is worn and well-loved but it is still only second best.

A baby doll from the Dollar Store.  One dollar! That's all it took for her to find true love.

She loved that baby doll so much it's head fell off.  Twice.  I caught her eating the stuffing out of one and hid it for awhile.  Then Santa brought her a new one.  Last week the head was coming off of this one as well. 

What's a Mom to do?

Annabelle really wanted to take the Dollar Store baby to daycare with her.  The baby doll's head was barely on and I had visions of it popping off at naptime and Annabelle having a complete meltdown. 

"No, let's leave her at home," I said and directed her to Second Best Baby Doll to take with her.

She carefully placed Dollar Store Baby Doll on the stairs and gently kissed her.

"Bye bye baby.  You'll be okay."

She just about broke my heart.

"Okay, you can take her in the car."

There we are in the car on the way to daycare with Annabelle holding Dollar Store Baby Doll in one arm and Second Best Baby Doll in the other.

"Annabelle. Mommy will take your baby to the doctor's today, Okay?"

"Okay, Mommy. But she doesn't need a shot!"

"Right. No shot."

This Mommy had a plan.  A plan to replace Dollar Store Baby Doll with as little tears as possible. 

I dropped the kiddos off at daycare, Annabelle with Second Best Baby Doll waiting for naptime. I headed to work and snuck out to the Dollar Store.  I carefully examined all the Baby Dolls to find one that had purple eyebrows and blue eyes and a limited chance of their heads popping off in the near future. 

Don't let the picture fool you. These baby dolls aren't cute. 

I left with four.  Four replacements.  Because chances are this baby doll wouldn't last either. 

I made the switch in the car and threw the Nearly Headless baby doll in the trash outside work. 

I picked Annabelle up from daycare and handing her the new Dollar Store Baby Doll.  As I passed her back to Annabelle I noticed something I hadn't before. 

I hadn't noticed the dent in the baby's head. 

I sat in the front seat wondering how this would go. Wondering if my very observant daughter would notice a head dent and wondering if a little lie ever hurt anyone.

"Mommy. Look! What happened?"

"Oh. She got a little bump on her head at the doctor's.  During the operation.  She's fine.  She was such a good girl at the doctor's.  And look I got her a new dress!"

"Because she was good at the doctor's?"

"Yes. Because she was such a good girl."

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday Stories and a Craft: St. Patrick's Day

Annabelle and I made a a quick project this past week.  I had printed off some four leaf clovers and got out green tissue paper.  She used the glue stick and stuck the tissue paper to decorate the clover. 

When it comes to art projects these days I'm trying to keep in mind, both personally and professionally, that there is no "wrong" or "right" way to do an art project with kids.  I heard this at a training this week and I truly believe it. 

I also think that when doing art projects with kids it is more about the process than the finished project.  I heard this somewhere too and think it is so true.  Make a mess! That's what its all about!

I am not a big fan of St. Patrick's Day books! Do you have any favorites?

I do like the Irish folktales by Tomie De Paolo.  This is my favorite and is best for older kids.  It is the story of Fin and his wife and how they trick another giant who wants to fight Fin. 

My grandmother immigrated from Ireland when she was nine years old.  She's not really my grandmother so technically I don't have any Irish blood in me but she's pretty close to being my grandmother so I suppose it has rubbed off a little.  And now that I'm a redheaded I'm often mistaken for Irish. 

I would love some of her Irish Soda Bread this week! And some of her stories about the "old country."

Friday, March 12, 2010

Feed Me Books Friday: Favorite Baby Books

I've written before about the frustrations I've had with reading to Dashiell.  The boy just won't sit.  When Annabelle was his age, she would sit for the longest time.  I remember the toys not being touched some evenings but the books would be a mess!

Dashiell is a different story altogether.

He is always on the move and he just won't sit still for a book.  During the day I will let him just crawl around while I read, thinking that atleast I'm reading to him right?

At night I try to read atleast one but by the time we have both of them in their pajamas, he is ready to pass out. I pick up a book and he once nothing to do with it.

I've found that the books with lift the flaps keep his attention the best.  And books with pictures of babies. Bonus if it has both!

The other night he literally pulled a book out of my hand and threw it on the floor.  So whatever it was, was not keeping his attention. 

I will keep at it and just steal moments when I can. 

Here are some I will be trying this week!

I love the DK Peekaboo Series.  It has both lift the flaps and pictures of babies. Woo Hoo! Dashiell loves playing with these books.

Karen Katz writes wonderful books for babies.  They are beautiful and tactile and many have flaps.  Here are a few we have at home that Dashiell will sit still for.

Dashiell really likes this one too.  It has great rhythm which I think he enjoys.  No flaps but pictures of babies. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Epossumondas is probably the hardest charcter name I have ever had to say.  In reading these books, I said them a lot! In Epossumondas (and hard to type, geesh!) by Coleen Salley, Epossumondas, takes his mother's instructions much too literally.  Think Amelia Bedelia only this is a cute little possum.  He travels from his aunts house to home and each time is given some present.  A piece of cake, a puppy. When he returns home his mother instructs him on the correct way of carrying home what he is given.  So he follows those same instructions with the next gift with hilarious results.  The ending  is my favorite.  

In Epossumondas Plays Possum, Epossumondas goes into the swamp alone and plays possum to a host of swam creatures.  He again doesn't follow his mother's instructions correctly. 

These are delightful noodlehead tales but I am always fearful of reading these types of stories aloud.  The children I've read Amelia Bedelia too don't always get why they are funny. 

Annabelle loves Amelia Bedelia and she loved these ones too.  She enjoyed them and to hear her say Epossumondas was worth it!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday Stories and a Craft: Rain

This week my Saturday Storytime has been replaced with the Library's annual Chess Tournament.  I already have a headache! Ugh! I will be sharing some rain stories this month and found a nice rain project online here.

Isn't that adorable.  Follow the link, find the "cloud drops" link on the left side bar, download and print out the shapes.  I am going to try to do this with Annabelle this weekend.  We haven't done many projects these days and I am in love with these raindrops.

A favorite rhyme of mine:

Rain on the green grass
Rain on the tree
Rain on the rooftop
But not on me!

And my two favorite rain books:

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ready for Spring!

I made this Spring wreath over the weekend.  I love the Dollar Store and my hot glue gun! This took me about 5 minutes to make and I love it.  I probably should have used those five minutes to clean the windows! Do you see how dirty they are!
So the wreath came from the dollar store, the flowers and the ribbon are from Oriental Trading.  I glued the flowers on and wrapped the ribbon on and glued it together and now I have a beautiful wreath. 
I'm not putting it on my door until the snow melts though! It will be a little celebration!

The sun has been shining here the last couple of days and the snow is starting to melt but there is still a lot of snow on the ground.  Annabelle this morning said, "Mommy I walked on the grass!" We haven't seen grass in I don't know how long.

This has been a hard winter.  All the snow and the kids being sick.  I believe February was the snowiest month in Pittsburgh's recorded history. 

Dashiell had tubes put in his ears in the middle of January.  Annabelle was sick that same week so I was off with them both that week. 
Then a few weeks later I was off again with all the snow and the three of us were sick with a stomach virus. 

Now that the sun is shining and the snow is melting I'm really looking forward to spring.

There are so many things I'm looking forward to showing Dashiell: bubbles in the backyard, the swings at the park.  He'll probably be walking soon so it will be fun to see him toddling around in the grass and I know he's going to love bubbles and swings.  I remember Annabelle's first real summer.  She used to carry bubbles around everywhere she went! And I mean everywhere! She had them double fisted in the car, in the grocery cart, everywhere for weeks.

We have Easter coming up and then their birthdays.  So much to look forward to...

So my little wreath celebration will be the beginning of a new season and all the things it represents.

I can't wait!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What My Child is Reading: New Favorites

Annabelle loves loves loves being read to.  My mom is always amazed when she comes to our house and sees the stacks of library books.  I bring home a lot of new books from work and when I take Annabelle to the library I scour the library's New Book shelves for new books I may not have seen.  Here are a few of my favorites that we discovered in the past several months that we have both loved.

Something to Do by David Lucas
A little bear goes for a walk with his parent and discovers a stick.  They use the stick to draw a ladder to the moon! The illustrations are sparse line drawings that I think are done with crayon or pastels. 

Firefighter Ted by Andrea Beaty
This is a follow up to Doctor Ted.  Ted likes to become someone else.  First a Doctor and then a Firefighter.  His misadventures are hilarious.  We kept this book far too long from the library.  We loved it!

The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick
All Danny wants is a turtle but his family thinks he should choose a different pet.  The rhymes in this book are quite refreshing and Danny's steadfast determination to get the pet he wants is admirable.  We read this a lot!

Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun
Meeow turns a box into to something great! Would make a great companion with Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. 

Dog Biscuit by Helen Cooper
A little girl eats a dog biscuit and is fearful she has turned into a dog.  We have also been eating Chocolatina by Erik Kraft and I'm afraid Annabelle might be taken the phrase "you are what you eat" literallly!


Friday, February 26, 2010

Feed Me Books Friday


Dr. Seuss is one of my favorites.  I love the rhythm of reading them aloud.  I have always found kids to be a great audience when reading Dr. Seuss.

Annabelle loves the Dr. Seuss books.  Her favorite is Green Eggs and Ham.  It is one of my favorites as well because it is so much fun to read aloud.  It takes some practice but it's worth it. 

"I would not, could not, in a box.
I could not, would not, with a fox.
I will not eat them with a mouse.
I will not eat them in a house.
I will not eat them here or there.
I will not eat them anywhere.
I do not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not eat them, Sam-I-am."

As a librarian, I read aloud to many students every year.  I always try to read "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!" by Dr. Seuss.  It has a great literacy message that I like to share with my kids.  Reading takes you places!

"If you read with your eyes shut you're likely to find that the place you are going is far, far behind."  "Young Cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Love Affair with Curious George

Annabelle has had a love affair with Curious George for quite sometime.  She loves the books and the movies.  I think we've read all the Curious George books I could find and I just ordered some more through the library. 

At some point I started telling her stories at bedtime.  We read our books together and she would be hyper and not ready for bed.  To get her to listen and settle in for sleep I started telling her stories.  These stories involve her as the main chartacter and a little monkey named George who is a good little monkey but always very curious.

One morning this week George came to our house.  He has not left.  He came through the front door.  She actually went to the front door and let him in.  He sits in the baby's high chair and Annabelle feeds him bananas.  He also sleeps in the baby's crib. 

Sometimes Annabelle will say something like, "is it summer?" and I'll say, "no." And she'll say, "I'm just pretending, Mama."  That line: "I'm just pretending Mama" is repeated a lot.  I thought I was good at pretending but sometimes I can't keep up!

So this week we have been reading a lot of Curious George. Here are some of her favorites.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Funny Things Annabelle Says

Annabelle is not yet potty trained.  She pees really well on the potty but holds on to her poop.  We have been trying to get her to poop on the potty instead of in her diaper.  Well, the other night she was sitting on the potty and she peed.
Annabelle: I'm gonna try to poop.
Mommy: Okay.
Annabelle: (making a face) This is a hard job.
Mommy tries desperately not to laugh.

My favorite thing Annabelle has ever said was right after Dashiell was born.  We were riding in the car.
Annabelle: Remember when we were in your tummy.
Mommy: (somewhat sleep-deprived) Who?
Annabelle: Me and Dashiell.  We were in your tummy then we POPPED out and we played and played.

Oh the funny things kids say!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What's On My Nightstand?

What's On Your Nightstand

Splendor: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godberson
Final book in this series of historical novels.  I love "living" in historical novels.  They are the best nightstand books!

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Historical? Maybe. Fantasty? Sort of.  I'm loving it so far!

Syren by Angie Sage
I am a fan of this series but I am having trouble getting through this one.  It has been on my nightstand for awhile!

First Sewing Project: A T-shirt scarf!

I am so excited to share this! I wrote about my first attempt at the sewing machine here. It didn't go great.

Well the second attempt was awesome and I think I am now addicted to sewing!

Here's what I did.

I began with an old T-shirt of my husbands.  It was huge.  I cut off the bottom and had a lot to work with but I knew I wanted a short scarf so I actually ended up cutting this part too.

Then I attacked the sleeves with my scissors and cut it into strips.

I ironed everything too! Look how wrinkled it was.  It had been sitting at the bottom of my closet for months.  I knew I would use it eventually!

Then I started sewing.  I pinned the strips in pleats on the main part to make ruffles and sewed across.  Perfect little stitces! Nice straight lines!

I made it pretty funky and used different sizes and strips and start the pleats on different ends.  I didn't know how it would turn out and I wasn't seeking perfection.  The stitches are perfect though!

Here's my finished project.  I put three rows of ruffles on each end of my scarf.

And here it is! I think it will be perfect for the spring with a denim coat. 
Let me know what you think! It might be missing something...

Check out the parties on my side bar! Inspiration is everywhere!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Flower Hair Pins from an Old T-shirt

When I saw this idea on the blog Crafty Schemes I loved it! I have been thinking of a way to jazz up hair pins for awhile so I thought I'd take the idea of using an old t-shirt and apply it to my stash of hair pins.

I have a lot of hair and pins are my go to look when I just can't stand the fullness any longer.  I had a couple of my husband's old T-shirts hanging around and I set to work.  I love them! I think they turned out beautifully.  Unfortunately, my pictures didn't!

Making the flower is really easy and you can check out Crafty Schemes for some great pictures of how to do it. I finished the ends by hot gluing it to the back of the flower. 

I attached the hair pin by pulling it through that end piece and adding a little hot glue.

And here I am modeling:

Can you tell I'm not a natural redhead! Off to do my roots!

Check out the parties I'm linking to this week in the sidebar. Some much inspiration, so little time!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sleeping Through the Night

Dashiell is almost ten months and not sleeping through the night.  Not even close.  Last night he was up three times.  Usually he's up 2-3 times and I nurse him to sleep and I'm back in bed in twenty minutes.

This is completely intentional and I was reminded yesterday as to why.

I picked him up from daycare and as soon as I walked through the door he fell on his butt and started crying.  I ran over to him and swooped him up and gave him kisses galore. 

Then he reached his arms out to his teacher.

I won't lie and say this didn't bother me.  It did.  If this wasn't my second child I probably would have driven home in tears.

I told myself that this was a good thing.  He is happy there.  He spends a lot of time there and this particular teacher is wonderful and kind and loving.  We spend a lot of money to give our children the best possible care.

I also told myself that she's not there at midnight to hold him when he cries, I am.

She's not there at 3AM to rub his belly when he has gas, I am.

She can't nurse him to sleep, I can.

I'm not ready to give that up.  I would miss stumbling down the hall and swooping him up out of his crib and comforting him.

I don't get to do that during the day, she does.  I get him all night and I'm not about to let that go. Especially when I saw him reach out to another woman.

I should say I have very strong feelings about "crying it out" and teaching your child to soothe himself.  I don't think it needs to happen in the first year.  When my babies cry, I go to them.  I did the same with Annabelle and I don't regret it at all. 

I would have regretted the torment of letting her cry when there was something I could have done to stop it.  I would have regretted missing out on those middle of the night feedings because it was what I thought I needed or should have done.

I have a couple of months until I will start weaning.  Just a couple more months of pumping in the bathroom at work.  After that I know he won't get up as much and eventually not at all.  I know I'll miss it.

One day he won't need me at all.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What My Child is Reading


Oh So much fun! I haven't written enough about children's books here yet and this is giving me a great opportunity to do so.  I am a full time children's librarian who reads and reads and reads and then goes home and reads some more.  I will try to do this each week but I'm gonna keep it simple. 

Here's what Annabelle is reading this week. I love Elephant and Piggie. There is a Bird on Your Head! is one of my favorites.  The sense of humor in these books is unparelled.  I haven't come across a series that is as funny.  Mo Willems is a comic genius, in my opinion.  His latest found its way home too, I am Going! just came out this year.  My husband loves these too which is great because he does a lot of the reading at home!

I am a little embarassed to admit this but I don't read nearly enough to Dashiell.  Annabelle would sit for the longest time and read books.  Part of it is his personality.  He is always on the go! The other part is the fact that we are much busier with two kids than with one.  My husband and I discussed this early this week and we are trying to put in in our routine to read just to him.  Sweet story that has nothing to do with this book but the other night when I was working late, my husband was putting the kids to bed and reading with them on the couch.  He said he was so surprised how quiet Dashiell was being while he was reading then he realized Dash had fallen asleep on Annabelle's shoulder.  So sweet!
Dashiell loves this book for the babies! He gives them kisses.  He sits well for this one.  Last night I read this and two others before he was off my lap. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bad Mommy

So I lied to Annabelle this morning.  I didn't mean too. It just happened.  It was snowing again.  Big surprise there and I had Annabelle in her snow boots.  It was taking us forever to get out the door.  There is a lot for mommy to remember in the morning and I'm known for my forgetfulness. 

We get to school and Annabelle says, "Do I have shoes!?" I muttered a four letter word and said, "Oh, Honey I forgot your shoes.  I'm sorry!" Cue dramatic toddler tantrum in the middle of a snowy parent-filled parking lot while mommy held a stunned silent baby.

So I lied.  I told her I would go home and get her shoes.  There was no way this was going to happen.  No way I was going to drive back home and get her shoes. Not in the snow.  It took us twice as long to drive there going the long way and way under the speed limit.  I was already late.  I wasn't going to brave the snowy roads all the way back home just for shoes.

This little lie got her in the building and off the slippery sidewalk.  It got me to not have drag her into daycare with all eyes on us with her kicking and screaming.

It was just one lie.  I probably feel worse about the lie than actually forgetting the shoes.  I can forgive myself for that.  She can't.  When I go home tonight she'll say to me, "Mommy. Don't ever ever forget my shoes again."

I have a list of things that I have to remember in the morning posted on the refrigerator.  It includes her blanket for naptime.  Something I forgot once and she still brings up.  Milk for Dashiell.  Annabelle's lunch.  Mommy's breast pump.  All things I have been in danger of forgetting.

Do you think "shoes" are on there? No.

I blame the snow.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Children's Artwork Part 3

Annabelle did a watercolor and I just loved the colors. I thought they would make a beautiful valentine's card. I saw this idea somewhere on a craft blog and I thought it was wonderful.

I bought an exacto knife just for this!

I cut out the heart and then glued a piece of Annabelle's artwork behind it. They turned out really lovely.