A Hand Made Valentine

There’s a tradition in my house. Every Valentine’s Day, since the first year I was born I believe, my mother has made my father a home-made Valentine. Always out of construction paper, sometimes with paper doilies, almost always featuring a picture (or 12) from the last year, and progressively more witty/corny as the years pass. We’re talking almost 30 years of hand made cards.

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Valentine Circa 1989 (I’m the shorty on the right)

It’s one tradition my sisters and I always look forward to. Usually pictures of “all of Daddy’s girls” make it into the card. The crowning jewel in the collection is the year we moved into the new house, Mom worked the lyrics of our family theme-song “Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads into the card:

“and you may find yourself in a beautiful house”

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“with a beautiful wife”

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“and you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”

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Ever since my hubs (what?!? Still so weird to say) and I moved into our apartment I’ve carried on the tradition of making hand-made Valentines. I always look forward to breaking out the construction paper, glitter, scissors, and glue and rifling through the last year of pictures for a theme/idea. Lets just say this year’s is going to be epic (and easily 100 pages long). I can’t post this years just yet (need to keep it a surprise for my Valentine).

One of my favorites from years passed is our 5th Valentine together.

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They aren’t super fancy and polished, but they don’t need to be. Getting down and dirty with old craft skills and slapping something together is sometimes the best way to express your love. It’s also something to cherish forever. These Valentine’s are also great for a last minute “oh no I forgot to get a present!”

Birthdays are The Best Sorts of Days

A slightly belated present from Brendan arrived a few days ago. I had sent him a bunch of links to Etsy prints I wouldn’t mind receiving. He said he only liked only one. Frankly I didn’t even remember which one’s I sent. So I patiently waited and half forgot that a little Etsy gift was on its way.

Packaged arrived and I would have to say that The Fiance chose a fabulous one. It’s amazing how art can bring back memories and make you feel so fabulous. I’ve vacationed in Maine for every summer since birth. I’ve also vacationed with Brendan there a time or two. In addition, I love lobster. Other than these personal ties to this print Brendan and I as an “us” have some happy “lobstah” memories. One day we discovered hidden emoticons on Gchat. Our favorite? The lobster  V.v.V  (and yes, when entered on Gchat it actually pinches) What better way to remember our weird traditions and my fabulous memories than a print from Maine by a fabulous artist. She calls it “Lobster Love” and I couldn’t agree more.

Within moments of opening the package the print was framed and hanging on the wall, added to my Summer Gallery. (more on that soon it’s almost done!) I’ve gotten so many complements on this print already. I also find myself stopping in the hallway, admiring it, and smiling.

For Writing Sweet Nothings

One of Brendan and my little relationship secrets are love notes. That’s right. We write little obnoxiously cute notes to each other. The tradition started thanks to his crazy schedule. I would visit him, he would leave before I woke up, so I would leave a note for him upon his return to the house. Living together allows us to see each other more often, but still waking up to a sweet note and a waiting bagel when he’s been gone all night and already asleep before I get out of the shower is quite fun and always brings smiles.

We always talked about making a note book decided to our little sweet nothings but never got around to it. Finally this Christmas all that changed.

This is one of the quickest and easiest craft projects I have every dreamed up. I snagged the already fun notebooks from Target (3 pack so triple score for me). The other materials included a black Sharpie, and pre sticky craft paper which I already had on hand (scrap book section of your local craft store).

I mimicked the patter on the cover for my “title plate”. Used a circle template and a straight edge, cut it out, added a title and flair around the sides, stuck it to the cover and I was done.

Brendan was BEYOND excited to open them Christmas morning. I even think there was a mini “aww” out of him. Now I get even more excited to find a note since they are now hidden in a beautiful book.