567 hearts

I hate to expose the surprise, but for the first time since childhood I'm sending valentines. It's important to document this momentous occasion - and to share the idea with all of you, just in case you'd like to make some of your own. On Saturday I sat at my craft desk digging through my paper stash, cutting felt and paper and everything else red or pink in my apartment into various shapes indicating love. It ended in an Edward Scissorhands-esque moment of frustration, with felt, paper, ribbon and everything else in my path into tiny little bits of pinking-sheared bits. I just decided to stop and wait for something to come to me.

On Sunday, after grocery shopping and other errands, we stopped at the craft store. I was hoping to pick up some knitting needles that I need for a project, but their selection was appalling. So instead I wandered to the Martha Stewart section, remembering a valentine project I saw on Pugly Pixel**. The die cut was on the shelf, and my creativity was still in the crapper, so I decided that I would do what I could to make Katrina's idea work for me instead of beating myself up over a lack of creativity. I grabbed some cardstock, sticky dots, and scored at the dollar bin with a whole alphabet stamp in a really sweet font. The rest of the necessary supplies I had at home.

Yesterday I punched, counted, measured, cut and constructed 27 valentines for my nearest and dearest. 567 hearts (my hands ache). But it's done and I love them. The front of the valentine gives the recipient an idea of what they're supposed to do with the package contained within. Inside, 20 hearts and six feet of baker's twine, wrapped up in a little treat bag and adhered to the card with a kraft sticker with a little love stamped upon it. On each card I'll include a little note with instructions (for the less crafty folks I might know...) and a little note of love and appreciation. I have a lot to be grateful for these days, and a lot of that is because of the great friends and family I have supporting me. I hope they enjoy these little tokens as much as I love them.

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** Pugly Pixel is basically my favorite place to visit. Katrina's brain is exploding with ideas and creativity, and she so generously shares ideas and tips with her readership, almost on a daily basis. I am truly indebted to her for coming up with the heart garland idea. It saved Valentine's Day!

1 comment:

  1. These are just beautiful and such a labor of love. Your friends are very lucky to have you as a friend!

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