HOME sign – Valentine’s Snoopy

I started a little tradition the first February my boyfriend and I were together where I cut out 14 red paper hearts and every day I would give him a heart with a reason why I love him written on it. For the last few years, we haven’t lived together so it would be a texted photo of the heart in the morning. This year we live together and it has made every day’s unveiling even more special! I have been taping them to the mirror in the bathroom every night so he wakes up and sees the new one first thing. I consider them my annual Love Notes to him. Do you have any traditions for your significant other to show or tell how much you love them?

If you’ve been following the blog for a bit, you’ll remember I had made a wooden HOME sign with the “O” being removable. This allows me to add a seasonal shape to our front entryway for holidays without always creating a whole new sign! I knew I wanted a cartoon character as my base so when I found this picture of cute Snoopy holding a heart, it was meant to be. Overall the hardest thing about doing a character like this is that everyone knows what Snoopy looks like. Getting details right are so important for a well-known character. To make it even harder; after my initial sketch out for the outline and details, the first white paint layer lost all my sketched details and I was now hand painting Snoopy’s eyes, mouth, ears, and toes!

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Easy DIY Valentine's Button Sign

Ah Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to decorate our little apartment with all different shades of pink and red hearts galore. This cute little button sign was inspired by a button wreath sign I saw scrolling through Pinterest and thought, “That would be a perfect craft for Valentine’s Day”! While putting my new Valentine’s decoration up in our apartment, the history buff in me started to wonder how the heart became a symbol of love and why does this universal heart shape look different than say a human heart?

First off, thanks to TIME I found out that prior to the 13th and 14th centuries, the heart was used for only decorative reasons. The symbolism began to grow as romantic love began to take shape in the medieval period. The connection between love and the heart was more religious than romantic at the beginning. Eric Jager, a medieval literature professor at UCLA, said that “at that time period people thought of hearts as books of memory, a place where God’s commands are written, and feelings for the beloved were somehow written on your heart.” There were stories imagining “female saints whose hearts are said to be cut open after their death, and inside their hearts are inscriptions indicating their love for God or Jesus.”

So the heart shaped does tie back to actual hearts everyone! Even if it is a little bit of a dark history. The article later goes on to express that cardiologist Carlos Machado says that the familiar heart shape we recognize today does somewhat resemble the human heart in an echocardiograms but even more so the look of a bird or reptile heart. I highly recommend reading the whole article! The link is below.

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Car Themed Gift Arrangement

Happy Valentine’s Day! One of my favorite things to do for Valentine’s is to create a unique experience or gift for my sweetheart. Side note, shout out to my wonderful boyfriend! My boyfriend is absolutely incredible and I think about how lucky I am to be with him daily. Even though everyday feels like Valentine’s with him because of how much he spoils me, Valentine’s Day is still a special day for us. This year I wanted to do something fun that ties in with another one of his favorite things – Cars. I wanted to try to create a car cleaning arrangement and it turned out so fun!

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Heart Shaped Treat Boxes

First of all, Happy Galantine’s Day to all the women out there! This fun holiday was created when the main character, Leslie Knopp, celebrated it on the TV show Parks and Recreation. Galentine’s Day took off in popularity after it aired. The day is meant to be women celebrating women and I am all for that! I hope that everyone reached out to their girlfriends and let them know how much you value their friendship and maybe schedule a girl’s night out from it. I know I reached out and sent my friends some good vibes.

These treat boxes would be perfect as a gift to your girlfriends on Galentine’s Day or a sweet after dinner gift for your honey. Best of all? They are so fun, easy, and inexpensive to make!

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Paper Valentine Centerpiece

Is there anything better than sitting down with a hot cup of coffee (or tea) and relaxing? Most of our crafts are brainstormed during one of these peaceful moments. We came up with this centerpiece concept late on a weekend night. We knew we wanted an inexpensive Valentines craft that wouldn’t take too much time to complete. Also, best purchase during the Valentine season? – A Heart Paper Punch. Valentines Centerpiece Continue reading “Paper Valentine Centerpiece”

Sweethearts Wreath

Walking down the aisles of a store from January to mid-February is a bombardment of Valentines gifts, colors, and candies. Tucked away in the aisle is also a piece of nostalgia… Sweethearts. The chalky hard candies with phrases from “Call Me” to “Be Mine” (or the newer additions like “Text Me”) bring back sweet childhood memories.

The candies have evolved quite a bit from the original form. The Smithsonian describes that the candy maker Necco created a version of the current treat when the company started in 1847. It started out as a scalloped shell with a paper fortune in the middle. The red writing was added 14 years later in 1861 by the founder’s brother who invented a machine that could press red vegetable dye into the candy. The shape went through many different forms before settling into its heart shaped delight in the early 1900’s. Even though they have made adjustments to the phrases and flavors, Sweethearts still hold a sentimental place in my Valentines memories.sweethearts_wreath Continue reading “Sweethearts Wreath”