Cupid’s Arrow

Cupid’s arrows have struck our home and the things-to-make list is dwindling down. With the love in the air, comes the grumbling of those who have other feelings about the day. And although both my husband and I agree that it’s important to show how much that other person means to you on a regular basis throughout the year, Valentine’s Day is a day to place a greater emphasis on that person and the love you share. 
To us this means doing something we both enjoy. It doesn’t always have to be comprised of the typical roses, candy and dinner [although I have nothing against any of these things]. Looking back, we’ve had some great dates and not just on Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for some ideas, here you are dear readers: 
:: Sledding
:: Side-by-side snow angels [be sure to capture a picture- it could be a great future gift]
:: Making homemade hot chocolate 
:: Setup a table for two in your house and pretend you’re out for a romantic dinner
:: Cook a new fancy dish 
:: Go for a long drive and ‘get lost’
:: Couple pedicures
:: Attend a wine or chocolate tasting
:: Bake cookies
:: A movie night 
:: Have your fortune told 
:: Take your iPod and have a concert night at home. Sing and dance your heart out. 
:: Make something together 
:: Have a picnic on the living room rug 
Whatever it is you’re doing, I hope it’s extra special and filled with love.  

heart’s day crafts

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been gathering supplies for Valentine’s Day. While there was one project I couldn’t wait to make, the rest have been patiently waiting for me to work on them. Friday was a quiet, snowy day here and with nothing much to do I began puttering away on a few of the projects. 
While out snowshoeing around the holidays, there were lots of birch trees shedding their bark. Being careful, it peels right off in big chunks. I trimmed a piece to size, traced a heart onto it with a pencil, wrote our initials and heated up the wood burning tool to trace over my writing. Never would I have thought I’d enjoy wood burning, but I do. That is once I got the hang of it.

A quick note on this: the tool itself can be purchased at the craft store with a coupon for under $10. The tip gets VERY hot and the smell of it can set the smoke alarm off in the house. If you have your alarm attached to a security system, it’s best to give them a call and let them know what you are up to, otherwise unexpected visitors with lots of gear may show up at your door.  

While I have nothing against store bought truffles, I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. After all, isn’t all about the packaging. Realtors preach location, location, location. Marketers on the other hand are big on packaging. If it doesn’t look just right, how can it sell? The top of this heart shaped box of chocolates was covered using a brown paper bag and then customized using Valentine’s Day sheet music and a vintage Valentine’s Day card. A little red watercolor paint around the edges and voila! 
The saying on the card, cracks me right up, “Show signs of life and be my Valentine.”

Again, store bought candy, placed in a clear bag with a custom label attached. It’ll make a great lunchtime surprise treat. 
With only a couple of little things left to make, I’m almost ready to celebrate.