in a valentine’s mood

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I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. When all the Christmas lights are down and the ornaments are packed away, I comfort myself that another holiday is on the way, bringing hearts and roses, little cards and chocolate. I think of February, not as the coldest month, but as a month of sweetness and love.

In elementary school the Valentine party was always my favorite. I loved making a tiny mailbox and preparing my cards with ribbons and seals.

I also have a weakness for anything heart-shaped. And frilly, lacy things. And chocolate. (You get the idea).

I made this Heart Wreath last year for my door, following this tutorial. It’s a breezy project–you can put on your favorite romance movie and pin away. However, in retrospect, I wish I would have used a thimble or bandaids as I pricked myself many, many times.

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When I’m bored I find myself making little heart softies. They’re nice to tuck into a Valentine care package or to decorate a small space.

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I have a tiny collection of vintage Valentines. I use them for decoration, but I also love when I find just the right card to give to someone.

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My dad’s childhood Valentine box. It is a little tattered, but it actually won a prize in his kindergarten: the Little Red Riding Hood book pictured.

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Each year I make up little boxes to give to friends- nothing much just some chocolates and hair pins, and a Valentine of course!

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I love to type out little notes for handmade Valentines.

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I made some more heart-shaped potholders from this tutorial.

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Some Valentine handkerchiefs. Some old, some new.

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Found these little mail bags at Pottery Barn Kids a few years ago. I thought they were so cute, but now I might try to make one myself.

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February is so cold and snowy here– you have to have lots of desserts!

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Here’s a VERY simple craft- if you’re like me, and have an abundance of red and pink shopping bags.

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I used a heart-shaped gift card as a template and just traced hearts onto the bags (avoiding any text or folds). Punch two dots per heart, string up, and enjoy!

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Thanks for your visit! Have a lovely day!

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