when it comes to going handmade, valentine’s day is one of my favorite holidays. since expectations are pretty low, relative to christmas at least, I feel at liberty to make a few things to make the day special and everyone is pleasantly surprised. job done!
our tradition in the past few years has been to decorate the table and enjoy a special breakfast, usually with smoothies….real ones, the boys would tell you, not the kind that include spinach I’m trying to trick them into eating (want to trick your little people? blend bananas, spinach, strawberries, lemon juice and water. they will never know…or at least they won’t realize for a few weeks). the paper heart table runner I made is now a regular at our breakfast as are the felted heart pillows (even more on those next week).
but, I’ve been especially fond of stepping away from the sewing machine and doing some card making in the past few years. I don’t work with paper very much and it’s so satisfying to do something new. plus, paper is just a lot more forgiving than fabric and cards come together so fast, at least compared to, say, a quilt. so, I thought I would share some of my card ideas from years past. tomorrow, I will post my method for this years card, including an easy-peasy decorative envelope!!
but for now, here are a few from years past. last year I made this mustache-on-a-stick out of shrinky dinks and popsicle sticks. the boys loved these and still play with the mustaches sometimes when they want to be ‘grown ups’.
I’m not usually ‘on trend’…I’m more of a classic kind of gal. but, I cannot get enough of the mustache trend. it’s just so funny! and, somehow funny every single time. am I right?
a few years back I also made these cards (which joyfully uses up a bunch of fabric scraps) and are another of my favorite paper projects. I love the feeling of sewing on paper…it’s like ‘going rogue’ for a sewer. just plain wild!
this year I kept rolling with the mustache idea but more on that tomorrow!