Hello, my friends and Happy Valentine’s Day to you! I hope you are able to incorporate some satisfying degree of sweet into your day. I know that, for some, Valentine’s Day, can be an unpleasant experience. But for me, I don’t remember so much the romantic love or lack thereof. Instead, on this day, I remember how when growing up, my Mom would always give me a sweet card, stuffed animal, or some edible treat. At the time, I don’t know how much I thought about these little gestures, but I think they all had a potent result – they reinforced a sense of what it is to be loved. So profoundly important for a child, I think, in that it sets up an expectation as an adult that one deserves to be loved. Thanks, Mom. I love you lots and lots.
Thankfully, my last few posts here were prepared weeks in advance. So while I was grotesquely ill, they kept my home in the ether from languishing. Happily I can say that today’s post is impromptu, the result of feeling better, although I can’t believe I am still hacking up so much junk, a fresh batch each morning yuck – so very attractive to my mate, I’m sure :-/. But I am catching up. While ill, I ordered some roses - as they are a much more significant financial investment than seeds, I thought long and hard before adding some into the mix. I shall have some old roses, some new ones, a few of them climbers, all heavily fragranced, and all, hopefully, future sources of artistic inspiration. They just arrived, so until the phlegmy lungs let me know when I have to stop, I shall be doing a bit of digging today. Oh, if you are interested in seeing which ones I chose, I pinned them all on my Roses Board.
So far, LOVE DAY has been just right - our furry/human crew did some major dog-piling first thing this morning, breakfast consisted of some some yummy steel-cuts oats topped with raspberries and drizzles of honey and cream. I shall craft and dig this afternoon before enjoying homecooked surf & turf a la hubbie, and molten chocolate cake a la yours truly. So many words… Worry not, I won’t leave you without a little love craft inspiration. This is a card I made using a great, versatile Bigz shape die from Sizzix called Leaves, Tear Drop, along with Core’dinations cardstock from their Pastels Collection.
I arranged several of the small ones in a pattern like that you see in columns of knit stitches. The Xyron X Sticker Maker saved me loads of time by getting the pieces adhered quickly and easily. As far as dies go, this basic shape has so much potential and I highly recommend it!
I hope you enjoy your day, and take the opportunity to let someone know that he/she is loved.