Saturday, February 6, 2010

Valentine's Day: I ♥♥♥ You!

February 14th is a date some people love, and others loathe.  It's a reminder for those who are in a relationship, and Hallmark taps them on the shoulder.  People who are still looking or wanting a relationship it can be a painful reminder that they are single.  For those single looking in the window of the couples world it seems idyllic.  The couples looking out may envy the freedom of their family and friends who are single.  Perspective is everything.  Where ever you are on this continuum, I wish you love.  When I was single I bought myself something small like a bouquet of my favorite flowers, or bath salts for a long soak in the tub.  A gift to myself felt good.  Plus I always get what I want, because I know what I like. 

As a kid I loved making valentine mail boxes at school.  I preferred to make my own valentines.  Victorian images from days of old were my favorites.  I was sad when all I got was a cartoon character store bought valentines.  Now, I don't even think kids exchange valentines at school.  I asked my little sister if she ever made valentines, and she gave me a blank stare.  She said they have never exchanged valentines.  I usually bake roll out cookies, or some traditional shape for the day.  I give myself the gift of that also.  Last year I baked cupcakes with a friend.  On February 14, I'll post those photos.  It was fun!

Over the years, Bob has carved me jade hearts: lavender, green, black, and a lapis one.  I wear them all together on a chain.  And I have a special tiny one that was his Mother's.  They all look great together.  And I am reminded of when he gave them to me.  

For my shop I made a few items.  Below are pictures of them. I paired with another Etsy seller to embellish my birds with red, pink, purple and black enamel hearts.  I secretly don't want the black hearts to sell out , as I want one for me.  And I used some exotic knife scraps for hearts. 

Horny Heart!


Black heart with titanium bird

Valentine ad

Now I have to go fill orders.  The meteorite has been a huge seller.  I called it the "out of this world" heart.  How many people do you know who have something that was careening toward Earth and that could be thousands, millions of years old.  I raided Bob's drawers, and took his only piece.  More hearts today.

Thanks for reading.  I'm still amazed that you do.


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