Valentine's Day and the month of February is always the time of year that we reflect on love and the special people we've been blessed with in life. Although many people would argue that Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday, that could be said for any holiday. The true values of a celebrated day are becoming more and more clouded by the commercial world. Crafting, however, and making gifts from your heart are a sure way to hold onto what's real and meaningful on Valentine's Day, and what is priceless and cannot be bought: LOVE.
I'd like to share a couple of projects I've come across or made myself, that are prime examples of a perfect Valentine. You don't even have to make anything functional; throwing together some nice materials in an artistic way with a lovely sentiment attached is really all you need to show somebody your admiration.
The first idea comes from Designed by Jane, and was featured on my previous blog entry about felt:
I just think this is so adorable and every little stitch and detail shows dedication and time. You could very easily embroider a sweet message onto the back - and voilà! Love delivered! You can shop our collection of eco-friendly felt, perfect for a variety of holiday crafts, here.
My next suggestion is something for the kids. My mother always supervised the making of home-made valentines for us to distribute to our classmates. Heart shaped doilies, Valentine's fabric, some lace trim, red and pink construction paper, pinking shears, a bottle of Fabri-tac, and perhaps a little glitter is all kids really need to get crafty and show some love to their classmates. When I think of store-bought Valentines, I think of that song "Can't Buy Me Love." There's just so much more dedication and affection that come with home-made Valentines. Plus, kids will love crafting their own Valentines, it will keep them out of your hair for an hour or two, and every one is happy! These are just a few of the many Valentine's items we at Michael Levine's have just added to our online store, www.LowPriceFabric.com!
Another idea comes from my previous blog about Personalized Pillow Cases. It would be very easy to adapt this project and incorporate some of our Valentine's Day Fabrics and possibly use some of our eyelet trims instead of piping. You could even tie it up for presentation with one of our decorative ribbons and top it off with an adorable Cupid Brooch:
One more thing for the kids - or anybody for that matter - is a simple ribbon bracelet accented with a 'diamond' heart charm. You could add a clasp and it's done!
This last project - I cannot take credit for, but - is certainly worth highlighting, is this lovely Heart-Shaped Mailbox for Valentine's Day deliveries. This is a great idea for kids or teachers who want a fancy little place to receive their Valentines.
Again, this project would be a nice use for many of our Valentine fabrics (some are priced as low as $4.00 a yard!), and you could always trade out the scalloped edge for some lace or eyelet trim!
So whatever your Valentine's Day plans are, and whoever receives your affection on this special day of love, hopefully you'll find a place in your heart for some good, old-fashioned meaningful home-made gifts! And if not, if Valentine's Day just isn't your thing, you can always show some love for Arizona, whose Centennial Celebration of Statehood is this February 14!