I feel like conversation hearts are the candy corn of Valentine’s Day, if you will. They’re this confection that’s become emblematic for a holiday through longevity, even though they’re actually kinda divisive. People seem to either love them or hate them. That said, I think candy corn and conversation hearts do have at least one thing going for them that we can all agree on, and that is style. Like these charming conversation heart soaps from SoStinkingSweet on Etsy.
These would make cute gifts — you know everyone else is just going the chocolate or flowers route — or a fun little holiday accent in a powder room. And they’re emblazoned with some classic romantic phrases. None of this newfangled “Tweet Me” business, thankyouverymuch!
BONUS: Feeling crafty? Try your hand at this conversation heart banner. It’d be a fab way to show your mantel a little love.
Just a friendly reminder that Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so if you’re planning to send a little love through the USPS, now’s the time to do it! Of course, I’m in a long-term relationship, so the days of planning elaborate candlelit dinners are a bit behind me, but I still picked up a card or two from this roundup to give to my boyfriend. (Don’t worry — I’m almost positive he doesn’t read this.)
Top row, from left to right: French Octopus, Downton Abbey, Love Rock Ticket, You’re a Hottie. Middle row, left to right: Let’s Be Frank, Lookin’ Good, I Love You Like BISCUITS and GRAVY Oversize Postcard, Boy Girl Big Heart. Bottom row, left to right: Pepé Le Pew Valentine’s Day Card, Sealed With a Kiss Cards, I’m Nuts About You, Valentine’s Sweethearts Card.
They’re all pretty adorbs, I must say. And I like that they all have a certain child-like enthusiasm and sweetness that reminds me of exchanging Valentine’s Day cards and candy in school. I think the Sealed With a Kiss cards would be best if you want to write a longer love letter, though my absolute favorite this year is Foxy & Winston’s “I love you more than Downton” card. I do love my boyfriend more than the surprise Brit hit TV show. But that’s saying a lot!
This past Valentine’s Day I decided to take the day off and spend it with the people I love the most: my family. I don’t know why I never thought to do it before, because it turned out to be my best Valentine’s ever. I was still filled with a sweetness from the beginning of this lovely week when I stumbled across these prints by Merrilee at tuesday mourning.
Not only are these Yo-Gabba-Gabba!-inspired prints endearing – they would be just as nice in a kitchen as in a bedroom – but the proceeds from their sale are being put towards a great cause. They will be helping to pay the medical bills for a beautiful little girl named Davy. You can read her story on her mom’s blog. As an added bonus, Merrilee is giving away one free print with every purchase this week.
I love decorating with independent art. Sites like Etsy are my go-to place for unique prints. Since today is Valentine’s Day I thought I would share my favorite prints that will bring a little love home all year long.
Who can forget the now famous Domino cover featuring this modern For Like Ever poster above a traditional white fireplace?
Spread a Little Love
“Single”, “In a Relationship”, “It’s Complicated”…no matter my Facebook relationship status, this girl loves her some Valentine’s Day. I go all out with cards, cupcakes, gifts and decorations. In fact, if it was up to me, I’d have one room in my home decorated as a year-round homage to the sweetest day of the year. I must not be the only one, because I keep coming across designs that look like they’re straight out of a Valentine’s Day card. Here are five of my favorites:
Isn’t this the most fantastic girl’s bedroom you’ve ever seen? This makes me wish I could be a tweenager again, maybe. I love the wide range of pinks incorporated into this design. And the orange and green poufs keep this space from looking like a Hollywood Barbie dressing room. If this room were a card, it would be the one that makes all of the kids in class jealous. That giant headboard! That glitterific vanity! That cute deer! So many whimsical touches to ooh and aah over. Image from Little Lovables.
Pretty in Pink Meets Red Hot
Happy Valentine’s Day all you design lovers! On this day of love, I thought I’d share one of my favorite red pieces of furniture with you: the Womb Chair.
I know that it may look a tad space-aged to the traditional furniture fan, but it is just so darn comfortable. True to its name, Eero Saarinen’s chair is womb-like. You sit in it and the coziness is undeniable. Of course it comes in colors other than red, but today this one seemed the obvious choice.
I’ve come to the conclusion that absolutely no bedroom is complete without a headboard. It’s true! Imagine your dream bedroom. I’m certain a gorgeous headboard makes a bold and eye-catching appearance in it. With Valentine’s Day a mere three days away, I’ve been doing some heavy daydreaming about my perfect headboard and bedroom. Tufted? Velvet (oh la la)? Sweet rustic shutters like the one from my DIY headboards post? The possibilities are endless. Here are my top six (yes, six – I couldn’t just stop at five) contenders from HGTV.com’s new guide to all things headboards. What’s your favorite?
5 More After The Jump!
L-O-V-E is in the air. Can you feel it? If not, don’t worry. You still have three days to fully prepare for Valentine’s Day and all the mushy goodness that comes with it. (We are not recommending the Bronx Zoo’s offer to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your loved one.) This year, I’m taking an unconventional approach to the holiday – no pink, no cartoon cupids, no lovesick puppies. (I’m sure my boyfriend will appreciate that, especially after our purple Christmas tree with cupcake ornaments.) Check out five of my favorite last-minute V-Day ideas you and your sweetheart will both love.
I love these paper-covered wooden letters from HGTV.com. They’re easy to make and can be used to say a multitude of sweet nothings…”kiss me”, “xoxo”, “be mine”. Attach ribbon to the back and hang them over a headboard or on bathroom mirror for a morning surprise. Or prop them on the mantel for some living room lovin’.
Some folks give Valentine’s Day a bad rap. Negative Nancys spout off that it’s just an excuse for blah, blah, blah. Well, that’s no fun! Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to show someone in your life how much they mean to you. A parent, best friend or mentor. (Or the people in our daily lives we take for granted — your neighbor, grocery store checkout clerk, bus driver or postal carrier.)
Make a special someone smile with a $100 gift code from ProFlowers.com. They’ve got an amazing selection of Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts. Perfect, whether you’re saying “love you forever” or “thank you for being you.”
Answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, Jan. 31 to be entered to win one of five $100 gift codes from ProFlowers.com.
This week’s question: What was the best Valentine’s Day you ever had? Don’t spare any details! (But keep it PG.)
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Our friend Kathleen, at Twig & Thistle, is getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit with DIY fruit stickers. How cute is this?
Nothing says “I Love You” for Valentine’s Day like surprising your sweetie. Take a page from Casanova’s book and decorate your bedroom, bathroom and a romantic dinner table for two with rose petals. We’ve got an order of 6,000 fresh rose petals from farm-direct florist, FiftyFlowers.com to make all of your Valentine’s Day dreams come true.
One winner will receive an order of 6,000 Fresh Rose Petals in mixed colors, so answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, Jan. 31 to be entered into the drawing. We’ll ship it out ASAP, so you can create a romantic chamber worthy of the world’s greatest lover himself. The petals will stay fresh for up to 6 weeks when refrigerated.
This week’s question: Are you a DIY, handmade cupid or are your Valentine’s Days always store-bought perfection?
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Special thanks to Brittany Hodgins Photography for capturing these images.
I know Valentine’s Day is still three weeks away, but if you’re good with the icing bag, you might need a little bit of time to plan to make this.
I Am Baker made the intricately designed crossword puzzle and its clues on cookies while the box is fondant-covered pound cake. What a sweet give to give! Be warned, if you head over to her site, you might drool on your keyboard.
What I call “National Love/Lust Day” is just one month away. And while plenty of people dread Feb. 14th, I’m not ashamed to say I LUV IT…now. As a child, I was completely traumatized by forced elementary school participation in Valentine’s Day. Decorating a shoebox with a slit at the top. Watching with feigned excitement as classmates slipped cards into the box. I would get a valentine from my crush saying, “I’m bananas over you!” Was he really, or did five other girls get the same card? The agony and the ecstasy. Fortunately, I’ve reclaimed my passion for Valentine’s Day through the power of crafts, and so can you. This year, get into the spirit with these fun, DIY projects sure to please loved ones of all ages.
HGTV: Easy Valentine’s Day Projects
Artificial flowers have never been so well-read.
These intricate, handmade bouquets are crafted by Melisa Simo from vintage folded paper. Melisa’s Etsy shop Whether Paperworks can customize a special Valentine’s Day gift, a wedding bouquet or a Mother’s Day pomander from love poems or your favorite piece of music. I even like the thought of having one of these lovely arrangements on a bedside table with colors picked to match my decor.
Looking for pretty, easy-to-do projects for your Valentine? Then, we’ve got you covered.
A “sugared” heart banner adds a playful sparkle to your Valentine decorations, while colorful handmade heart-shaped cards are perfect for topping a sweet treat.
Create a glamorous card for your valentine with our printable cards and a few well-place rhinestones.
Shop more Valentine’s Day ideas here.
February 14th may have visions of Cupid’s arrows, hearts and an overload of red and pink dancing in most of the population’s head. However, if you’re one of the many who are in a difficult-to-define relationship, our friends at Marketplace have put together some fun lists for picking the perfect gift. Secret love affair, confusing friendship, courtship reaching its end? They have them covered and all those in between.
Does your love affair resemble that of our favorite star-crossed lovers? Then, take a peek at their Secret Lover gift ideas.
Is your relationship winding down? Check out their Our Days are Numbered gift list.
If your friend wants something more, but your feelings haven’t change, take a tip from the Just Not That Into You list.
Don’t worry, they also have some great picks for those of you are in healthy, loving relationships. Check out all their gift ideas here.