Valentine Exchange 2015


-+*As some of you know, the fifth annual Valentine swap has just come to an end, bigger and bolder than ever! More than 1,400 handmade valentines were exchanged between total strangers, which adds up to just enough warmth and kindness to offset this brutal winter. Excellent news: the popularity of hashtags have made it much […]

Video: Hot Glue Confetti Hearts


-+*You know what they say – nothing says romance like hot glue and a vacuum canister full of confetti. Okay, maybe they don’t say that, but it’s an annual valentine tradition in my house. Every year I make another batch of these hot glue confetti hearts and every year I love them more. Now that […]

Heart Punch Garlands


-+*My friend Noeleen came over for a snowy afternoon last week. We could have busied ourselves with corn chips and trashy TV, but instead we got crafty and painted coffee filters. Yay us! There were no particular plans for what to with them, except that it be nifty looking. Well, I think we succeeded. Each […]

16 Valentine DIYs to Try This Weekend


-+*    I don’t know about you, but I’ll be glad to saw farewell to January and move one step closer to spring! This weekend I’ll be getting’ my valentine on. How about you? 1. origami love notes  2. heartbreaker candy favors  3. 40+ free valentine images  4. oreo valentines 5. wax doily hearts  6. strawberry and cream cake  7. striped glass vases 8. sparkling heart wine […]

Valentine Swap 2015


-+*### Update Feb 5, 2015 Valentine Swap Participants*  1. Thank you for participating! I love seeing these photos of valentines on the move. More! More! 2. Emails with addresses went out on Feb1st. I sent hundreds of them which likely triggered some spam filters, so if you are still looking, *check your junk mail*. ### Attention […]

Valentines Day at the Movies. With Angst.

-+*So, last week I sat down to do a round-up post of cool Valentine stuff I saw on Pinterest– paper hearts, pink and red greeting cards, a cake topper featuring Fabio on horseback (What? Who? Me? Never.)…you know. The usual. But then I saw this thing. It bugged me. This pin, this photo, was a […]

Downton Abbey Valentines

-+*Normally I am a strict advocate for handmade Valentines, but, then I saw these Downton Abbey cards, lasercut on thin pieces of wood, rad as hell, and suitable for framing. Yeah. Imma have to hit that. Anna and Bates are like a big British burrito of cuteness. When I was crazy sick in bed a […]

Valentine Garlands

-+*The good news was my boss let us all work from home yesterday because it was too cold to handle public transportation downtown. The bad news was my remote control stopped working while stuck on some A&E sub-channel and I had to watch Dog the Bounty Hunter for like five hours straight. Sure, I know, […]

Valentine Exchange 2014 (now closed)

-+*TRUMPET SOUND TRUMPET SOUND TRUMPET SOUND Attention handmade valentine lovers! For the fourth year running I am inviting my readers to participate in the biggest, most snazztastic valentine swap of all! Last year more than 400 folks participated from all around the world. That means more than 1,200 Valentines were exchanged between total strangers. Wowza! […]

The Gift of Sloth

-+*It’s valentines day. I just couldn’t decide what to get you… Chocolate? Been there. Flowers? Done that. Jewelry? You like to pick it out yourself. Poetry? I’m useless. The gift of sloth? Yep. That’ll do it… My gift to you: a party sized bucket of sloths. Happy Valentines Day! PS: Thank you everyone who loving […]