I just love LOVE

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Happy Valentine’s Day readers!!!!! I hope you are all having a fantastic day so far.  There are a lot of things to love about this day, it’s not just about whether or not you are in relationship.  It is a great time to find joy in the dead of winter and to reach out and appreciate your friends and loved ones.  My friend Ellen hosted a BRILLIANT Galentine’s Day dinner party for a bunch of girlfriends.  (I’ll post picks on Facebook)It was seriously the best, but here are a few things I am doing and thinking of today to give a few giggles and to brighten up my day.

1.) I found THE FUNNIEST valentines on A Fish Who Likes Flowers’ blog.  I needed something super quick for my work friends who all have a wicked funny sense of humor. So I made a PDF which you can download for free HERE.  Then I downloaded the printable wrapping paper from Mein Lila Park’s blog and just cut out strips that I wrapped around each valentine as a little “envelope”.  Needless to say, they were a hit.

2.) Everyone needs a good red lipcolor.  These are my two favorite.  Dior Addict in Red Carpet is the perfect red lipstick, I bought it for my wedding.  It has some blue undertones so it makes your teeth look SUPER white.  The Nars gloss in Norma is the perfect top coat.  It has a little more orange in it so it makes the whole look more neutral.  What’s great is that because one is warmer and the other is cooler, you can mix and match with practically any gloss/lipstick combo you have.  They are the best for layering to get the shade you want.

3.) I love decorating for the holidays.  I usually put up some Valentine’s day stuff as soon as I take down my Christmas tree. In the entry way, I have some apothecary jars filled with candy.  Did anyone else know that there is a whole starburst bag of just the red flavors?  It changed my life when I found them! I also found the cutest tic tac toe game for the coffee table.  I was shopping at Homegoods and found it and the x’s and o’s made me think of v-day.

 

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You get what you give

I have been in a serious crafting mood.  I don’t know if it is because I just feel like I need to have a little quiet time or if it is because I am in between books, (definitely needed a break after The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) or if it is because I need a creative outlet because I am getting stir crazy because of the winter blues, or what.  Either way, I have felt strangely productive lately because of it, even though it means my apartment is a post crafting mess now.  I have mostly been making little things for people, engagement gifts, going away gifts, bachelorette party stuff, you name it.  Here are a few little things I whipped together in the last week, they are pretty easy to do and inexpensive.

Going away gift for a coworker:

I had a friend of mine leave the company I work for.  She was always such a fun person to be around and even though I know I will still see her, I am still sad she wont be a few desks away anymore.  So I picked up a blue nail file and cobalt blue nail polish and attached a little blue card that I had everyone sign that said “We’ll be so blue without you.” Just a little token to let her know that she will be missed.

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Quick engagement gift:

One of my good friends got engaged at our New Years Eve party this year if you remember the post from Shindig’s blog.  He proposed to her on our outdoor patio with the city lights all around and he had flowers and champagne and obviously a big ole’ shiny ring.  Well the champagne was consumed, and the ring was put on her finger but sadly her flowers were left in our apartment. I knew I wasn’t going to see her for another week or so and I felt bad just tossing her flowers so I made her a little memento from the night. I hung the flowers to dry and let them dry out for a few weeks.  The.  I pulled off a bunch of petals from each type of flower and put them inside of an empty glass ornament. I had bought a bunch at Michael’s around the holidays and they definitely came in handy.  I just put some petals and some glitter on there, then topped it off with a bow and wrote the date on it.  I can’t wait to give this to her!

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