Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” ~Sam Keen

💖Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day💖

💖Always Believe in Love💖

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True Love Whimsical Village

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I made this little village a while ago and bring it out every year as part of my Valentine’s Day decoration. It was created on an 8×10 inch canvas which I painted first. If you don’t have a canvas, a sheet of watercolor paper would also work just as well.

While the paint dried, I designed and cut some wonky, whimsical homes from Valentine themed cardstock. The doors and windows were made using shaped punches but you could easily cut them by hand.

Once I had all of my parts cut, I made sure everything fit together before gluing it on to the canvas. I added a few stickers, rhinestones and sequins for interest. And finished it off with some doodles, shading and highlights. Of course lets not forget the glitter for the bit of sparkly magic.

There are so many variations that you can make, just use your imagination and supplies you have on hand!

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“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” ~Michael Leunig

    Valentine Ribbon Card

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    This was a fun Valentine’s Day card that’s fun and super easy to make. You can make it fit any size card. All you need is a cut out of a heart from heavy cardstock that fits on the front of your card and some ribbon.

    What you do is glue the ribbon to the heart cut out, letting the ends of the ribbon extend past the heart. Make sure to use enough glue because you want the ribbon to be firmly attached. Once the glue has dried, turn the heart over and trim the excess ribbon with a good pair of scissors. Then glue the beautiful heart to the front of your card. Add embellishments and stamped images or hand write your own. And that’s it! 

    Another idea is use strips of fabric and follow the same steps as for the ribbon. There are lots of possibilities, just use your creativity 😊

    Hope this inspires you in some way!

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    “I do love nothing in the world so much as you.” ~William Shakespeare

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    Valentine’s Day Paintings

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    Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already knocking on our doors and is only one month away? It’s one of my favorite holidays, but I wish it was longer than just 1 day. I always felt you should celebrate love every day of your life and not limit it to a single day 💖

    I’m working on some new paintings but the ones in this post are currently available in my Etsy Shop. I’ll keep you posted with the progress on the others, but for now I’m waiting on a few supplies to come in.

    I really enjoyed making all of these bright, fun mini paintings filled with lots of love. I love how the confetti makes it look like a celebration, it’s just fun! With that said the canvas panels with the creative lettering are my favorite. Which one is your favorite?

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” ~Roy Croft

    Thoughtful Thursday A Romantic Evening

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    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, this coming Monday. There’s nothing better than snuggling in front of the TV and watching a movie together for a romantic evening. A simple movie can make for an extravagant and memorable night if you pay attention to the details.

    Start by lighting a few candles and serve chocolate covered strawberries with a champagne. Or if you prefer popcorn, serve freshly popped corn with homemade cookies and your favorite candies. The main thing is to use your imagination and create a fun and magical night.

    These are my top picks for Valentine movies. They’re all nice, light hearted movies with happy endings:

    1. Pride and Prejudice Starring Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen (2005)
    2. The Holiday Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law & Jack Black (2006)
    3. Notting Hill Starring Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts (1999)
    4. Laws of Attraction Starring Pierce Brosnan & Julianne Moore (2004)
    5. Robin Hood Starring Russell Crowe & Kate Blanchette (2010)
    6. Sense and Sensibility Starring Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet (1995)
    7. What’s Up Doc Starring Barbra Streisand & Ryan O’Neal (1972)
    8. The Proposal Starring Sandra Bullock & Ryan Reynolds (2009)
    9. Sweet Home Alabama Starring Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey & Josh Lucas (2002)
    10. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Starring Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaghey (2003)
    11. Kate and Leopold Starring Meg Ryan & Hugh Jackman (2001)
    12. Must Love Dogs Starring Diane Lane & John Cusak (2005)
    13. Fool’s Gold Starring Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaghey (2008)
    14. Two Weeks Notice Starring Sandra Bullock & Hugh Grant (2002)

    Hope this sparks your creativity for romance. Thanks for stopping by!!

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    Love isn’t about the time you spend together. It’s about the memories you create.” ~Unknown

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    Watercolor Journal Angel Valentina

    Meet Angel Valentina. I love painting angels in my Strathmore 5.5″ x 8.5″ watercolor journal. It’s a nice creative warm up to get the day started.

    What is your favorite way to warm up for a creative day?

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    Valentine’s Day Canvases

    I’m having a lot of fun creating these smaller canvases for Valentine’s Day. There are a lot of layers and work that goes into each one. They’re literally labors of love and I accent each one with glitter for a little bit of Cupid’s magic. Each painting is sealed and protected with a matte finish and comes ready to hang and are available in my Etsy Shop.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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    True Love Art Journal Page (Part 1)

    I have a tendency to make little pieces of art, then put them away until I’m ready to use them. I read an article where they made art using coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker but I do love the smell of coffee so I decided to give it a whirl.

    I used watercolor paper for my 2.75″ x 3.5″ tile so I could be heavy handed with the coffee and get a nice background color. The trick is to make really strong, dark coffee then paint your paper.

    Once the coffee is dry, you can create your art. I used watercolor pencils to make my drawing and activated the colors with water. After the paint dried, I went back over my drawing with Sakura Micron Pen 03. As always, I couldn’t resist adding that little bit of sparkly magic with glitter to the tile. (Note: When painting your tile, don’t be afraid to go bold and bright with the watercolor paints because they become muted and toned down when the colors mix with the coffee.)

    For this journal page I used my Strathmore 5.5″ x 8″ Mixed Media Journal. I started by putting a good coat of gesso on my page and let it dry. Next, I used assorted acrylic paints that blended with the tile but at the same time made it stand out. After I was happy with the page, I glued my tile in place, added a few doodles and that was it.

    I’ll post the second page of this layout next week so stay tuned as the adventure continues!

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    Thoughtful Thursday

    Esther A Howland “The Mother of Valentine”

    Follow Up to the History of Valentine’s Day

    Last week I wrote a post about the history of Valentine’s Day and learned we had a “Mother of Valentine, “Esther A Howland. I found her very interesting considering she was born in a time before women basically had rights and as a result the odds were not in her favor. Despite that, Esther persevered and moved forward with her vision. Below are some of the highlights of Esther’s lifetime accomplishments below:

    • 1828 Esther was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her parents were Southworth Allen Howland and Esther Howland.
    • Her Father, owned the largest stationary and bookbindery business in Worcester, Massachusetts.
    • Esther attended college at Mount Holyoke Academy the same time as Emily Dickinson did.
    • 1847 Esther graduated college at the age of 19 and received a Valentine card from one of her father’s friends which was decorated with lace and cut out flowers. During this time, Valentine Day Cards were imported from Europe into the States.
    • Esther loved the card and thought she could do better. She talked to her father and he bought her supplies to make her own cards. She created a dozen designs.
    • Esther gave the samples to her brother for his next sales trip for their father’s business. She hoped for $200 in sales which would be worth around $6,380 today. But to her surprise he returned with over $5,000, worth $159,501 today.
    • Esther knew she couldn’t handle these orders by herself so she employed friends, primarily women who were said to have been paid liberally and had pleasant working conditions. She used a guest bedroom on the 3rd floor of her home for her new business. She set up an assembly line to create the cards and inspected each one.
    • 1850 The Worcester Spy published the first advertisement for Esther’s Valentine Cards and she became officially known as a businesswomen.
    • 1870 Esther incorporated her business, New England Valentine Company (N.E.V.Co).
    • In red ink, Esther began stamping the letter “H” and price on the back of her cards. She also included in red ink, the letters for her company “N.E.V.Co.”
    • Esther’s business grossed $100,000 annually the equivalent of $3,190,024 today.
    • Esther expanded her business and made cards for Birthdays, Christmas and New Years. She also created May Baskets and Booklets.
    • 1866 Esther suffered a knee injury and became bound to a wheelchair.
    • 1874 Esther moved her Valentine factory from her home to Harrington Corner.
    • Esther passed away in 1904 at the age of 76. Although she was considered “The Mother of Valentine” she never married.
    Esther Howland’s Home
    Assembly Line
    Esther Howland Valentine Cards

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    “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” ~ Estee Lauder

    Sources:

    https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

    https://www.amazingwomeninhistory.com/esther-howland-american-valentine

    https://newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/esther-howland-worcester-valentine-queen/

    https://www.legacyclub.boston/esther-howland

    https://bonnercountydailybee.com/news/2021/feb/10/esthers-gift-and-legacy-love/

    Angel of Prayer Watercolor Journal Page

    Since I filled up my other journal, this is the first angel in my new journal, Angel of Prayer. I tried something new with her halo but I’m not sure if I like it. What do you think?

    I also limited my color palette on this one. After she was all done, I took a look at her and she reminded me of Easter with these colors.

    Hope you have a lovely week 😊

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