This year, I got to participate in a handmade valentine swap. Super fun, right? It’s nice to know handmade is still alive and well in the world!
For my valentine, I really didn’t have very much time. I know that is said a lot, but things changed for us a few weeks ago. We took our very first older child placement in a few weeks ago. She is 4. It has been a pretty rough few weeks for all 5 of us. This valentine would not have been on my radar had I not already signed up to send them to people before we got placed with this little girl. I didn’t want to leave the ladies hanging who had signed up to swap with me. That’s all to say, most of us probably have things going on right now that keep us from following our hearts desire of making handmade valentines.
So….I created this DIY Valentine’s garland to fill that last-minute-need-to-create void!
First, print the Valentine’s garland from last year right HERE. Cut out all of the hearts and even some white ones if you desire to make a longer one. I used 4 hearts, but you can include as many hearts as you want as long as you remember to increase the postage.
I cut out a few pieces of cardboard, in haste. However, small pieces of wood would be perfect. I wrapped some long pieces of tape around the cardboard so the person could take off whatever they need to hang up the garland and also to adhere the string to the back of the garland. Cut a 1 yard long piece of twine, fold it up, and hold it together with a piece of washi tape. Write a little handmade note and put it in an envelope! A cute little printed paper bag like you can find in my friend Ana’s shop would be perfect, along with some of her heart stickers and mini clothespins!
Print, Assemble, and Give!
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Apparently, I’m ready for bright, happy colors again, according to this board! Le Creuset has a new color for their amazing dishes…QUINCE. It’s a perfectly balanced hue of yellow which I find very hard to resist. I can’t wait to thumb through Deb‘s cookbook, as I am a huge fan of her incredible blog. That candle. That Anthro mug. Adorable. Anna’s Rifle Paper Company work is always amazing and these recipe cards are no exception. I’ve been blown away by some great floral prints out there, including the Steven Alan one above. SO dreamy.
We all have our own love language. Mine is acts of service…from what I’m told. If I had to pick my own category, it would be thoughtfulness. I know, that’s not one of the given categories, but I’m not really a fan of categorizing myself like that so I’m making my own. I just really love thoughtfulness.
I loved it recently when my friend made a kit of lovely things to help me during a cold.
I love it when my husband does the dishes when I’m least expecting it.
I love it when my mom pulls out a vintage treasure from her “stash” right when I need it.
I love it when my kids ask if there’s anything they can do to help.
I love it when my sister bring down cookies when she visits.
I love it when someone spends time making something with their hands.
I put together a little collection of things I feel would be thoughtful gifts for your love ones on Valentine’s day from things I’ve made in the past.
//Cook a nice dinner with roasted red beets as a side dish. They will add gorgeous color to your table.//
ALTSummit is an amazing event for creative bloggers to chat, brainstorm, create, network, and party.
Lots of partying.
My personal take-aways:
1. Know who you are and why you do what you do.
This was my first year going and I’m so glad I went! I almost went last year and I’m kinda glad I didn’t. If I had gone last year I would have been really out-of-place. Blogging is a serious business in that it requires a lot of time, organization, and planning. I knew that this was a blogging conference but I expected to meet people on all levels of blogging seriousness. Not really the case in my experience at ALT, although maybe it’s different every year. Almost everyone there was looking to expand and grow as a writer, photographer, or brand in a serious way. Let me just say, it would still be super fun to go to, but there is so much time spent talking about your blog that I would have felt silly being there for my” family blog with occasional project/recipe” of long ago.
2. Be an original.
This might be cliché, but since there is so much out there in the internet world to find and be inspired by, you might as well stick to who you are and what you do best. You will only be unhappy being a copy. People should love you for you. Originals are more valuable, anyway. ;)
3. Enjoy the process.
After hearing several days full of numbers, stats, do this, and do that. I’m coming home with a great motivation to just make the things I love to make and enjoy the process I’m in right NOW.Yes, it’s always good to have a plan, but not one that will suck the life from your creative soul.
4. Make time for fun.
Amidst all of the daytime talk of blogging “stuff”, the nights were filled with awesome parties sponsored by great companies. In life, it’s important to not miss out on the fun! Date nights are super important for the soul, just like creative nights. Go out!
5. Go with your gut.
Work with and hangout with people you truly enjoy and don’t fall into the trap of following people purely based on popularity (maybe your friends will be both, which is awesome). Some people are actually NOT popular for a reason. Funny, right? I found that some of my favorite big bloggers were not super-friendly, while others who looked more unfriendly turned out to be so much fun! Note to self: Don’t judge by a profile photo…you just never know.
6.FABULOUS people are out there!
The best thing about this event for me was the people I got to meet.