When I was a little girl, my mom MADE me make my own homemade Valentines for every student in my class—granted those were the days of maybe up to 20 in a class, not 40+ students. The day before we would go buy shades of red, pink, purple and white construction paper, glue, glitter, maybe those “be mine” candies, and yarn. We would set up for a night of cutting and pasting.
Yes, I was that girl who stuck the construction paper-doily-glittery card in your cubby. You could tell I was the “homemade” Valentine kid by following the trail of glitter back to my desk. I was embarrased at the time, because everyone else had discovered the cool new pre-made commercial Valentines. But my mom insisted. And, although I may never have admitted it at the time, I always ended up getting into creating those, especially making those special Valentine’s for “certain” crushes!
Fast forward to today, to a time where I love making a special homemade Valentine for my biggest crush, my hubby. Every year, since we started dating, I’ve made him a special “card” (I make a special Valentine for my son now too!). This year I was inspired by one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Bookity, who makes these amazing and most exquisite and whimsical paper creations.
I made my honey-hubby these festive hanging hearts, six for each year we’ve been married. I love the romance of Shakespeare’s text on Bookity’s hearts, but I wanted to use something more meaningful between me and my husband. Instead of Shakespeare, I used a copy of the love letter I wrote to my husband that he read on the eve of our wedding. I added a little glass bead to each heart and hung them from a weathered piece of wood, where I wrote a personal note to him <3
I don't think he minds that I shared this year's card with you!