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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Inspiration for a Homemade Valentine

Looking back at all the delightful handmade holiday gifts from 2008 featured on blogs, I found two that I thought might just work for Valentine's Day or at least serve as a little inspiration.

The first favorite homemade treasure I spotted was on Oh Dee Doh and created by Sarah of The Small Object. She wrote a simple letter to her niece and formatted it on Photoshop to send to Spoonflower, so they could create custom fabric from her Photoshop image. The result is a sweet and personal quilt that her niece will always enjoy.

Here are some Valentine ideas that were inspired by this gift:
  • a pillowcase with a memorable quote to that special someone
  • a quilt with kids drawings to Nana
  • custom Valentine Bags for the kids
The second homemade treasure I spotted was on Oh Happy Day and created by Jordan. She designed a simple leisure book to give to her husband, so that he could easily find fun things to do in his free time. She asked friends and family for suggestions and compiled all the ideas in a notebook divided into sections. I also love this gift because you do not need to be super crafty, the format is simple because she used a moleskin notebook with tabs to create the book. The best thing about the gift is that you can continue to add to your leisure books as you find new sites, restaurants, and things to do.

Here are some Valentine ideas that are inspired by this gift:
  • plan a surprise trip and give a "leisure book" that include your romantic plans for the trip
  • create a reflection book of a special vacation and include favorite spots and memories
xoxo, C


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