Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it’s true colors are shining bright. So bright, in fact, that I was nearly blinded into shock after reading the flower shop’s ad from our small town paper: $75 for a dozen roses.
This was the first time I asked Country Man not to buy me flowers and sincerely, wholeheartedly meant it.
Though finances may be tight for many these days, and advertising only serving to remind us, I can testify we are so very fortunate in so many ways. Nothing is perfect and some days are harder than others, with a few days beautiful but most simply good, so much that it’s almost comical.
Yes, life is swell.
With that said, this Valentine’s Day I took it upon myself to revive the ten year-old in me and wink at the 28 year-old frugal gal, too, by taking the handmade route. Rather than spend a whole $3.95 on a card, I made one with my own two hands.
So today I am going to share my 20 minute card-making process with you, and in hopes help to make Valentine’s Day a sweet, thoughtful one for you and yours. And if you don’t have a romantic Valentine, I can assure you there is someone who would appreciate a card.
To Make A Card
First, find a printable image to use as your card cover. Thanks to the talented Middlest Sister, I found mine:
The Middlest Sister was kind enough to consider the not-so-festive this Valentine’s Day. I chose the dove and bee as front-and-back, but will keep the fowl around for another time.
Second, I grabbed a few magazines:
Redbook is my “McDonald’s for the mind”, as my father calls easy reading material. Or as I like to call it, “help a band member go on a trip” magazine. And, I do like it. A Redbook and a bottled Coke together, now that’s my idea of a nice Sunday afternoon delight.
Now, it’s time for cutting and pasting. Redbook is filled with Valentine’s Day keywords, making this a quick project.
Simple! Once I finished creating the message for his eyes only, I found the Soul2Soul perfume sample in my magazine and breezed it across the pages. Thanks, Faith Hill. You smell nice.
Well, I hope this helped you save a few bucks, or at the very least from a last minute Valentine’s Day pinch.
Before I go, I’d like to share a couple ideas to consider this Valentine’s Day:
- Enter Alison Colby-Campbell’s love story fiction writing contest.
- Find out what she really wants with Maineiac’s help.
- Buy some Soul2Soul perfume/cologne. It’s Faith and Tim. It smells real purdy.
- Write a love letter to a parent. Rufina wrote one to her father for his 70th birthday.
- Visit Heifer 12 x12 and see Betty’s 10 small reasons to make Heifer your Valentine.
- Custom made antler items. She told me that’s what she wants.
Other than the great ones above, have any clever Valentine’s Day ideas to share? I’d love to see them!