Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorites! Not necessarily because I loved the idea of being showered with candy, roses, and jewelry -- although if a Glen & Effie piece had been handed in my direction a time or two that may have explained my love for the holiday. My true appreciation for the day came about because it was a time I got to exchange love notes with all those I truly cared about. Each year I'd get more and more elaborate and began discover that I had it in me to make a pretty breathtaking Valentine -- and not some drugstore bought piece of cardboard. Bleh!
My favorite part of the Valentine is without a doubt how it's packaged. Before moving to NYC I had no idea that there were whole stores dedicated to paper and envelopes. Shapes, sizes, and colors are endless! Do you want it to open from the side or top, triangle or flat? Should it seal shut or be drawn closed by wrapping a thread around a button? The little things are the details that make your Valentine realize you care enough to line the inside of the envelope with pretty floral paper -- What? You don't do that?!
The stamps. Have you ever thought about the stamps? Stamps are like the pretty jewels Brooke finds and incorporates into her pieces. Vintage stamps to be exact. You can purchase colorful, vintage stamps from flea markets, antique stores, and my personal go-to -- Etsy! Be sure that you buy unused stamps. If they're already stamped (like number 6 above), they're not good for mailing. Just cluster a few together in the upper right hand corner of your envelope and voila! You'll have the prettiest piece of mail you ever did see.
But of course, the words your write should come from your heart. The reason I put so much emphasis on the envelope and packaging of my Valentine's is because I want the words to speak for themselves -- no competition from glitter, stickers, and ribbons! I personally handwrite all my letters. I want my Valentine to imagine me sitting down and writing each and every word with love. It doesn't have to be perfect penmanship, just perfectly you.
I hope you have a love-filled Valentine's Day! xoxo