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Valentine’s Day Crafts

This week brings a break in my regularly scheduled photos since I thought it would be fun to share what I made my fiancé for Valentine’s Day! While I don’t usually find myself particularly crafty, for whatever reason I’ve always done something for Ryan. Living in Ethiopia is not particularly conducive to being super crafty (although creativity is definitely a requirement!), but I tried my hand anyway browsing the interwebs for something fun and easy I could create with materials I already have access to.

Valentine’s Day Card

First up, I made a card inspired by the lovely conversation hearts (idea from Martha Stewart). I water colored some paper in various shades of red, let it dry, cut it into strips and then rolled little hearts. Underneath I wrote in little “conversations.” Some meaningful to us, others just your standard generic candy heart greeting. As you can see, there’s a bit of a glue blemish on the card, but hey, when you only have one piece of acceptable cardstock and a single tiny tube of glue, you take Tim Gunn’s advice and “Make it work!”

Supplies needed:

  • Watercolor paper (or other heavy cardstock for card)
  • Basic computer paper
  • Red watercolor
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Pen

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Watercolor Art

The next idea came from water coloring the paper strips for hearts… I suddenly felt inspired to paint—something that hasn’t happened to me in a long time—so I painted. When I was finished, I decided to add a poem that I love, e. e. cummings i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart) in my own handwriting. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and would love to do some similar watercolors/poems for decoration around my house!

Supplies needed:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Red watercolor
  • Pen
  • Meaningful poem

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