Thursday, February 11, 2010

The History of Valentine's Day (and Kissing)

Today’s tradition of trading love notes on February 14 became popular in England in the 17th century.

Some anthropologists believe that kissing originated with early Homo sapiens passing food to their babies mouth to mouth. As humans developed, the mouth-to-mouth feeding stopped, but the learned behavior of kissing remained.

When was the first box of chocolates introduced?

Find more Valentine's Day facts and Shortcuts to a Romantic Valentine’s Day at Real Simple.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Inchies" Quilled Valentines

I made these little two-inch Valentine's Day cards with a silver embossed inchie, raised and embellished with quilling, punched hearts and a tiny red crystal. I stamped on white gloss paper for a little place to write a few words inside. The 1/8 inch quilling strips are silver gilded on edge garnet paper made in England. The shimmer of the silver is gorgeous in person. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Source for quilling paper:  Whimsiquills

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another Real Simple Favorite

I don't know about you, but I found many of these 50 All-Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things in Real Simple Magazine very inspiring :o)

My favorite = the decorative drinking glasses with the window stickers on them so you can tell which one belongs to who. Much more classy than the usual colored rubber bands that I use around the soda cans when the grandkids are here!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quilled Tweets

A loud shout-out to my friend Lori who quills and creates the cutest, whimsical tweety birds on altered CDs and chipboard backgrounds, then embellishes into fabulous dimensional wall hangings, ornaments, wall decor pieces.

This is one of her darling Valentine's Day hangings. Check out her ItsLorraine Etsy Store and take a peek at the adorable Patriotic Tweets and uh-mazing prices!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Matchboxes ...

I attended Craft Night last night in the Etsy Labs and it was so much fun to see these matchboxes made and get the live tutorial, free templates, and especially, hearing lots of ideas from other sellers. The one-piece insert for pages is way clever.

Unfortunately I cannot get my pics up until later this week. But I thought I'd post this so you can get started... if you like to make and embellish matchboxes :)

Etsy > The Storque > How-Tuesday

More beauteous boxes at Rachel Johnson's amazing blog swap-bot/ website.

Thank you Rachel Johnson and julieincharge!

Update 2-9-10: I haven't finished these much less photo, edit and post. I think they will go in the Valentine Box for next year and I'll start on some for Easter :)

Have fun!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Thank You - Business Card Holder

I have three cards I enclose in with my Etsy sales package plus a note of thanks. I made these little holders in the same paper as my matchbook note holders that I also include. (K&Company Life's Journey)

They are 3.5 x 4.5 inches and I make two scores in the middle at 2-1/8 and 2-3/8 inches. I use a corner rounder on all four corners. The pocket is a 1.5 inch square. It takes about 14" of ribbon to make the handles. I close it with a Tim Holtz mini clip :)

There are a lot of debates in the Esty Virtual Lab meetings about whether to send a thank you, receipt or other marketing materials. I love receiving extras but do not think a thing about it if I only get my purchase. These are fast, easy and just the right size for the recipient to carry ten or so business cards in it. I do hope they are reused.

Have a fabulous February!


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