Just in time for St. Valentine's day (it seems important to add the "Saint", because it's a person we are remembering, a martyr no less, not just spending gobs of money on impractical things and/or feeling ugly and unlovable because you're the only one at the office not getting $450 flower arrangements, right? Ohhhh, I remember those days...), the very talented Lauren Haupt of Local Library is putting these cute, candy-like heart earrings on the shelf for checkout. The hearts are made of carnelian, and make me think of a juicy strawberry or a sweet jellybean. Just $17.
Of course, if you really hate Valentine's day or the silly commercialism surrounding it (hey, growing up as "the ugly one" was not easy, and besides, aren't the thoughtful, homemade gifts better?), Lauren offers nearly identical earrings in black onyx and a "cold black heart" necklace with sterling silver hearts that have been oxidized to black centered on a dainty, pretty sterling silver chain.
Honestly, Lauren has all kinds of beautiful jewelry in her shop, and I especially like her charming earrings. Some are playful, some are elegant, but all very creative and unique.
Have a a wonderful weekend! We're expecting some true nastiness weatherwise, so will be settling in with home-related projects and a few great movies. I've got several books deserving of more quality time, too. ;)
Now, if you are looking for some enjoyable weekend projects involving handcrafted St. Valentine's gifts for friends, family, loved ones, or the lonely but sweet little old lady across the hall, I've scoured a few up:
10 DIY Valentine's Crafts at Threadbanger
Tons of great Valentine's crafts and snacks from, of course, Martha Stewart
Heart-y Scrambled Eggs from ReadyMade
Alton Brown's Chocolate Brownies
DIY-ing your Valentines from Digs Magazine
Several fun ideas, not all of them red and heart-themed, from Cool Hunting
Savannah Chocolate Cake with Hot Fudge from Paula Deen, Queen of Butter. I made this last year for Hubby on V-Day and he loved it.
A rather silly RoboHeart Valentine from Instructables
Tons of fun ideas from CRAFT Magazine
No-Sew Pillows for Valentine's at Modern June
Got any more ideas? Feel free to add them to the list!