Things I Love Thursday | Valentine’s Day Edition

It’s Valentine’s Day! And I could not be happier.

Being a barber (although this applies to pretty much all service industry folks), I prefer to make money instead of spend it on holidays like this. This is a really good money week, is what I’m saying.

Sheldon and Pancakes

Sheldon is a tiny dinosaur that thinks he’s a turtle. He loves you enough to share.

But still, in the spirit of the season, I thought I would round up some Valentine’s Day fun for this inaugural edition of the new Things I Love Thursday feature. This one is for those of us who hate pink, and could definitely do without all the hearts and flowers and lace and frills, and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of you guys out there.

For the record, I am madly in love with my husband of 6 months, partner of 3 years, but even so this particular hyped-up holiday is way too much for me.

So here are your Valentines, in love or not fellow Valentine’s Day downers, with some neat, sweet (but not too sweet), and delicious V-Day love from some of the most crushable folks on my blogroll(s).

1) Heart Bombing

I have a giant nerd crush on Meredith from One Sheepish Girl. In real life, I just know we would be buddies. She even inspired me to try my hand at crochet for these little hearts (these pictured are hers, for the record)

The idea is to make some hearts out of whatever material you like (even just felt, for the non-needle-inclined), attach a sweet little note, and leave them around town for people to find. Spending a ton of money on a V-Day dinner? No thanks. Making a stranger feel loved? I’m so down.

Sheepish Yarn Bombing - Share Your Heart

Sheepish Yarn Bombing – Share Your Heart via One Sheepish Girl

2) Letters to Your Little Self

Dear Little Gina... via Maie Dae

Dear Little Gina… via Maie Dae

I love this Valentine’s Day idea. I was a weird little bugger as a kid (my sister too), and I think I may have to write that tiny monkey a Valentine’s note. From Maie Dae:

We are celebrating Valentine’s Day by writing love letters to our little selves. This idea stems from one of my favorite quotes by Kris Carr, “Picture yourself when you were five. in fact, dig out a photo of little you at that time and tape it to your mirror. How would you treat her, love her, feed her? How would you nurture her if you were the mother of little you? I bet you would protect her fiercely while giving her space to spread her itty-bitty wings. she’d get naps, healthy food, imagination time, and adventures into the wild. If playground bullies hurt her feelings, you’d hug her tears away and give her perspective. When tantrums or meltdowns turned her into a poltergeist, you’d demand a loving time-out in the naughty chair. From this day forward I want you to extend that same compassion to your adult self.” This Valentine’s Day, take time to write little you a love letter. What are three things you would tell yourself? Show yourself some fierce love this month.

3) Date Night Ideas

Date Night Ideas via Oh So Lovely Vintage

Date Night Ideas via Oh So Lovely Vintage

I have worked enough restaurant Valentine’s Days that I will never subject myself to one as a customer. The prices are way jacked up, the service is slow (although your poor servers are doing their best to keep up, I assure you, tip well), and all the staff cares about is getting everyone served and out the door. This looks like a way better date night – and there are more ideas too, all great for broke homebodies like myself.

4) Hand Stitched Card Tutorial

Hand Stitched Card Tutorial via Ordinary Mommy Design

Hand Stitched Card Tutorial via Ordinary Mommy Design

I have been way crushing out on embroidered and stitched paper lately. And this card is adorbs.

5) Gold Painted Animals

Gold Animals via 100 Layer Cake

Gold Animals via 100 Layer Cake

What screams Valentine’s Day more than gold painted pigs, horses and elephants? For me, that seems pretty spot on. This may be from a wedding blog, but I could go for these opulent little animals as table decor any time.

6) Conversation Heart Nails

DIY Conversation Heart Nails via Radical Possibility

DIY Conversation Heart Nails via Radical Possibility

You may know Meg as the orange bridesmaid in my Leetle Seester’s Rainbow Wedding, and the blogger behind Radical Possibility, who has exploded onto the bloggity scene in the last 9 months. She made some adorable conversation heart nails, but you will have to click through to the post for the slightly Less Safe for Work ones.

Sext Me. Ha. I could totally do those at work. I love my job.

7) Jam-Filled Buttermilk Biscuits

Jam Filled Buttermilk Biscuits via Honey Kennedy

Jam Filled Buttermilk Biscuits via Honey Kennedy

While these are not exactly V-Day specific, I think these delectable little pillows would be the perfect start to Valentine’s Day. So much love.

8) Heart Shaped Pretzels with Pink Sea Salt

Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels with Pink Sea Salt via Say Yes to Hoboken

Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels with Pink Sea Salt via Say Yes to Hoboken

Did I say I hate pink? That’s totally true, but pink salt and pink peppercorns (would would be amazeballs in these too) are an exception. Not a big fan of hearts either, but I’m always down for pretzels. These might actually make me festive.

9) Guinness Pretzel Truffles

Guinness-Pretzel Truffles via Sprinkles Bakes

Guinness-Pretzel Truffles via Sprinkles Bakes

One of the things I actually do love about Valentine’s Day is the candy. The day is actually followed by one of my favorite holidays, Feb 15, otherwise known as Half Off Candy Day. Or you could just make these at home! Girl and guy friendly, crunchy, smooth, sweet and salty, yes to everything. Gimme.

10) Strawberry Vodka & Pink Vanilla Sugar

Strawberry Vodka & Pink Vanilla Sugar via My Baking Addiction

Strawberry Vodka & Pink Vanilla Sugar via My Baking Addiction

Dude, look at me, just contradicting myself all over this post. More pink. But it’s in booze form, so again, I’m totally okay with it. And this sounds freaking delicious.

Do you love or hate Valentine’s Day? What are your V-Day plans?

Comments

  1. We don’t really do Valentine’s Day (yes, we’re boring people), but this post rocks! Thanks a bunch for including my stitched card tute!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Yeah, we had pizza after a super long work day. I hear ya. But today is another awesome holiday – half off candy day!