A friend of mine has the sweetest tree in her yard. I might have to try to do this next year.
I've put together a collection of not so typical love songs. Some are featured in my favorite movies. Some are from artists I love—Van Morrison, Newton Faulkner, Badly Drawn Boy, and more.
Okay, I admit #7 is not so unexpected. But I couldn't make a playlist about love without this classic song by the Beatles. And because I adore Stevie Wonder, you gotta include him in the mix.
It's a perfect soundtrack for Valentine's Day or a special anniversary.
Make today ridiculously awesome! xo Chris
Click on the widget above to play the Spotify.com playlist I created.
IMAGES: "I love you more" graphic is by me. The iPhone case featured in this post was also illustrated and designed by me and you can find it at my Society6 shop.
Do you feel any different after you hear music that you absolutely love? In the Nancy Meyers' film The Holiday, the character Miles is a composer who knows the value of a beautiful melody. When he is falling for Iris he tells her this...
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Since it's Valentine's Day week, I'm sharing a few favorite romantic quotes from movies. Screenwriter Richard Curtis tops my list for the sweetest quotes.
Here is another quote about love, it's not so much romantic as it is heartwarming. A lovely snippet I like to remember when love seems not so obvious.
Check back through out the day. I will be adding more.
Hello, friends. Today I'm offering free printable PDF for Valentine's Day. The digital file includes 6 cards—perfect for classroom use. Finished cards have printing on one side and are blank on the reverse side for you to write on. Link to download this Valentine printable below.
Here is the link to download the cards. NOTE: If you have issues downloading try right-clicking on the download link above ('Option' and click for the mac) and saving directly to your computer.
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Today I wanted to share a tutorial for a quick and easy Valentine's Day project. These Valentine's Day mini heart pins can be made with felt or fabric scraps you have on hand and they are oh so cute.
Pin it on a shirt to add some Valentine bling. Or attach the heart to a postcard. For this easy craft I used craft felt (or try any "Valentine-y" fabric scraps) as the heart structure. I added embellishments using embroidery thread, beads, more felt hearts, sequins, and even recycled jewelry. The darker pink heart used medium-size pearl beads from a favorite bracelet that unfortunately broke one day. Instead of throwing away all those adorable beads I added a few here and there to craft projects. Easy peasy! See the complete directions below.
Directions: Mini Heart Pins
Hello, friends. Today I'm offering a free printable gift box I created that features a bouquet of pink roses. Perfect for Valentine's Day! Link to download this printable below.
The digital PDF file includes one pillow box designed by me and featuring a photo image of roses taken by me. Box is the perfect size for holding a gift card.
Printables are easy to use. All you need for this craft is the free downloadable PDF file, 8.5"x11" card stock paper, glue or double-sided tap, and scissors. You can also embellish the box with glitter.
Link to the downloadable PDF and directions for printing and assembling the box in the steps below.
Here are 12 favorite—but not so typical—love songs on my playlist. It's a perfect soundtrack for a wedding, or Valentine's Day or an anniversary. Oh yeah, I added a few alternative songs if romance is the last thing on your list. Enjoy. xo, Chris
Click on the links and you can hear the songs in iTunes preview:
And then some totally love-ly but unromantic heart songs:
Create my handmade heart pin to add some Valentine bling. Or attach the heart to a postcard. For this easy craft I use felt as the heart structure and add embellishments using embroidery thread, beads, more felt hearts, sequins, and even recycled jewelry. The dark pink heart uses medium-size pearl beads from a favorite bracelet that unfortunately broke one day. Instead of throwing away all those adorable beads I add a few here and there to craft projects. Easy peasy! See the complete directions below.
Step-by-step directions below.
Valentine's Day has always been one of my faves, so it isn't surprising I keep adding new heart-worthy Etsy items to my Salt and Paper Designs shop.
I love printables. Here are just a few of mine for Valentines:
Valentines come in all shapes and sizes. My faves are easy-to-make cards. This year I decided to make printables--easy to print PDF files that make it a snap to make as many as you want.
Do you like to use printable cards and gift wrap? Here are the two newest items at my Salt and Paper Designs shop on Etsy:
You put your arm around me for the first time,
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter,
You are the best thing that's ever been mine..."
~ Mine lyrics by Taylor Swift
You can see more of my doodles at Momathon doodles. Illustration: Chris Olson © 2011.
A dog's mission is a simple one: I'll be your Valentine every day of the year.
Once in a while, right in the middle of just another ordinary day, love brings you something extraordinary--a soul mate. In fact, you just might discover your forever love at an animal shelter near you.
Looking to adopt a dog or cat? Check out these links:
Two-year-old Oakley pictured above is a Border Collie/Aussie mix who loves kids, adults and other dogs. He knows many obedience commands. Because at his former home he was left outside on a chain all the time he will need some help with separation anxiety. You can find out more about him and other rescue dogs at PalsForever.org.
To be honest I had never thought much about "work spouses"--a term for co-workers with close relationships--or giving one a Valentine until I read Sue Shellenbarger's WSJ article today. Sure, I think bringing a bunch of heart-shaped cookies or cupcakes to work for the office is sweet and festive. Who doesn't enjoy an excuse for a party at work? However--and this is a big however--if you give a special Valentine gift to one of your co-workers who you also consider to be a "work spouse," then perhaps you have gone too far on this romantic holiday.
Or maybe not? I guess celebrating Valentine's Day with a work spouse doesn't have to be about romance, but I wonder if the "real spouse" at home would agree with you? According to Shellenberger's article:
For Valentine's Day on Monday, Amy McMahon will be celebrating twice. She's preparing a romantic candlelight dinner for her longtime boyfriend and giving him a gift card from his favorite fitness website. That same day, Ms. McMahon will be giving her "work husband" some small heart-shaped cakes and a sentimental card.
So what exactly is a work spouse? Urban Dictionary defines a work wife as:
That person at work (same or opposite sex) that takes the place of your "at home" spouse while you are at work (no sexual relationship is part of this being!) You talk with, connect to, and relate to this person as good as or better than your "at home" spouse with regards to all things work related.
Office buddies and an office spouse obviously are not the same. Having a deep--yet platonic--relationship with a co-worker is a modern office trend. An estimated two-thirds of workers have a work wife or office husband according to survey by Captivate.com. The survey findings might surprise you:
Though respondents generally keep interaction with their work spouse confined to the office (55% talk to their work spouse a few times a day in the workplace), a sizeable number continually communicate with their work spouse throughout the day. 21% talk, instant message (IM) and email their work spouse constantly during the workday, and 24% engage in this level of communication with their work spouse even on weekends and weeknights.
Since I barely have enough time in a day to talk to my "real spouse," I can't imagine having enough time for a deep friendship with a "work spouse." And when in the day would I ever carve out enough time to buy a work spouse a Valentine?
An estimated one billion Valentine's Day cards were sent worldwide in 2010 and I'm sure many were sent to that other spouse. Celebrating Valentine's day with an office spouse doesn't make sense to me. Call me a hopeless romantic. I like the sentiment of Geoffrey Chaucer when he wrote a poem celebrating one of the very first Saint Valentine's Day:
For this was Saint Valentine's Day,
when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.
(Illustration: Chris Olson © 2011.)
“If there ever comes a day
when we can't be together
keep me in your heart,
I'll stay there forever."
~ Winnie the Pooh
You can see more of my doodles at Momathon doodles.
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Illustration: Chris Olson © 2011.
~ The Prime Minister, the movie Love Actually
You can see more of my doodles at Momathon doodles.
Illustration: Chris Olson © 2011.