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It’s a wrap: celery heart rose wrapping paper

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Finished wrapping paper with font


This morning, I read an email from Yahoo which I wouldn’t normally bother with but its subject line advertised great ideas for V Day and I’m feeling kind of stumped. JB calls it a “Hallmark holiday”; I call it a wonderful holiday because it mandates romance. I mean who doesn’t need a nudge from Cupid now and then, right? (I’m raising both hands in the air right now.)


Celery in a bag2


So what’s their big idea? Autocompose Valentines. (I was wondering what that red heart icon was doing next to Yahoo’s “Compose” button; now I know.) They say these will be the best valentine you ever send. They had me at “best”.

Celery on board



I clicked the Love one first (scroll down to read it). Obviously the beginning is a nod to (or a full on rip off of?) The Proclaimer’s song, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), but the rest is random cheesy muck that I thought was darn funny. I wonder if thousands of people are going to send this same mushy boiler plate valentine to their loved ones. It’s so over-the-top romantic yet completely impersonal as it was composed by Yahoo. I emailed it to JB along with an explanation of its Yahoo origin and a post script to forget that part about giving up chocolate–that’s never going to happen!




Celery heart cut


Happy Valentine’s Day,


To the love of my life, I would walk five hundred miles to see you. And, if necessary, I would walk five hundred more. You play the strings of my heart with delicate grace. When we are apart, I am lost without hope. I would give up chocolate forever in exchange for five more minutes with you.


Love for all eternity,


Your Name

Painted celery heart


The next one, I’m assuming, is for friends–or someone you really like a lot–called Favorites.  I emailed it to my best friend (with a huge disclaimer about where it came from so she won’t think I’ve lost my mind).


Stamping celery heart



Dear Favorite,


I don’t know what I like better–your sense of humor or your sense of direction. I want you to know how much I appreciate that you’re always willing to split dessert with me. The truth is, you’re a trendsetter. If I didn’t know better, I’d think you walked around the world with a sign that reads, “LOVE ME” across your back!


You’re a winner!


Your Name


Roll of wrapped paperI think the last one, All Outta Love, is the best! I can think of a few people I would’ve liked to send this one to in years past.


To someone who deserves the best,


Well, they can’t all be great, right? When did I dip myself in love repellent? I don’t remember doing that. Someone should remind all those hand-holders that it’s flu season. Ugh, what was this email about? I got so bored I forgot.




Your Name

Small shot

Darn you, Yahoo for not giving me any ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I did come up with a handmade wrapping paper idea, on my own, to wrap a V Day present for a friend who I’m eternally grateful to for helping me set up this blog.  See the full instructions below.



paper with tie 2


1. Cut the end off a celery heart (in other words, cut off the rooted end of a cluster of celery stalks). Make it a clean slice as the remaining stump will become your stamp.


2. Paint the stamp with acrylic paint (pink, red, white, etc.).


3. While the paint is still wet, stamp it onto your paper. (I used a roll of brown craft paper from Staples.)


4. Draw leaves on both sides of the “rose”. (I used a combination of a green ink pen and a green colored pencil.)


5. Once the paint has dried, use the paper to wrap a present. For a finishing touch, I added a twine bow and hot glued wood shavings I made using a planing tool on some redwood. (JB just built a gate and fence and it was a bit tight so planing only helped it. Wink, wink.) I hot glued a small heart, cut from pink copy paper, to hide where I had hot glued to the shavings to the bow.



Planing fence




Planed wood

6. Simple and cute. Now go out there and show someone you love them. It’s mandatory!


Finished wrapping paper

Pink signature

Love spell: A Valentine’s Day Banner!

What’s the fastest way to spell out your love? With a Valentine’s Day banner, of course!


It’s quick, easy and inexpensive and here’s how to do it.


Horns xs and os



Begin by drawing your triangles onto black construction paper. Note: Store your construction paper out of the sun, especially the darker shades, or it will fade as you can see mine has.

Drawing on black construction paper


Cut your triangles. For cutting paper, I like to use the scissors made for kids. They stay sharp even after cutting a whole lot of paper, they cost just a few dollars, and they keep me from using–and dulling–my fabric scissors on paper.


Cuttin triangles



Once you’ve cut your triangles, draw your Xs and Ox. I used white chalk for the letters. Note: The 99 Cents Only Store is a thrifty source for chalk.


Drawing x and o




Now add the hearts. I used pink chalk (also from the 99 Cents Only Store).



Adding hearts



Use a hole puncher to make two holes near the top of the flat end of the triangle.


Punching holes



Cut a strand of twine that is as long as you would like your banner to be. Add a few inches on either side so you have loose ends that are long enough to pin, nail, or tape to a wall.


Threading the twine



Now it’s ready to hang. Remember, to prevent the banner from fading, avoid hanging it in direct sunlight.


Happy, almost, Valentine’s Day!


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