Valentine’s day is a little under two weeks away and I am finding some pretty great cards out there that defy the traditional cheesy, red and pink, overly romantic cards I typically see! My favourite theme this year is food inspired valentine’s day cards, and they are really dominating the market. Designers are combining funny slogans and food motifs to create adorably romantic messages. Come on, nothing says I love like “You’re the lox to my cream cheese” for the foodie in your life, right?
I love the naive nature of the imagery, with designers using hand drawn graphics to create a playful style! Not only that, but these cards move away from the red tones usually associated with the occasion and instead use bold playful colours!
Traditionally, I create my own cards for special occasions because I enjoy crafting and it shows that you put some thought and care into it, right? How many times have you received a card and thought, why did they even include this it’s so generic. But I will admit, these cards are so cute and original that i’m thinking I may use some of these this year instead of making my own!
I’ve selected only a few of my favourites (it was hard to eliminate some) but I am sure there are so many out there I haven’t seen yet! Have you seen any cute ones?
I am big on making my own cards, and have been for as long as I can remember. There is something really special about spending time creating something from scratch rather than running to the nearest store to buy a card that everyone and their grandmother is going to get.
This year I have been falling more and more in love with typography and the art of lettering. I bought some calligraphy supplies and have been slowly trying to teach myself how to use them properly to create beautiful script. It is a true art, and a lot harder than I ever imagined, but I am enjoying the process. I also bought myself a little watercolor kit for kids. I haven’t done watercolor in some time, but it is so therapeutic and fun! It’s also really inexpensive, I got some brushes, a water-colour tablet and the paints for under 10$.
I decided that this holiday season, I wanted to create a card that felt holiday, but wasn’t just about Christmas or Hannukah, and I wanted it to have beautiful lettering and water-colour graphics. Here are some beautiful cards that I am drawing inspiration from, most of which are from Etsy!
1. Happy Holidays Card by Shannon Kirsten on Etsy
2. Give Thanks free download by Jenn of Ruffled Sunshine
3. Illustrated Menorah by Rifle Paper Co.
4. A Very Merry Christmas to you by 1 Canoe 2 on Etsy
5. Happy Holidays Illustration by Lily and Val on Etsy
6. Cones and Acorns Card by Small Adventure on Etsy
This year there is a big emphasis on shopping local, it’s a great way to keep small businesses thriving, and It makes gift giving a little more personalized. Check out Etsy for some amazing handmade cards that you can purchase (if you are too busy or not the crafty type), it’s the next best thing! There are also some great free printouts from freelance graphic designers that you can find on pinterest, like these!
I have been off work now for a couple of days over the holidays and I have thoroughly enjoyed staying home cooking and baking, working on my sewing skills, spending time with my cutie pup and my main squeeze and snapping photos. Since baking happens to be one of the most relaxing past times for me (minus the huge mess I have to clean up when all is said and done) I had to try something new over the break. Seeing as I have a rather large obsession with the delicious molasses cookies at Starbucks (Seriously I get them whenever I have the chance) I decided it was time to make my own. I found a great recipe here and got baking!
This recipe makes about 36 cookies and takes about 25 minutes to prepare and then about an hour and a half to bake. They were a lot easier to make then I expected and they turned out amazing. Soft, chewy and sweet with a sugary finish. They are kind of dangerous (we have already devoured the majority of them).
Here is what you need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
Here’s what you have to do:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl; flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Then set aside 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow bowl for the final step.
- With an electric mixer, beat the wet ingredients together; The butter and remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar until combined. Then beat in the egg followed by the molasses until it is all well combined. Then reduce the speed to low and gradually mix in your dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.
- Take out about 1 tbsp of dough and roll into uniform balls. Then roll them in the reserved sugar to coat.
- Place the sugar coated balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure that they are all about 3 inches apart. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm about 10 minutes. You can bake two cookie sheets at a time but they may not crackle uniformly.
- Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely (or enjoy the hot chewy cookies straight out of the oven.
** These can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days!
I think I will be making these on a regular basis, I just can’t get enough of their sweet, spiced, holiday flavour!