the dreaded valentines day...

valentines day, you either love it or hate it. before anyone viciously attacks me about commercialism or single's awareness day...just know, i have heard it all. impossible to live in a dorm with 200 other hormonal females and not hear the rants...those who banded together and had the traditional "i $@(*&# hate guys" parties with lots of femmefatal movies and booze, and end up crying in their pillow. to those who spent HOURS upon HOURS getting ready and spend TONS at salons to look perfect and spend all this time reconstructing some mushy scene from earlier in their relationship. either way...who said valentines day is just for couples? i am all about sending valentines to your best girl friend, your long lost roommate, nieces, nephews, you name it.

now, i will say, dave and i have never had a successful valentines day, he always gets stuck working, and i usually treat myself to starbucks and watch some crappy reality tv and fall asleep early. but, that doesnt stop us from doing a little something or other for each other. the last few years i have just made him some yummy dessert i dont usually make throughout the year, and he will get me a little trinket of sorts. so here are some of my favorite valentines picks...enjoy!

*edit: i was going to do valentines for anyone and everyone, and then the more i got to looking and finding things and picking my favorites, and so instead of the original plan of 'for him' and 'for her' and best friend, and all that jazz...i just picked my favorites. so, nonetheless, enjoy!

lets make out pillow by alexandraferguson.

i cant believe valentines day card by gramkinpaperstudio.

key to my heart valentines owl by TheCupcakeGirls.

you are all i need letterpress mini poster by rollandtumblepress.

tough love pillow by PeteandPaul.

say it in french for valentines day necklace by bugbugstudio.

be mine - anatomical heart embroidery by mydarlingdinosaur.

ich liebe dich valentine pin by feralgirl.

forever smitten - for holding hands with that special someone by lovedriven.

lets spoon tshirt by blackbirdtees.

this must be love vinyl decal by OffTheWallExpression.

valentine - red feather headband or clip by LovMely.

wedding gems...

so of course, after my sweet freak out realizing that the wedding is upon us and i have done absolutely jack...this past week i have focused on being more wedding minded. (we picked out my bouquet, invitations, cake, favors, and general decorating ideas for the wedding: center pieces, desserts table. were on a roll, baby!) so where do i go to find cute things and ideas for the wedding? etsy, duh! so i perused the wedding section on etsy and here are some gems! enjoy!

double orchid earring with blue chalcedony by boutiquepinkdiamond.

beautiful 12in blusher birdcage veil by GlamItUpToppers.

goddess beaded garter by florriemitton.

royal blue and cream peacock damask ring bearer dish by dawndalto.

ivory feather flower birdcage veil fascinator by brendasbridalveils.

martha stewart replica wedding cake butterfly packs by clearcutcrafts2007.

vintage rhinestone hair comb by RomancingTheBling.

moss covered three letter initials monogram by SpottedLeopard.

vintage avon pendant necklace amethyst center by cerritorose.

rock poster rehearsal dinner invitations by aprilink.

vintage bridal button and bead bouquet by buttonmoonbouquet.

ps: if anyone knows where to find some great inexpensive vintage brooches or vintage colored vases, i would greatly appreciate the help! :)


in the wake of one of the most devastating disasters, people of all kinds: college students, doctors, nurses, teachers, police, firefighters, charities, foundations, celebrities and average-joe's alike are all rushing to aid Haiti. after ten days and two devastating blows the chaos continues as they attempt to heal the wounded, search for those still trapped, and find shelter for the homeless. in the US alone, already $5 million dollars has been raised through text messaging. FYI: text 'Haiti' to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. people all over are doing what they can to help Haiti. even etsy sellers are attempting to do their part. sellers from all over donated to these etsy shop, HeartsforHaiti and haitibyhand. anything purchased from the HeartsforHaiti shop 100% of the sales are donated to the Haiti relief efforts. enjoy...

one love for haiti - 14k gold filled - save the children by onelifejewelry, $30.

love notes a set of 10 flat panel note cards by CarasScrapNStampArt, $12.

antiqued silver heart necklace by sweetsimple, $16.50.

haiti relif white sapphire and silver stack ring by Silverwoods, $68.

haiti relief - carribean wrapped hoop earrings by SDJewlery, $36.

haiti earthquake relief fund donation pendant by oliviamoon, $13.

hearts and flower locket necklace by Hollygems, $20.

valentines 8in decoupage glass plate by juliesadorabowls, $12.

penny bryant by PinkWaterFairy, $36.

swallow headband by MyLavaliere, $19.

vintage minimalist single bulb bare pendant by kamlampcompany, $95.

keep calm and carry on art print by PoshPixels, $8.

heart art - be mine sculpted art by mamapainter, $65.

reversible bag inger/sonja by crafthope, $37.50.

artisan necklace--kathie barrick by moandmo, $225.

heart for haiti bags - kimberly codron by frenchbee, $12.

357 magnum nickel bullet key chain by awelldressedbullet, $7.

ruby red silk magnolia headband by ThreadRare, $36.

in flight earrings by RedRavenStudios, $34.

for more items, go to HeartsforHaiti, haitibyhand, or search 'haiti' on etsy...even more shops are donating a portion of proceeds to relief funds for Haiti.

wedding invitations...

ok, so if you follow my blog, surely by now you know that our wedding is *gasp* all of 283 days away. which is still plenty of time. but its like...oh were not getting married for another 2 years...oh we still have a year and a half, oh a year is plenty of time, and now its like...oh *$%@ we have 9 months. so im on a mission to start getting down to business. and do not think we dont thank our lucky stars that my mother is awesome and already on the ball with it all. i have no worries about how beautiful it is going to be, shes has exquisite taste. plus, i mean, all that really matters at the end of the day, i still have dave :)

its just all the details that i need to get rolling with. like a dress! i mean, how many of your married or engaged went out as soon as you got engaged and at least tried on dresses? not me. ive been engaged 20 months and have NEVER tried on a dress, let alone gone to a boutique and looked! ridiculous?! i know! so i figured its all baby steps...that way i can breathe thing at a time. so today my blog is going to be dedicated to all the beautiful and albeit, slightly non-traditional invitations out there. enjoy!

gatsby letterpress wedding invitations by katemajoie.

woodcut invitations by lovliday.

country chic wedding invitations by lilribbers.

baroque wedding invitation suite by drippyink.

coney island 1896 vintage invitations by royalsteamline.

eco-friendly vintage bird duo invitations by LaurenLoweDesign.

who's getting married by uluckygirl.

whimsical & vintage invitation with tear-off RSVP by papertalkshop.

vintage bird script wedding invitation suite by bespokepaperie.

eco peacock dots wedding invitation by missprintdesign.

vintage postcard wedding invitation by goldenrectanglepress.

plum and gold vintage lace invitations by PaintingsByShanon.