I’ve never been too keen on Valentine’s Day, but this year I happen to be sharing it with someone that deserves a great day. So I had to bite back my usual revulsion to anything corny, mushy and sappy and put together a handmade Valentine’s Day. I’m grudgingly admitting that I really got into it.
The first thing was to make the actual valentine. We’re both literary types, so I made him a J.R.R. Tolkien-themed valentine card. Inspired by (this tutorial on how to make a Hobbit door), I made my own Hobbit door using only cardstock paper, coloring pencils, a felt-tip pen and a metallic Sharpie marker:
[ He said it was the best card he ever received. :) ]
Ambiance is key! On V-Day, he was in class until 7, which gave me ample time to decorate his apartment.
To make the paper heart garland, I followed this super-easy, beautiful tutorial.
Next, making a meal from scratch. I made a new apron just for the occasion! Now, there are literally hundreds of patterns and tutorials out there on the Interwebs, but I was rushing so I made mine in a couple of hours, completely winging it.
For the dinner, I made chicken pot pie for the first time!
I had no idea, but he announced he loved chicken pot pie, and loved mine! I used this recipe for my Chicken Pot Pie.
I also made a bubbling, tarty raspberry and blackberry pie. Mmm.
Here’s the recipe I used: Blackberry & Raspberry Pie.
Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day!