Valentine's Day. The day for lovers and people who love. There is magic and anticipation and romance. I must tell you that I have much more fun making lovey dovey cards than all of the hoopla around the day. It's not that I don't like the concept of the day, but as our modern society has done with everything it has been blown all out of proportion.
I have been married for many, many years. While I am definitely a romantic Valentine's Day always seemed so prescripted to me. We never, ever went out for a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Both my husband and myself have way too much sense to subject ourselves to that. We usually did do a special dinner together as we enjoy cooking together. I don't think we ever got each other gifts, just cards and something sweet. Life got busier and busier and somewhere around the 25 year mark we were just running out of Valentines steam. We kind of neglectfully avoided any discussion of Valentine's Day as it approached. Finally it arrived and I suddenly felt like doing something for Valentine's Day as a surprise. I like surprises, well nice ones, so I stopped on my way home from work and picked up some lovely shrimp, some champagne & a perfect cake that was half dark and half milk chocolate which suited us to a tee. I wasn't sure what else I'd put together, but I was jazzed. I breezed in minutes ahead of my husband and he came in with steak, some baking potatoes and a lovely flowering orange tree in full bloom that smelled heavenly. It was absolutely perfect and we had a magical and fun evening. We agreed that nothing could top this and we could let Valentine's Day rest peacefully for us.
So now I get to make lots of my lovey dovey cards for those who have yet to experience the pinnacle of a perfect Valentine's Day.
On Sunday I ran my first ever iris folding card workshop. It was so much fun. I have taught a few friends how to do this....in my dining room with wine, conversation & munchies. I have led numerous workshops, classes & seminars in my professional life but this was my first professional card making activity. As with all these things, the prep work is way more than you expect & you do way more than you actually need to so it reminded me a little of my old life but really fun. However, the one thing I did forget, was to take some pictures. It was on my mental list to do but that list just wasn't active enough, I guess. I will post a pic of the diplay that was in the Art Centre before the workshop to let everyone know all the lovely things you can do with Iris Folding.
This workshop had a Valentine's Day theme and participants could choose from a number of patterns.
I learned a lot from my participants. None had ever done Iris Folding, but some were experienced crafters. One astute observation was that this craft would be easier to hide than others, Not a consideration I had before, but definitely a new selling point.