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XOXOXO Take #1

Valentine’s Day is top dog, head honcho when it comes to writing and sharing cards. For me, the true essence of the day is for one to express their love in any form of writing…create a hand-made, eye-popping elaborate, magazine-size card, buy a shiny, single love note at the corner store, or simply cut a solo heart out of red construction paper. You really can’t go wrong however you acknowledge your loved ones. And although it’s about the written words of love, why stop there when the options are endless for Valentine’s Day correspondence!


My favorite design I’ve seen this season is from Georgia-based Brown Parcel Press. Inspired by the sweet Valentine’s handed out as a grade schooler, the founder, Megan, created this unique Pillow Talk Valentine’s Card Set so one can easily tie a chocolate, caramel or flower on top of the gorgeous letterpress card. So clever yet so traditional.


Imogen + Willie are all about the sense of touch with this one from People I’ve Loved.


Quill & Fox puts the romance right back into the 14th with this Made For Each Other card.


Assortments are perfect to touch everyone in your life – Leave it to Rifle Paper Co.


And don’t forget to check out Brown Ink’s line up of XOXO goods!

Thousands of DIY Valentine projects are floating on the internet but only a few are pulling my heart strings this season…


We all know Martha makes everything look simple, however, this accordion Love Note is completely doable thanks to a few templates, colorful paper and supplies you can find at home!


These Paper Airplane Valentines from No Biggie are perfect for getting kids involved.


Print off one of these cleverly sweet Conversation Heart Envelopes from this heart of mine and fill with all the sweet things your sidekick adores!


Or create something literally sweet with these Flavored Sugar Valentines…complete with recipes and classic, printable tags from talented Amy Christie via Design Mom.


Finally, it’s time to treat yourself to a surprise each month with an Olive Box full of hand-picked paper & lifestyle products starting with this Valentine’s Day themed card box! Perfect timing.

More Valentine’s ideas later this weekend! There is never enough love to share with others!! xoxo

Simply Thankful

Although the radio stations are playing Christmas tunes, the Folgers holiday commercials are beginning to air, and our neighborhood is already lit up with festive lights, I’m all about today’s gathering. Here are a few last minute ideas for anyone hosting or attending a gathering today.


 If you haven’t figured out yet, I’m all about the place cards. They take care of potential awkward moments when deciding where to sit and guests will also appreciate the thoughtful touch with each table setting. It can be so simple. Write out a name on the back of a grocery bag, such as the place card above, grab a few herbs from the kitchen and you are set!


You can get a little more creative by using a page from a tattered book as a place card and simply tie it to the napkin with some butcher’s twine and sprig of greens. Also, include a surprise, handwritten note tucked under the napkin sharing your thoughts of thanks for each guest.


Sugar Paper came up with a perfect after-dinner question game with basic directions: find a jar, separate each printable question (and add a few of your own if you wish), fill the jar, ask the youngest person to start, choose a question, answer it, pass the jar, and give thanks. Perhaps this is just what the host is looking to use during that needed pause between dinner and inhaling a few good-looking pies.


Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We are deeply thankful for your simple interest in the written word.