Happy Heart Day!

Handmade Crayon Valentine

I have been missing in action for quite a while now and thankfully many of you have not given up on me.  In fact, some have even written to ask when I might be posting again.  Well, here I am!  There’s been a lot going on around here!  I just finished chairing our big synagogue gala/auction this past Sunday which was a smashing success but which has been consuming much of my free time over the last several months.  I can’t wait to share some of the décor elements with you but that will have to wait for a future post when I have pics back (I was too busy working to take any pics myself!)

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My Jewish Valentines

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!  This post is a day later than I’d intended but I spent yesterday getting a steroid shot in my hip (and yes, I am only 34!).  All I have to say about that is OUCH!  And, no, not a fun way to spend the day.  So, as a result this post is a day late and most of the cards I am about to share with you are still sitting by the front door awaiting a mail drop.  But, it’s the thought that counts, right?

As I mentioned in last week’s post, take it or leave it, I love Valentine’s Day.  I think it’s a great excuse to remind people you care about them and of course yet another time to break out the card-making supplies.  Kveller had a fantastic piece yesterday: Should Jews Celebrate Valentine’s Day?.  If you want more intellectual food for thought, check it out.  Today I wanted to share with you my attempt at adding a Jewish twist in this year’s homemade Valentine’s cards by incorporating some Hebrew.  Now, I have to tell you, I LOVE alphabet stamps!  I have too many sets to admit in writing.  But, Hebrew alphabets are a totally different story than English ones and nearly impossible to find in rubber stamp form.  So, I have been on the hunt for quite a while and was very pleased to luck out and get this now out of production set still shrink wrapped on eBay complete with book and packaged in a wood box.

These, along with my Teresa Collins Blingage Alphabet and some classic Valentine colors were the inspiration for my cards:

Love/Ahava Valentine

Ahava Love handmade card

Ahava Love card

What do you think?  I totally love that these could really be used for any occasion where you want to say I love you!  Now I need to start thinking about Purim projects…oy!

Valentine’s Day: Mamaleh-style

We’ve said Happy New Year to the trees and are now contemplating Purim costumes but before we get there, it’s time for the red and pink heart-filled holiday of Valentine’s Day.  I realize in some Jewish circles celebrating (St.) Valentine’s Day is a no-no and even if it’s not, there are those who simply refuse to buy into a totally commercial holiday.  I fall into neither camp – to me, it’s just a nice excuse to remind folks we love ’em, combat the winter blahs with a little color and of course it’s a great excuse for a little card-making and/or shopping.  Some of my earliest memories are gluing down doilies and applying foiled red heart stickers to family valentines.

It is only fitting that throughout this post you will see the Hebrew word for love: ahava(אהבה).  Stay tuned for some homemade Valentine cards with this in mind as well.  But for now, in case you want to give your Valentine’s Day a little bit of a MOT twist, here are a few gift ideas (so just forward this link to the loves in your life if something strikes your fancy).

  • Keeping with the theme of Ahava, you could literally get some AHAVA, some of the best skin-care, straight from the Dead Sea.  Their hand cream is my fave!  They even have a nice men’s line for the guys in your life.

  • And for your friends still looking for their funny Valentine, you can always go with this from Modern Tribe. 🙂

Hopefully you now have a few unique MOT Valentine’s ideas for whoever you want to share a little love with (including yourself!)

Note: I was not compensated for this post in any way.  I don’t think any of these companies even know I exist (except for past purchases from some).  This is all just stuff I like and hope you do too 🙂