Valentines at the Pop Up Gallery

I was feeling the love vibe earlier this month and made some valentine hearts, along with other springy pieces.

I decided to deliver these to the Evanston Pop Up gallery and refreshed my shelf.

It was fun to determine a new configuration and see where it leads.

Some items have been sitting for a while, so I need to come up with a sale for those, or just swap them out.

I only had one stowaway heart left, so I made some more hearts for the Handmade Market Show on Saturday.

I was feeling the blues this time around.

Cutting the tiers is always tricky.

A glittery peace dove cam under the wire.

It is so pretty, and one of a kind.

So go get your Valentine’s Day shopping on. Love is a celebration year-round, but it is always nice to have an excuse to give those you love an extra treat or a token of your affection.

Here’s to warm hearts and joyous minds.

Scattering Love Initiative

Let’s scatter some love this weekend!


Valentine’s Day is coming, and for some that means feeling less loved rather than more loved. Lindy Stockton of The Collage Cafe is out to change that!


This Saturday, February 13th she is hosting a free Scatter Love event at her store (912 Sherman Avenue).

1) Stop by The Collage Cafe anytime between 12p- 5pm
2) Create one or two or ten inspiration cards
3) Take the cards with you and scatter them
in public spots for people to find and cherish


Don’t you love this idea? You can even do it in your community if Evanston is too far to visit.


If you’re pressed for time or feel uncreative, you can even scatter love with Lindy’s beautiful Joy*filled Journey Deck.


It offers uplift, inspiration and affirmation to me on a regular basis.


Lindy also has a variety of gift items to present to your loved ones and help you express what is sometimes hard to put into words.


This mug is such a fun way to sip your morning coffee or tea.


The Grown*UP Girls Club monthly meeting will also be about self-love and the love of good friends (it’s fun!). There may be drop-ins for the heart-making event on Sunday February 14th 1 pm, but you have to call to reserve a space. Follow The Collage Cafe on Instagram to see workshop results.


I’ve scattered some hearts into the store to help express that someone has your heart under lock and key.


Wunderblume is one of my favorites, made from an old dictionary page and a hand-stamped tulip (a most treasured flower in the 1600s).


Two bangles were made to match The Collage Cafe’s lovely color scheme when I first consigned here.


They’re hoping for someone to fall in love with them.


Visit The Collage Cafe’s website for classes and the most up-to-date calendar of events.


The Collage Cafe is open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 6 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. Private parties are also available.



It’s Valentine’s Day week. Hearts are everywhere, roses abound, chocolate is allowed, and romantic getaways are promoted. Love is grand for those who have found it, and I enjoy observing the couples who are truly meant for each other.


Yet many of us don’t get to plan a night out for two. We’re busy living lives on our own, surrounded by friends, enjoying the freedom of a solitary life.


“Be the person you want to be with” is a popular mantra these days, yet around these kinds of holidays, being a couple seems to be more important than working on being one’s own best friend.


As a single gal, it is hard to balance the holiday promotions while not perpetuating the “if you’re single something’s wrong with you” implication of this holiday.


I am perfectly uniquely me, and I am happily living my life the best way I can on my own until Mr. Wonderful finally stops to ask for directions to my vicinity. (He’s clearly gotten lost without wanting to admit it!)


Over the past 6 months, self-love has become a big word for several people in my community, and that is something I can get behind.


Who says we need our partner to draw us a bath, take us on a romantic night out, buy us flowers or chocolate? I can do all of those things on my own, any day of the year, if I choose to do so.


So, my message is to not bum yourself out on this particular day. We can and should appreciate ourselves every day of the year, and we don’t need someone else to do that for us. (Though their validation is always graciously accepted.)


Love yourself for who you are, and tell your bestie what you appreciate about them. Give love to the non-romantic companions in your life who always lend an ear and never turn down the opportunity for a hug.


There is plenty of love to go around without that special man or woman in your life. Your sparkle is noted by many and just because you don’t get a flower or candy delivery at your door on February 14 doesn’t mean your radiance hasn’t made a difference in someone else’s life.


Set a date with YOU. Indulge in something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t committed to yet. Post a query on social media to see if others want to tag along. Write yourself a gift certificate to do something for yourself and calendar it into a date when you think you can swing it.


You are NEVER alone, and you are ALWAYS surrounded by love. Be happy with who you are right now, this minute, and revel in your unique awesomeness.


Meanwhile, there’s always eye candy!


The day of love

“Do you believe in love.
Do you believe it true?”
~ Huey Lewis And The News 

Believe in love

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers out there.

Love really should be celebrated every day (not just tomorrow), and the couples who do have the best relationships.

However, the most important love one can have is for oneself. Being a lover of life is a key ingredient to that.

This year, Life is my Valentine. I’m so happy with how it has treated me. It hasn’t been easy and I’ve had to work hard to be where I’m at, but overall, there is nothing I would trade because it all helped me become the person I am today. A Valentine is supposed to bring out the best in you, isn’t it?

Hearts of Wax

If you are spending the day of romance on your own, make it something lovely for you (such as R.O.C.E.). Honor the person you are, and that celebration of yourself will attract other lovely people into your life. Be your own best friend and companion. Solitude can be a wonderful way to fall in love with your soul.

true love by Maike's Marvels

Above all, never give up on love. It can be found in many forms, and doesn’t have to be manifested in a romantic relationship to exist. Sometimes life can be more fulfilling in solitude than with someone. It may take years of waiting, of trial and error, of having crushes crushed and ideals re-evaluated. But I firmly believe that what is in the heart is meant to manifest. Whatever your heart’s desire is, it will be fulfilled in due time.

I DO believe.

“Frank: What about you? Is there someone else? 
Kathleen Kelly: No. No, but… but there’s the dream of someone else.”
~ Dialogue in You’ve Got Mail

vibrant hearts

“Voici mon secret.
Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur.
L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

Here is my secret.
It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
 ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince 

Welcome to the month of love. I wasn’t ready to take down all my Christmas lights, so when my friend Cara announced her Hearts of Wax shop I made a purchase right away.

Hearts of Wax back

Cara LOVES Valentine’s day, and used to make lovely favors for her coworkers (I was a happy recipient). Her Valentine’s Day enthusiasm is contagious.

“Give others a piece of your heart,
not a piece of your mind.”

~Barbara Johnson, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy

As a wonderful designer, her packaging had to be just right.

unwrapping Hearts of Wax

I pierced holes with a paper piercer to string the hearts up with Stretch Magic. Made of paper and covered in colored wax, the hearts are beautifully translucent.

Translucent Hearts of Wax

I added the hearts to my lone Christmas light strand, which helps brighten this grey winter. The wandering Scribble Heart is lifted as well.

Hearts of Wax Mobile

It’s such fun to be inspired with other crafters’ creations, especially when they are dear friends. Order your set of hearts today, and tell Cara I sent you. 🙂

“The heart doesn’t speak.
It only feels, and knows, and understands.
And that is enough.”
~Lisa Wingate, Texas Cooking

Hearts of Wax in evening


Happy Valentine’s Day.

May you shower the people you love with love today.

It’s been a few years since I had a Valentine. But that doesn’t mean love is invisible.

Filled with expectations, hope, and tokens of affection, this day represents great joy for some, a lot of pressure for others, or a reminder of loneliness to those who aren’t recipients of flowers, hearts or poems.

Personally, I’ve decided that “romance” without the ‘man’ makes for a Really Outstanding Chocolate Experience.

Since chocolate is one of my first loves, I declare today a calorie-free day and will indulge! If you need help in this arena, you can get guidance in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Meanwhile I raise a champagne toast to Mr. Absolutely-worth-waiting-for.

“I know I’m still young and there’s a lot of time for things to happen, but sometimes I think there’s something about me that’s wrong, that I’m not the kind of person anyone can fall in love with, and that I’ll just always be alone.

But I think if I knew someone was going to fall in love with me when I’m fifty-three or something, I think I could wait. Maybe. If I knew it would happen.”

~ said by 13-year-old protagonist Debbie in Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Don’t lose heart if you are not recognized as the object of someone’s affection today. It just means something wonderful is yet to come (hopefully in less than 40 years!). For those lucky souls who have a mate, revel in the miracle of love, and ENJOY today and every other date to the hilt!

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.1 Corinthians 13