10 Valentine gifts, ideas and affirmations.





I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day person as I’ve mentioned here before.  BUT there are some things about Valentine’s Day that I really love.  I like red,  arrows, candy hearts, chocolate, kitschy decorations,  cinnamon hearts, vintage Valentine’s Day cards, not vintage Valentine’s Day cards, cupids, anatomical hearts, regular hearts and the letter V in general.

That pretty much just leaves out red roses and slutty underwear made out of unnatural fibres.

I’ve gathered up a few things that I think you should think about buying now if you plan to have them delivered to either yourself or your loved one, or yourself … by February 14th.

Starting with this absolutely great stitched, vintage inspired Valentine’s Day card.



Be My Valentine card from Diamond Dust Studio



Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day to ME like a pair of red, gently worn, size 8.5 genuine,



Louboutin heels from LAB Consignment   only $237 Canadian!


I don’t use the word cute often, but this is CUTE.

Get a custom heart with initials on a serving board by Brenda at Cattails Studio.

All the romance of a tattoo but unlike a tattoo can simply chopped off if you break up.


Custom Serving Board by Cattails Studio



Of all the Valentine’s symbols out there, the arrow is my favourite.

This little cross stitch kit comes with everything you need to make it including these little trees that look like arrows quills.

Perfect activity for the mid-winter boredoms!


Cross Stitch kit from Craft deVille.


NOW is the time to start planting onions and leeks for a summer harvest.

This is the variety I grew last year and will be growing again this year.

They are STILL perfect by using my fancy storage method which you’ll learn about on Monday.


American Flag leeks from Cubits



Last year I brought you colour for The Hair Down There.

This year something new for the Valentine’s vagina.

Topiary tips and tricks.




Hair Down There stylin’ kit.  From Ellenoire.



If you order it now, you can have your Rough Linen pinafore accented with a little cross stitched heart for Valentine’s Day.

This little gem is only available on Valentine’s Day so if you want it order it  now!


100% linen pinafore with heart on pocket from Rough Linen



Every type of RED tile you can think of all in one package!

The patchwork red tile collection would look great as a backsplash.



Patchwork red tile collection from Cement Tile Shop




Single this Valentine’s Day?

Bask in it. Seriously.

Read Daniela’s list of The Best Reasons to be SINGLE!


The Best Reasons to be SINGLE! by Daniela from Curious Citizen.

Leave a comment saying what you think the best reason is and read mine in the comment section!




Chocolate doesn’t have to be reserved for stuffing into your mouth.

You can rub it all over your body too.

Probably less messy if you do it with this Chocolate Orange body scrub.


Chocolate/Coffee/Orange body scrub from Eye Candy Popper.

Have someone you wanna buy a Valentine’s present for but maybe they aren’t heart shaped box of chocolate kindda folk?

I love the idea of a custom portrait.

I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t be both surprised AND thrilled with a custom pet portrait.




Custom pet or person portrait from L’il Barkles



And finally, let’s leave this on a classic note for Valentine’s Day.

Love, love, love.

Love is all you need.

Or a cat.



Downloadable Love print from Disposable Art Shop.

Have a good weekend.  See you next week with posts on how my long term vegetable storage has worked out, Dream Analysis for Dummies and more.







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  1. barbee says:

    I have been making vintage Valentine ornaments and cupids arrows for a local gift shop. I would send pictures but I don’t know how (techtard). I also decorate a Valentine’s tree but I decorate for every holiday no matter how minor.

  2. Alison says:

    Best reason(s) to be single on Valentine’s Day: I always get EXACTLY what I want for a gift, I’m an excellent single diner (I play the “what’s their story” game with myself), and I get to eat a pint of Ben &Jerry’s without sharing!

  3. Cathy Reeves says:

    Oh, melt my heart. The puppy looks like my Tucker!

  4. Lesley says:

    The only time I was actually in a relationship for Valentine’s Day he bought me a bathroom scale. He said, “Well, you mentioned you wanted to get one.” This year I plan to wear my pyjamas all day, get tipsy on Baileys and then fall face first into one of those two pound bags of Cadburys mini eggs. Wherever HE is I hope … no, I’m CERTAIN … that he’s fat, bald and miserable.

  5. SusanR says:

    What is the Valetine’s Day equivalent of “Bah, humbug!”?
    Only one best reason to be single? Hmmm. Ok. Every weekend my dad would schelp my mom to a boat show. I NEVER have to go to a boat show! (Or to a football game or superhero movies or Hooters for dinner) I get to do whatever I want, whenever I want!
    Yeah, you do have to take out the trash, relocate the spiders, fluff your own pillow when you’re sick. Still works for me.

  6. TucsonPatty says:

    Yup, get to do what I want, when I want. I haven’t seen a down side since I’ve been the only one here, except that I’m now the one who has to take care of the blankety blank pool, which I didn’t want and never use and don’t like, and did I mention I hate taking care of it! Oh, first world problems…

  7. Elen Grey says:

    What a fun list. Especially love the stitched heart at the beginning. Time to start the onions and leeks is it? BTW, which Cubits beets do you favor? Last year I did not get my beet seeds from Cubits, and I wasn’t happy at all. I got the seeds at a local nursery.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Elen! I always grow Chioggia which are the cool looking red and white striped beets, and Bulls Blood beets which are dark red with dark red leaves. They’re often grown just for their tops in fact. I got both varieties from Laura at Cubits. ~ karen!

      • Elen Grey says:

        Great! I’ll be checking those out for sure. Everything I grew from Cubits last year did really well. TY!!

      • Barbie says:

        Karen, we have always grown both of those varieties as well as some Golden beets, but I have never used the “tops”….always feel bad throwing them out…..have you ever used the tops in salad or whatever?

        • Sandra says:

          Barbie, use them like you would spinach (except I never use spinach that way, lol!) I use spinach like you said, raw in a salad (unless I get the frozen chopped stuff and mix that up with cottage cheese layered in a lasagna). Beet tops and swiss chard taste great wilted in their own rinse water, and topped with butter, salt and pepper. Maybe a bit of lemon juice.

        • Sandra says:

          You can definitely use them in a salad, too!!

      • silvie says:

        I grew Chiogga beets, sliced them paper thin on the mandolin and ate them over their own greens with a drizzle of evoo and fresh lemon juice, s&p. A beautiful thing.

  8. Rondina says:

    Daniela’s no. 1, (although the new kitty and I are still in negotiations for territory), but since I’m getting older, her no. 7 should be at the top. Do you think if they actually came up with something that worked for gas that we would eat more veggies?

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for reading her post Rondina, lol! I think everyone else just got so excited about talking about being single they came right to my comment section to talk about it instead. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Rondina says:

        If my fellow readers don’t wander over to your recommendations (products or blogs) they miss out on a lot.

        You never waste our time. : )

  9. Debbie Bashford says:

    I have never been married and the last time I felt the urge to go out on a date was in 20th century. I like being single, nobody moves my stuff and I don’t have to explain anything I do to anyone.

  10. Su says:

    Best reason to be single? my money spent my way with no explanations as to why I needed/wanted that cute pair of red heels

  11. Tigersmom says:

    I love being married. Possibly because I mostly get to do what I want. If I got to do everything I want, it would probably be disastrous. I need the big lug to save me from myself. Oh, and I love him.

    Valentines Day, I’m not so keen on. I’m cool with having a nice dinner with my husband on some other night (you won’t catch me in restaurant on Valentine’s Day, not after 20 years in the restaurant biz) and we do sometimes exchange gifts, but as was discussed in the New Years Eve posts, I can’t go with forced fun, sentiment or anything else for that matter. After 20 years in, our still spontaneous demonstrations of affection are preferable to me over something scheduled on everyone’s calendar.

    How do you say Bah Humbug in Valentine’s?

  12. danni says:

    Because I am single I can go to “Fifty Shades of Grey” on Valentines Day and not get the stink eye when I get home!

  13. Bonnie says:

    I have been married and I have been single, off and on. I think that being single is WAY better than being with the wrong person.

  14. Mary Werner says:

    What happened to your comment post about your best reason? Being widowed, I love calling the shots and love doing what I want most of the time. I was actually amazed to find this was important to me. Now living with my daughter, son-in-law and helping with kids is FUN, tiring, allows time to grow so close to them and they like playing art with me. So, I guess my favorite thing is being single has allowed me to move into a home filled with even more love than I thought possible. When all that love gets too much – I simply close the door to “my side” and sit with my dog – nice and quiet. It’s wonderful world for me. My favorite thing about Valentines always was a box of chocolates but I’ve moved on to imported truffles and I hear angels sing when I have one.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary. Everyone was supposed to comment on Daniela’s blog post that I linked to. That’s where my comment is. 🙂 ~ karen

  15. Janet says:


  16. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    What an interesting list. My favorite reason to be single would be not having to deal with the in-laws.

  17. Deana says:

    Tell us you haven’t got Betty that wonderful little READY BETTY STYLIN’ KIT. I just about peed myself thinking about it. LOL

  18. Jennie Lee says:

    That’s got to be one of my very favorite quotes now: “Love is all you need. Or a cat.” Perfect!

  19. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Nice stuff as always..

  20. Joanne says:

    Speaking of “hair down there”, I remember one Valentine’s Day many years ago when I got very creative with the scissors and razor. My husband loved the heart I created and the action that resulted from it, but I had a lot of explaining to do to my friends in the communal shower at the Y!

  21. Joanne says:

    And I just got an app to make my own ringtone on my iPhone, and changed it to “Love is All you Need”! You can pick any part of any song in your iTunes. You could change your husband’s ring to something like “I Want You”, by the Beatles, and surprise him.

  22. Laura says:

    Oh man, I think you got asked out by Scott over there! Well….not asked out exactly. He really just invited himself over for pesto. But still!

  23. Seriously….vomit sounds? Like maybe when I was in grade two….and then I would have got my ass kicked…so yah never! A great collection of gifts though! Cheers.

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