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Valentines Day: Hallmark Holiday or Romantic Reality –

After recently blogging about great Valentine’s Day gifts and craft projects, the next logical post seemed like it should be “Where to find the best Valentine’s Day cards”… a no brainer, right?  But after a little thought and tinge of remorse, I began to wonder if all of these Valentine’s Day blog posts were a wee bit hypocritical.  Why, you might ask? Well, I have always considered Valentine’s Day something of a “Hallmark Holiday.”  You know… a holiday that exists primarily for commercial purposes, rather than to commemorate a traditionally or historically significant event.  So, after a bit of contemplation (not too much – after all I’m not solving any of the world’s problems…merely blogging about style) I decided that it was time to take a stand on exactly what Valentine’s Day means to me.  So here goes…

Hallmark Holiday or not, to me Valentine’s day is a day to show a little extra appreciation for the special people in our lives; a boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, or co-worker.  So whether you do it with a note, a phone call, a gift, or even just a smile, make someone’s day this February! Oh and if you are worried about the commercial exploitation that comes with being a Hallmark Holiday, why not shop small and support the local businesses in your town! In honor of that thought…here are 10 of our favorite Valentine’s Day cards, all made by small businesses.

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Amazing Valentine’s Cards from Rifle Paper Co.

Valentine's Day Cards 1canoe2

Always love Etsy for great cards, especially this one by 1canoe2

Valentine's Day indie berries

Total throwback! Available on Etsy by Indie Berries

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Snow & Graham sends you love with this pretty card

v day cards smock paper

Assorted cards by Smock Paper available at Design Works

octopus valentines day card

Octopus Valentine’s Day Card by Pup and Pony

mr boddingtons valentine

Mr. Boddington Valentine cards are too cute!

sugarcube press valentines day

Sugarcube press cards available at Design Works

Obi won valentine

Star Wars Valentine by Somebody Loved on Etsy

fish valentine

You’re a Keeper Message Box by Lucky Bug Paper Co.

 

 

 


 

Design Inspiration: the perfect piece of Majolica

What is Majolica???  Majolica is brightly colored earthenware pottery with a clear lead glaze, and it can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to adding a little pizzaz to your decor.

Since the 14th century artisans have been making these clay treasures.  Taking care to decorate them with colorful embellishments and interesting details.   While some pieces of majolica are purpose built, a pitcher, an oyster plate, or a serving platter, others are nothing more than wonderful works of art, meant only to be displayed and admired.

Majolica (a general term) comes from all over the world in many shapes and sizes.  Being from a coastal area, my favorite majolica pieces are always those which have been inspired by the sea! Adorned with birds, fish, shells, seaweed, and coral, these sea themed wonders are the perfect touch in any coastal home! Put them on the bookshelves, use them to store treasures found on the beach, or mix them in with your everyday tableware to add a little pop of color.

For some of my favorite pieces and ideas on how to display these wonderful treasures, check out the pictures below.  To learn more on how to start your own collection, or to become the proud owner of one of these earthenware creations, check out our website at www.designworkscapecod.com.

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