Which also led me to think about Valentine's Day while growing up.
Throughout my childhood, and even now in adulthood, it has always been more-or-less celebrated in my family as a "family-oriented" holiday and not just a "significant other" holiday, where we'll give our parents a nice card (always made by hand, of course) or some small trinket to let them know that yes, we *do* love you and care deeply about you. And they (well, always my mom in this case) would give us both cards and usually a small trinket or some candy to let my brother and I know the same thing. I still get a card and candy from my mom every year (how sweet is that?) and I love to do the same thing back.
So, I usually find it silly when the big commercial companies throw all the ridiculous over-the-top typical Valentine's Day stuff at you. I'm so much more of a subtle V-Day girl, myself. It's a rather small holiday--so do we really need strands of conversation heart lights and huge pink teddy bears and pink heart "I love you" tablecloths and Valentine's Day-themed dishes and....
Anyway, a little bit off-track there... I'll be spending the rest of my day painting and readying the next line-up of projects. Another shop update will be happening next month, hopefully around the second week of February. I already have some grand schemes up my sleeve and, as usual, a theme for the update I think you will all rather enjoy. Lips are zipped at the moment though, so I'm afraid you'll have to wait until I blurt it all out.
Take care, my friends, and enjoy the rest of your week!