Growing up, crafting was my life. Because I was the creative one in the family, my parents went to great lengths to nurture my budding passion for the arts (and crafts). I could papier-mâché and macrame the crap out of anything and no surface was too precious to work on. For my 8th birthday, my mom cleaned out Michael's of their plaster figurines and acrylic paints and set up a long table in our TV room for all of my friends to choose and customize their favorite statuettes. I still have a library of idea books and have kept the reindeer ornament that I painted, although its antler broke off at some point in the last 20 years. It now serves as a reminder of a lifetime of DIY love.
Homemade is still my route when giving one-of-a-kind gifts to special friends. These handmade Valentines will hopefully warm the hearts of everyone who receives them.