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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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Monday
Feb012010

i love valentines

I have a love / hate relationship with Valentine's Day. I loved it as a child, hated it during my teenage years and 20's and now love it again since having children. My birthday is two days before V-Day so when all the pink and red paraphenelia starts to appear on store shelves, I get excited.

I love the color scheme – totally chic and rarely garish; I love the school parties, always signing up to make homemade heart-shaped sugar cookies and convincing myself that my efforts are not in vain (I'm sure the kids would enjoy store-bought cookies just as much!); and I love this wreath that I picked up at Target for a mere $19.99.

 

A few years ago, Pottery Barn Kids sold the most darling oversized felt envelopes that are meant to be affixed to a child's chair and filled with goodies on Valentine's Day. It seemed a waste to let the envelopes sit with nothing in them until February 14th. Hence, my husband and I decided last year, beginning on February 1st, to write little notes for our girls at night, leaving them in each of their envelopes. I tried to make it as easy on Charles and me as possible by having preprinted business card-sized notes in a drawer in the kitchen ready to be written on – they are small enough to not feel too overwhelming.

What I love is that each morning, Charlotte and Amelia rush to their envelopes to see what we've written. The notes are sometimes a simple observation of a charitable act or a quick drawing to make them laugh. I love that Charles and I force ourselves to take a minute each evening to think about why we love our children. It's my version of Oprah's gratitude journal.

Click on the link below for cards to write notes to your own children.

 

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Reader Comments (35)

What a wonderful idea, we will be doing this starting tonight! I too have thought it was a waste for them to be empty until the big day! I love the dress your daughter has on (we have one from Kayce Hughes that looks just like it!) Thank you!

02.1 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

What a beautiful idea! Valentines Day has always been a family holiday for me. I remember getting in trouble in high school because I didn't go home right after school on Valentine's Day (opting instead to hang out with the boyfriend). Since I don't often get to go home for Valentines anymore I make it a point to do special things for my friends. Especially my single girlfriends who tend to feel the most heartache around this time. I think I'll do the notes idea when I have kids. Thanks for always having the best and organized suggestions.

02.1 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I love this idea. I think I'll try to make some sort of envelope for my kids. I like the idea of a daily gratitude or affirmation, instead of 'how many valentines did YOU get?'

Thanks for the inspiration!

Oh, Angie, you summed it up so well. Who didn't hate Valentine's Day in their teens and 20s (I sure did)? But now it's one of my favorite holidays. How fun to have a day to do nice things and deliver yummy treats to friends and family. Besides, everything looks so cute in pink and red.

02.1 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

What a precious idea! My parents, especially my Dad, always made Valentine's Day special for my sisters and I when we were little. I would love for my girls to have the same wonderful memories.

02.1 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Those envelopes really are darling! I love how your daughter is all dressed in pink and red. Too adorable!

02.1 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

What a fabulous idea! I love those big envelops and the tradition you have going with your family! I think i'll start doing that next year, my daughter still a bit young, but it's such a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

02.1 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

I heart this post. :)

02.1 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

I love this idea, I think think that I will do this for my hubby and my 19 year old son....just because they are older does not me they do not appreciate the seniment. I think I can make the envelopes out of white felt and top stich with red. Thanks for sharing.

02.1 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

I need to catalog this amazing idea for when I have kids!

I believe you have the luckiest children in the world! I love the envelop idea - what an easy and quick craft that has tremendous meaning and good memories! I've been inspired!
I was wondering, a little early, but do you have any fun ideas for an Easter party? I'm returning home to visit family and mom and I love to throw a little family gathering!
Fondly,
Stacey
P.S. Happy (early) Birthday!

02.1 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

printing those out... right. now.

I love the wreath!!! I wonder how you could make that, since we don't have Target around here...

This is so inspired! I read this yesterday and have started this w/ my kids and husband. My boys are young 2.5 but I'm going to make these cards and save them in a little photo book w/ snaps of them helping me make cookies and other Valentines Day treats! Thank you for the idea!!! xo ~

We have been doing this for a couple years now, except we put our notes in a decorated mailbox. Those felt chair envelopes are darling, and could so easily be reproduced by someone even remotely handy with a sewing machine. Thanks so much for the downloadable notes -- I'll be taking you up on that. Happy Day!

I love this idea, and "amen" that your girls may be the luckiest ever!
You will find such a rush of love and adoration coming BACK to you when you clean out their drawers after they've gone off to college and find some of those little notes they lovingly tucked away forever!
That's when you know it was worth it.
Keep up the good work.
(I'm Angie's mom and she's worth it).

02.3 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Aw, I love the cute comment from your mom almost as much as the post! We do this, too, in the week proceeding Valentine's, only ours hang from our doorknobs. The kids love to get in on the action as well by leaving notes and poems for Mom and Dad. Talk about lovingly tucking things away forever...I treasure their little notes.

I love the envelopes themselves (trying to figure out a way to diy a couple), but I LOVE the notes to your kids idea...easily translated to other things too! Thanks for sharing!

Oh and I'm a Feb 10th bday, so I have always had a love/hate relationship with valentine's day too. Never easy to get dinner reservations on your birthday weekend, flowers are super costly so you never get them, parties at school overshadow your big day, but...how can you not love all the goodies associated with Feb 14th too? :-)

02.4 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Thank you so much for the love note pdf, I quickly printed off a sheet and tucked notes into my little boys snack bags this morning. Tonight at dinner, my 7 yr old said reading the note made him feel so good inside but he didn't know why. With four kids, work, and school I find myself feeling rushed without time to stop and do little things for them. This was a sweet reminder that they are loved. What a great idea!

02.4 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love all these ideas! I have already figured out my girls Valentines for this year, so I am filing away the idea of the lips and mustaches for next year. But I think I will try to make the oversize envelopes today!! Thanks, love your blog!

02.7 | Unregistered CommenterNeva

Charlotte and Amelia are my girls names too!! And what a darling idea! And just what Miss Charley needs after having started big school and losing her confidence and way a little. What a great way to remind her that we love her unconditionally!

Thanks so much x

06.24 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

WOW REALLY NICE DESIGNS, I ALSO LOVE SAN VALENTIN, I THINK IS ONE OF THE BEST PART OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE YOU SHARE LOVE and you can get free viagra online hahaha I'm just kidding...

06.29 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

this is such a beautiful idea. the little love notes are amazing. Have they ever left anything for each other?

08.24 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I love hearts because i always inlove of everything, and this design i love it, first picture is so beautiful I want to do some thing similar for my door house and i will buy generic viagra facts

09.23 | Unregistered Commenteramihr

I'm a GG that often has my little granddaughters. I love the envelope - but what I really want to know is how did you do your precious little blonds hair?

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