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Book Arts Guild of Vermont workshop: Valentines

Last Wednesday I attended the monthly meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. We spent the evening making valentines, which brought me right back to first grade. We were taught how to make woven hearts, using the following patterns from the Origami Resource Center:

It’s so strange – as soon as I try to make something special for my hubby, my inner critic comes out in full force. It’s like nothing I can make will be good enough. I hate all of the materials I have to work with and I hate everything that everyone else brought to share. It’s just all wrong. I experience the same thing when I write in birthday or anniversary cards for Chris – my words are always completely wrong.

So here’s what I came up with:

Woven Valentine's Day card

Valentine attempt

I wove together some handmade paper and pieces of a map. The circle in the middle is a button made of polymer clay. After this image was taken, I drew in an arrow pointing to the star and added “You are here.”

Geez, I so didn’t like it – absolutely not inspiring by any stretch of the imagination. But I gave it to him anyway (not on Valentine’s Day). He said he liked it.

I think he was just being nice.

I was completely prepared to throw the whole woven heart concept out the window based on this experience. Then my hubby came to me and asked if we could make an anniversary card for his parents. All of a sudden, the woven heart seemed to be the perfect solution.

Woven anniversary card

This I liked. I really did. Now I just need to figure out what to do for the “real” Valentine’s Day card.

Crap.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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