What has been seen, cannot be unseen… A. Catherine Noon here, with my continuing theme of what to do for Valentine’s Day. As is my regular practice when blogging, I went on Google and typed, “funny dog [or cat, I sometimes say cat] pictures” and whatever my topic is. This time, it was “make.”
I saw this picture and literally guffawed out loud. I couldn’t move past it. I tried. Dear gods, I tried. But… look at it. Look.at.it.
Back to my actual post, shall we? (What I want to know is, is the pic Photoshopped or did they actually put eyelashes on their dog?)
Valentine’s Day as we know it came about during Victorian times, when the upper middle class had the time and money to spend on elaborate parties, and social media was offline in the form of mail and greeting cards. There are some fascinating articles online about the history of the holiday, if you’ve a mind to wander down memory lane, but what interests me today is the idea of making Valentines for friends and lovers.
One way to do that is to go to the grocery store or craft store and get yourself a pad of construction paper. Remember? Staples carries it, as do other retailers. You can even find it at the dollar store, though not usually in as wide a variety. Grab a pad and come home. Then start making cards to your heart’s content. One way is to fold a sheet in half, then in half again; this makes a nice compact card that you can write on. Another way is to cut out a square about four inches by six inches, then cut out another one in another color that’s, say, three inches by five. Glue or table the smaller piece onto the larger one – voila, a frame. You could even go crazy and cut out little shapes of different colors and glue them onto your card for a layered effect.
It doesn’t need to be perfect, and it doesn’t need to look “professional.” Just let your inner child out to play for a bit. Sometimes, these kinds of heart-felt missives mean more than all the formal stationery money could buy. After all, there’s only one of you in all creation.
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s your favorite art supply?
– E.E. Cummings
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