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Ideas for Valentine’s Day During the Pandemic

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day During the Pandemic

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your honey this year? During the pandemic, your options are limited. You’d better start planning now if you don’t want to disappoint your loved one.

You might not even be getting together face-to-face. Maybe you’re separated by distance, or maybe a health concern has kept you isolated. Maybe spending face time in FaceTime is your best option.

Even under the best of times, going out to eat on Valentine’s Day is a challenge, because, guess what? It’s everyone’s Valentine’s Day; unlike birthdays and anniversaries, which are spread out among 366 days. And in the time of Covid, dining venues are limited. Most restaurants that are open have fewer tables available (unless they’ve built plexiglass partitions); and they’re in high demand because, as stated before, it’s everybody’s Valentine’s Day.

So, maybe you can make a special dinner for your Valentine; that is, if you can even be in the same room together. Or, maybe you can order takeout. Or maybe you can send him or her a specially delivered meal.

You can’t go out to the movies, but maybe you could stream a romantic movie together.

You can always send him or her flowers or candy or a gift. It’s tried and true, but somewhat of a cliché.

Better yet, you could give the gift of yourself. What are your special talents? (Oh, my goodness! That’s not the kind of special talent I meant, but okay then. Moving on. . .)

Can you write a love poem? It doesn’t even have to rhyme. And if you can also play an instrument, maybe you can make it into a song with a simple accompaniment, and video yourself singing it, and post it on his or her Facebook page. (Um, even as I’m writing this, I’m seeing potential for disaster. . . maybe you could just email the poem.)

Can you draw or paint? Make some artwork especially for your beloved. You know what he or she likes. Landscapes, or flowers, or puppies, or even a portrait. That’s it! Make a portrait of your Valentine, and frame it in a gorgeous frame so he or she can enjoy it forever in a place of honor. (What could go wrong with that idea?)

Or maybe you’re a photographer. Enlarge a favorite photo that you know would have special meaning for your loved one, and frame it.

Are you a woodworker, or a quilter, or an upholsterer? A beautiful item that you made with your own hands will be treasured as evidence of your love. Who doesn’t love a quilt or a piece of furniture?

If all else fails, there are always gift cards. That mega-million-dollar internet order company that has fast delivery is very popular during the pandemic, as is that expensive coffee place with the drive-up window with cars backed up to the highway. Or a gift card to a grocery store. Actually, depending on your situation (and your sweetheart’s), one of the most appreciated gifts you could give might be a donation to the local food bank in your Valentine’s name. Some states (Arizona among them) might even give you (or your loved one) a tax credit for it.

Now it’s your turn. What great ideas do you have for celebrating Valentine’s Day during the pandemic? Share in the comments below. And however you spend Valentine’s Day this year, have a happy one.

Creative Juice #177

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Creative Juice #177

The Valentine’s Day edition of CJ. Wishing you lots of love.

Valentangles

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A few years ago I started a tradition of posting a bunch of Zentangle® valentines in February. Last year I thought I coined a new term: Valentangle. This year I discovered there has been a Valentangle challenge for several years already, so I didn’t invent the word.

I tried to join the Valentangle2020 Facebook group (in fact, I tried several times), but I never got approved. I don’t know if it was a glitch, or I missed a secret deadline, or they really don’t want me.

Anyway, I’m still calling these Valentangles.

This one uses the pattern Ixorus:

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This one combines Snail and Florz:

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This design is called Pepper. Doesn’t it look like a zebra?

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This one uses the design Mistrel:

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This one is filled with Double S:

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This might be my personal favorite of the group. Drupe:

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I am calling this one “Heart Attack”:

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This one uses Puffle, Onamato, and Luv-A. Puffle reminds me of ribbon candy.

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Which one do you like best? Vote in the comments.

If you want to see my previous Valentine posts, click on the years: 2019, 2018, 2017.

In the Meme Time: Two Hearts

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In the Meme Time: Two Hearts

I’m working on something for Valentine’s Day that’s not done yet, so here is Friday’s In The Meme Time today. Look for something to take its place on the 14th. The photo below is by Sandrachile . on Unsplash.
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Happy Valen-Tangles Day to You

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Starting in late January, I begin to think about hearts for Valentine’s Day when I work on my Zentangle creations. Here’s what I came up with for this year.

This was for the Diva Challenge #382. The patterns used were Heart Rope, Heart N Half with Luv-a, Stribations, and Heart Offset:

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Below is Dot Grid:

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And the featured pattern in this heart is Biscus. I like the shattered mirror effect:

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I made this for Diva Challenge #384. The patterns are Anthem, Heart Rope, and Fescu:

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I drew Heart N Half around the edges of the larger heart:

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This tile features Heartswell with Kiss in the background:

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And, finally, a heart with Leashed Hart around the edges:

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My favorite of these is the next-to-last one with Heartswell. Which do you like best?

If you’d like to see my past Valentine designs, click here for 2018 and here for 2017.

#DC351 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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For this week’s Diva Challenge. “Heart of a Champion” is supposed to draw on the Olympics for inspiration, but I got distracted by the idea of Celtic hearts and decided to experiment with them. Patterns used are Shattuck, Static, Trio, and Tulipe.

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My Funny Valentines

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In the last few weeks, most of my artwork has been valentine-related.

First though, here are some valentines I drew last year.

This year’s valentines use a variety of techniques, mostly zentangle or doodling.

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Creative Juice #80

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Creative Juice #80

A baker’s dozen of beautiful things to inspire you:

Creative Juice # 79

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Creative Juice # 79

Recharge your creative battery by reading these dozen articles about pretty and interesting things.

Zentangle a Valentine

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Zentangle a Valentine

For three weeks, I’ve been working on a valentine project. I assumed I could complete one heart-themed valentine drawing a day, and that, realistically, at the end of three weeks, I’d have 10-14 mini-masterpieces.

Wrong.

Some of these took me as long as four sessions to complete. I ended up with nine.

I wanted a whole bunch so I could pick one to make a card for my hubby.

They were inspired by pictures I’ve been saving for the past year on my Zentangle Valentine board on Pinterest.

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Can you guess which one I chose for my husband?

The one dated 1-31-17.

Which one do you like the best?