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Whether you love it or hate it Valentines is going to be all up in our faces before we know it. I personally don’t go in for the whole commercialism aspect of the day itself – we don’t go all out on expensive presents or treats – but in this super charged busy world we live in it is nice to have some designated time to focus on us for at least 1 day!

I’m not a big fan of the mush though & I’m always on the hunt for a card which will put a smile on his face rather than shower him with goopy romantic sentiments. Last year I gave him this Oh Squirrel beauty…


Card: Oh Squirrel

I showed it to my teenage students before I gave it to him who all declared that I was a mean wife but I think he appreciated it! I did of course add my own words inside which were of a much more complimentary tone & I personally think that means more than whatever Clinton cards has deemed appropriate for our relationship.

There are more and more alternative valentines cards springing up so I thought I’d do a bit of a round up of my favourites this year…

If you haven’t come across Lola Hoad Design yet you really must check her out! Lola is totally killing it with her minimalist & monochrome graphic style – her Instagram feed just makes me want to throw everything out & paint my entire house white – & she has designed this gem for Valentines this year…


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Total genius for any of us who have boyfriends/husbands who dutifully wait for us to take a picture while their food gets cold.

The lovely Katie from Oh Squirrel has smashed it again this year with her whimsical take on tradition…


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The hubby got me some of her awesome pencils for Christmas – blog post here – as he had noticed I had bought loads of Oh Squirrel goodies for everyone else… definite keeper.

For a touch of the romantic I love Rachel from Oh No Rachio’s Ed Sheeran card design with that line from ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and her cute astrological pattern, what a beaut.


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Once you’ve snapped up your perfect card you might want a little something to go with it to treat your special someone, so fresh off the studio table are my single stem leather roses in white & metallic pink.

I love making these pretties, each one hand crafted with UK sourced leather to create a  bloom that will last forever, a permanent reminder of what a top dog you are to your significant other, win win!


Each flower comes with an optional personalised message & packaged up ready to gift. There is a limited run of the roses so head over to the etsy shop to snap up yours, no last minute petrol station blooms needed this year!




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