Makings of Romance: Crafting Valentine Cottages

Left: Pale pink craft houses are displayed on cake stands among sweet treasures and wrapped gifts. Right: Handmade cards in Victorian style bear antique motifs.

Whether borrowed from a sonnet or drawn from the depths of one’s heart, sweetly worded sentiments beckon those we cherish on this holiday dedicated to love. A nod to the intricate handmade valentines of the mid-1800s that popularized this February celebration of affection, Victorian cards worthy of a strike from Cupid’s bow and arrow sweetly layer cuttings of blushing rose motifs over textured parchment. Paper petals affixed to the note’s border create garlands of floral bounty, as stirring as a bouquet gathered directly from the garden.

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