So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner on 14th February.
As romantic as we are here at Rom Designs and as much of a cream puff is my heart, I’ve never enjoyed Valentine’s Day more than when I was quite young and still in elementary school back in Canada. It was a cutesy time of celebration when we exchanged homemade (some had store bought) Valentine’s Day cards with each other, some of us even sent one to our favorite teachers. If you want to know where the celebrations of Valentine’s Day originated, the hows and the whys you can check it out here.
As I grew into adulthood, I realized that the day wasn’t at all what it perhaps should be.
I didn’t like it much and I guess I still don’t in some ways and that is mainly because I think when you love someone you should tell them often, maybe not every day but often enough for them to feel loved. There are many ways to show somebody you love them, even if you can’t say it so much!
What I do love is when somebody takes the time to make something for me, something that is special only to me and that nobody else has. I am a sucker for all things handmade and handed down. The older the better and if it’s unique to my family and I can hold on to it long enough to pass down to my children, even better still!
My husband found out very early in our relationship that flowers were definitely not the way to my heart. Quite simply, I don’t have a green thumb and manage to kill everything plant based that I see let alone touch and have to be responsible to water, care and just generally provide the nurturing that it needs to flourish! I guess I’m more of a people person. I loved chocolate so much that it wasn’t special if he bought it for me because I would by so much of the darn stuff for myself! I’ve since curbed my appetite for chocolate unless it involves champagne and strawberries…. and not necessarily in that order! He was however very artsy and talented with a sewing machine and soon learned that a gift made for me was better than any store bought gift could ever be! He would make dress and business suits and surprise me with the home/handmade gifts at special occasions. Now I’m not saying that everyone is crafty and talented like my husband and for those who are not, there are still affordable options out there.
Put some thought into the occasion and whom you are buying for and perhaps there is something you could have made for them by someone else. Google has made everything so much easier to find! You could check at the local haberdashery or craft retailers who may either have someone on staff who commissions work or they could put you in touch with once of their customers.
Our Rom Designs Birthstone Tree of Life was designed with this in mind. We will work with you to craft something unique to you and your family alone, that can be passed down for generations. You decide what people you would like to capture by their birth months and we’ll entwine the crystals one by one by our own hand on either gold filled or sterling silver wire, with the wire remaining unbroken which symbolizes your never ending love.
The one thing about handmade or custom made gifts is that you need to remember not to leave it to the last minute in order to give plenty of time for the craftsmen to work their magic!