Make it an Artisans Handmade Valentines Day!



Valentine’s Day, February 14th, will be here before we know it with cupids, hearts, pink and red found everywhere.  Across the United States and in many other countries around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.  While there was a St. Valentine (the Catholic Church actually recognizes three saints named Valentine or Valentinus), the “day of love” was declared the day before the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, celebrated at the ides of February or February 15.  Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Valentines Day was officially declared on February 14th by Pope Gelasius at the end of the 5th century in an effort to Christianize the Roman celebration, declaring Lupercalia as “un-Christian.”




Personalized Hand Beaded / Sewn Heart Note Card Handmade by Diane of Daisyblu



It was not until the Middle Ages (476 AD – 1453 AD), that February 14 definitively became associated with love. In France and England, it was commonly believed that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season.  Valentine greetings were popular in the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.  In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for people of all social classes to exchange small gifts or handwritten notes.  Printed cards began to replace written letters by the early 1900s.  Americans probably began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther Howland, known as the “Mother of the American Valentine.” began selling the first mass-produced, intricately detailed valentines card in the United States. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.




Teddy Bear Earrings with Swarovksi Crystals Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




You Melt My Heart Hand Knit Valentine's Day Scarf / Neckwarmer Handmade by Cathy of Crafting Memories




Turquoise Howlite Hearts and Antique Copper Earrings Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Vintage Ruby Red Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Earrings Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Large Hole Red and Pink Flower Lampwork Glass Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Mother / Garden Goddess Boho Pendant Necklace with Leather Handmade by Mary and Gonzerrific of PrettyGonzo




Key to Unlock My Heart Stretch Charm Bracelet Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage




Hand Knit Red Boucle Wool Scarf Handmade by Andrea of Andrea Designs




Red Heart Shape Tree of Life Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore 




Orange Coral and Ivory Lampwork Glass Valentines Heart Earrings with Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs 



Personalized Custom Wedding Photo Album / Anniversary Gift Handmade by Diane of Daisyblu




Teddy Bear Earrings with Coordinating Beads Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




Hand Knit Red Scarf with Hearts Handmade by Cathy of Crafting Memories 




Cherry Red Czech Tile and Creme Superduo Beadwoven Bracelet Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Heart Earrings for Valentines Day Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Red and Black Large Hole Lampwork Glass Heart Bead Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads  




Adjustable Beach Bracelet with Seashell Charm Handmade by Mary and Le Gonze of PrettyGonzo




Jasper Heart Pendant on Silver Chain Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage




Red and White Gloxinia Beaded Macrame Bracelet w/ Adjustable Clasp Handamde by Andrea of Andrea Designs




Genuine Ruby in Heart Glass Tile Watercolor Pendant Necklace Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore  




Red Roses on White Hearts Enamel Valentines Earrings w/ Red Coral Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs  



I hope you enjoyed the short history of Valentine's Day and each and every one of these unique handmade creations!  Hopefuly one or more items caught your eye and is now going to be given as a gift.  If you would like to make my day and the day of the talented artists featured, please leave a blog comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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Valentines Day Promotion Blog

Thank you Catherine for featuring 2 of my items in your lovely Valentine’s Day Blog. So many wonderful items to choose from. Off to start promoting - tweeting and pinning.


Thanks. Tweeted all

This is such a beautiful

This is such a beautiful collection - Great job Catherine.
Thanks so much for including our items.
Greatly appreciated.

Beautiful Valentine gift

Beautiful Valentine gift ideas. Thank you, Catherine, for putting this blog together and for including two of my Valentine Scarves. Shared all and the blog. Treats to Seamus from the gang.

Merci Beaucoup for these great gift ideas!

Thanks so much, Catherine, for this wonderful collection of gift ideas - perfect for Valentine's Day gift-giving! Thanks for including my Mother Goddess necklace and blue ocean-inspired beach bracelet. Will be sharing everything to Pinterest and doing some tweeting as well. Treats to Le Moosie from Le Gonze! xoxo

Beautiful Valentine's Collection

Thank you for including my handmade lampwork beads in your fabulous Valentine's Day Collection!


Thanks Catherine for including my Valentines listings.

Lovely picks.


Promoted ALL.

Beautiful Valentine's Gifts

Thank you so much Catherine for the Valentine's promotion and for your help in getting my earrings posted here. So many pretty designs to wear any time of year. Will be promoting.

Thank you for all the Hearts!

Lots of hearts to choose from in this handmade Valentine's Day gift guide. I have shared everyone everywhere and scheduled tweets for more. Thank you for including my teddy bear earrings. Big belly rubs to the Desert Dog Who Sees All from the Lazy Dog Who Sees Nothing from Under the Desk :)

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