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Valentines Day Gift Ideas! - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade




Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it.  It is a day that started with pagan roots, associated with the Roman festival, Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February (February 13-15), Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders, Romulus and Remus.  Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed around 496 A.D. when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. It is not known, however, which of three St. Valentines (all of whom were martyred) Pope Gelasius was honoring.  In 1381, Geoffrey Chaucer, a famous English poet, first associated St. Valentine's Day with romance in a poem he wrote in honor of the engagement between Richard II and Anne of Bohemia.  The engagement, the mating season of birds, St. Valentine’s Day and true love were all linked . . .  and it’s been a day for lovers ever since.  

Red, pink and hearts are all associated with Valentine’s Day.  Because of that, I browsed through the shops of artist friends and picked two items from each that would make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts.  Some are more traditional and some have a more boho flair.  Some are red and/or pink and some are not.  Most have hearts, but some do not.  But rest assured, a loved one will enjoy receiving any one of these artisan handmade beauties.  Enjoy.



Embossed Heart and Sun Copper Earring Components, 1 Pair, Handmade by Kristi of KristiBowmanDesign 



Heart and Square Crocheted Cotton Washcloths with Roses, Ready to Ship, Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage



Red Wire Hearts and Light Pink Bead Earrings Handmade by Linda of Linda Landig Design 



Lovely Hearts Blue Valentine Dog Scrunchie Neck Ruffle Handmade by Donna of Sew Amazin



Garnet and Peruvian Green Opal Gemstone Boho Braclet with Bronze Heart Clasp Handmade by Gloria of Chrysalis Tribal Jewelry



Hand Knit Plum Passion Neckwarmer with Heart Buttons Handmade by Nancy of Nancy's Knots, Lace and More



Sterling Silver Physical Therapist Heart Charm for European Style Bracelets Handmade by Lin of Flaunt Designs - Jewelry



"Heart of Space" Muliti-colored Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant Handmade by Jo of Umeboshi Jewelry Designs



Rustic Pearl and Copper Wire Wrapped Heart Earrings Handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at My Feet



Valentine's Red Czech Glass and Swarovski Crystals Earrings Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs 



Large Copper Woodblock Heart Focal Handmade by Kristi of KristiBowmanDesign



Pink Hearts and Cat Altered Journal Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage



Blue and Gold Ceramic Heart with Wild Grasses Handmade by LInda of Linda Landig Design



Chocolate Truffles Dog Bandana, Collar Slipcover or Scrunchie Style, Handmade by Donna of SewAmazin



Sterling Silver Heart Cross Pendant Necklace with Rustic Tribal Beads Handmade by Gloria of Chrystalis Tribal Jewelry 



Pink Stack Wrap Bracelet with Heart Charms Handmade by Nancy of Nancy's Knots, Lace and More



Rose Quartz Earrings with Gemstone Cluster and Sterling Silver Handmade by Lin of Flaunt Designs - Jewelry 



Candy Apple Red Dichroic Glass Pendant and Earrings Jewelry Set Handmade by Jo of Umeboshi Jewelry Designs



Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Pink Opal and Copper Wire Wrapped Boho Yoke Necklace Handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at My Feet



Valentines Lampwork Heart Necklace with Amethyst, Aventurine and Agate Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs 



I hope you enjoyed this selection of handmade creations from talented artists, any of which would make perfect Valentine's gifts..  If you would like to make my day and the day of the artists featured, please leave a comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!



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Wow such beautiful items in

Wow such beautiful items in this post! Thank you for including my neckwarmer and bracelet!

All items shared.


Thank you, Nancy!

Appreciate you stopping by and commenting, Nancy - and many thanks for sharing the items!

Eye Candy for Valentines!

You can't beat this selection of eye popping eye candy for Valentines Day!

Thank you, Jo!

Totally agree with you about the eye candy, Jo. Thanks for stopping by!

Love it!

Thanks Catherine!

I have tweeted all items and this post. Surprised to have internet this morning. Technicians rescheduled the -re-pointing of satellite dish until Monday evening. So it is hit and miss.

I will be back to pin and tweet the pins.

Thanks again!


Thank you, Jacki!

Am so glad you had the internet, Jacki! One of these days it will (hopefully) run like normal . . . Or even better! Many thanks for all your promo!

Time for Romance

Time for a little relaxation and romance following the holiday season - that's Valentine's Day!!! Thank you, Catherine, for your lovely theme and selections.

Thank you, Gloria!

Am happy to include your beautiful items, Gloria. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

I heart your Vale time selections

Wow. Thank you for Including two of my jewelry pieces I. Your hearts and pink selections. I'm honored to be in such great company. Sweet theme.

Ok so I can't type on my

Ok so I can't type on my phone. Valentine!!!!

Sweet Valentine Gift Ideas

Thank you so much for including my Valentine dog bandana and ruffle in this week's post!
Beautiful selections! I have pinned each item. <3

Pinned & tweeted


All pinned and the pins are tweeted. Tweeted post again.

Got lucky to have a connection!


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