One evening, as I was cleaning my room, I stumbled across some old birthday and Christmas cards that I made during junior high/high school. I also found myself having to re-organize all my scrapbook paper, card stock, and other craft supplies the I had amassed over the years. Of course, this made me miss making these handcrafted cards so much that I decided to make one (or three, actually) the very next day!
It just so happened that Valentine's Day was coming up, so I made a card for Clay, my sister, and another girl friend. I bought a handy heart hole punch from Michael's that helped with the green heart-shaped leaves. And I was quite glad to finally be using old scraps that I had kept (leftovers from a wedding photo booth backdrop from last year) to make all the tiny bird houses.
The following week was my dad's birthday, and I decided to make one for him as well. I cut up some balloons (I can never get the shape of them right!) and twine, and was careful to pick colors that were more gender neutral. Somehow I ended up using all the primary colors and stuck in some floral print, but I think it worked out.
I also made my first bridal shower card for my friend, Grace, who is getting married in two months! It felt great to just cut and trim - and to let the different pieces fit together to create its own simple design. Card-making can really be therapeutic! I should really take more advantage of my spare time to keep up with this rediscovered hobby and save myself an extra trip to Hallmark for an overpriced card :)
Our second camping trip of the year took place over Valentine's Day weekend and consisted of a backpacking trip to Glen Camp located at Point Reyes National Seashore. This was my very first backpacking trip and it definitely was more challenging (but also more satisfying!) than the usual car camping. Clay and I had to pack minimally and efficiently to carry our sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tent/poles/rainfly, tarp, lantern, jet boil, water filter, clothes, toiletries, all our food, and nexus ;). After grabbing a quick brunch at the Pine Cone Diner in Point Reyes Station, we hit the road: 4.6 miles with everything on our backs! It was really nice hiking there because there was a busy little creek that ran along the trail, which helped to make the journey shady and cool. About halfway through the hike, there was the large Divide Meadow that provided a peaceful picnic spot for its travelers. The last mile was slightly more difficult for me, but with Clay's constant encouragement, we made it to our home for the night! Site #5 was pretty secluded with some lovely little woods behind it, which we deemed as our own backyard for the weekend. Resting together underneath the trees, eating hot shin ramen bowls for dinner, watching a recent psychological thriller (Gone Girl) in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night...I couldn't have asked for a better first backpacking trip with my Valentine!
Just capturing as I go.