Growing up, one of my favorite times of year was Valentine’s Day. I loved going to the store to choose a box of cards to give to my classmates. I’d spend hours going through the list of names, choosing one for each person that I thought was fitting, and then signing my name as neatly as possible. Many years later, I still love giving little gifts for Valentine’s Day, not only to my husband, but also to my girlfriends, my “galentines.” It’s a day that will always be about love, all kinds of it, and I love surprising people with an unexpected valentine.
It’s no secret that I love dried flowers, maybe even more than I love fresh ones. They have such a lovely look to them, and they can last for quite a while. This year, I decided to make little bitty dried bouquets for my friends. I thought they might look nice hanging from something, so I placed them in a test tube that had been wrapped with twine, which was secured with a dab of hot glue. I’ll be hanging these bouquets from my friends’ favorite bottles of wine and sparkling water, and then they can hang them from a cabinet doorknob, a bulletin board at work, or a number of other places. A little affirmation adhered to the test tube was chosen specifically for each friend.