I felt compelled to join this year's Secret Valentine Exchange hosted by Sanae and Ute, despite a clear lack of time.
I suspected that it would be really fun to sew some little luxuries.
Like pretty luggage tags for a traveler to exotic locales.
Or a stack of rustic linen coasters embellished with hand embroidery.
Photographed with care, in good light, using my fixed 50 mm lens.
A few hours spent making things that are unnecessary and pretty. Unnecessarily pretty.
Time I did not have, but time, as it turns out, that was well-spent. Sewing these was so very therapeutic. Even with only a few hours to sew, making little things like this meant that I could take my time. Get those corners pushed out properly, make sure my edge stitching was straight. It was thoroughly satisfying. I do not think the package has reached its recipient yet (it package had quite a ways to go), but I hope she likes them!
In the meantime, I have already received my Secret Valentine Gift, from Jessie.
She made me this beautiful little pouch.
I absolutely love the colors she chose - those pops of orange are so great.
Inside were a box of pins (am I the only one who gets a kick out of poking brand-new pins into my pincushion?), some super-cute bobby pins and a coffee cup cozy. I have a Starbucks gift card from Christmas in my wallet, so this will definitely get a workout soon.
I feel thoroughly spoiled.