This month’s things that make me smile is slightly Valentine’s Day themed just a tad as I went a little crazy with my snail mail. I was going to share a bunch of photos from my Toronto trip that happened last weekend but I realized I had so many they really deserved a post of their own. It goes without saying almost everything in Toronto makes me smile…except not sleeping – I never get a lot of sleep when I’m there. Again like last year I don’t really have plans for Valentine’s, it’s just one of those non-holidays but I do enjoy convincing Victor to buy me Lindor chocolate (he is on his usual health food kick so it’s like pulling teeth to get him to contribute to my sugar addiction). I love getting him a card though and sending postcards to friends covered in as many pink hearts as I can find. As always you can always share what you made you smile this month in the comments.
Kaoru Hasegawa artwork. I have a bunch of her postcards that I need to figure out how to frame, they’ve been sitting on a shelf for a year now.
The crazy amount of Valentine’s Day stickers I was able to get.
Sending snail mail to friends filled with stickers and love.
Butter being amazed by what ever she can see from our 3rd story front window. Try and spot the mini rainbows.
My new hair color, it keeps changing shades and I love them all. Pale hair in winter fills me with joy.
Getting a copy of the limited zine Bablien (this will be the featured zine next month, I love it so much however it’s too bad that it’s not going to be reprinted).
My origami paper case filled to the brim with so many different patterns of paper. I am starting to make 2,000 cranes for future mtlcranes as well as another project I’m keeping huss huss right now.
All my Instax film that I picked up this month from Japan. Twin Star, Hello Kitty and My Melody instax film is so cute, and I already shot two of them so you can see the patterns in an upcoming Lomography Wednesday post.
My new boots! Victor bought me these as a late Christmas present and I love them. I wasn’t sold on the yellow laces to start but they have grown on me.
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Valentines Pick of the Week is: CrankBunny
Now you may think Valentines Day is far away, but today’s pick requires custom ordering and shipping so I thought I’d share a bit earlier. I have had my eye on these custom cards for a year now. I just missed out last year for Valentines Day but I’m all ready this year. I ordered mine and got them in less then 2 weeks.
The great thing with Crankbunny is there is more then just cards for Valentine’s Day, you can use them for any occaision and most of the cards are the same price as a nice card from a store anyways. I bought 1 for my boyfriend for Valentines, another for my friend’s birthday and a 3rd as a congratz card to my friend who is welcoming twins and got engaged. Even better is instead of using a default message you can create your own message. One reason why these cards stand out is they have unique designs you wouldn’t find anywhere else and gimmicks that are kinda amazing in my opinion.
I bought a golden ticket card, which you scratch the center of the card to reveal a message, and a ribcage heart card which has the same scratch center to reveal a message and the slot machine, which is my favourite. When you pull the slot machine lever, it gets a combo and a message pops out below (you can customize the combo as well, I went for 3 diamonds).
Here is some of my favourites, just click on the pictures to get more details and be redirected to Crankbunny’s Etsy shop.