This year, for Valentine’s day I decided to send all my loved ones a secret love letter. Inside each letter I placed a simple origami message that when pieced together read – I(eye) LOVE(heart) YOU!
The origami designs that I choose meant that each piece of the puzzle could be brought to life; the eye could blink and the heart could beat.
I bought black envelopes and imitation sealing wax stickers from Tiger. These stickers had a very nice love heart indentation on them. My friend Ciara loved this idea so much that she used them for her wedding invites.
Check out the video tutorials, at the bottom of this post, to see how to make the moving origami eyes and heart
Here are few funny vintage Valentine’s day cards that I came across while looking up lovey dovey ideas.
As part of my art class in EVE Estuary we worked on a project called ‘Spreading the Love’ for Valentine’s day. This project consisted of placing small love hearts (with nice massages written on them) around Dublin.
We hope that people happen upon our hearts, read their messages and were filled with a little love. We wanted to present people with a little break from the norm and inspire them to ‘share the love’ themselves that day and thus start an unending chain of positive thinking and living. It was a simple idea that we hope made at least one person happy.
On York St. in Dublin, there is a community artwork which creates a similar love-filled interlude in people’s lives.
On one of the metal hearts, that stands in front of a block of flat, a message reads “Live where you love, Love where you live”. A simple message that shows how a community can stand together and create unity and pride in their area.
Appropriately, this street and community project is located across the road from the Whitefrair Street Church. It is not widely known that this Church has a strong connection to Valentine’s Day because it is believed to houses the remains of St. Valentine. Over to the righthand side of the church there is a statue depicting the saint. Beneath this statue there is an altar which contain the remains. There is also a book on top where you can leave a message.
It is said, that the remains were given to an Irish Carmelite by the name of John Spratt by Pope Gregory XVI in 1835. In 1836 John brought them to the Whitefrair Street Church, where they were put on display. After Fr. John Spratt’s death, interest in the relic died away and they were put into storage. However, after some renovation work in the 1950s/60s they were put back on display.
The shrine is quite popular with couples on St. Valentine’s day because a special mass is said and wedding or engagement rings can be blessed.
Information about this shrine is not widely known and for most people it is still a hidden treasure.
Regeneration in the local area is trying to highlight this potentially popular tourist attraction.
In another community project, that I was made aware of, they have started to look at the streets surrounding and adjoining to Aungier Street and found that they almost form a pattern similar to an anatomically correct heart, with the Whitefrair Street Church smack bang in the middle.
I thought that this was an interesting idea and something that could definitely be explored and expanded upon even more.
Finally, I picked up this great vintage inspired metal-letter-love-light from Penneys for €20. It looks great on the shelf at home and also works well as a prop. We used it as part of our ‘Date Night’ movie morning in EVE Estuary on Valentine’s Day. I was also thinking that it might look well as part of the wedding decorations for my sisters wedding next year.
The white trees, that we created for Halloween, have proven to be very versatile. With just a simple change of decorations they can be remodelled to suit any occasion. For Christmas and Valentine’s Day we hung paper hearts and fairy-lights from them; transforming the haunted forest into a magical wonderland.
© All photos shown have been taken by Rachel Kiernan and are not to be used without permission.