I wanted to post this exactly a week ago, but putting it up on a day with much less hype seems serendipitously appropriate. Everyone has an opinion on how to celebrate Valentine’s—from overly enthusiastic expression to feeling it’s too commercial or even ignoring the holiday altogether. I, however, think any day is a good day for celebrating love. So Happy (fill-in-the-blank) Day to those who are single, together, far apart, or anywhere in-between.
The “Read More” is my reminder to mention how the hearts in the pictures were created. Tonight it’s a little too late, and I’m a little too tired.
We, a co-worker and I, created the hearts during February’s Hands-on Houston (a free craft session held the first Saturday of every month) at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Ann Rush, a local jeweler, led the craft-activity with help from several HCCC volunteers. We started with a very small amount of clay placed on a plastic sheet. Each person put two popsicle sticks on each side of the clay, then rolled it flat using a plastic cylinder. We manipulated the clay into a heart and pressed a small piece of burlap to create some texture on the surface of the heart. Before handing our clay over to be fired, a small circle was punched out using a stirring straw for the purpose of hanging or wearing it later. Volunteers instructed all participants to place initials/identifying marks on the back of our creations. Ann fired the clay in an oven later that weekend and participants were instructed to pick up their respective heart a few days later.