Share the Love: A Girl's Valentine's Day Wishlist

Stephanie Lynn, age 26, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

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For the February 2011 issue, I'm continuing to feature several of the talented youth I'm meeting on Etsy. The theme for this month is obvious ... love and Valentine's Day! You can share the love all year long with these adorable gift ideas. There is no right time of the year to tell your special someone that you love them and no better way than to give something homemade. Ladies, I suggest you send this link to your guys! ;) These are also some great ideas for anniversaries! :D

Love Cupcake Earrings
By Alliteration, Lauren, age 21, Texas

Is there seriously a better way to say "I love you" than with cupcakes? How about chocolate frosted and colored sprinkled cupcakes? These charming silver plated earrings spell out the word "LOVE" with adorable cupcakes replacing the O's. So cute, you may even want to consider them as a gift to yourself. ;)

Love Almost-Braided Friendship Bracelet
By Carriebea, Carrie, age 19, Massachusetts

Cotton embroidery floss is the queen material for creating unique friendship bracelets, and I love Carrie's! Her awesome 100% mouline cotton LOVE bracelets feature three alternating colors. So light weight and as comfortable to wear. Bracelets are made-to-order and available in hundreds of color options for you to choose from.

Love You Handmade Card
By ViolaMahr, Voila, age 19, Singapore

Soft, sweet, and special for the one you love, who wouldn't want to receive such a lovely card this Valentine's Day! Voila's fabulous handmade card was created with Melissa Frances patterned paper, cardstock, crepe tissue, buttons, twine, ribbon, vintage trim, stamps, ink, chipboard key, and cherry crystals. What a perfect choice! :)

Please also visit Viola's blog for more about her and her designs,

Pink and White Heart Button Bobby Pins
By LoveMeSo, Melissa, age 20, Wisconsin

Our next piece is the definition of sweet and simple. Any girl would love these adorable heart shaped button bobby pins. Perfect for a fun date out with your guy.

Love's Chain Beaded Necklace
By TashinaFalene, Tashina, age 19, Virginia

How charming! The "Love" key is the focal point of Tashina's lovely chain necklace, along with three brass and silver tokens which say "Lifetime," "Forevermore," and "Genuine." Other stylish adornments include cranberry teardrop freshwater pearls, two brass feathers, light pink, light brown topaz, and clear Swarovski crystals, and a brass metal bird. Very unique and a must-have!

"Be Mine" Ceramic Tile Coasters
By DancingOnADaydream, Andréa, age 21, Pennsylvania

As funny as it may sound, coasters can make a great addition to your dorm room or apartment. I love Andréa's use of patterns to create such a unique decoration. Cute little cupids, adorable roses, fun hearts, and little doves make these deep red coasters perfect for Valentine's Day.

Red and Black Flowers Chain Necklace
By AppaloosaDesigns, Chelsea, age 23, Georgia

Add a pop of color to your outfit! Five red acrylic flowers with black beads sit upon a 18" gunmetal chain necklace. Who is that classy lady? She could be you!

Glucose "You're Sweet" Chemistry Nerd Card
By QueInteresante, Charlene, age 25, North Dakota

Impress your love interest and show your nerdy side with Charlene's unique chemistry cards. This card features the molecular structure of glucose (aka sugar) along with the words "You're Sweet" in bold pink letters. Inside you'll see a textbook definition (complete with pronunciation in the International Phonetic Alphabet) of glucose as well as blank space to leave your own personal message. Intelligent girls rock! :D

Well, that about wraps it up! From cupcakes to sugar molecules, Valentine's Day is one sweet holiday for those in love. I appreciate these gifted young Etsy artists, and if you do too, stop by their shops and drop them a sweet compliment ... or better yet, purchase some of their innovative designs. Maybe next Valentine's Day you too will be showcasing your artistic talent on Etsy ... or in Sweet Designs Magazine!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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