19 February 2014

Post Valentines Day Blues

Most blogs did their Valentines Day posts prior to the day, or on the day itself, but here I am feeling the post Valentines blues.

I know this particular holiday gets a lot of negative feedback, especially here in Australia. It's highly commercialised and known as 'Hallmark Day', and most people argue that you should show your love every day. This is all true.

However, I can't find myself disliking a holiday that just reminds us of the importance of showing our love. Sometimes in our day to day lives we get so busy that we forget to remind our loved ones how much we care. We might say 'I love you' daily, but are we remembering to show it?

I love Valentines Day for this reason! I also love making gifts, rather than buying them. Take that, Hallmark! Not only is it more personal for your sweetheart (or friend, or yourself!), it also shows that you took the time to put some creativity in. Of course, I understand that not everyone has the time or the confidence to try to make something (but I assure you, you could if you tried!) so in that situation I recommend purchasing an inexpensive home made gift from a local business. Supporting the little people is basically a gift for two!

Obviously, some sort of baked goods are always going to be my present of choice but alas, my Valentine lives 8000 miles away! So, what's a girl to do?

Firstly, I shared the love and kept my creative streak happy by making cupcake gift boxes - and discounted them too! I basically made the present that I would have given my own Valentine, if he were closer. My lovely clients snapped them up and the vintage puns that were on top of each cupcake had me giggling throughout the day!

'Vintage Valentine' Cupcake Gift Box from Sugar Push Cakes

 Secondly, I ordered home made, personalised sugar cookies for my valentine. One of the benefits of being a cake decorator is making friends with fellow cake decorators all over the world! These gorgeous cookies came from a friend of mine who runs Layde Cakes in Northern California. Her cookies look incredible, and from the feedback I received they tasted delicious too! Her Facebook page is definitely worth a like!

Long Distance Love Cookies (Australia to California) by Layde Cakes

So that was my Valentines Day. Now I'm simply sad that I don't have an excuse anymore to make all sorts of fun heart themed DIY projects!

Do you think starting on gifts and decorations for next year would be a bit too soon?

Also, I do apologise for the quality of the cupcake photo. Valentines Day in Adelaide turned out to be mighty miserable and pouring with rain so I got stuck with old iPhone photos in artificial light. Not exactly ideal!


  1. Those cupcakes are so creative and cute! I like the cookie designs too. I don't think it's too early to generate ideas for next year.

    I'm actually making some cookies as get well/be well/encouragement gifts. I'll post pictures!

    1. Thank you Lauren, and I think you're right! Never to early to work on ideas!

      I can't wait to see your cookies!


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