Text and Photography by Melanie Bernier
Our Valentine’s Day Tips will prep you for a divine February 14th.
When it comes to all things charming, original, and sincere, Gateway artists are theauthority. Their Valentine’s Day products wrap up sentiment and style in one remarkable package. So if you’re looking for some Valentine’s Day inspiration to get your engine revved, take a cue from Gateway’s Valentine’s Day Tips.
Tip #1: Carefully Select Your Valentine. The first and most basic Valentine’s Day tenant is: Give an authentic Valentine! Gateway artists spend all of January crafting original cards. These hand-drawn Valentines by Donna Esolen are small works of art:
Four portraits by Ray Salter have been reproduced on cardstock, each featuring an American poet alongside a verse of poem. It turns out that Edgar Allen Poe, with all his morbidity, was quite the romantic: “. . . And this maiden she lived with no other thought/Than to love and be loved by me.”
Tip #2: Adorn Yourself, or Someone Else. Whether you wear it or gift it, V-Day is the occasion for statement jewelry. Multi-strand necklaces, sterling earrings with Swarovski, and beaded bracelets enhance any outfit andmake fantastic gifts. Each hand-made piece is one of a kind, so no matter which you choose, your Valentine will never see it on anyone else.
This embroidered necklace by Valerie Walker is flirty and original:
. . . while this heart-stopping beaded lariat blows Tiffany’s out of the water.
Tip #3: Presentation is Everything. On this day, wine shall not emerge from a brown bag. Place a fine bottle of red in a wine bag by HughCameron to make your sweetheart smile . . .
. . . or bind a gift box in hand-drawn wrapping paper. From left to right: Claude Fourel, Hugh Cameron, Francelia Brea, and David O’Toole.
Any gift is sweeter if it comes in a Gateway gift bag. Here’s one by Debra Belsky:
Smell the Roses! The sentiment will linger on when your bouquet comes in a wheel-thrown vase that’s freshened every Valentine’s Day. Here are some great examples from Andrew Granger and Edgardo Vasquez:
Tip #4: Set the Mood. If you’re hosting, select visually interesting home accessories to create ambiance and stir up excitement. Loom-woven placemats by Joe Salonis brighten up the dining table for a home-made meal from Cook Your Arts Out.
Pillow talk, anyone?
A nude by Rebecca Bella Rich is mysterious and beautiful.