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Creative, Crafty & Clever Projects for Valentine's Day

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While recently designing a logo, I've had to dabble into that kid-friendly, creative side of my mind, most of us haven't used much of since high school. The result? Coming up with a clever Valentine's Day 4-lined poem for a Fine Arts Gallery in Elk Rapids. And then I thought, how cute would some of these things be paired with some candy, playful toys or just a little gift to turn a head.

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Not a big fan of the holiday? Don't sweat it. These clever sayings are clever and simple - cheesy is more like it, but it gets the point across and really, it's great for any occasion.

It's time to get your craft on! If you are not feeling it, be sure to check out some of the places to purchase your clever ideas.

Sayings and what to pair it with, for your pleasure:

“You’re the bomb” - a bath bomb (They sell these at Happy Women in Suttons Bay)

“I like hanging out with you” or “I ‘a-door’ you” – Personalize a door knob hanger. (Two Fish Gallery in Leland)

“I’m bananas for you” – Provide healthy valentines with bananas or banana bread (Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery, Traverse City)

“You are one of a kind” – Attach playing cards.

“You pull at my heart!” – How about a zipper pull? (Michael's Craft Store, Traverse City) (Be sure to purchase and/or make a hook too!)

“I think you are purrr-fect!” - Anything with a cat (bookmark, sticker, trinket) would be cute with this saying (Horizon Books, Red Ostrich)

“I’m stuck on you!” or “Let’s stick together!” – A great saying for hair clips, magnets or stickers! (Nifty Things)

“No bones about it you are top dog” – Dog bone shaped sugar cookies would make a cute treat! (Dog cookie cutter: Dog Bakery or Bake Shop - behind Brew and Union St. Station)

“It is ‘ruff’ when you are not around” – Anything with a dog (bookmark, sticker, trinket) would be cute with this saying!

“You wrote the book on being cool!” – package with a purchased or homemade bookmark

“I dig you!” - Package treats with a small plastic shovel.

“I am ‘TOADally’ yours” – Plastic jumping frogs would be cute taped to a card with this saying or make some frog suckers. (Want to make suckers? check out Michael's for the tools)

“You are a keeper” or“I’m hooked on you” – Pair this with a package of Swedish Fish!

“You rev me up” or I ‘wheelie’ like you! – This saying with a small car would make for a fun valentine! (Any store that carries Toys)

“I am hog wild for you” -Anything with a pig (bookmark, sticker, trinket) would be cute with this saying!

“You ‘moo-ve’ me!” – Anything with a cow (bookmark, sticker, trinket) would be cute with this saying!

“I would ‘quack’ up without you” – A small rubber ducky would be fun with this saying attached to it’s neck! (Leelanau Conservancy)

“I’m your number one fan” or “I am your biggest fan, or “you blow me away!” – A paper fan or A battery operated personal fan

“You blow me away” – Blow Pop sucker

“You are the apple of my eye” - Apples

“You really measure up” or “You rule!” - Ruler or measuring tape

“I’d SNAP at the chance to be your Valentine” – plastic toy alligator, bang snaps or how about an alligator pillow box

“You are the highlight of my life” - highlighter pen

“I like you ‘beary’ much!” - Teddy Grahams or gummy bears

“You are o’fish’ally awesome” or “You’re a great catch - Goldfish crackers

“You are a winner” – A purchased lottery ticket or a homemade scratch-off lottery ticket. (Get Creative!)

“I am stuck on you” or “I ‘chew’s you Valentine” Gum

“You are EXTRA special to me” – Extra Gum

“You are out of this world!” – Orbit Gum

“I have my eye on you” fun glasses or magnifying glass

“I am buggy for you!” – some plastic bugs or a lady bug Valentine.

“You are a cut above the rest!” Scissors or cookie cutter

“You melt my heart” Hot Chocolate and marshmallows

“You mean the world to me” Map

“I think you’re aMAZINGing” book of mazes (BAM or check out the Mall)

“You are the icing on the cake” Cake or cupcakes (Bake Shop, behind Brew and Union St. Station)

“You rate sky high with me” – an airplane or something handmade (Check out the Cherry Capital Airport - maybe they'll give you a pin)

“You take the cake” - Cake or cupcakes

“You make my heart bounce” – super balls

“I ‘wheelie’ like you!” - a toy car

“I am fortunate to have you” - Fortune Cookies (you can even make homemade fortune cookies - make your own fortune!)

“I like the way you roll” – toy car, Tootsie Rolls or Rolos

“I have a CRUSH on you” - Orange Crush Pop

“You are ‘SUMbody’ special!” – An inexpensive calculator from the $$ store would be a useful gift!

“You are just ‘write’ for me!” – A pencil or pen is always an appreciated gift!

“My heart ‘beats’ for you!” – a play drum or drum recycled candy containers

‘Donut’ you know I love you! – Donuts (Have you checked out the Donut place on Cass/S.Airport?)

“Our love was ‘mint’ to be” – Mints

“You rock!” or “Have a blast” or “You are a blast” – Who doesn’t love pop rocks candy! (Cracker Barrel)

“You are as cute as a button!” – button bookmark, button bracelet or button shaped cookies or candy would be cute clipped to a card with this saying (Check out the Shops in the Commons)

“You are a hottie” – Hot Tamale candy

“LIB it up this Valentine’s Day” or ” I am MAD about you Valentine” – A book of Mad Libs

“I’d always pick you” – a bouquet of flowers (The Flower Shop on Front St.)

“I treasure your friendship” – Hershey’s Treasures Candy

Do you have other crafty, clever ideas? Share them here! Let me know how you embraced your inner creative, dorky self and let it shine!

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