Sweet Nothings to Show That You Really CareBy Nancy Powell
Nothing says I love you more, for all eternity, than the gift of sweet nothings. Nothing bought, nothing sold. Where is the romance, that emblem of undying love that shows how much you really care? A gift to show how much you really care should be mindful of the environment, economics and sustainability . . . something that produces a lot of love, but not a whole lot of waste.
If love is like a box of chocolates, why not make a batch of milk chocolate heart-shaped truffles made by your own hand, packaged in colorful, home-made boxes crafted together from leftover Christmas cards or last year’s Valentine’s Day discards. All that is required are the cards, old wrapping paper, scissors, eco glue sticks and maybe some yarn for decoration or patchwork. The Pink and Green Mama blog (pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com) provides excellent tips on how to create these unique boxes and baskets. Purchase an old mold from Carolyn Burns of C’est Tres Chic on East First Street (www.oldmolds.com) and accept an offer to learn by application with Carolyn’s Chocolate Making 101 to put those old molds to good use.
Not to sure what to do with last month’s issue of Architectural Digest or Better Homes and Garden? Why not create a personalized pop-up card to show how much you really care, using the glossy pages of the magazine and cardboard. If your magazine collection isn’t up to the task, pick up a copy at the library’s used bookstore for a quarter and then hit the books. The Go Green Blog (thegogreenblog.com) can show you how, video and all.
Finally, if you must insist on a bouquet flowers, why not impress and go the distance with giant redwoods, oak woodlands or a coastal forest? The five Mediterranean habitats that occupy 2.2 percent of the earth’s land mass and harbor 20 percent of the world’s plant species lie along a stretch of Central California. A $50 per acre donation (adopt.nature.org/us/las-californias) would be a love affair for the ages, since it will protect and preserve a landmark that you may one day visit and descend on bended knee to make that most important decision of a lifetime.