A few days ago I received a big box from one of my all time favorite shops, Terrain. I opened up the big shipping box to find a selection of five beautifully wrapped parcels nestled inside! Unsurprisingly, it was an early Valentine's day gift from my sweetheart. I decided to hold out on opening them until the actual day and it was well worth the wait. And who doesn't love having a little corner full of lovely, beautifully wrapped surprises waiting to be opened?
Here's a picture of the beautiful boxes... I loved looking at them all week! It was hard not to want to just open them up and see what lovely things were inside.
The boxes that held all of the presents were even more beautiful than the outside wrapping! I snapped some photos of the boxes and presents on my phone... the quality isn't great but I just loved the kraft paper faux bois print on the boxes. So simple and so perfect!
There are very few things I love more than beautiful boxes and beautiful paper but the actual gifts inside were definitely the best part! I opened up the first box-- filled with six Honey & Tobacco tea lights. The scent of them hit me before I even opened the baker's twine tied box and pulled out the candles, wrapped in beautiful bee-printed tissue paper! I wish there was a way to digitally convey fragrances-- the smell is so divine. I can't wait to light them up! In the second box was a beautiful candle in an antiqued tin can with a wooden top-- so gorgeous and the smell was equally lovely! There was also a beautiful round, ash wood cutting board. It matches the larger size I already have and is perfect for serving cheese or cutting up some fresh fruit. I can't wait to use it. And this gift went perfectly with the set of Beehive Kitchenware Heart Measuring Spoons. Though it's really impossible to pick a favorite gift-- I was absolutely blown away by the woven cotton wreath that I opened last. What a gorgeous treasure! I have yet to find the perfect spot for it but I can't wait to hang it and look at it every day. And on top of all of that, yesterday I came home to 24 beautiful Valentine's Day roses! Am I lucky or what? Long distance isn't the easiest thing but having a sweetheart as thoughtful as this sure does make it easier!
It turned out to be a lovely Valentine's day. Even though I didn't get to spend it with my sweetheart, we reminded each other how much we care about one another and I got to spend the day with some of my closest friends. Although it's a commercial holiday for sure, I love having the opportunity to surround myself with the people I love and to think about all the people who I can't be with every day. I wish more days were like that and I hope that, in this coming year, I can work towards making more ordinary days more loving and thoughtful. I hope to bring more romance into everything I do. I'm lucky to have such wonderful friends, an incredible, supportive family, and a beautiful partner to share my life with. I love them all so much and hope to share that love with them not just on special days, but every day.
With love & hugs to all!