Each year, I try to do a little something for my colleagues at work and my friends to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I prefer “handmade” anything – and this year was no different. After thinking about it, and being a bit indecisive – the head of the work cafeteria mentioned how impressed he was with the origami star ornaments that I included last Christmas. I got to thinking and figured surely, there must be some type of Valentine I can do in Origami.
Thanks to the youtube tutorial at:
I was soon folding up heart shaped valentines with wings.
I made them in bi-colored paper – in many colors – which really showed off the wings and heart. They’re my favorite.
Then, I tried them in some waxed Origami paper that is striped but semi-transparent:
It ended up making the hearts look a bit “gingham” but I think the wings got a bit lost.
What was the solution? Outline the heart in black marker, and then write on them Happy Valentine’s Day.
Once stacked, I popped them into an envelope and began delivery. I think they were a hit!
Last year, just before Valentine’s Day, I volunteered at work and packed Care boxes. This year, when the opportunity came up again to pack care boxes – and deliver them in support of the Serve the City, Ireland charity I had to do it. Plus, now that I have my full license – it’s time to give back to the community and make sure they’re being delivered as well.
Last Wednesday, at work, I stayed for an hour volunteering – and helped to write 80 cards while the boxes were packed. On Saturday, I went down to the Serve the City offices in Terenure (South Dublin) and we started all over again. First was the list on the flip chart with an overview of what we were supposed to be doing.
This time, I folded the boxes and added in the red wrapping for each. From there, the boxes were filled with a box of chocolates, a small package of teabags, a heart shaped mug, and beautiful handwritten cards titled “for someone special”.
The boxes then had a gorgeous ribbon tied on them.
They were stacked:
After a quick group photo of a job well done –
we chose the routes. There were 9 delivery routes around Dublin city – some with a handful of boxes, and some with multitudes of boxes to be delivered.
I chose a route through Finglas – and had the chance to deliver 20 boxes. They filled my car!
And then the deliveries started. I picked up my roommate and then we headed out – Some were simple – we have a care package for you – and others – we were invited inside, had a little chat, and really enjoyed seeing all those we were sharing good tidings with. Acts of Kindness are awesome! I hope my roommate enjoyed herself – and decides to participate again in the future. Volunteering for Valentines – sharing the Love – I think it works.
All of our boxes delivered on Valentine’s Day. They went multiple places – which included a women’s refuge centre, drug rehabilitation centre, family support network and individual homes of elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people.
— One lady commented that it was the nicest gift she’d ever received!!
Now if that doesn’t make the universe a better place, I don’t know what does!