You’ll Do: Top 10 Brutally Honest Valentine’s Day Cards

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Valentine’s Day, the day when you tell the one you love just how much they mean to you. Or, if you’re me, the day you send your other half a a mildly insulting card telling them that you tolerate them. Just.

I’m not particularly a big fan of Valentine’s Day (as you may have guessed), but tradition dictates that if I don’t want my other half to hate me I should really give him a card. Especially since I demand some form of token gift in return – just because I don’t like Valentine’s Day shouldn’t mean I miss out on overpriced flowers (this is in bold just in case my other half bothers to read this blog. You know, just to hammer the point home).

Anyway, if you also like your cards with less schmaltz and added snark, then here are some of the greatest Valentine’s Day cards you can buy, from the best designer makers / illustrators selling online…

This is just one of Mardy Mabel‘s amazingly brutal greetings cards…

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Because nobody loves anything as much as Kanye loves Kanye
Kanye loves Kanye

Because honesty is always the best policy…

Anti Valentines Day Cards

It’s funny, because it’s true… (Emily McDowell also has tons more great cards on Etsy too)

Valentines Day Card by Emily McDowell

Because if you don’t love yourself no one else will…

Anti Valentines Day CardsThere is NOTHING sexier than good grammar…
Valentines Card by IndieBerries

This one may be going a *little* too far…

Anti Valentines Day Card by Naughty LIttle Cards on Etsy

Well, it doesn’t hurt to keep your options open…

Valentines Day Card by Julie Ann Art on  Etsy

For the geek in your life…Star Wars Valentines Day Card by Card For Life on EtsyFor those who prefer to not aim too high…

Valentines Day Card by Cheeky Kumquat on Etsy

Because I live in Walthamstow, London, and the Hipsters are coming…

Hipster Valentines Card by Kay Barker on Etsy

PS. This list does not include ecards because, quite frankly, if all you get is a snarky ecard I give it six months.

Make Something Good

Plushies from hell, my favourite artist, phenomenal chocolate, stunning stained glass and a hundred other amazing makers made Make Good the most inspiring event I’ve been to in a long time.

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My life is ridiculous at the moment. While I dislike blogs that are all me, me, me, as quite frankly I don’t think any of you particularly want to know about the minute of my life (despite the fact I am, obviously, fascinating) bear with me while I get self indulgent for a moment. You see, I’ve been stuck in a blur of trying to run a business, forward plan, look after kids, freelance, pitch, work on our ceramics range, help make a year 1 science project, work on a club door and clean my house (OK so the last one is a lie, it’s still a pit) among a million other chores and tasks. I’ve even been employed by stealth to work on a magazine two days a week, which I didn’t even notice happening. It means making and blogging have had to take an underserved back seat, but I think, thanks to Make Good, I may have got the kick up the bum to sort my life out and start making changes.

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For those of you who don’t know, Make Good was a ‘festival of culture, creativity and entrepreneurship’  – basically lots of unique start-up businesses founded by a whole host of weird and wonderful people (emphasis on the wonderful) doing everything from millinery to accountancy, café owners to artisan cider producers. Most of the companies are here thanks to School For Creative Start-Ups, who help creative people make viable businesses by providing mentors, business know-how, courses, advice and support to turn your hobby or fledgling firm into a full-time job that more than pays the rent.  Basically they sound pretty damn amazing.

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It really was inspiring not only finding new projects and people to write about – and buy from – but to feel so much positivity in one place. I’m now going to see if I can sign up for the School For Creative Start-Ups for the café, get some more childcare and start making time to make again.

So to kick this off, here’s my round up of my favourite businesses and people I met at Make Good (although it really is the tip of the iceberg, check out the full list here) before I toddle off to start on the enormous to do list I have made for myself…

Mock Duck Studios Amazing puppeteers who not only make all the Duracell Bunnies, but quirky creations such as these…

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Cocoa Hernando Beautiful artisan chocolate makers with stylish packaging, almost as good as the chocolate inside. The masala chai can only be described as heavenly…

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Renn Designs Unique kid’s wallpaper that  isn’t too twee. I am mildly obsessed with the girl flying on a swallow on the pink one…

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Matt Sewell My favourite artist of all time Matt Sewell was there which came as a great surprise. Not only are his birds beautiful, but he was absolutely lovely, excused the fact I sounded a bit like a stalker, has some amazing projects coming up and made me this…

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R. G. Croudence Glass Incredibly talented stained glass maker and restorer, using exciting new techniques, while also recreating more traditional designs (like the ones which used to be in my mum and dad’s terraced house before the days of double glazing)…

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The Rag and Bone Man Taking upcycling to a whole new level, the Rag and Bone Man transforms vintage machinery and scrap into stylish pieces for the home…

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Mrs McGettericks Fuggler Emporium The freakish little fellas are so awesome they’re getting their own blog coming soon! Promise!

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