Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day!

Can you believe it? Are you prepared? If not, here are a few quick ideas to keep your loved ones happy (and unaware).

Image: Christen's Kitchen

Oreo Truffles - with only a few ingredients that any convenient store will likely carry: Oreos, Cream Cheese, and Chocolate, this should be a cinch to pull together. But if Oreos aren't your love language, be sure to see the rest of Christen's Truffle Recipes including everything from raspberries to Bailey's Irish Creme.

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Candles and Candlesticks - Candle light will set the mood for an evening at home...dinner and a movie anyone? But they also bring the promise of romance in the future. Attach bows to indicate that the candlesticks are a gift, and add in a few love coupons (Hint: you can make these yourself!) with promises of activities by candle light.

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Breakfast in Bed - Pick up a heart shaped cookie cutter to make pancakes, french toast, or even fried eggs that much more special!

A Picture Frame and a Bottle of Wine - Present the frame with a note declaring your intentions to capture the moment and frame the bottle of wine you are yet to enjoy this holiday. Be sure to save the bottle. Once it is empty put it in the oven at 250 for 5-10 minutes. As the bottle heats up, the glue adhering the label with loosen. Have a piece of paper ready to stick the label to and be sure to use caution!

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Decorate - It is unexpected and can be a lot of fun. Just be sure to take pictures to capture your hard work! For fabulous decorating ideas, check out Design*Sponge.

Have a Lovely Valentine's Day!
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