Are you a Valentine’s Day person?

I really want to embrace it, but despite being in a relationship with the same person for the whole of my adult life, I find it a bit of a struggle.

Rose hand embroidery - Misericordia 2012

When I was at school, about five of us used to get together for Chinese food and one of those massive chocolate chip cookies you can get from kiosks in shopping centres.

Then I went to uni, met the Lovely Young Man and did Valentine’s Day student style – which was to say that we’d buy a bottle of wine that cost (slightly) more than £3, cook something that didn’t involve pasta and try not to talk about what deadlines we had coming up.

Sugar Pie from Sweet Nothings by Misericordia 2013

Now of course, instead of not going out because we’re skint, we don’t go out because we’ve got a Dragon. I suspect that we might revert to Chinese food and giant cookie this year (which sounds better and better the more I write about it. Look, here’s a recipe, we can do a bake-along).

Perhaps you’ve got the handle on this romantic thing, or maybe you’re a little bit at sea and want some ideas that don’t involve cheap lace or petrol station flowers…

I Love You hand embroidery - Misericordia 2013

All the pieces shown above are ready to go!

Or if you want to commission something special, why not something like this?

K & J Hand Embroidered mini canvases - Misericordia 2012

Mr & Mrs hand embroidery - Misericordia 2012

Your last date to commission a piece for your beloved is 27th January – this Monday!

50th Anniversary hand embroidery - Misericordia 2013

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