5 Ways to Show Your Home You Love It

From shopping for locally made goods at the I Made It! Market to pouring your own signature candle, here are some out-of-the-box Valentine’s ideas where you can create an ode to your home.


Because homes need love too, here are some fun ways — from floral arranging to creating a snarky work of art — to dress up your Valentine’s Day.

My Snarky Valentine

The annual 21 and older event, held this year at the newly renovated MuseumLab on the North Side, is back for another round of snark — and making. 

Participants will be able to create a shrinky dink, burn a design on a wooden keychain or practice blind contour portrait drawing on a friend. 

No Valentine? No problem. You can make your own at this event. Down on love? Considering stabbing a needle through some thread — not someone’s heart — with the embroidery workshop.   

Bonus: You can also bring in old T-shirts (maybe belonging to an ex?) and records (they don’t all have to be love songs), which will then be donated to Thriftique. Old bridesmaid dresses also will be donated to Project Prom

And because animals never let you down, the Humane Animal Rescue will be on hand with four-legged friends looking for their fur-ever home. 

The event takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Tickets are $20 ($15 for museum members and students),  which includes beer and wine samples. For tickets, visit here. 


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All You Need Is Love … And Flowers! 

Flowers are considered the language of love, and this event has them in spades. 

Grab your BFF and some wine for this BYOB workshop taking place from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers on the North Side. 

Billed as a celebration of self-love, the event includes making your own floral arrangement. Participants also will take home swag bags. 

Tickets are $100. To purchase them, visit here.  



Cookies and Candles

There have been some great romantic pairings throughout the centuries: Romeo and Juliet, Miss Piggy and Kermit and now, Cookies and Candles. 

Participants will be able to pour their own custom-scented 8-ounce candles, and well as design their own labels, at the event hosted by the Call Me Crazy Cookie Lady, a custom cookie baker in the North Hills, and The Candle Lab Pittsburgh. 

While the candles cool, Jamie Wadowsky — the Crazy Cookie Lady herself — will guide participants as they decorate a half-dozen cookies. 

The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at The Candle Lab’s location in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $58. To purchase them, visit here.


I Made It! Market 

If you’re searching for that unique gift for a loved one, check here first. I Made It! Market, Pittsburgh’s nomadic indie craft marketplace, returns to The Block Northway in Ross Township from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 for its signature Valentine’s Day shopping event. 

The market, which includes more than 100 local artisans, features everything from 2-D art, jewelry, bath and body products, ceramics, fiber art and glass to handcrafted home goods. 

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For more details, visit here. 



Make-It-Now at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Blondie famously sang about a “Heart of Glass,” and now you can create your own at one of numerous Make-It-Now classes taking place throughout Valentine’s Day (that’s Feb. 14 — don’t forget) at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Garfield.  

Participants can create their own glass flowers, glass-fused hearts or delicate heart-shaped pendants. Classes are geared for those of all skill levels. After cooling, the hearts and flowers may be picked up within a few days. 

The cost is $30 for the fused valentine and heart pendant classes and $40 for the flower classes. To make a reservation, visit here.

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