(with apologies to Paul Simon)
“Your problem is trying to be too nice,” she said to me.
“You’ll find it easier if you’ll only be snarky.
It’s just the simplest way to get yourself set free –
Just use snarky ways to leave your lover.”
She said, “Some people think that ‘snarky’ equals ‘rude’.
In fact, some puritans would have it labelled ‘lewd’.
But nuts to them! I say, who needs their attitude?
Embrace those snarky ways to leave your lover.”
Just tell him, “Nope, dope.”
“Can you not, Scott?”
“Would you go away, hey,
And let me be.”
I said, “No way, Jay!”
“OMG, ewww, Lou.”
What else can I say, hey,
Except for, “Bite me.”
She said, “Don’t let your conscience tell you that it’s wrong.
I hope you’ll see the light before I end this song.”
I said, “That’s great and all, but won’t it take too long
To learn these snarky ways…?”
She said, “Just try to find your inner snark tonight,
And I believe that your man-child will be gone without a fight.”
And then she left me, and I realized she probably was right
‘Bout using snarky ways to leave your lover.
Soooo, I signed up for the Be My Snarky Valentine swap on Craftster, after having to sit out the Christmas edition due to having about a dozen other things to try to get done. But all I really have to do on Valentine’s Day is show up to work (because it’s a weekday, not because I work in a Valentine-specific industry), so I figured I could swing this one. We each had to craft one small, snarky item plus one snarky card for our partner.
While I typically find Valentine’s Day a bit annoying (and hence the appeal of a snarky swap), I’ve always liked the aesthetic of conversation hearts. Heck, I don’t even mind eating them, although they tend toward chalky. I’ve even been known to paint my nails in the same colours and stage ridiculous manicure shoots at my desk:
(Seriously, what did we do before smartphones? How did we document the inanity?)
So it seemed like a no-brainer for me to incorporate them into my snarky swap package, somehow. Fortunately, my partner said she likes pastels, so I thought a mini felt garland might be in order.
Each heart is about 3 inches across at the widest points – I didn’t think to measure them – and are spaced 4 inches apart, with 6 inches to the hanging loop on each side. I cut out two hearts of each colour and then applied fusible interfacing to one before sketching on my snarky sentiments to embroider. Once they all said something, I sandwiched the ribbon between the two hearts, and blanket-stitched around each heart to secure the ribbon in place.
I’m also a little particular about the colours being in the proper spectrum order, or at least as close as you can get.
Because I’m a cross-stitcher at heart, that’s the approach I used for my card.
I had some sparkly white Aida left over from my mom’s cat ornaments which was just perfect for my background.
Whatever your Valentine’s Day brings, I hope it’s better than Ralph’s. 🙂