Esther Howland is America’s Valentine and proves that handmade Valentine’s are the best. Howland was given an elaborate English Valentine by one of her father’s business associates. She was inspired by its beauty and asked her father to order her lace, paper and craft supplies from England and New York City.
Supplies arrived, and Howland crafted a dozen samples. Her brother added them to his inventory for an upcoming business trip. The hope was that the cards would fetch $200 in orders. Astonishment struck when her brother returned with advance sales totaling $5,000. Howland realized this was far more cards than she could make for herself and she set out recruiting friends and creating one of the first assembly lines—even before Henry Ford! Her business was born!
If Esther Howland were alive today, I’m certain she’d be getting crafty with the ‘I Heart You‘ Rolli Stamp by Funnybone Toys. Created for craft, hobby, and scrapbooking fans, this dynamic little roller can create up to 100 feet of continuous fun and creative patterns on almost any surface!