States in Love: The Ultimate Valentines Gift

Have you ever been inside one of our stores and seen this sign and thought to yourself, "I wonder what that is?" Our States in Love is the perfect way to say "I love you," the sweetest way to say "I miss you," and the most memorable way to say "look how far we've come."

But States in Love aren't just for lovers. They're for families, friends, and an easy way to highlight someone's path of life. Each piece is custom made with however many states you choose, hearts or no hearts, and a dotted line starting and ending just where you want them to.

Curious about how they're made? We caught up with one of our best States in Love artists, Melanie, to show us how it's done. The love that she puts into each custom piece is infectious. 

The first step is to get a good feel for the composition of the piece, or where each state is going to live inside the frame. This particular customer wanted Minnesota on the left side and Illinois on the right. 

Once the pieces are in their right place, they're floated about a quarter of an inch off the mat. How, you ask? Well, I can't tell you that. That's a Foursided secret that we're not quite ready to share. Let's just say that each piece looks as if its actually floating. 

And then she gets to work on one of the most intricate parts of the piece: the dotted line. This is where each specific artist gets to make the piece entirely personal for you. After all, no two States in Love are ever the same. You're holding something that was made entirely for you and the person on the other side of that long dotted line. Once everything is dry, it all goes into a beautiful white frame and is ready to be gifted. 

There's something about seeing these behind a piece of glass that really brings about a wide range of emotions. Behind that frame, we see that lover, that friend, or that family member suddenly feel much closer - not only geographically, but in our hearts. 

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