Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

I had promised pictures of my grandmother's Valentine's and pictures you shall get! I truly believe my grandmother was a scrapbooker at heart. She kept a journal, she was the family picture taker and chronicled everything (most of my childhood is recorded due to my grandmother), she kept precious things like these little Valentines. I miss her.

My grandmother's beloved school teacher gave her this one. It's one of my favorites.

Dated 1922. This one makes me think of Mary Englebreit.

Dated 1923. Inside it says, "All for You.  If ther were many, many more, I'd send them all to you; And every heart hangs full of love, On lines of wishes true."

Dated 1928.  Inside it says, "To My Valentine. I'm a robber bold, But not for gold.-- I'm after a Valentine; My quest I'll end, My little friend-- If you'll say you'll be mine." Not sure how a robber relates to a little girl with a teddy bear but there is a picture of a little boy pirate inside.

Dated 1929.

Dated 1926. From Vivien.

Sorry--no date. But I love her all the same.
 Happy Valentine's everyone!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's is just around the corner...

And I am so not ready. I want to express love and appreciation to those most dear to me. But I am, honestly, a very tired woman this week and not feeling extremely creative.

When I was younger, my mom always had some treat for us. It wasn't big and extravagant but we felt recognized and loved. Even now, she sends Valentine's to each of her children and grandchildren. The last few years, she has sent us copies (or in my case, originals) of my grandmother's Valentines from her childhood. They are fabulous. I'll see if I can't photograph a few to post on Valentine's Day. One year, when I was in high school, she had the zipper on my favorite pair of jeans repaired and I found them on my bed with a bag of Hershey kisses. When you are a short girl, you know that a good pair of jeans is priceless so that Valentine gift was extremely appreciated. But in the meantime, I am stuck for ideas.

What do you do for Valentine's? How do you make your family feel loved? What is your favorite Valentine Memory? I've only got two days left so all ideas are appreciated!

Here's my newest Valentine's decor. I actually put this together back in the fall but brought it out in January. I do love these people. I really do.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy New Catalog!

It's February 1st and the new catalog is now live! You can see it here or you can contact me for your very own physical copy. If you are already in one of my scrapbooking groups or my stamp clubs, I already have one reserved for you!

Enjoy, there is some great stuff in here!