February 14th is known as the hallmark of Love. Today it has been made to be quite an indelible mark in our lives by the card company Hallmark. Howver, the holiday first had its roots proliferate in the time of the Victorians. In that era most middle-class and upper class women enjoyed the hobby of scrapbooking and letter writing. These ladies of romance combined with their love of aesthetic beauty and the sharing of sentiment; the idea of sending valentines became popular at once. These first valentines were hand-made with an ephemera of colored paper, fabrics, feathers, tinsel, and glitter. Until the nineteenth century, what we think of valentine's were handwritten love letters. As the techniques of printing became more advanced in the 1800s, commercial valentines were produced, then becoming the rage of sending love.
Still enamoured with love and sending it to others- valentine's today can be a cute rhyme for a class mate or the deepest of emotions shared to the one we love. Bought or hand-made, valentine's remain a token of our well wishes, friendship, and appreciation of love. A friend gave the idea of sending out cards for Valentine's Day to her friends that she is unable to communicate much with throughout the year, a perfect time to say, "I think of you often and still mean so much to me." I have taken up this tradition and look forward to finding the prettiest appropriate cards for each one that I mail.
My daughters enjoy making their own valentine's, which I do as well if I am feeling creative. I get excited by gathering our ephemera of colored card stock, stickers, trimmings, markers, colored pencils, glitter, ribbons, buttons, and anything else that might add to our pretty creation.
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame,
Plans, credit and the Muse,
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poems. Give ALL to Love st. 1
Will you blow warm wishes of kindness, friendship, and love to those in your circle?
~I would love to get one. (o;
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