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Friday, January 27, 2012

Be My Valentine

I got out my digital cutter today and attempted some valentines. This was my attempt at a 
Valentine Garland:

After cutting out several sizes, embellishments were added, cut up kids valentine necklace from Joann's, and plastic rhinestones in various sizes and shapes plus ribbon. (Colors are much more vibrant, however photos were taken in the evening, giving it this yellowish appearance) All strung together with red and white bakers twine.

I made a valentine Garland for a good friend of mine to use at her salon.
I think I will experiment some more with various papers folded in a fan and 
different kinds of glitter.

It's all strung together with red and white bakers twine. Smaller hearts are folded in half and 4 of the halfs all glued together to form a 3-D heart. Other hearts have just two heats glued together with twin in between.

 The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine's Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer's Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing loveletters and sending lovers' tokens. Both the French and English literatures of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries contain allusions to the practice. Perhaps the earliest to be found is in the 34th and 35th Ballades of the bilingual poet,John Gower, written in French; but Lydgate and Clauvowe supply other examples. Those who chose each other under these circumstances seem to have been called by each other their Valentines. In the Paston Letters, Dame ElizabethBrews writes thus about a match she hopes to make for her daughter (we modernize the spelling), addressing the favoured suitor:

And, cousin mine, upon Monday is Saint Valentine's Day and every bird chooses himself a mate, and if it like you to come on Thursday night, and make provision that you may abide till then, I trust to God that ye shall speak to my husband and I shall pray that we may bring the matter to a conclusion.

Shortly after the young lady herself wrote a letter to the same man addressing it "Unto my rightwell beloved Valentine,John Paston Esquire". The custom of choosing and sending valentines has of late years fallen into comparative desuetude.

(There were at least 3 Staint Valentines throughout history.)

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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is darling- thanks for sharing it at Feathered Nest Friday!

Cherished Events said...

I love the garland/banner. SO much detail...it's just beautiful. Found you through Party with a Blonde linkup!

cheapcraftymama said...

Your garland is adorable! I would love for you to share this at my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

Sabrina said...

Your garland is so pretty!!! Beautiful work!

Brigitte @ Evolution of a home said...

Thanks for your kind comments and so very much for stopping by!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your Valentine's garland is terrific! I'm sure your friend was excited to see your beautiful handiwork.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I would love to have you join the fun each week. Be sure to stop by tonight, and see yourself featured. ;)

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Anonymous said...

Love that garland...I am sure your friend will love it. I know I would! Oh, and thanx for the history on the day...my son was just asking me about that this morning on the way to school :)

Jenn said...

Saw your post on Liz's feature for Time Travel Thursday today. Great hearts and garland. Interesting read on Valentine's Day. Had to look up desuetude though. Perhaps the word itself is desuetude? :) Thanks, Jenn Looks like Google and Open ID are fighting again today - if you come by way of my icon, you'll need to click once more to get to my blog. :(

Brigitte @ Evolution of a home said...

Thanks! Yes, my friend really liked it, and I was really happy. You just never know sometimes.

Georgie Horn said...

Hi stopping by from Brambleberry Cottage and am a new follower. Come by for some puddin n pie!

Brigitte @ Evolution of a home said...

Hi Georgia, thanks for stopping by and following. I would love to stop by!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I just found your blog and wanted to say how cute I think your banner is. I like the detail and the colors. It is obvious that you put much thought and time into making it. Very good job! If you would like, show this or any other home related at " Your Cozy Home Party" whic opens at 8 pm and closes Thurs. at 10 pm. I would love to have you join in the fun.------- Shannon