Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine's Day Memories

Hello, my Dear Friends, I want to thank you
for all of your sweet comments and congratulations 
on my last post. I can't tell you how wonderful it is
to have all of you to share life's happy little 
moments, and sometimes the not-so-happy ones. 

Your kindness and support reminds me of why I occupy 
this little corner of cyber-space. 

The twins are doing well, but their older brother - who 
is really not that much older (15 mos) - has come down 
with a cold, which he has shared with me, so I have 
been hanging out on the couch under the quilts
and staying warm with hot liquids and my two American 
Eskimo dogs, Whitey Bear and Kai, and Maggie the cat. 

My grandson is on the mend, so I am happy about that. 
Poor little guy. Luckily they have two floors, and 
the twins are in quarantine in their parent's bedroom
 upstairs, for the time being. 

Valentine's Day is such a bittersweet little holiday, 
and can be filled with memories of those who are no
longer by our sides. 

I always tried to make it a special day for my dear Mother, 
by bringing her a card, flowers and a little gift.
 Most were hand-made and I found several in her things,
 which touched my heart. 

One was a valentine card that I made as a child.

I just found the sweet little cherubs Here
at Cathy's blog, 'My 1929 Charmer'.

I also found this darling individual creamer and saucer
at Cathy's shop.

I now have 3 little creamers, but I need 3 more. 

Valentine's cards are such sweet tokens......

I save all of my cards and have pretty, floral boxes full
to the brim with every one. 

Someday they will probably end up in a flea market 
or antique shop and will leave the buyer with 
sentimental questions......

Like this one.....

with a postmark of 1909!

It must have been from someone very special for
 'Miss Mary' to have kept it all those years. 

Cards can sometimes say those sweet things that 
are so hard to put into words......

Ramblin' Man is one who finds it hard to express 
those things, and I am always surprised 
at the sometimes heartfelt sentiments 
expressed in the cards he gives to me. 

Often, I think - is this the same man of few words 
that I live with on a day to day basis? 

These little tokens remind me that maybe 
there is a sentimental soul deep down inside 
that gruff exterior. 

He knows I love roses.....

I saw the very sweetest thing when I was at the grocery 
store last week. 

I was walking down the long aisle to the exit
when I noticed the young man
 that was walking in front of me. 

He was dressed in the 'uniform' of our local loggers.....
Red suspenders holding up heavy denim pants, 
cut above the ankles to prevent the chain-saw from 
grabbing them, well-worn leather boots, heavy knit jersey, 
and a brimmed, oiled canvas hat to protect 
from the always-wet weather. 

His broad shoulders looked tired and he was covered in smudges, 
but he had a brisk gate as he held one thing in his 
work-calloused hands. 

A bunch of red roses. 


I'd like to think they were for someone who loved him very much. 

When I was a child in school, we exchanged Valentine's cards 
with classmates. 

I can remember one particular year.....5th grade......
mostly for the pretty boxes that we made for the cards. 

We had to bring in an empty tissue box and decorate 
it with pink and red construction and crepe paper. 

My box turned out so pretty - I was very proud of it, 
but those were the days when classmates weren't 
required to give to everyone. 

I was the quiet, shy girl, who sat in the back and had 
very few friends. Usually, I only had one or two.......
but I had a little crush on a cute, popular boy.....

I received 3 cards that year. 
From both of my friends, and one from that cute boy. 


He never acknowledged giving me that card, but 
the following year he wrote me a love letter :)

Unfortunately, I moved away shortly afterwards, 
but I still remember his name.....

Sweet puppy love :)

I know that the key to Ramblin' Man's heart 
is candy......especially white chocolate. 

Even better if they are on top of his favorite treat -
Luckily, I made these ahead of time, because 
I was feeling pretty awful by Valentine's Day. 

These freeze beautifully. 

I had a few of the candies left over, too. 

He always checks the domed cake plate for treats, 
and he was very happy to see these at the end 
of a long day.

We've had many Valentine's Days together, 
some years were good and some, well, you could 
say that Valentine's Day was especially important during those times.
But these happy golden years are some of the best. 


An Irish Blessing:

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those who love near you,
and all that your heart might desire.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Hearts, Roses and Sweet Little Cherubs

Hello, Dear Friends - now that February is here, 
I thought I would change the scenery a bit
and add some love <3

The dreariness of these gray February skies
 has me yearning for my roses once again. 

Since the garden is still taking its long winter nap, 
I've satisfied my cravings in other ways......
with Paper Roses in a milk-glass vase
 on a vintage tablecloth 
bordered in roses....... 

And hand-sewn pillows in rosy hues. 

Lavender heart sachets in an enamel bowl match the 
pillows I've sewn from vintage hankies, chenille, 
and doilies. 

I just found the pale pink throw
at my local department store. 
It's so soft.......

I might not have roses in the garden,
but I can still enjoy their beauty
in other ways.

I finished the pillows I was working on in my last post :) 

I like to change them for every season :)

I use feather pillow inserts from Pottery Barn.
Adding a zipper on the bottom seam
allows me to store the covers flat and re-use the inserts.  

A framed cherub doily, similar to the pillow. 

Cherubs, hearts and roses = love. 

I made this lace heart to hang in the window. 

These are so popular on Pinterest now. 

I simply shaped a white coat hanger into 
a heart shape and cut some lace
from an old curtain a little larger. 
I pinned the edges around the hanger
 and then whip stitched it in place. 

I added a bit of white glue around the edges for 
extra hold and sprinkled it with silver glitter. 
I hung sheer ribbon and crystal pearls from the top. 

It looks especially pretty at night. 
So sparkly!

My hand-decorated candy box holds a little surprise. 

A tiny crocheted heart from a dear loved one. 

Of course I had to have roses on my dishes, too!

Those of you who have followed my blog 
for a while know that these were my 
dear Mother's. 

The pattern is Lady Carlyle from Royal Albert. 

A complete tea service for six. 

These are very precious to me. 

Oh, how I wish I could have one more cup of tea with her
and my dear Father. 

He bought her these pieces one by one in the last 
years of their lives. 

She kept them in a big Welsh cupboard in her 
cozy cottage kitchen. 

My Father also bought her sweet Limoges boxes. 
She loved cats and chickens. 

Some of the porcelain boxes have tiny surprises inside. 

I am So Very Thankful to have these 
sweet mementos of the things she loved. 


I just found the tiny individual creamers. 
The crocheted doilies are a heart design 
and gifted to me from a dear friend. 

I made the button heart for last year's Valentine's Day. 

The biscuit jar and vase were Ramblin' Man's 
dear Mother's. 

They are also Royal Albert in the Country Roses pattern. 

When I have a tea, there will be empty chairs, 
but I know my loved ones will be there in spirit. 

Some captured tea-cups. 

The little vase is hand-painted. 
I have three of them, collected at different times
and places. 

This one is on my open kitchen shelving. 

The third has blue flowers and is upstairs in my sewing room.

Heart-strings <3

Salvaged from a tattered old quilt. 

The Tin Man's hearts. 

Do you remember how the Tin Man 
in 'The Wizard of Oz' kept lamenting,
"If I only had a heart" ?

Have any of you been watching 'Victoria' on
Masterpiece Theater?

It's so romantic, and
so full of beauty and history.

The last episode was very relevant for me
as it was about Irish Catholic Immigrants
and the discrimination and lack of mercy
they encountered during the potato famine of the 1800's.

My and Ramblin' Man's family tree goes back to
Ireland (County Cork) and they emigrated during
this same time to the areas around Boston
where I grew up and where my relatives still live.

I crocheted this heart many years ago.

I saved the directions and made
a few more last year.

If you would like to make one of your
own, you can find the directions, Here.

This sign is a sweet reminder.

The crochet heart I made last year.

Pink calico and crochet lace jar covers :)

Keys to my heart.
(That would be my grandchildren and,
 Um, chocolate)

Preferably chocolate cake
baked in a heart-shaped pan :)

A favorite Ann Taintor card that I framed.

You can find more Ann Taintor fun Here.
Delicious sarcasm.

Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse to add some
lightness with hearts, roses and sweet cherubs
 while we wait for springtime!


And speaking of sweet cherubs......

My two newest Valentine's have finally arrived!

Meet Liam and Declan.

My new grand-babies.

My heart is overflowing with gratitude for these tiny gifts.....


Thank you, Dear Friends, for your always sweet
and kind visits.

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