The secret of your own heart you can never know;
but you can know Him who knows its secret.
-George MacDonald

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Je t'aime I love you

Anytime is a good time to say, I love you. You don't have to wait for a special day. Let those you love know how much you appreciate them all the time. It strengthens them and

I found this darling stamp at Hobby Lobby. It was the last one on the shelf waiting just for me. I decided to stamp and glitter using these colors. How I love these shades of blue and red together. Just like the boy and girl under the umbrella, the colors compliment each other so well. That's what a good relationship does --alone a person may be just an ordinary human being...maybe kind of plain... but connect that person with someone of opposite strengths and even weaknesses... together, they make each other shine.

Opposites really do attract. Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the people in your life. Your strengths make their weaknesses strong and their strengths may just support where you are weak.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


The best kind of ship is friendship. It helps to carry you through the rough waters of life. Happy Valentine's Day, dear friends.
(water soluable crayons, black ink, collage)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Love Letters

What a fun appropriate challenge for the month of February by Michelle Ward.

I know a sweet little couple that fell in love at the beginning of the U.S. involvement in World War II. He was 20. She was 18. For three years they wrote love letters. I am fortunate to have some of these letters because that sweet little couple was my parents. My dad loved to write: S.W.A.K Sealed with a kiss. On this particular letter he wrote: S.W.A.K. I.L.Y.V.M. Sealed with a kiss. I love you very much. Love letters.

This letter has S.W.A.K. and then my dad put an X under that for THE KISS.

I love letters or cards or even postcards. There is something wonderful about receiving something in the mailbox as opposed to the email box. It means someone was thinking enough of me to spend time choosing the card, writing the card and mailing the card. It seems they had to think of something else other than their convenience. Plus you can carry a card or letter. Read it again...and again. Look at it. Hold it. And now all these years later, I can hold the words and feelings my parents had for each other in my hand.

I LOVE love letters.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Will You Be My Valentine?

When my daughter was in elementary school, she began preparing for Valentine's Day starting in January. First would appear a list of those that would receive the valentines. Next a list of supplies would appear. These lists were all made by my sweet daughter. She has always been very organized not compulsive as some would like to label it. We would make valentines together using glitter and glue. The completed envelopes would be ready to mail by January 31. Now even though my daughter is living away at college, I find myself gathering supplies, stamping and glueing. I started in January.

I found this lovely paper at JoAnn Fabrics. It is filled with beautiful butterflies and antique type designs.

I chose two very pale pastel colored papers. They mix perfectly with cream colored lace.

Finally I added valentine stamps also found at JoAnn's in the dollar bin. And just a little chocolate FOR ME to nibble on while working...It just made it seem more like Valentine's Day...the chocolate and all.