Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day with lots of Love!

I love Valentine's Day....always have, always will.
It started with my mother and "the red food".
We would always have a Valentine Dinner involving "red food"...
spaghetti, tomato soup, noodles & toast...
it had to be red.
For dessert...sometimes my mother's dark chocolate cake..
or something from the bakery.
We exchanged Valentines and there
were decorations of some kind.
When I had children of my own,
we always celebrated Valentine's Day
in much the same way that I grew up with.
I think my kids even still eat red food on February 14th
and exchange Valentines with those they love.
This year, I didn't get my Valentine's Day cards
finished in time to be mailed and I'm disappointed about that.
I've had a few issues that I'm dealing with right now but it will
soon be good again.
I did get my annual Valentine treats finished for my workmates.
When this came in the mail...

everything else stopped until I had a chance to peruse all of the Valentine pages...

so many lovely things...
I knew Elyse was going to have an article in this issue and as soon as
I saw it, I knew what my project for my friends would be...

I started hoarding collecting toilet tissue tubes...
for weeks and weeks, everywhere you looked in our home
there were empty toilet tissue tubes until I amassed quite a collection
which you have seen in several posts

Here, then, is what I made...

They are filled with a variety of chocolates, wrapped in
tissue paper because I couldn't find crepe paper anywhere...
decorated with doilies and vintage Valentine images and tied off
with red twine. I decided to fringe the ends of the tissue paper to make
them look more festive.
The basket is all packed up, ready to take to work tomorrow..

It looks like my little muse would like to go, too!

Tomorrow evening, David and I will have a "red dinner", although
this year it might be tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches as
we both have lunch engagements tomorrow.
Whatever our meal, we'll enjoy it together in our home...
with a fire in the fireplace and a new episode of
 Downton Abbey to watch.
He is my forever Valentine!
I will give David this card...using the above image I found on Pinterest

I wish all of my friends who are kind enough to visit here, a very
Happy Valentine's Day...with love
Eat red food...
and chocolate, of course



My Vintage Mending said...

What a wonderful Valentine tradition. Your gifties are gorgeous. I love the repurpose idea. Your images are darling. Have the Happiest of Valentine's Days with your family...smiles...Renee

Sandy Michelle said...

Eeek I love the tubes!!! Red food is a good idea. I make pink heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast every Valentines. I am OBSESSED with Down Town Abbey! Enjoy your evening in!

Sandy xox

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh, I loved reading this sweet Post, Joyce! What cherished memories for you and your children.
I also LOVE the tissue roll gifts/goodies. 100% adorable!!!
And your Valentine for David turned out gorgeous!!
Happy Heart Day, sweet friend. : )
Mary Lou

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Hi Joyce,
Happy Valentine's Day!
I love your tradition that your Mom started and now your kids do!
FUN treats for your workmates! Love the images. Great card for your hubby too!

Heidi said...

Hope your day was perfect in every way! Love your "crackers"!
Hugs, Heidi

Jo said...

Those "crackers" look great. They do look infinitely better with the fringed edges. I never thought about it before, but I have no idea where you would buy crepe paper... I've never seen it.

I'll have to store this idea away for next year for the boys. Hope you enjoyed your red dinner and chocolate!

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I love Valentines Day too, Joyce! :-)

And I'm going to remember the tp roll craft! Sooo cute!

Suz said...

Love your crackers, Joyce!

Where do I find E? I think she started another blog but I can't find it?


marie said...

The Valentine's tubes are beautiful Joyce. What a wonderful idea...chocolate all wrapped up in pretty!!!

Loved the "red food" idea. We've never done much for Valentine's Day but I'm going to share about the "red food" with my my girls. The grandbaies would love it I think!

Love David's card...your paper art work is always so wonderful!!


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