AHhhhhh….. Valentines’ day…..the time to show your love in a special way for that special someone.

Alot of people don’t know that the REAL person, VALENTINE, paid the ultimate price for love of others……the ruler had forbid men to marry because the country needed them for war…they knew if the men got married….they wouldn’t WANT to go off to war…..what kind of  ruler would ignore God’s law, and impose his own over  people in love….who wanted to obey His law and be married?

So, when he was imprisoned and sentenced to die for the ”crime” of secretly marrying couples, his last note was to his OWN love…..which,if  legend holds true….read, “from your Valentine…” and THAT’S how it all got started…….a what a lovely day of days it is.

What a man, huh?………………..I’ll bet he would have NEVER even imagined OR thought that his sacrificial legacy would become a day honoring him…our own “Valentines Day”….and that it would….. probably forever I should hope,… be a once a year SPECIAL celebration of LOVE.

I would hope that we would ALL show the ones we love that they are special…not only on February 14th, but EVERY day…..MY DH will get a special card on this day…along with his favorite “food”..which is chocolate! One big ole’ HUGE Hershey bar….which we shall share together, because that’s what people DO that have love for one another…..

It makes me remember grade school with fondness…..we would all make a huge folder with paper and staples and hearts with a pocket to put on the back of our seats…where everyone would place the Valentines that they had for the other students. I remember those cute and sometime silly or corny little Valentines……everyone in the class got Valentines….I remember one little boy I was quite fond of was that home sick that day, so I volunteered to take all his Valentines that he received from school to him at his home…and sure enough, there he was in his little pajamas..home sick…but I’m sure that big folder of probably 30 or more Valentines, made him feel just a little bit better that day!Do they still do that in school???I sure hope’s been a long while since mine were in school, but I hope they NEVER stop that tradition.It didn’t matter if you were popular or not, or rich or poor,or ugly or pretty, or skinny or fat,EVERYONE got a Valentine on that ONE very special day.I’ll bet it just makes alot of kids days a little more fun, and a little brighter…..don’t you?

Many Valentines of old are VERY collectible.It is quite amazing that many have survived through the years. In doing some research, I found some pictures of the most beautiful antique Valentines, and many people, I have found, have contributed to the making of these beautiful paper treasures,from the invention of paper lace to all the extra adornments that could be added to them….as well as sayings like  this:

“May fortune weave a wreath for thee, Of all her choicest flowers. May all thy days the brightest be, And sunshine gild thy hours”


 that saying could be for ANYONE! It was VERY common to give Valentines to good friends as well as husbands and wives and couples.

In honor of  “Saint Valentine”, and his own life that he risked and gave up for the good of others by performing Holy Matrimony, I have made a 3 piece tag set of Simple Victorian sentiments…….these are now available in my Etsy shop if you would be interested in purchasing them….

 The next set is a Sparkly Music theme.These could be a Valentine in themselves, or used as a tie on for your gifts….!



 These are ALSO available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

In the meantime, I’ll be workin’, as my body permits, on more projects for you!


Handmade Tags

These tags are so simple to make, and the possiblilities are endless. I have posted tags before, and also have a set listed in my Etsy shop, if you would like to take a peek at those too!They are of a totally different style than these though,are a set of six, and are pretty, muted colors of ladies from foreign lands in their colorful flower gardens.

I will be adding more to the shop(shooting for at least once a week), as well as a few Valentines items. So much to do, so little time!

If you would like for me to make some for you by special order, just send me an email, or simply go to my etsy shop and send me a convo.

I made this wedding date set with their names, date of marriage, and the last name (you could use the full one if you wish)that they will now be considered as in the “Mr. & Mrs” category, which I put on the middle tag.(sorry for any glare on the picture, it’s hard to see that they are covered with 3 different kinds of white lace), and their first names on each of the other tags.

They would make a really great gift or momento for someones wedding (you may even want to do the research by asking the bride, or finding out which colors she is going to use for her bridesmaids,flower arrangements, accessories,etc. if you would like to make some with colors that match.

I then simply added them into a frame. You could also mount them without the glass on the front.

This is a fun way to use up scrap pieces of lace, trim, and findings, and make a great gift or gift tie on, even Christmas ornaments.

You can easily print up the words, using any style of font with your Word Processor, and print them out. After assemblage, I backed it with an antique white paper,put them face down in the frame at the angles I wanted, then backed that with the cardboard that came with the frame.

You can also just make single tags, for instance, either monogrammed, or with the persons name, or any sayingyou wish, which would make a gift or keepsake in and of themselves. I plan on making one for my grandgirl, probably using pink, with her full name and date of birth, which would also look good in a frame, or to put in a scrapbook of the baby.

Have fun designing your OWN tags!

Published in: on December 25, 2010 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  

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Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Tag Art

back of tagfront of tagHow many of you have those odds and ends laying around your craft room doing nothing?

I’ve just started what I hope to be a creative and heathly addiction to tag art! The possibilites are endless as to what can be created with a few supplies that most of us have on hand already. I realized very soon that these handmade creations can serve as a gift in themselves. An inexpesive gift that could be made for friends, co-workers, or anyone that you want to let know that you are thinking of them.

I started with making some simple tag templates with card stock, and punched a hole on the top  middle of the tag. Then, I cut 2 pieces of the selected theme from some vintage paper I had been saving with bluebirds, flowers, and a Happy Birthday quote using the template, coated the backs with glue using a soft wedged sponge, and gently but firmly pressed the image on to the cardstock tag, removing any air pockets on both sides. Any overage can be cut off after the glue dries. I them cut a few pieces of paper doily and glued them on in random areas. I also glued some flat lace onto the edge of one side. After it dried, I then covered both sides with clear contact paper to preserve and protect the image. I sorted through some plastic, silk or paper flowers, small beads and sequins for embelisment and glued to random places on the patterned tag. Then, taking several colors of ribbon pieces that matched the colors on the tag, I made a hanger with one short piece, and tied the others into the hole to drape down on both sides of the tag.

I was so proud of how it turned out, I already have another one started.

You  can also use those rolls of room borders, which are very cheap to buy, if you find a nice pattern that you like to use.

The possibilites are endless! You can use little  charms to embellish, or beads, or anything you can imagine, and all those scraps of ribbon, and things you have lying around your craft room.

It is a satifying and creative craft, and you are only limited by your imagination to create one of these tags. You can use any shape you want, so just experiment with it and see what your creative talents can come up with!

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 1:03 am  Leave a Comment