This is part two of a three part series featuring a tour of the handmade valentines I’ve made in the years since I graduated from college. This links you to the first post.
Some years the valentine making process is easy, some years it literately draws blood, as it did in 2000. It seemed appropriate that the message that year was literal as well as figurative. Sometimes love is difficult and can hurt.
The next year I constructed a valentine that was transparent, with each side different, yet the same, reflecting the many layers of love within each of us….perhaps also a statement about how we change, depending upon the angle we’re viewed from.
Often the message is simple….and soft. As in past years, I enjoy tucking messages inside of or behind things.
This one was all in the spirit of fun. Sometimes love just threatens to crap on you!
This year was my most personal one to date. My mother had died the previous June and this was all about my love for her and my loss. To read a previous post about this valentine and to see it in detail click here.
This one was probably my biggest fail! Loved the idea…the execution was excruciating and has totally disintegrated over the years! I was working at Barnes & Noble this year and one of my customers gave me all her romance novels so I hollowed a heart out of the middle of them and filled them with green m&m’s. I still really like the quote on the bookmark so at least that was enduring. 🙂
2009, again, a valentine that was very close to my hurting heart….dedicated to my dad, who had died the previous March. I also wrote a post about this particular valentine, you may click here to view it in detail.
That concludes my third decade of making valentines and that particular tour of my heart.
I hope yours is peaceful. We are so often unwittingly careless with them.
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That your heart remains so open and beautiful, even with all this loss….
Such an inspiration………..
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