Thursday, February 12, 2009

party preparations

I don't think that there is anything more special in this world than a handmade Valentine's Day card. I have always thought that. Year after year, I hope and wait to see if someone will make ME a special card by hand.

This evening, the Littles and I spent an hour or so crafting several dozen handmade or hand decorated cards for classmates, teachers and best-friends! It was a blissful evening. Lots of laughing and giggling and sharing ideas.

Via was quick to offer suggestions for the "lyrics" for her little sister's cards. She had great, witty ideas. Sometimes, the ideas were embraced. Sometimes, just laughed at. Via was not offended. She was part of our circle of family creating tokens of love to share with the everyone around us.

We couldn't afford to purchase Valentine's Day cards this year, so we made them from scratch or altered and decorated the ones that we'd printed from the computer. There were scissors snipping and glue sticks flashing and glitter sprinkling and ribbons being tied and the 'fancy scissors' were a huge hit.

Next year, even if we can afford store bought Valentine's Day cards, we're skipping them.

This was a wonderful table full of love. I spent a lot of time just watching and listening - really listening to the chatter and the giggles...

There is no fancy cardboard box filled with punch out cards that has the power to ever replace the joy that we shared tonight.

I wish you all a wonderful Valentine's Day! May it be filled with love and laughter and enough chaos to remind you of just how special, and brief, it all is!



Rose said...

So nice. They'll have good memories of that, believe me. Also, check out whip up for more ideas if you want! Good to hear from you.

Patti said...

i miss those days. thanks for the pics. so sweet.

Patti said...

if i haven't said so before, let me say it now: i love that you come to the site and bring it. that you stick around even though we are separated by opinion (on some hit the nail on the head with the observation of citizen against politician). that you come at all is a gift for me, and others. thank you.

Ahnalog said...

I'm just catching up on your blog. I made my own Valentine's cards this year, too. I made them by myself (as in, no one else at the table -- I've been making them without help for a good long while now *grin*), but it was still fun. Probably not as much fun as you had with your sweet girls. But still, it was nice to put some thought into the designs and imagine people's delight at receiving them.