Individual Pieces used for Valentine’s Day decorations.
In 1961, my husband’s grandmother gave him an embossed cuff and collar box that had belonged to her youngest brother (his great uncle) in the late 1800s. We have put this in various places of honor in our homes for many years.
Traveling in London, England in 1996, the two of us visited a Wedgewood Blue pottery store adjacent to Hyde Park and purchased a piece of pottery.
The vintage linen handkerchief (on the right) is one I have had for many years. It was a gift from either my mother, my mother-in-law, or one of my best friends. I was able to carefully cut two slots
The rectangular doily placemat (left) was machine crocheted in the early 1900s and belonged to my husband’s grandmother. It was passed on to her daughter in 1952, and passed on to my husband in the 1996.
My husband and I spent a ‘date day’ shopping at various thrift stores in Flagstaff, AZ. During that outing, we purchased the Art Deco 1920s Valentine’s Day cherry picture frame, a beaded clutch pur
se, and a pair of 1950s cotton gloves.
In brainstorming for this Valentine’s Day vignette I spent time browsing eBay, From Seller x1x2x3x4x5, I purchased: the postcard with a 13 Feb 1913 Pennsylvania postmark; the 110 year old pink paper lace heart; the 101 year old gold embossed arrow. My thanks to this vendor. My husband gave me the ruby ring and necklace
as Valentine’s Day presents two successive years.
I found a piece of pink poster board that I’d stored under my bed that I cut down and it became the perfect backing for the frame. I was able to carefully cut two slots in the lace heart and then inserted the arrow. Then I adhered the two pieces to the poster board, and put it in the frame. Lastly I used some leftover pre-cut letters.
I have saved Valentine’s Day, anniversary, and birthday roses that my husband has given to me over the years and dried them by hanging them by their stems in the warm laundry room of our home. They are displayed in various vases throughout our home and in two of our Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast guest rooms.
As a result of being given a rectangular knobbed ‘Cranberry Glass’ bowl (right side) as a ‘house warming’ gift (for our first bed and breakfast), I started collecting different styles of the beautiful glass. A few of the pieces in my collection are vases, and for this vignette I have brought two of them together from other displays in our home.