ON MATTERS OF THE HEART
‘Hearts’ have certainly topped the leaderboard of blog topics recently, be they fabric, paper, knitted etc., wonderful heartfelt creations are being exchanged, swapped and even won, between blogging friends all over the world. And what a wonderful way to express the joys of friendship at this special time of the year.
So, today being Valentines Day, presents the perfect opportunity for me to show the exquisite gift I received last week from my friend Anita in Germany. I’m sure you have all come to recognise that Anita’s blog, ‘My Country Cottage Garden’, is brimming over with wonderful hearts that her skilful fingers have created. I have admired her work all along and so it came about for us to arrange a heart swap between ourselves. I would point out that I am just a beginner at this, so I felt somewhat conscious that my efforts would pale into the shadow of Anita’s abilities and would result in me getting the better deal.
On opening the package from Anita, I was thrilled to find that not only did it contain the most exquisite little heart of such delicate colours and fabric, beautifully embroidered, but, there unfolded more encouragement to get me stated with a lovely selection of the prettiest fabric, wadding, vilene, beads, plus a packet of seeds actually collected from her garden and a gorgeous card decorated with beautiful roses, I have an idea that Anita made this card herself too.
I do thank you dear friend, your gift was a delight to receive and will be treasured always.
If that wasn’t enough, a few days after receiving this gift, I heard that I had won a paper heart crafted by the very talented Carol of Boxwood Cottage. Not only is this another exquisite creation, but what I find is an incredible coincidence, it is decorated with the very same rose patterned paper that is on Anita’s card. You two girls have certainly spotted my weakness for Old English roses.
I am so thrilled with both of my hearts. At the time of this post I haven’t yet received the paper heart from Carol yet (it is posted on her blog), but when I do, it will certainly be on my blog.
Thank you dear friends, Anita and Carol, you have made Valentine’s Day really special for me.
Did you know?
* Approximately 110 million roses (mostly red) will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
* One billion Valentine’s Day cards are given every year.
* Over 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold every Valentine’s Day.
* The first Valentine’s Day candy box was invented by Richard Cadbury in the late 1800s.
* Hallmark makes over 1330 different Valentine’s Day cards.
* Verona, Italy, where Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is set, receives nearly a thousand Valentines addressed to Juliet every year.
* And.... To dream of her future husband, a single woman in the seventeenth century ate a hard boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine’s eve.
Now you know girls!
I wish a day for of love to all my dear blogging friends and last, but certainly not least, ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ dearest John.
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