This Valentine's season my sister at Little White Attic decided to begin a family Valentine swap. Nothing too big, just make a little something to send to each other. We had nieces, sisters, and even our mom join in the exchange.
I have to tell you, if you have the winter time 'blahs' set up an exchange with someone you know. I loved finding all sorts of little treasures in the mailbox, excitedly ripping into cute little hand addressed envelopes waiting for me, with bits of art inside.
The display has become quite impressive, and while my husband couldn't quite figure out what all the fuss was about ("you'll just throw them away on February 15th!") I LOVE these sentiments from the girls in my family, and I will keep them until someone pries them out of my cold dead hands! (feel free to click on collage photos to get a closer peek).
The best part about it was seeing what everyone came up with, some quirky and funny, some reminding us of childhood Valentine's, some glamorous and vintage alike. I hope we decide to do it again next year- because as I appreciate the pieces I wonder why we don't do things like this for each other more often.
My son also surprised me with a recent school project. He took sewing last term, and for his final project decided to make a tote bag sling. He said he didn't want it and that he would make one for me. Once I chose the fabric he was picky about the zipper and straps, but finally we agreed on the materials.
I have to say, I have never sewn anything unless babied step by step by a sister, so seeing what he made really impressed me. He even promised to help me make an apron soon. I hope he has the patience to work with a rookie like me, but for now, this little backpack is another piece of art in my eyes.
I also received my Valentine's Box from swap partner, arranged by Treasured Heirlooms. I have been instructed to wait to show what I got, so that you means you will have to wait, too, but let me just tease you by saying it was an artists dream to open that little box, and you will be sorry you didn't join the swap when you see it!