Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's Better To Give...And So Much Fun To Receive~Valentines

I received a package the other day from my 6-year-old granddaughter, Mary Jane. She and her mother (my oldest daughter) were treasure picking through a jar of vintage buttons that a relocating neighbor gifted my daughter. They knew I would love to have some of the buttons and they had also found an old, bent, rusty key and saved it for me. I just love these kids.
My little granddaughter is a budding artist and an excellent colorist. IS that a word? She loves to color. She wrote this sweet letter decorated with colorful stencils. Please note her free-hand drawing of a button and a key. She knows all about my Pink Saturday posting so she made sure to put several pink buttons in the bag. Her letter is the best gift and touches my soul.
It’s awesome to receive!

I also received a card from my friend, Marcia at In Stillness and Simplicity. She sent me one of her beautiful lavender Valentine tags. You can see how lovely the tag looks but you can’t tell that the tag held a light scent of lavender fragrance and best of all Marcia included her special prayer wishes. Visit Marcia’s uplifting blog here.

It’s awesome to receive!

One of my Valentine gifts to my granddaughter is a heart decoration we will work on together. I used a tablet backing, a doily, and card stock to fashion a sturdy large heart shape.  Then I glued the embroidery transfer pattern below in the center of the heart for her to color. I included a pink bow for her to glue at the top after she is finished adding her touches.  Voila! A Valentine decoration we created together. I’m hoping for a photo from her of our finished art project to post.  Kids love to get mail. I’m thinking there will be smiles from my granddaughter and my grandsons when the mail person delivers the Valentine cards and the package.

It’s awesome to give!

While I was writing this post my daughter called to say the Valentine's and my package had arrived. Mary Jane was so happy she immediately colored our project.  She exercised her artistic judgement and decided not to glue on the bow I had sent along. Here are some photos she emailed with our completed project. Isn't it beautiful? 

It's awesome to receive...

Here are a few more photos of gifts and Valentines I have made to give to some friends and family members.  The pleasure I receive in creating things and the joy I receive in giving things lifts my spirit.

It’s better to give…and it’s so much fun to receive…

Thank you to Beverly, Honey, Kim, Liz, and Cindy for hosting these fun parties.
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  1. So glad I found your blog. I'm now following on the new Linky tool. Follow back so we can stay connected with this great new tool. See you soon, Lori

  2. Linda
    What a precious gift from your grand-daughter.
    Then that lovely package from your friend. This is really a beautiful post epitomising giving and receiving.

  3. This is so touching Linda, beautiful buttons and note from your grand daughter and she remembered pink! Lovely items from your friend too. Have a beautiful Pink Saturday my friend.

  4. Oh WOW, Linda, this is all so special and I love the buttons and all the pretties!!! and how special of Marcia to send one of her gorgeous tags? Isn't she a total doll? Wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday and hope you have a beautiful weekend!!!

  5. What a lucky mum mum you are! Looks like you've had a super Valentines Season! Happy Valentines Day and Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  6. I am with you...grandchildren's handmade gifts touch the heart and soul. Our home has many touches made by ours as I simply can not put them in drawers out of sight!
    A lovely post and your granddaughter is very talented. What a wonderful way to stay connects by joint projects!
    Happy Valentines Day!
    ♥ Jil

  7. How very thoughtful your daughter and granddaughter are...charming letter and drawings. Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

  8. how sweet to receive that special coloured gift that you gave your grand-daughter! Happy Valentine's Day <3

  9. What blessings you have! What a wonderful valentine! Happy Valentine's Day to you.


  10. Isn't it wonderful to received mail from your grandchildren? My 13 year old granddaughter and I have been pen pals for several months. I love her letters. Writing in pen/pencil and paper is becoming a lost art - I'm so glad she and I communicate in this fashion.

  11. Hi Linda, what an endearing post of love and sharing with your sweet granddaughter. You are making memories for a lifetime. Her sweet valentine to you is most precious and your valentine together is so sweet. She designed it so pretty. Looks like you handed down your talents to her.
    Love all the valentines you shared too.

    Thank you for stopping by and becoming a follower on the new linky thing under my google connect. Not sure how all this is going to work out for us on google, but I am sure time will tell.
    Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day to you.
    Blessings always, XO Celestina Marie

  12. What a sweet note from your granddaughter! I am drooling over those beautiful buttons and the key! And the pretty lavender tag is great. Your tags are gorgeous!!

  13. Happy Pink Saturday Linda Sweetie...
    Oh what a gorgeous share today. I simply adore your Valentine given and crafted with such love from your
    Grand daughter. They are the best. Each little button picked out just for you, along with a key to her heart. I love it.

    Your Valentine gift as well was just gorgeous, and she did such a beautiful job coloring it. I would definitely say she is a budding artist. A beautiful colorist indeed.

    Your Valentine's that you made to share are just gorgeous. Each friend was very lucky to receive one. They are extraordinary. Crafted with love.

    Thank you for sharing sweet friend. Many hugs and Valentine kisses, Sherry

  14. HPS & Valentine's Day!

    Beautiful tags!


  15. Fabulous post for Valentine's day. I love your pink!

    Flamingo Love is my one of my pink this week. Have a great weekend.

  16. How lovely, and SO romantic! Thank you so much for visiting me, and sorry for the late reply (I was teaching yesterday and just too tired to do any blog hopping once I got back). Happy Pink Saturday!

  17. OOOOO! I want it ALL!
    Happy Valentine's and HPS!

  18. So sweet and thoughtful. Why don't you link your post to Seasonal Sundays?

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Oh how pretty this whole post is Linda! and how sweet is that g.daughter of yours?!
    All your Valentine tags are just beautiful. Well done!
    It definitely is a great feeling to give and see the look on the face as they discover what it is, but my how much fun it is to receive as well! lol.
    Very Happy Valentine to you Linda! xox

  20. How very sweet. I just love your post. I adore the project you did with your granddaughter and the tags are awesome. I found you on Seasonal Sunday (My first time on here) and so glad I did. I'm your newest Linky follower.

    Hugs, LisaKay
    Belles Roses Romantiques


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