I love Valentine's Day. Especially now that I have a sweetie! For several years, I've driven to a mall about 15 miles away to buy my husband a beautiful big box of chocolates. He says the quality is superb, and I like saving the pretty boxes, which I keep and use to decorate the house in February. Some I hang on the wall, and others sit on easels wherever I can fit them!
I also collect old and reproduction Valentines. The automobile and the 3-dimensional Valentine next to it are reproductions.
One of my favorite antique Valentines is a card that has many layers on the front that you can pull forward for a 3-D effect. The inside has a beautiful verse. And I have the original envelope addressed to Miss Nellie Drollinger. The envelope also contains a notation from the person to which Nellie left the Valentine. Both card and envelope are extremely soft and delicate from age. I only display my older Valentines behind glass and away from sunlight!
Our cat Phoebe must make her appearance for Valentine's Day, for when we adopted her, she was named "Miss Love," and we soon found out why! She is the most loving little kitty and loves to sit on laps, especially when we're sitting at the computer. She would crawl up into our nostrils if she could!
Next time, I'll include more pics of some antique Valentines and a little history of Victorian Valentine customs.