Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine memories. . .

These Valentines remind me of the ones I received as a young girl. Each year I would look forward to our Valentine Party in elementary school. The teacher would ask us to decorate a box to hold our Valentines from the party. My momma was very creative, and she would always help me decorate a shoe box for the special day. We would cut a slit in the top for the Valentines to drop through. Momma would make crepe paper ruffles on her Singer sewing machine to place all around the box. We would further embellish it with lacy doilies, glitter, ribbons and flowers. I was always so proud to take my "masterpiece" to school and show the other children. We would ooh and aahh over each other's boxes and then eagerly start to pass out our Valentines. Our party usually consisted of lots of sugar: cookies, chocolate and candy hearts with punch. When I got home, I would take out my cards, and my momma and I would look at each one again. It was a very special day!

If you had a boyfriend at school, you would trade "disks" with him. The girls and boys would go to Woolworths and purchase a chain and a round disk or heart shaped disk and have their names engraved on the disks. You would then give your boyfriend your disk, and in turn, he would give you his. And yes, the chains would turn your neck green. I guess once you had traded disks with someone, you were officially "going steady"! I have a lot of special memories of Valentines Day and still enjoy celebrating it today. When I was teaching school, I made sure each of my students got a Valentine from me so they would feel very special. The children still enjoy this party where friendship and love are celebrated.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet
and so are you!

May your week be filled with lots of sweetness and love!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a sweet post Vicki. You inherited your Mother's creativity. What very sweet memories. Thanks for sharing them.


Julie Harward said...


Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

That is so sweet Vicki. The cards are wonderful. That's a nice idea with the crepe paper. I had forgotten you could sew it. I have always enjoyed Valentines Day and the sweetness (ha) attached to it. Lovely post!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Such sweet memories of such a fun and innocent time!

I still love Valentine's Day, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What sweet cards! Thank you for sharing them with us! I love the sweet little "Batty" valentine!

Anonymous said...

I can remember being so careful NOT to send one that said LOVE or BE MINE to a boy!! Perish the thought!! LOL!!LOL!!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

I was always hard pressed to know which ones to give to the boys! ♥

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... you and I share so many of the same childhood memories... how I wish I still had one of my crepe paper decorated shoeboxes from Valentiens Day back then! My mama always helped us too, and made sure every person on the list got a special little card... we had treats too and like you, I couldn't wait to run home with my little treasure box and show mama and we would look at each and every one... how fun you got to relive these memories once more as a teacher... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

T's Daily Treasures said...

We did the same thing in elementary school. I still have a folder of valentines cards from that time tucked away in some box somewhere. I don't remember making boxes -- we made something we put on the back of our desks and then classmates would put their valentines in it. Sometimes they would be from a secret admirer. :) Such sweet, innocent times. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings, Tammy

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello dear friend! Yes, I remember those boxes.
I hazd a hard time deciding what valentine to give the boys too. Thanks for the sweet memories!


Ana said...

Hi Vicki,
I remember those school Valentine's Day Parties. They were my absolute favorite. I remember making Valentine's Bags to put all our cards in...we would decorate them just as you would your boxes and then we would tape them to the back of our chairs and run around the classroom placing our cards in eachother bags...oh so much fun. I can still remember those cute little Valentine's day cards...They looked like the ones you shared above. So many wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing yours and for reminding me of mine. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Leann said...

Oh Vicki

What great Valentine's Day memories you evoked. I loved those sweet and sugar filled parties. And you story of swapping disks was fun!


Anonymous said...

I remember those days too. Some good and some not so good.


lilian said...

OH Vicki , what wonderful memories! The ones that remind in our hearts, Yes, those are the best. besos- Lilian.-


What sweet memories. some of them ring true for me too. I loved how the older valentines looked , so much more charming than today's that they sell to kids.

sissie said...

Valentines Day school parties were so special and fun. We would all open our valentines and giggle. Then have punch and cookies.
I think that is why we all love vintage valentines.

Maria said...

Hi Vicki! Oh how the weeks are flying by!
and the years when I think about coloring, gluing and decorating my Valentine's day bag!
How innocent those times were.

I wish for the same innocence in children today~

Thank you for the sweet reminders of such a dear time in our lives ♥

Sares said...

What sweet memories! I remember making Valentine mailboxes too but we made them in class. They still do that, my niece does it every year in school and they have to give a Valentine to every student so nobody gets left out. I'm surprised they are still allowed to do this in public schools but I'm glad since it's fun for the kids. I hope you are having a great week Vicki!

June said...

Hi Vicki,
Reading your delightful post has brought back so many memories. I love Valentine's day and the sharing of the Valentines. I do remember making our boxes, only we made ours at school during our art class. I also remember the parties and I remember one when I was in third grade I believe, that my mother was room mother. I was so happy because I always thought my mother was the most beautiful of all mothers. When she came to help with the party, I couldn't wait for all my friends to meet her.

The Pink Birdhouse said...

What a sweet post Vicki!! And those adorable vintage valentine's bring back so many childhood memories for me. I loved Valentine's day as a kid and used to save for myself as many cards as I would give away cuz I loved them so much. A shame I do not have them still!! hope you are having a great day. Debby

Janean said...

what wonderful memories. maybe that's why valentines day is my FAV holiday....even more than Christmas? thank you for sharing those sweet cards.

uh....well....here's a heart candy....will you be my sweet valentine blog-friend? *wink*

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What an adorable and fun post Vicki! I loved reading about the disks, how darn cute is that!! I too remember making the box with a slit in the top and picking out cure valentines! I loved it. Now my boys do it :) I remember in Kindergarten, a boy named Bryce liked me and gave me a big full size card. I NEVER heard the end of it, lol!!!
Love ya sweetie,

koralee said...

Such sweet memories..I too remember those boxes so carefully made and coming home looking at all my cards. We still do that in school ...only now we use paper bags that the students decorate...some traditions should never die! xoxo

Pam said...

Just checked your blog and your memories of Valentine's day. I posted vintage teacher cards on my blog for Pink Saturday. I too can remember the shoe box Valentine boxes.

Thanks for the memories.