Monday, January 7, 2008

Valentine Traditions


Hello All,

I hope everyones New Year is off to a great start. I am excited about the upcoming year and what it has to offer. Before you know it February will be here. and time for all those Valentine Traditions

Did you know that hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine's Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine ---
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"



In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together -- but not too closely!

Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.

If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

Not sure how much of this is true but, I thought I would share!! Also, be sure to check out my sweet Valentine's Day Bunny on Pfatt Marketplace on January 10th. Here is a seek peek at her as well as sweet treats!!





Oh! I almost forget to share a photo of the lovely journal I received for the holidays from my friend Becky of Find Your Wings Designs. It is so cute to me. She really personalized it for me. Check out her blog for some that she has for sale.



Also, check out my Etsy Shop on January 8th at 4:00pm EST for my after the Holiday Sale. I think you will find some great buys.




Okay, I will talk to you soon and Have a Great Week!!




Smiles,


Elaine

17 comments:

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Elaine,

Thanks for visiting my blog and yoru kind comments! I came to yours and OMG, you are so talented, I love your art!

Warm regards,

Gabriela

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Interesting, Elaine!
Cathy

Mary Isabella said...

Interesting stories. Where did you get the sweet Valentine at the top of this post. I would like to enlarge it and sent to my sisters and daughters and Mom with their Valentine baked goods.Please e-mail and let me know how things are going. You are in my thoughts and prayers each day. SMILES Mary

Cheryl said...

Love the sneak peek, Sweets!

Tootie said...

Hi Elaine! I enjoyed reading the Valentine trivia. Great Valentine rabbit!
Smiles-
Tootie

Mary Isabella said...

Elaine, Plese come by for a visit I have left something for you.... Mary

Suzanne said...

Interesting Valentine tidbits, Elaine! I peeked at your sweet bunny on a cupcake....the cupcake looks good enough to eat! Your creations are always so whimsical and fun.
Please stop by my blog when you have a moment...I'm having a 100th post give away!

vivian said...

Hi Elaine! I cant remember if I mentioned to you or not, but I'm hosting a doll swap, didnt know if youd be interested or not, but would love for you to join in. Stop by my blog for details.
have a great week!
♥vivian

Chelise said...

Woo Hoo!

Congrats Elaine!

Your adorable bunny is being featured on ZNE Dollz today!

http://www.ZNEDolls.com

xo - Chel

Secondhandrose said...

Just found your blog. Thanks for the info in Valentines. Love the bunny. Come for a visit!
Karen

Gina2424 said...

Hi Elaine! Love your banner. Love your doll on ZNEDollz and here. Can't wait for Art & Soul. What did you decide about vendor night?

Sylvia Anderson said...

Love your new Valentine's Bunny! Too cute!! :)

jennie said...

It was so neat to hear all of that! I'm sorry I've been missing for awhile, so crazy busy. but I think I'm back now! :)

Loudlife said...

Elaine, I love the bunny! And thanks for the Valentine's Day trivia, my girl's b-day is Feb 14, I'm going to have to copy them down and save them for her. (Those carved spoons are incredible, aren't they?)

Laurie

Kai said...

I LOOOOOVE trivia! These tidbits were especially fun! And I am really enjoying your blog! (Did you sign up for Viv's swap? I did!) I'll be back to visit if that's okay!

Lori said...

very interesting valentine traditions info Elaine!!!

Holiday Queen said...

Sweet as can be Elaine! Love the trivia as well.