The Alligator that almost became a Valentine!
When my brother, sister, and I were growing up every year around this time we would come home from school to find supplies such as these sitting on our kitchen table. My brother was much older than us, but my sister and I would spend our winter evenings writing out Valentine's for our teachers and friends. We also made home made Valentine's for our family and one another. In those days we didn't have stickers, ribbon, foam art, or the internet like children have at they're disposal today, but never the less, through the years I think we made some very cute, rather funny, and pretty Valentine's ♥
While I was working at the hospital, before my retirement, some times the children from Saint Anne's would make Valentine's for our patients and the staff. I can't even begin to tell you how touched everyone would be to receive these little heart felt Valentine's cards.
It seems like the tradition of giving cards on holidays is becoming out dated like so many other wonderful things of the past. To me the giving and receiving of cards is such a beautiful way to express love and friendship.
Even though Valentine's Day is not an official saint's day my mother treated it as such. She sometimes even referred to it as Saint Valentine's Day instead of Valentine's Day. In our house the holiday was always considered a family affair. It was a special day to express love to one another. Every year we were given individual boxes of foiled heart candies from Sanders. Does anyone remember those sweet little boxes of candy? It is a tradition that I carried on with my own children for many, many years. My hubby and I still give cards and small boxes of candy to all of our grands and now great grands. Even Charli gets a little bag of treats.
I have written about Valentine's Day here on my blog before so I won't go into any further details here except to say that when my hubby and I got married forty four years ago we decided to make each other Valentine's cards and we have carried on that tradition for the most part all these years.
Last year one of you mentioned the following site in one of your posts as being a good site to get some great craft ideas for the holidays. I apologize for not remembering who it was that posed it, but on their recommendation I went to the site and have been receiving news letters ever since.
For Valentine's Day a down load of this charming little alligator was offered. I thought it would be just perfect to give my hubby for Valentine's Day. Isn't it darling! Can you just imagine my hubby coming home and finding one of these cute little critters on his plate? My plan was to tuck a little love note inside with some red foiled chocolate hearts.
The pattern for the alligator looked very easy and simple to make but as I have said before I am not a great crafter by any means. My first mistake was not printing it on green paper. I mean who ever heard of a white alligator! What was I thinking? Then I accidentally smeared glue all over one of the eyes so the poor thing looks like it has a cataract. As you can see the mouth area was a total disaster and by then I was so frustrated that I glued the feet on backwards.
So there you have it....
The alligator that almost became a valentine!
Now I have never been a quitter and since I have an idea of what I did wrong I just might try to make another one. But.... Shh..... What every you do please don't tell my hubby!
Do you like to send or make home made Valentine's cards for Valentine's Day? Do you have any Valentine's Day traditions that you would like to share? I would love to hear from you.
With warmest regards, Carol