I have had that song in my head the last week or so while embroidering this at night.
The first Valentine’s Day that Stephen and I were married, I had just graduated from college in December and had just started my first teaching job while Stephen was still in school. And like many other young couples, we were poor. So poor that we decided that we weren’t doing Valentine gifts. But on Valentine’s Day, he handed me a CD that he had burned with “Mail Myself to You” on it (the version he got me was more folk-songy and a duet…and it’s better but I can’t find a recording of it anywhere…) and 3 yellow tulips.
It still is a pretty memorable Valentine’s Day. Simple and sweet….the best kind. (We still do simple around here for Valentine’s Days.)
I wanted to start this project in January, but didn’t get it finished until last week. I am always trying to find ways to show more love in our house. And although the idea is not new or exciting, it’s been fun for the kids to see whose pillow “our love letters” envelope gets put on each night.
And since I am a bit poky in getting mine done, you might have to put it on your to-do list for next Valentine’s Day.
I made a 20 x 20 square by making a quilt sandwich with a piece of leftover dropcloth, some warm and natural batting and a scrap of red flowered fabric. I sewed the square, leaving an opening to turn it and then stitched the embroidery on the front first before folding it up like an envelope up and tacking it together.
See HERE if you need a tutorial for folding an envelope out of a square.
I then sewed the embroidery stitches on the back to hold the tacking stitches together and added a buttonhole and a vintage button.
I lastly added a love letter to the first person, left it on their pillow with the instructions to pass it on….and watched it take off. I also made the first persons’ bed and the tradition continued (yay for people noticing!). What a sweet treat when I got it on my pillow last night. I wasn’t feeling great this weekend and it was a nice reminder of how much I am loved. A simple and sweet tradition that I know we will use for many more love days.
And to all of you….I really do wish I could stick some bubble gum in my mouth, and tie up a big package to mail to each one of you to show you all how much we appreciate you for coming around here each day.
So, thanks….and have a happy love day tomorrow!
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