Can you feel it? As a girl, Valentine's Day was practically my favorite day of the year. I just thrilled over the possibilities of a day dedicated to love: secret admirers, handmade notes, gallant gestures, direct eye contact, flowery sentiments, confessions of amour, anonymous nosegays, boxes of chocolates...all things exquisite and deeply felt. Oh, the rapture! Oh, the joy! Of course these thrills existed almost strictly in my imagination, but that made them none the less stirring.
Today, in my busy life, I still have a secret affinity for the magic of Valentine's Day. I believe in it. It doesn't necessarily have to be on the level of a wet and panting Mr. Darcy crossing the moor in a thunderstorm to say he loves you body and soul...though who am I to quibble with such ardor?! I just believe in love, in all its forms. And I think it's wonderful to let loved ones know how you feel. Simply. Every day. But especially on this day.
With that in mind, I am offering some sweet and silly valentines for you to send out into the world. If you can find a moment, purchase some red cardstock and glitter and have fun adding your personal touch to these pretty notes.
Love is in the air, dear reader. Adoration, fondness, affection, romance, devotion, passion, fancy...I can feel it and hope you do, too!
For your whim and pleasure: Valentine 2009
p.s. explanation on the French valentine: it translates to "I don't speak French but I love you in French"...an homage to my suspicion that feelings of love sound more convincing, more authentic when expressed in the language of love. :)