Left--Envelope with stamped and hand tinted image pasted on paper doily layered over yellow paint chip.
Right--Card made with stamped and hand tinted image of tea pot pasted on cupcake wrapper.
|A used manila envelope cut into fourths and layered with cupcake wrapper and lacy paper doily|
An unexpected snowfall calls for a well provided wood box, a pot of soup, a loaf of crisp bread. I had the latter on hand, after a productive day in the kitchen. The latter required a trip to the wood pile where my invaluable wood guy had left me a cord of seasoned cherry logs. That is when I found out that my efficient Scandinavian wood latest batch of Valentines I intend to send to distant friends early next week.
The first Valentine I made this year was a sachet filled with lavender from my garden. I designed it for someone whose vision and seriously impaired , which is why it was important to place texture and fragrance above elements with great visual appeal. I created a little felt heart embroidered with French knots, clear seed beads and a cotton fabric applique that combines a satisfyingly tactile quality and the rich scent of lavender blossom. This was such fun to make that I decided to add a similar sachet to the cards I am sending out.
I like all Valentines though I deplore the commercialization of the holiday. Rather than buying mass produced cards I prefer to make my own. I use card stock base layered with stamped, hand tinted images, paint chips, paper doilies, cupcake wrappers and recycled paint chips, lunaria (money plant) discs from my garden and candy wrappers. am particularly happy with the You Are My Cup of Tea cards shown in today and yesterday's posts. I am equally happy with my oatmeal variation on the cast iron bread recipe from Kinfolks Magazine I read about in Alice Paulson's blog
|Oat bread baked in cast iron Dutch oven.|
|Chicken soup with egg noodles.|
|Orange curd--4 eggs beaten with half a cup of sugar, half a teaspoon cinnamon, half a teaspoon vanilla, three quarters of a cup of orange juice. Cook at medium temperature for approximately ten minutes or until it begins to thicken.|
|Homemade hot chocolate mix.|