Valentines is not my favorite holiday. I'm single and tend to feel completely left out when it comes around. I've referred to it as Single Awareness Day for a while. I did get a few cards out to family members but didn't expect much of the day itself. All day at work, I thought I'd swing by Target in the evening and see if I could find a pink frosted sugar cookie. Singles Awareness Day just isn't the same without a pink frosted sugar cookie. I managed to talk myself out of a sugar coma and went to the gym instead.
Imagine my surprise to come home from the gym and find this on my bed:
My sweet SIL A had gone out and got some balloons filled with confetti and covered my bed. What else to we spy? That's right a pink frosted sugar cookie with my name on it. Bliss!! SIL A also brought me a purple heart shaped Mylar balloon. That silly balloon nearly brings me to tears every time I look at it. You see, for Valentines day I used to buy two or three heart shaped Mylar balloon for Grandma S who passed away last April. They were big and bright and something that Grandma S could see. They also lasted a good while and when done, no ones feelings were hurt when put in the trash. Anyway, my purple balloon is more special than SIL A had intended, I'm sure.
Grandma and Grandpa L sent a fun letter with this inside:
A certificate for 1 pound of chocolate. Mmmmmm.... Chocolate. They've given up on Christmas and send Valentines to the grandkids instead. It's a fun and different tradition. I went and chose my chocolates today. I'll admit that I wasn't very creative with my selections. I chose half a pound of chocolate covered peanut butter discs and half a pound of chocolate covered caramels. I thought about some toffee bits, but since Mom is buying supper yummy toffee bits from Costco, I decided I could fore go those.
And against the norm, I stitched a couple of smalls.
The first one is Be Mine. A freebie that I printed off of someones blog. Unfortunately the blog name didn't print with the pattern so I have no idea where it came from anymore. I know I printed it off this year, though. If you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give proper credit and a link. I stitched it 2 over 2 on 32 ct. Picture This Plus something or other. It's a little remnant of fabric from Crabby All Year. The floss I used was DMC 99 that I found in the bottom of my floss shoebox.
The second one is a restitch.
This is Love a freebie from The Workbasket. I stitched this last year to put in the casket with Grandma S. I thought about her the whole time I worked on it. I added a few more colors than what I did last time around and left off some of the other bits. I've realized that I dated it 2011 even though I stitched all of it on February 12, 2012. I'm such a dork sometimes. I stitched this 2 over 2 on 30 ct. Angel Hair linen by WDW with the following WDW flosses: Camillia, Bayberry, and Plum.
So all in all, I made out pretty good for a holiday that I don't really like. I wonder when the marketing guru's will come up with a contrived holiday for singles? Something to sell anything, right?
Hugs and Stitches,