For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Valentine's Day. I get giddy when I see pink, red, hearts, and roses.
When I was younger, my dad would buy his four daughters these red heart jelly chewy candy from a local candy shop, Mrs. Nelson's, located in Chelmsford, Mass. When I go into Mrs. Nelson's to buy my boys their Valentine candies, I get a tinge of nostalgia and miss my dad and his sweet ways.
When my boys were growing up, I would decorate the kitchen with red hearts. On Valentine's morning, I would make cinnamon rolls and serve them on these adorable ceramic heart conversation plates. I would make a big red heart card made of construction paper. And like their christmas ornament collection, I started a heart collection for them. Each year, I would find a heart product that I just wanted them to have. They have paper weights, pillows, and other heart trinkets.
For many years, I hosted a valentine's card making party. It was a brunch with a variety of paper products for everyone to share. We would all make two cards during this brunch. One to keep and the other to put into our "yankee valentines card swap". I have a collection of cards that I've made and a set of those that other friends have made.
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