|Embroidered, beaded "love token" from World War I. Thank you, DIY Fashion Sense for this and other heart projects generously shared at this blog.|
|A traditional Sailors' Valentine.|
It is almost February. Together with my often-mentioned fondness for red is an equally powerful preference for things shaped like hearts, both of which may be celebrated with abandon, at least until Feb. 14. Even longer if we are procrastinators with good excuses.
If nostalgia were visible like fog or could make the eyes smart like a too-strong cologne, you would know when I was in the neighborhood. I drift backward with almost no prompting. Unlike some months, which for me could be March, May, and possibly August when I don't remember Big Things happening, February is filled with memories. For the fortunate among us, birthday months are associated with celebration, with receiving welcome attention, with gifts. Rain, school holidays and a world swathed in pink and red for a paper crafters' dream event conspire to make it the perfect little month. This is just a shout-out to February, an old and dear friend. Our adventures have been many.
|Color version of Albertine Randall Wheelan's illustration, reproduced by Green Tiger Press.|
|Native American beadwork souvenir pincushion. (no source)|