Old romantics

Valentine’s day is celebrated in our house by exchanging cards; a simple, but nice way to mark a day where a meal out or a bunch of flowers is likely to cost twice the usual price. Our efforts over the years range from making our own to finding unusual cards from small suppliers and it seems our valentines card endeavours fit into a long tradition.

The February issues of BBC Home & Antiques and The Simple Things both carried articles about vintage valentine’s cards, which traced their history back to the early 1800s. In America, there is even a National Valentine Collectors Association. If you want to find out more, follow their link to the blog for the John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera, which has enough links to keep any vintage paper nut happy for hours.

If you’re looking for something more modern, here are a few of my favourites:
Lisa Jones Studio, valentine's card
Love truck from Lisa Jones Studio
cup of tea card, present & correct
a tea themed valentine’s from Present & Correct
rifle paper co, bees knees
and a nice shiny card from Rifle Paper co.

However you’re celebrating, or even if you’re not, have a nice day on Thursday.

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