Monday, February 2, 2009

A Nostalgic Valentine's Day Giveaway



I love old Valentine's Day cards. I still have many from my grade school days signed 1958. (Oops, I just told my age!)

I've collected Victorian cards for many years and on occasion I buy new cards that look Victorian and have Victorian sentiments. I don't find too many that are gentile and poetic anymore.
A few years ago, my husband gave me one that had this phrase printed in it:

I never knew before such a love as you have made me feel..........KEATS

It's possible he picked out the card for the pretty front and never read the poetry included, but I choose to think not. Isn't that what most women want? To think their man is romantic? So on this special day of the year, February 14th, I'll go with that sentiment.

Well, as most of you know, I am moving. That means heavy duty cleaning out of drawers and extra "stuff." Now I don't consider my Valentines extra stuff, but I did notice that I have a LOT of them and some are duplicates sooooo.......


I am offering six of them to you as a giveaway. Here's two ways to win:

1. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite Valentine's Day (romantic or funny)
2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or are already a subscriber. The second comment is important in order to gain two entries.
3. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I can't reach you, your name will be disqualified, and I will draw again.

This contest ends on Friday, Feb.6th at midnight EST. I will choose a winner based on my favorite answer on Saturday. You will have three days to contact me. Good Luck! I can't wait to hear your stories!!!

Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

50 comments:

mverno said...

eating chocolates with my honey of 37 years sitting on a picinic table while watch the waves come in

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

While my husband and I were in the early stages of dating, Valentines Day rolled around. If he had declared himself and shown up with a huge bouquet of red roses so early in the relationship, I would have been too rushed, and embarrassed. He came to my door that night, with a lovely and simple bouquet of tulips, his words "the gas station was out of flowers."

That meant the world to me, and we were engaged soon after wards.

I told that story at our wedding, and now every Valentines Day I get a lovely bouquet of tulips. They are exactly what I want.

Jen

Linda W said...

My favorite Valentine's was the year we moved into our house on Valentines Day and we didnt have money or time to shop! So hubby wrote me a sweet poem, I have it framed in our bedroom!


frogz60@hotmail.om

Cheryl F said...

My favorite was when our 6 yr old was 2. She went shopping that morning with my husband and made him buy us all big purple bears and flowers. She was so proud when she came in with her gifts to give.

Mildred said...

I remember painting in grade school was such a thrill. One Valentine's Day I painted a bright red heart in a sea of royal blue and the teacher hung it out in the hallway for everyone to see. As a seven year old, I thought I had hit the big time! I love visiting your blog; your home, antiques, garden, recipes and collectibles are so much fun!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Since you are giving away vintage cards, I'm going to tell you a vintage story (so this goes back long before I knew Mr. Magpie). When I was in the second grade, my boyfriend gave me a HUGE Valentine that folded out... as large as a door! He also gave me a box of chocolates. I can still remember the verse...

Direct from Loveland USA,
I send this giant card your way,
And add a wish to every line,
That you will be my Valentine!

I kept it on the door of my room, so I had it memorized! ;-)

I would love to enter, and I'm a follower of yours!

Thanks, Jane Marie!

XO,

Sheila :-)

joey said...

Wow, I don't have a story but those old Valentines look very familiar, Jane Marie! Stay warm the next 6 weeks and Happy Groundhog Day!

Mrs. said...

Jane Marie, here is my second entry because I'm a subscriber! :-)

Thanks so much...

XO,

Sheila

Rita M said...

My favorite Valentine Day's are those when my husband is actually home -- he travels for business so much that those have been rare occasions!

Karen said...

Count me in :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Melinda said...

my first valentines was my first with my hubby :)

Blondie's Journal said...

My story isn't romantic :-(. My first V-day with my hubby he bought me nail clippers. He just didn't know what to get!!! He has made up for it!!

Have a great week!!

xoxo
Jane

Cathy said...

Hello Jane Marie,

I like your blog and thanks for
"Fav" on my blog in Blotanicals.

Anonymous said...

My most memorable Valentines was also my most embarrassing. I had a HUGE crush on a boy in 6th grade. I probably drove him nuts staring at him. For Valentines, I bought a semi-mushy card that I added my own mushy lines to. But I chickened out before I sealed the envelope and then covered my "mush" with layers of white paper glued on. He discovered my ruse, peeled off each layer, and then gleefully read my lovesick notes to the entire class. I was mortified! But the card I got from him was an Indian that said "It wouldn't be Valentines Day without you!"which is about as mushy as one can expect a sixth grade boy to be!

valerie2350 said...

I remember how much fun it was to decorate little mail boxes in grade school and deliver valentines to everyone in class

valerie2350 said...

subscriber

snowmermaid said...

In the first grade, I received my first Valentine's card from a boy and It had glitter and violets on it!

Meredith said...

My favorite valentine was when my boyfriend made me dinner and danced with me afterwards...sans music.

Dschrader said...

I collect old valentines as well and would love these! What a great person you are to share such precious memories! Please add me to your drawing!
Thanks,
Donna K Schrader
sodapop@ptialaska.net
http://dschrader.blogspot.com/

Dschrader said...

And I am subscribed to follow your blog! Thanks again!
Please add me to your drawing!
Thanks,
Donna K Schrader
sodapop@ptialaska.net
http://dschrader.blogspot.com/

Susan said...

Ooh this is fabulous! Cool Valentines Day Gifts

Amber said...

My favorite Valentine's Day was when I picked a bunch of wildflowers for my mother with my little brother :)


Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me!

hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

bonnieb said...

While my Mother was still alive I loved giving her silly little kids Valentines. She always laughed but I enjoyed it. And I too love all the older Valentine and always look at them when I'm in antique shop.

sito50 said...

My daughter made me breakfast one year. She picked the Crunchberries out of the Capn Crunch cereal and poured me a glass of Red Tropical Punch.

sito50 said...

I'm a subscriber.

vboackle said...

thanks for the nice giveaway.

Sharon Harmon said...

My husband and I had just started dating a few months before our first Valentines Day. He was a printer, and I had asked for some personalized stationery a couple of weeks earlier. On Valentines Day, he gave me the box of stationery and said, "Here's your order", and he never said "Happy Valentines Day" or anything. I mumbled, "Thanks" and went to work, sad that he hadn't said or given me anything for our first Valentines Day. When I got to work, I decided to look at my personalized stationery to see how it had come out, and inside the box was a cute little white teddy bear holding a red rose, a pretty cloth basket decorated in hearts and filled with red foil-wrapped chocolates, and a small box wrapped in red paper! Inside the little box was a necklace with a heart-shaped ruby!!! My mouth fell open and I yelped and tears sprang to my eyes immediately!! My co-workers stared at me! lol! I called my husband-to-be and thanked him profusely and we laughed and laughed!! Thank you for the contest!
txgigggles@yahoo.com

Sharon D. said...

My favorite Valentine's Day was when my husband and I first married. Things were very tight and we didn't have the extra money to celebrate. So we "splurged" and bought a bag of Conversation Hearts and wrote each other a poem :)
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway. I just love Vintage Valentines :)
zokiemichael(at)sisna(dot)com

Sunnyvale said...

My husband surprised me by baking a heart shaped cake and had a lovely bouquet of flowers waiting for me when I woke up. The cake was a wee bit lopsided, but since he hates any kitchen chores, it tasted so sweet!

cherice said...

My favorite was when my two best friends and I were single and we all went out to dinner together and then got candy and took a walk on the beach! The good old days lol. Thanks.

chericehodges@gmail.com

Stacie said...

One year my husband and children surprised me with a beautiful gold pendant- Mom in the shape of a heart. Its a very special memory for me.

Stacie said...

I'm an email subscriber.

MomOfFour said...

Well, many years ago, 2 young people got married on Friday evening, Valentine's Day.
We lived in the upper Midwest and it was snowing pretty heavily when we left the church. By the time we got to the reception, my white dress blended into the snow swirling all around the parking lot of the Reception Hall. I can still picture my new husband trying to keep me warm and dry...

Sadly, that marriage only lasted 10 years, but of course each Valentine's Day, I cant help but look back with fond memories at the young couple getting married in a blizzard on such a romantic day.
crazydaisies123 (at)yahoo(dot)com

Felina said...

oh, how i want those valentines! top this:

my boyfriend from 3rd to 5th grade was a midget (literally), and would always get me something for each major holiday. When we were in fourth grade, he gave me the first sparkly jewelry i ever owned -- a pair of earrings and a necklace encased in a bell-shaped silver box, looking oh-so-much to my young eyes like the real thing! ooh la la!
coincidentally, he and i just friended on facebook -- turns out he's followed the career dream he's had since kindergarten. He's a professional rodeo clown now, and i couldn't be prouder!

jenny said...

wow thay are all realy nice please enter me infor this thanks

trisha too said...

honestly, i don't know! none really sticks out as wow,that was a great one.

One year AFTER Valentine's Day, i told my dh i'd always wanted one of the GIANT frilly heart boxes of chocolates, which i'd never told anyone before, and he got me one--on sale!! ;)

trisha too said...

e-mail subscribed!

Joyce said...

From as far back as I can remember, I always wanted a little girl. I had such a wonderful relationship with my mom all my life, to this day, and I always hoped that I would be blessed with a little girl so I could share the same type of special relationship.

I had my first child, a son, in 1990. My husband was ecstatic to be blessed with a son and I immediately, of course, fell head over heels in love with my little boy. I quickly learned that it does not matter whether you have a boy or a girl when God blesses you with such a miracle.

Imagine my jubilation when I was blessed with my little girl on February 11, 1994. I brought my Rachel Lynn home from the hospital on Valentine's Day 1994 and she has been my Valentine ever since.

Lisa Gatz said...

I don't have any good stories but those valentines made me smile...thinking about way back when...

Women Who Win said...

I love that my husband gets me Tulips every Valentine's Day. It's a wonderful tradition and makes me feel so special because we don't often spend money on flowers and fun stuff. :) Great giveaway!!! I'd love to win. I blogged about it here: http://entersweepstakes.today.com/2009/02/05/new-look-valentines-day-giveaways/. --Michelle, blogattoday|a|t|g|m|a|i|l|d|o|t|c|o|m|

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - On my favorite Valentine's Day my then-boyfriend bought me seven red gifts because red is my favorite color! Red leather gloves, a special red flashlight with a neon light in it for night reading (because I love to read), an expensive red leather jacket, etc.; I'll never forget that Valentine's Day! He gave me these gifts after renting a movie that he knew I wanted to see and cooking me a romantic dinner!

john ferris said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

happishopr said...

our firt valentine's day is my fave. the sweetie gave me a giant gorilla, chocolate, roses and an old navy wind jacket that matches the one i got him - after 10 years, we both still wear those jackets. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Lori said...

While we were in college my husband sent me a little stuffed mouse holding a little stuffed heart. It is still my all-time favorite Valentine.

Melanie said...

This one will be my favorite.
All the other ones haven't mattered, but the guy Im with now, Is the ONE. So I know it will be great.


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

purango said...

My first Valentine's spent with my husband was my favorite. It was simple-flowers and dinner but very romantic. garrettsambo@aol.com

Candie said...

I am hoping it will be this year. My husband works for the local school now. One of the classes did a rose fund raiser and I had one sent to him by his secret admirer. I have not done anything like that for him in a long time.

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Jill1 said...

My daughter wanted to marry on Valentine's day but it ended up on Friday the thirteenth instead.

lisawonbig said...

My husband was in the Navy, and his sub returned from a long deployment the week before Valentine's Day!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.