Valentine’s Day hearts!

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I know, it probably seems a little early to be thinking of Valentine’s Day – but it’s only 4 weeks away!!!  It’s time to put the thinking cap on!  What would your sweetheart like?

Gothic heart series - Painterly heart.  I like how all of the hearts turned out in this series, but this one is my absolute favorite.
Gothic heart series – Painterly heart. I like how all of the hearts turned out in this series, but this one is my absolute favorite.

Valentine’s day is one of the few “special days” that I really enjoy.  None of the other “days” (Easter, Thanksgiving) amuse me in the same way.  I know it is probably corny to admit but I really like getting a card, and if there is something else to go along with the card, well, that’s just fantastic!  I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage Valentine’s – I remember being a kid and getting them (I seem to recall an exchange in school).  I also have a real addiction to those red heart shaped cinnamon candies!  I’d rather have those than chocolate.

Gothic heart series - Graffiti heart.
Gothic heart series – Graffiti heart.

I just learned that Valentine’s Day started in the UK in the 1300s, with Chaucer getting the credit.  Back then, until the late 1700s it was expected that you would be able to compose your own love poems for your Valentine.  Then in 1797, the pressure was taken off when a British publisher issued “The Young Man’s Valentine Writer”, which had verse in it that men could use in their cards.  It’s funny to think of that now in this day of e-cards.  I most often make my card (for Scott).

I knew that I wanted to make some enameled hearts, but I also knew that the usual straight-up heart was not really my style.  So I played in my sketchbook until I got a funky heart shape that I liked.  The enameling was lots of fun too, I experimented with liquid enamel as the base and tried out different reds and pinks to see what would happen.  One of the first ones I made was the Graffiti heart, which is the result of interesting things happening between the copper and the enamel.  You can’t (exactly) plan something like that, which as you know, is what I really like about working with enamels. I made a series of seven (one has already sold) and they are all different from each other, and some are different on each side.  That’s the other beauty of enamel work like this – they are unique!

Gothic heart series - Victorian red heart.
Gothic heart series – Victorian red heart.

If you are interested in one of these hearts for your sweetheart, they are all listed in the shop along with a few other ‘heart” options that I put in the shop section “hearts”.  Makin’ it easy for you!

And if you are thinking of getting me a Valentine….. well, those red cinnamon hearts go a long way!

Valerie

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