Happy Valentine's Day to you all.
I've just been shopping for our "romantic" meal - £15 courtesy of Waitrose. Since the £15 includes a bottle of Prosecco (£8.99) and steak (£6.99) I think that's great value - means our garlic & rosemary roast potatoes, mixed veg and chocolate souffle were free. Now if only the cooking fairy would visit to make it!lol
Viewing tonight will be the very unromantic "Reds" - well David did sit through "Valentine's Day" last night so I can't really complain. That was better than I thought it would be and it had some nice eye candy in the shape of Taylor Lautner and Patrick Dempsey (even if he was a love rat!).
Now for my crafty thanks.
First up is Valerie who had some free downloads on her blog this weekend.
I used one of them for the background of the first exercise in my Collage Course class 3.
The butterflies are vintage German scraps and the apple blossom was cut from an old book on British trees.
Next up is Joanna (aka Fiddlesnips) who kindly sent me some ephemera last week. I used a page from an old German book and an old German map for the background on the second exercise.
I fell in love with "Little Snowshoes" when I saw the picture in "Home Words" 1883/84 and I knew I just had to use it. Thanks for providing the background papers Joanna!
I inherited a pile of these "Home Words" books from Dad. Most are in good condition (despite their age) and David didn't want me to cut them up. This volume is falling apart so I didn't feel too guilty!lol
I can understand why he didn't want me to use them as they do make fascinating reading. From what I can gather they were published all over the country, so much of the material in them would be the same. The differences would be articles written by local clergy and the "hatched,matched and dispatched" lists for local churches. The list of burials shows just how much life has improved - it's heartbreaking to see babies and young children listed. Also upsetting are the people whose address was simply "Workhouse".
So this week my first grateful will be that we aren't living in the 19th century with its' poverty and high infant mortality.
Hope you're all having a great Valentine's Day.