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Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!

For Valentine's Day this year I thought I would share with you one of my favorite family treasures.

Yep.  That is an old advertising flyer.  It's from Live Oak, CA.  From Benton's store, which I don't remember.  But men's dress pants were only $4.98!

Ok, so it' not the advertisement that holds such a dear place in my heart.  It's what was written on the back of this advertisement that touches my heart and makes me thankful to be a part of the family that I am.  But first a little back story.

My great grandmother Annette Smith (Smigkelski), a good Polish-American girl, fell in love with and married my great grandfather Horace Patterson, a good Irish-American boy in the early 1900's.  Isn't she just adorable?  And check out the socks on the little guy on the left!

Grandpa was a mason and painter by trade.  But he was also a writer of sorts.  He was never published, that I know of.  But we have a few remnants of his scribblings.  Some letters.  Some prose.  Some poetry.  He is remembered by my Grandma Shirley (one of his 2 daughters) as being one of the sweetest, kindest men and it shows in his writings.  Here is a picture of him from 1928.  I love this picture, it reminds me of something out of Pollyanna.  And I think he is so handsome, I wish I could squeeze him.

He used to write letters to my Grandma Annette when they were courting and he was off working out of town.

Shortly after they were married and after my Grandma Shirley was born the Great Depression hit.  Jobs were scarce and men (and women) had to travel great distances to find work.  So Grandpa Horace traveled away from their home in Springfield, IL to search out work so he could provide for his girls.  They wrote many letters back and forth, desperately trying to keep each other up to date on life.  He would write about people at work and his surroundings.  She would write about their growing girls and family back home.  They are the sweetest letters.

Now fast forward to the ad.  It doesn't say what year it was printed but since it was in Live Oak I know it had to have been much later, I would have to guess somewhere between the 40's & 50's.  I don't know the particulars as to why he chose the back of this ad.  I don't know if he mailed it to her or if he just left it on the table one day for her to find.  I don't know much about it except that Grandpa loved Grandma.

If you're having a hard time reading it, this is what it says:

On our Anniversary-

I thank you for the pleasantries I've known,

I thank you for our daughters grown,

I thank you for your love that has shown

Down this road we have traveled on.

I thank you for the years that are gone,

My wonderful,


Wonderful One.

True love, my friends.  Happy Valentine's Day.


I wanted to do something special for Valentine's Day for the other 3 nuts I live with.  But with so many other things going on this past couple of weeks, I just didn't have time to do anything fancy.  And because I'm lazy.  So I did this  (please excuse the quality of the photos; I was too lazy to pull out my big camera):

1) I printed out this design from Twig & Thistle (another printable, I know!) onto little food envelopes that I also purchased from them.  Because I was too lazy to make my own design.

Twig & Thistle, Valentine's Printables


It was so easy. Just feed the bags through upside down so they don't clog up the printer (which incidentally is the only way they would print correctly anyway) and set the print size to 5x8. Thanks Twig & Thistle!

2) I made brownies. But I'm not sure if they quite qualify "homemade" as it says on the bag. I used Betty Crocker. Because I was too lazy to go the store and get the ingredients for my mom's 4H Brownies.

3) I wrapped the brownies up in plastic wrap, put them in the bags and closed them up with little sticky hearts that I had in my craft-stash. And I added their names to the bag. I just printed their names out on my computer, cut them out and pasted them on. Because I was too lazy to write them fancy with colored pens.

I left them out on the counter, so they can pick them up tomorrow before they leave for work and school.  And that was my Lazy Valentines.   Maybe next year I'll plan a little better and do something fancy.

Hahaha, I crack my self up.

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hello, valentine. « Becky's Blog.

Ok, ok,  I know I've already posted 2 other free Valentine's printables but I can't pass this one up!  The design is so great, it's just so easy to print and pop them into a frame you already have.  I promise this will be the last printable I show you....who am I kidding?  I can't promise that!

Both designs from Becky Higgins.

 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love"  I John 4:7-8

Sprik Space: Just because (14).
As if the last project wasn't easy enough, this Valentine's Day project is even easier!  My Creative Departure highlighted this project which is actually from Sprik Space.

Sprik Space provided this lovely printable, 5x7.  Just print it out and put it in the frame of your choice!  AND.... she offers it in 14 different colors so you could leave it up all year!  I don't even know her... but I like her, she's so nice!


Framed He”Art” | my creative departure.

If you haven't done any Valentine's Day decorating or gift-planning yet, here's an easy and inexpensive project to "put a little love in your heart"- That was for you Janna.  Janna knows I hate that song.  It's a long story, something to do with a telethon, swaying to the music with strangers and singing on television.  <Shudder>

Back to Valentine's Day... I stumbled on this little project from My Creative Departure and I think it's cute and thrifty and would even be a fun project to do with kids. 

And keep your eyes peeled next week for another Valentine's Day project that will prove to you just how lazy I can be :)