If you're anything like me, you keep every sweet handmade card your children or grandchildren have made for you. Your refrigerator is probably full to the brim with cards and drawings!
I was looking through the top drawer in my buffet this morning, hunting for an old metal toothpick holder that belonged to my grandmother (don't ask me why.... it's a long story....) but anyway, while rooting around in that drawer (a drawer that holds all manner of photos, cards, little stuff and nonsense) I came across this card! It was made by Noli with, I'm sure, a bit of help from mommy, and was my valentine a few years ago.
Unfortunately, it's not dated but from Noli's picture, I'd say she was close to three which would make it February 2009. Her hair is still short and whispy -- just like her mother, her hair didn't grow much or thicken until she was well into her three's and four's.
It was made by gluing an embroidered armchair antimacassar to a used card (if there's anything that my daughter is, it's thrifty and totally into upcycling and recycling!)
Isn't that butterfly sweet? and the pink and blue crochet edging?
The inside has recycled valentine tissue paper topped with a bird cut from a felted sweater on one side...
and a cute picture of Noli surrounded by flowers on the other! The background is water colored on card stock. Noli looks like a little waif in the picture with her soulful expression! I remember the dress -- a longish prairie style with tiny pink and blue flowers.
Stephanie always made cards for me when she was small, and has passed that tradition on to Noli.
Noli loves to make cards for every occasion, for everybody in her life -- some are plain with just writing and some are more elaborate with lots of glued on detail.
This is one that Noli made for my recent birthday (we don't talk about it because it was a BIG one...). I have no idea why she drew a puppy on it since we are all kitty people around here! But it's sweet and shows her writing abilities now at the summer after 1st grade. Don't you love little kid's spelling? Note the two T's in birthday and the backwards D! Cute!
And these are very detailed ones that she made for Stephanie for Mother's Day. I just had to document it in a pic!
This one is Noli -- her hands are from tracing her own hands, and she crinkled the hair so it would be curly!
And the missing teeth! She has something like seven new ones now!
And this is a lovely purse
which opens to reveal some information about mommy
Note that in "the good old days" mommy liked to play with baby dolls, not balls as it looks like -- there go those backwards D's again! And note the cute spelling of "especially" -- that's the one that should be in the dictionary!
Boy, rooting through a drawer on a toothpick holder quest sure brings back the memories!!