Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day!

For my crafty Homeschool friends: VALENTINE CARDS

Verses and Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their valentines. Written valentines began to appear after 1400. The oldest "valentine" in existence was made in the 1400's and is in the British Museum.

Paper valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of valentine gifts. Paper valentines were especially popular in England. Early valentines were made by hand and were made with colored paper, watercolors, and colored inks.

There were many different types of handmade valentines, including:

Acrostic Valentines - These had verses in which the first lines spelled out the loved one's name.

Cutout Valentines - Valentines made by folding the paper several times and then cutting out a lace-like design using small, sharp, pointed scissors.

Pinprick Valentines - These were made by pricking tiny holes in a paper with a pin or needle. It created a look of lace.

Theorem or Poonah Valentines - These Valentines had designs that were painted through a stencil cut in oil paper. It was a style that came from the Orient.

Rebus Valentines - This had verses in which tiny pictures took the place of some of the words. For Example, An eye might replace the word 'I'.

Puzzle Purse Valentines - This was a folded puzzle to read and refold, and among their many folds were verses that had to be read in a certain order.

Fraktur Valentines - These valentines had ornamental lettering in the style of illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

Enjoy the day!

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