Happy Valentine's Day – in our own way

We do not go in for the disposable consumerism of these “special” days. I see no point in spending money on masses of paper cards to be handed out to all and sundry, then promptly discarded. It encourages the kind of disposable culture that has landed the world in so much trouble. It is easy to get caught up in all the hype and fuss, but we are trying to set a good example for our children – and we are trying to be better ourselves. I do, however, appreciate that cards are cheap, convenient and really quick and that not everyone has the time or love of sewing that I do!
Yes, it is nice to show your friends how much they mean to you, but personally, Valentine’s is about romantic love and if you need to wait until February 14th to show your partner you care, then something is missing! Perhaps it is just that I am quite materialistic and would much rather have a nice set of saucepans than a bunch of roses and some chocolate…. Eight years later we still use those pans every day!
It was the preschool party this week and we found a way of going along with it all, without succumbing to the purchase of cards that will be thrown away in a few days. What’s worse is that almost all the cards are basically just advertisements for the characters and shows we avoid! Instead, I made a batch of heart-shaped felt ornaments for Pip to give to her friends. So far she is happy with my craftiness and hasn’t asked to have the same as everyone else. Long may it continue (please!!).

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

We also made some cupcakes for the preschool party and had lots of fun doing it! Then we made a heart-shaped cake which was turned into a chocolate cherry trifle. Yum! The girls, of course, had to test the batter, after the mix was poured into the cake pan, by rolling up their sleeves and getting right into the bowl! A few minutes later and there was chocolate everywhere!

testing the batter

testing the batter

Cupcakes for preschool party

Cupcakes for preschool party

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~ by Pip 'n' Milly Creations on February 15, 2009.

One Response to “Happy Valentine's Day – in our own way”

  1. I love the handmade hearts what a beautiful idea. I too struggle with the commercialism of it and the waste that quickly follows.

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