Friday, January 16, 2015

All you need is LOVE!

All you need is love, is all you need!
Happy Saint Valentine's Day to you!
Ever wonder about the real history of Valentine's Day?
Valentinus was a Roman priest during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."   For even more information, you can click here.

Here are my own creations in honor of St. Valentine's Day.
Antique book covers are the sweet beginning for these banners.  I chose deep reds, pinks and creamy layers of lace for this project. The book covers and the laces are beautifully aged and tattered.  I added silver glittery letters, vintage rhinestone jewelry, silk chiffon roses (that I make on long car trips), and pieces of vintage beaded gowns.  I found lots of rhinestone hearts -- and even a rhinestone bow and arrow - straight from Cupid himself!!

Look at these pretty pearl strands and little heart charms mixed into the laces!  Sweet surprises!
 You can find a tutorial on how to make these HERE.

 Life is short - so celebrate everything - especially LOVE!
Cheers! Catherine
Sharing with these fun linky parties:
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  1. This is a stunning banner you made! I love the lace embellishment you added and the book cover idea is wonderful. Your mantle looks very Victorian, which is my favorite time period. Simply beautiful!

  2. These are beautiful! I found your link on What To Do Weekends Party, It was very eye catching. I love all the little details you included in the banner.

  3. I too love the info on Valentine's Day and the pretty banner you made!

  4. I have never seen a banner like is so romantic!

  5. That is so clever! Love those book covers and how you carefully embellished them :) Thanks for the history lesson as well!!!
    Karla & Karrie

  6. Your decoration is beautiful. I would have never thought to use book covers like that. Thanks for the history lesson. Happy Valentine's Day.

  7. I've never thought about the origination of Valentine's Day, thanks for sharing that. Truly beautiful, and so creative using the book covers.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.

  8. Beautiful Catherine! I love all of the layers of lace and the added goodies are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Such a unique garland! Love it! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  10. So lovely! What a neat idea! So glad I stopped by!

  11. Oh Catherine, your garland is so sweet! Of course I love anything with old lace, but you did a wonderful job mixing all the media! Happy Valentine's Day! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

  12. So pretty and creative! What a clever use for the old book covers and your lace embellishments are gorgeous. Thank you for linking up at Vintage Inspiration Party.


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