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Monday, February 19, 2018


From February 13 to 15 ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, according to the tale of St. Valentine. He wrote his inamorata (female sweetheart or lover) a note signed “from your Valentine”, which is considered the first Valentine's greeting. Valentine greetings were popular in the Middle Ages when lovers said or sang their Valentines.  According to information from, written Valentines began to appear after 1400.  The oldest written Valentine in existence was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans while imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Not a heart nor a bit of red to be seen in the Duke's written Valentine.

In a much more modern style, NORBAG members got together for our February meeting to make Valentine cards. Lorraine Miller-Wolf takes our cards to Senior Nutrition home delivered meals and senior lunch sites, to dialysis patients and to our local convalescent homes. Hopefully you will enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the day.

Lorraine doesn't hesitate for a moment. She used stamps
 and stamp pads, decorative scissors and cutters. 

Miriam is busy too. She makes her Holiday cards out of reused holiday cards.
 I wonder if her material is from recycled cards.

Edge's card for the exchange had three hearts with paper lace.
 She also loves pop-ups. Look closely, you can see them at the bottom of the picture.

The tables were covered with red, white, and pink papers!

We started with some very pretty ones.

Pretty pinks and reds with paper lace and a very bold black, white and red.

Lots of lovely paper lace!

Anytime we get together, it's always fun to see how we have such different aesthetics.

I love that this little elephant has hearts raining from under the umbrella.

Is this a play on words or slightly slushy speech?

We are so happy that we have filled the box.

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