Friday, February 13, 2015

Be Mine, Valentine!

 ~ CAMEO ~

Collecting Antiques and Memorabilia

and Educating Ourselves

My CAMEO Antiques Club met

Thursday morning for our February meeting.

My friend, Carol, hosted us in her

lovely country home.

Carol served a delicious light brunch

from her kitchen island.


non-alcoholic drinks 

Were served in delicate vintage champagne coupés

and other fancy glassware.

Chocolates and sweetheart shortbread cookies

filled a ruffly pink beribboned bowl.

"Antique Valentines"

were the topic of the day.

 Carol's friend, Corey,

graciously shared her extensive,

 beautiful collection of sentimental mementos

that she inherited from her Grandmother Ruth.

Grandmother Ruth's collection began when she was

a young child in the early 1900s, and her Uncle Ed

would send her special valentines.

Some of Ruth's collection dates to the 1800s

and are quite large and heavy.

Satin ribbon and three

dimensional details were a

significant theme for the early ones.

Delicate layers of cut paper doilies

and beautiful images were the focus on others.

Many opened up in "pop-up" form,

and some had tissuepaper honeycomb embellishments.

The mechanical ones were adorable

with their roaming eyes and movable parts.

It was an honor

to see this incredible collection with

its endearing personal story.

Thank you, Carol and Corey!

"If you don't love my dog

then you needn't love me!"

That's right!

Love me, love my Sadie girl!

St. Valentine's Greetings

 to each of you!