I made these cards, I thought they would go well, with the colors and sentiment of the holiday.
This pink depression ware plate was a gift from my Mom, with a set of pink champagne glasses. I had just turned twenty-one. She had a few more heirlooms to pass down. She also picked up a few odds n' ends at various flea markets. She told me to use them, not to tuck all those special things, away. Enjoy them, yes, they make break, but it is meant to be enjoyed /used. We share gifts from the heart, often. Sometimes I will mail her sprigs of rosemary, from my garden. She mailed me lilacs from Maine to Florida; the thought was there, but they were cooked when they arrived. I have received lily of the valley bulbs,an angel food cake pan, a squash from her garden, and special pins, that I wore when I was little, now vintage finds. When I think about what I have mailed people, it is really unusual, to say the least. I mailed my husband car parts, when he lived on a remote island(which later, I moved to).
I have mailed gardenia petals rolled up in fine linen napkin to give my Mom the sweet scent of the south. I have mailed Ulu knives from Alaska; One year, I mailed, volcanic ash, it is great on the garden.
When my husband has been out to sea, they were running out of coffee, I mailed coffee and tea to the ship. Then it was peanut butter, then milk...not going there, unless it is powdered.(yuck).
I still think it is wonderful and special to receive tiny gifts of sentiment, no matter what the occasion. It is great we have a holiday, like Valentine's to brighten the winter doldrums and add some color to our mood. I think we should do it at random, as well. Surprise someone you know who is going through a tough time. Most often the gift of time is the greatest gift to give, but also the best to receive!