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Galentines – Valentines

petal & pins Valentines Day 2018

I must confess I had to google Galentine’s Day to know what exactly it was when it started popping up in my instagram feed and on the artwork of fellow card designers.

Was it a fancy pants way of saying Valentine’s Day? a Galician or Gaelic tradition?!

Having never watched the television show Parks and Recreation I was in the dark to the 16th episode of the second season (first aired in 2010).  Amy Poehler‘s character Leslie throws her annual “Galentine’s Day” party for her female friends, celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day.

Like so many things Galentine’s Day has apparently transcended from the television screen into everyday culture. While it started out with the character Leslie going to brunch with her female friends, the unofficial holiday is now not just celebrated by fans of the show, it has turned into an optimistic celebration of friendship to be celebrated on the 13th February.

Yesterday I received a Valentine’s card in the mail from an admirer – a fabulous female friend, I doubt she’d heard of Galentine’s Day either and I love that over the years we’ve found our own ways to celebrate friendship with no popular culture prompts needed.

So happy days of love and friendship to you, whether you’re choosing to partake in old traditions or new or blissfully ignoring them!

Sandra X

 

 

You Make Me Smile With My Heart

For weeks months we’ve been busy preparing for petal & pins debut at our first ever trade fair next week in Sydney and if that wasn’t excitement enough, tomorrow we have our first design market appearance for 2016 at The Barn Market.

Being the day before Valentine’s Day there is sure to be a little love in the air and I’ve been making paper ephemera love tokens to sell along with the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards and prints.

paper ephemera

I chose our beautiful Elliot Erwitt’s Paris book to style a photo with. On a trip to Venice a few years ago we saw a wonderful exhibition of this famous photographer’s work at the La Casa Dei Tre Oci gallery on the island of Guidecca.

petal & pins paper ephemera

My love tokens have various little salutations, some romantic, some cheeky!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I dedicate this post to Mr Petal & Pins – as Ella Fitzgerald sang in My Funny Valentine – ‘you make me smile with my heart’.

let's fly awayPS. Let’s go to Venice again!

Sandra X

Pink Passion

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Passiflora Mollissima – such a gorgeously romantic sounding name that I thought it would be the perfect choice for Valentines Day!

This Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe design is from a collection I’ve created using passionfruit flowers.

I have picked them from vines draped over fences – just  like the morning glory in the lane way on my morning stroll with Mademoiselle Agnés.

Other designs using passionfruit flowers are in  my ‘Pretty In Pink’ and ‘Passion & Glamour’ posts.

Which is your favourite?

Petal Hearts & Silk Roses

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

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