February 10, 2019
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
– Victor Hugo
It may be a Hallmark holiday, but I love Valentine’s Day. Just a day about love — speaking it, showing it, and sharing it. A day to slip a sweet treat into someone’s lunch, or leave a little note of gratitude on their desk. How will you show your love this Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments!
Blessings on your Valentine’s Day,
Mary O’Connell, Your Living Arts Weekly blog editor
The History of Valentine’s Day
Maybe it isn’t a Hallmark holiday, after all! St. Valentine was a saintly bishop who died on February 14th 270 AD at the hands of his prison guard, so the legend goes. His is a beautiful story of love and kindness, and you can read it here, in a post from Waldorf Publications.
“History from this long ago is hard to come by, and is veiled in legend and lore as well as enlightened with clear facts. Given its original date, it’s easy to understand that Valentine’s Day is a combination of Roman and Christian traditions.”
Felted Valentine Hearts
Here is a tutorial from the Magic Onions to make needle felted wool hearts using a cookie cutter as a guide. Even simpler than needle felting is to use the same cookie cutter to make wet felted wool hearts. You can use the wet felted shamrock tutorial from our VERY FIRST Living Arts Weekly blog post last St. Patrick’s Day’s to create hearts for Valentine’s Day. (Click below…)
Loving your baby and loving yourself
From Kerry Ingram of Mothering Arts
Nurture Yourself and the Children by Enrolling in the New England LifeWays Training
Apply by Valentine’s Day (February 14th) to our New England LifeWays Early Childhood Training, and we will waive your application fee! This, combined with the Early Bird Discount, saves you $300!
Here’s Cynthia to tell you just why the New England LifeWays training is the Bee’s Knees!
Click here to learn more about the New England LifeWays Early Childhood Training.
Hearts in an Apple Sandwich
Here’s a healthy, fun and simple treat for Valentine’s Day: sandwiches made with apples, nut butter, chocolate chips and granola! Click here for a simple tutorial.
Be sure to pause with the children and enjoy the amazing star in the center of each slice of apple before cutting out your hearts! (Click here for a story about the apple star.)