Thursday, January 6, 2011

School Valentines

I adored Valentine's Day when I was in grade school. A day when found courage allowed for proclamations of heart felt feelings kept tucked away the rest of the year. A day to choose just the right Valentine for one special boy. The anticipation of perhaps receiving one in kind.

School Valentines are what I call the sentiments of love from my childhood. They have a very distinct look about them, and it thrills me no end when I come across them at a flea market.

I can clearly remember each of these Valentines from my own school days. The big red heart behind the central character identifies them right away! I keep them tucked away in a red scrapbook binder and smile each time I look at them.

A little Valentine Autograph dog made is just too cute. Girls would have these in class and pass them around to be signed by their classmates.

Click on pattern, Preview Image, Choose percentage size right for you, Print.nopin = "nopin"

Easy as can be to make from scraps of felt. I love the little red buttons which allow the dog to sit or stand.

Snow is falling outside my craft room window today. A perfect day to look through School Valentines and remember the ones given to me.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I remember having an autograph precious it was! And I always loved valentines and still do! I'm having a giveaway...hope you'll stop by to enter! Hugs! ♥

Hearts Turned said...

How adorable, Elizabeth! I love your pink autograph pup...brings back so many sweet Valentine memories.

What a knack you have for bringing memories to life with felt and paper...beautifully done, once again, my friend!

Wishing you a most lovely January day!


Cindy said...

I love the autograph puppy. My sister had one when she was 14 and I was so envious. Thank you so much for the patterns. I think I have printed out all of them! I am going to start work on the house mat today.

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Girlfriend,

Thanks for chatting with me yesterday, I love when we get to talk for a while. I absolutely love your new header, and that puppy is stinkin' adorable.

Love ya'

Martina vd Woude said...

I think the dog is very lovely.

greetings Martina.

Suz said...

Oh, E. Are you sure you weren't a Corn Palace girl, too? This sounds just like growing up in Mitchell. I just drool seeing all of those valentines but most of all, I am excited to see the adorable autograph dog! I think I had one just that color.

You have brought back a lot of memories for me! I didn't think I had stories and I do!

Love you,

Cindy said...

Elizabeth..the little dog is precious. I remember my autograph dog.My aunt got me one when I was in the hospital in 5th grade.That's when I lost my finger..and people were coming to visit me in the hospital and after I got out.My little dog became my sign in
Later my mom threw him away..."why would I want to keep that thing?" Oh well I still have the memories...and now With your pattern can make me

Cute Valentine book.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and gingham

Nan said...

What a darling idea for the dog. I too remember those autograph dogs, hadn't thought of them forever. I printed off your pattern as I do all of them for my folder I can refer to called Elizabeth. We have clear skies and temps are finally going down from the 40's here, they say clear for the next 7 days. I want snow it's much nicer than anything else in the winter.

Unknown said...

I agree with you....Valentines Day was always special in elementary school! Paper sack full of cards to give, cute personalized sack to bring them home in......the colors! Oh...the colors!!!! Yes, I remember Valentines day as a child. When I got home, my Dad would have bought my Mom beautiful red roses and a huge, pretty decorated box of chocolates and then he would pull one more box out from behind his back just for me, the other Valentine in his life! Special Special Memories!!!!

Debby said...

I loved Valentines Day when I was young as well. Making the boxes and getting the sweet Valentines. Somuch fun. I think it's still so much fun. I love watching the grands show me their valentines.

Mary said...

Oh that doggie is cute! You make the sweetest things Elizabeth. I remember those valentine parties at school and our decorated valentine boxes. I love reading your stories..memories.

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Valentine's was always fun. I wish so bad I had kept all mine. I purposely save my kids' valentines so one day they're not lamenting the same thing (well, Nicolai probably wouldn't care!)

The valentines just aren't the same now-a-days. They're all just based on the popular movie at the time and although the graphics are much more sophisticated, they're not warm, like the cards we had.

Thanks for the memories!

Pam said...

I had an autography dog. Think I was in high school. He disappeared long ago. Thanks for the pattern. I have printed it to add to my files.

I love all the vintage valentines. I have a small collection.

The Star Gal said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Wow, I need to check my comments more often. I just saw one that you made on December 24th!
If you would like to give me a mailing address for you, I bought 2cute spools ME ribbon because I thought of you! I'd love to send them to you and see how you'd use them.

Unknown said...

Finally, making the rounds. Now, I did I know your would be in the midst of some V-day specials. These are just too cute. Off to see more.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh I wish you'd teach an online class for us total beginners on your style of paper crafting. I would love to learn to do this.

Unknown said...

Oh yes, we (cupid and me) just adore school Valentine's..I sure have a huge collection too. And at the end of my latest post I mention having an autograph dog too! How sweet.
Happy Valentine's day..

Carrie P. said...

How sweet that you have those Valentines. Love the little dog. Thanks for sharing the pattern.


Oh how cute--I don't remember doing much as a child with Valentines day--but did do alot with my kids when they were young!!
Love all these vintage cards you show--just beautiful==thanks--
Hugs, Di

Pieceful Bits said...

I also loved school valentines! I wish I would have saved mine. Your autograph puppy is pink and cute!

Sewmancer said...

Your puppy is very cute - thanks for sharing the instructions, just need to find time to make it!

My Vintage Mending said...

Elizabeth, I have saved all my kids Valentines from each year at school and I made a collage of them for their scrapbook. They are just fun reminders of the era and which characters were popular at the time.

Tamera's Craft Palace said...

I had an autograph dashound!!! It's absolutely adorable! I wish I could find vintage cards at our local fleam arkets...I search high and low and rarely find even one!!

Denise said...

Elizebeth, I got my banner in the mail yesterday.Thank you again.It was in perfect condition.I need to find your post on how to make it.I'll keep browsing untell I find it.God bless

Denise said...

Found the post!

Lisa Kettell said...

What a fabulous post, I remember my autograph dogs, I still have mine. Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern!
Magic and Joy,

Elyse said...

i wish they still made valentines like these. i always adored the puns (valentine - you're just my type, etc.). sponge bob just doesn't do it for me. LOL

happy, crafty weekend


lala said...

You truly are such an inspiration. I was so burnt out from Christmas and had no desire to craft anytime soon, but after viewing all of your amazing creations, I have renewed energy and can't wait to start on your adorable birds and valentines. Thank you so much for sharing and have a very lovely day!

very merry vintage style said...

How sweet you have all those valentines still! Love the puppy too. Come over and link up to my vintage valentine party at

Dapoppins said...

your creations are truly art! and were those really your very own valentines? How wonderful to have them instead of just the memories.