Valentine’s Day in my February Kitchen

With the dreary weather we often get in February in southwestern Ohio, I’m happy to put up the cheery Valentine decorations that I’ve accumulated through the years.  The little red and white enamelware plate was from a set I had as a child over 70 years ago.

Most of the items were handmade by members of the family:  decorative painting on wooden pieces….

….some are quilted, appliquéd, crocheted.

Two pieces call to mind Valentine’s Day in the 1940s and my grade school parties.

The story of our Valentine’s Day celebrations at old Raschig School in the 1940s and a Valentine wall hanging are here

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day in my February Kitchen”

  1. What a great collection you have. I love the bottom cartoon. I DO remember those! Today in classrooms, there’s a whole different way of doing things, and I didn’t find it as much fun. =)

  2. Lillian – I love the tatted heart hanging on the cupboard knob. Did you make it? Would love to have the pattern and where you found the heart frame if possible. thanks!

    1. My daughter made this for me and I e-mailed her to ask if she remembered the pattern. This was her reply:

      “No. It’s just a wire form with a strip of tatting pushed over it. Any lace would work if she could find the wire form. This goes back about 25 years.”

      My daughter probably got the form at a craft shop at the time. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Lillian

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