Friday, January 30, 2009

What does Valentine's Day Mean to You?

For my Valentine's Day post, I wanted to do something different, so I decided to feature the art of my online "sistahs" from VAST (Visual Artist Street Team). This is a team of artists who all have their own shop on http://www.etsy.com/. We communicate daily through an online forum, and even though I haven't met many of them in person, I feel a closeness to them through our common desires to create art. I asked each of them to tell us, "What does Valentine's Day mean to you?" I think you will enjoy reading their answers!

Mahalo to all of these artists for contributing their art and words! Please check out their shops for more wonderful art!
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Karen - "My beloved husband of twenty years passed away suddenly at the age of 45 in March 2008, and this will be my first Valentine's Day without him here with me. I have given a great deal of thought to love and life this year, and have come to the conclusion that love really is the only thing that truly matters and that love takes many forms. My husband told me and both of my children how much he loved us every single day without fail and that is a very powerful thing that sustains us.

I've found a few favorite quotations that sum it up for me. "The refusal to love is the only unbearable thing." - Madeleine L'Engle "Love is the heartbeat of all life." - Paramahansa Yogananda And this passage from a book of meditations on grieving given to me by a friend in a similar situation: "Love is not a finite, limited quality, any more than the energy set loose in creation can be fully contained, sealed, or spent." (Martha Whitmore Hickman)

It helps my healing a great deal to paint hearts and send them out into the world to others who may be heartbroken or looking for a way to express their love."
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Jean - "Valentines Day is a special day for me and my sweetie. He always brings me something special, often stuffed animals, sometimes plants and flowers --nooooo candy! We've been together for 30 years and this is one day that he never forgets!"
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Melanie - "The love of my life is the man I most admire in all the world. He's gentle, kind, generous, extremely loyal and faithful. His beautiful blue eyes look deep into my soul and his loving arms reach for me any time I need comfort or a hug. On Feb 11 I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage to the love of my life. Every year, that week in February is a full week of celebrating - anniversary, his birthday and the finishing touch - Valentine's Day."
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Cynthia - "For me Valentine's Day is a time of remembrance - a quiet time to reflect upon all the things I am grateful for and all the people I love. Over the years anonymous gifts seem to have the most lasting value: slipping notes of appreciation in a neighbor's pocket, enclosing little love notes in my children's lunches or make ornate hand made valentines as keepsakes. It is important to me not to make the day into a routine, commercial time, with obligatory gifts and sentiments, so I try to spread out the love over the whole week, keep it simple, thoughtful and handmade."
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Shonna - "Valentine's Day to me is about reflecting on the people you love in your life (not just your significant other). I plan on letting the people I love know how much they mean to me. The love of my life is my family. I feel so blessed to be surrounded with a loving family. I know there are so many out there who are lonely and sad and I think it is important to really be thankful for the people in your life whom you love."

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Angie - "Hmmm - what does Valentines Day mean to me? Tough one! I suppose I'd like to see it as more than an obligation to buy cheap chocolates and cards with mass-produced sentiments! It should be a chance to really think about and appreciate all the love in your life, and to make sure that those that you love know how much you value them. It can be easy to take people for granted day to day, but it's important to stop now and again and take the time to treasure those that make your life brighter. I also really like this quote - "To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty,to find the best in others, to give one's self... this is to have succeeded" (Ralph Waldo Emerson). "
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Diane - "To me Valentine's Day is a celebration of love of all kinds ... and especially the love of a life partner. Each day I want to treat everyone in my life, including my daughter and partner, with love, respect and delight. I would prefer that each person's life is enhanced by contact with me ... I want to keep bringing love into this world. Valentine's Day is the symbolic time to honor love each and every day."
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Aloha from Kauai and Have a Wonderful Valentine's Day!!!
Marionette






9 comments:

Jean Levert Hood said...

Marionette,

What a delightful blog!! I really enjoyed reading what my fellow VAST members had to say about Valentine's Day. We have such a great group. Now, what does Valentine's Day mean to you?

Thank you for featuring me! I appreciate it so!

artangel said...

What a wonderful, inspirational post - thank you so much for featuring my work, and for giving me such an uplifting read!

Karen Faulkner said...

I enjoyed reading everyone's insights so much! This was a great idea, Marionette. I'm very proud to be a part of this exceptional group.
Happy Anniversary to Melanie!

dianeclancy said...

Hi Marionette,

This is great!! Thank you for featuring me among others!

I posted about it on my own blog if you want to see it.

http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2009/01/wonderful-vast-valentines/

I have a free giveaway too!

Thank you!!
~ Diane Clancy
www.DianeClancy.com/blog
FreeOne World Giveaway

Schar Freeman said...

Lovely idea my sistah! I love how your mind and heart work!!! Wonderful inspirations of love from everyone of our VAST sistahs!!

May you all be bless with plenty aloha~love!!!
♥schar♥

Marionette said...

What does Valentine's Day Mean to Me?

Being an artist and crafter, Valentine's Day always takes me back to my "small kid days" when I would make paper hearts out of construction paper or create a nice card out of heart-shaped doilies. Then, I would give them to the ones I loved (a.k.a. Mom, Dad, and my sisters).

I guess I am still a kid-at-heart since I am really looking forward to my two Valentine's Day Card Making Workshops on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 at my studio. I am really excited to teach others how to make some fun V-day cards. We will be doing pop-ups, collage, and many more techniques!

Keeping things simple and economical this year, I am looking forward to spending some quiet time that evening with my hubby in our secret location where we go whale watching cliffside. I will pack a little dinner and some chocolates! He will most likely "steal" some flowers out of his sister's yard for me. She has an awesome garden!

Aloha to you All and Have a Wonderful Valentine's Day!

Marionette

BonTons said...

I loved reading what Valentine's Day meant to you all, made me think of the love of my life. Thanks

sassyglassdesigns said...

What a wonderful post and beautiful work from your "sistahs". I have had the opportunity to visit Kauai and your paintings certainly capture the beauty there.

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