Friday, February 8, 2013

Giveaway !

It's no secret that I love Valentine's Day. I always send out cards, and have a special treat on the actual day. I know some people don't care for it- but what's not to like? Even when I didn't have a special someone, I still celebrated with friends and family. It's about showing someone you care- it doesn't have to be romantic. I have so many great memories of Valentine's days. 
VDay 1991, when I was in first grade, I had chicken pox on Valentine's day. I had written everyone in my class a card and attached a piece of candy to it- how were they going to get them? My older sister Katie, said she'd drop them off for me. I felt a little better but I was still sad to miss the day. When she came home from school she had a special delivery- my decorated box filled with Valentine's from my classmates. Not only that, but she read each one aloud to me while I enjoyed the candy. Even though I wasn't able to be there with my classmates, I still felt like I had celebrated with them. I'll never forgot that!
VDay 2008, I got home from work a bit late that night. Tony was working long hours so we didn't make plans to go out. When I arrived, he was making me (from scratch) chicken pot pies. These things are just ridiculously delicious and I can easily say it's my favorite home made meal. He put them in heart shaped ramekins and we had a romantic meal at home. Side note, last year, he made those for me right before he proposed! Great memories of chicken pot pies too :) And it's true what you hear, the way to my heart was through my stomach.
It's around this time of year that I'm reminded of the things I love, what's important to me. I love my husband, my family, my friends. I love that I'm able to work at my dream job, pouring my heart and soul into things I make-  and I love you guys! The readers of this blog, my pinterest and instagram followers- actual people that care about the things I do. THANK YOU! To show my gratitude I'm giving away of three of ANY Paper Pastries custom stamps, and you have three chances to win.
 Here's how to enter-
           On this blog: Leave a comment sharing your favorite Valentine's Day memory- it can be a surprise or something you received in the mail.
           On pinterest: I've pinned this image to my pinterest page here. Just repin it, and share your favorite VDay memory in the pin. Be sure to tag it #paperpastries so I can find it!
           On instagram: I've shared it in my stream @paperpastries - like the picture and share your favorite Vday memory in the comments.
You can enter three times- but you must have three different memories :)
This giveaway is open from today through Feb. 14th, 2013.
Katie and I will choose our favorites and announce the winners on Feb. 15th, so be sure to check back here for the winner's names and comments.
Good Luck!

27 comments:

  1. I remember the moment, a few years ago, when I realized that Valentine's Day is my half anniversary with my boyfriend. Aww.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The mister completely surprised me a few years back by deconstructing an old boom box, so that when I pressed play it became a moving mobile with a mixed tape soundtrack, swoon...

    ReplyDelete
  3. When my husband gave me custom M&M's for valentines day with memories and pictures on them!

    ReplyDelete
  4. My favorite Valentine's Day ritual/memory since around 1990 (?) is sending my best friend Jay a Peanuts card as soon as they're unveiled at the drugstore, which is usually sometime right after 12/25. We laugh at how premature it is, but it's now a 20+ year tradition. I'm still a huge Peanuts fan and don't usually buy any other sort of drugstore cards (other than if they feature Peanuts). Over the years my obsession for stationery has grown to include a variety of small letterpress shops/DIY-style cards that are creative, thoughtful and original. One of my favorite things in the world is to send mail and try to make almost every day a holiday that greeting card companies can feel good about (and not just V-Day) :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. My favorite Valentine's Day memory is more like a tradition- my Mom always ships me See's candy from CA. I haven't lived in a state that sells See's since 2004, so it's a real treat!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh Valentine's Day - one of my favorites was when the a guy i was long distance dating at the time came into town the weekend before Valentine's Day. Honestly, the distance thing was really hard and even though we had a nice weekend together, I broke it off with him. He called me first thing on Valentine's day morning to let me know he left me a surprise. He guided me over the phone to where I could find it and when I opened up the package I saw the most beautiful heart earrings. I told him I couldn't believe he left them after the way our weekend ended. He said it didn't matter, he still wanted me to have the best Valentine's Day ever :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have yet to share a Valentine's Day with someone special, but one of my most favorite memories by far is spending the 14th with my best friends and talking about life, aspirations, God, and the love we share for one another. They are my best support system and circle of trust -- I hope to one day find someone who will do that for me too!

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a fun contest! :)

    My fav VDAY was the time I was summoned to Jury Duty. JKJK!

    My fav VDAY was a few years ago when my then boyfriend (now fiance) and I went hiking for the first time with his new puppy!! It was a great and relaxing day and we often look back at it's simplicity.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Last year, Valentine's Day was four days before my husband deployed. We had never celebrated VDay in a big way before, but since he was leaving we both took the day off of work.

    The day began with a breakfast date at Snooze, a hot new breakfast spot in San Diego, where we had always been deterred by the long wait that can be expected on weekends. We saw a 10:30 AM showing of "The Vow," perused local shops, took a short but gorgeous run together in Torrey Pines, and picked up pizza from our favorite non-delivery pizza place to eat at home in order to avoid the dinner crowds.

    The entire day was amazing, but the best part was watching my husband tear up upon opening my special gift to him--my new social security card, wrapped up in a fancy box, and bearing his last name. I had been hesitant to change my name when we had married 2.5 years before, and he mentioned a few times that he would like it if we shared a last name. My gift was an unexpected surprise for him and was very emotional for us both, especially considering his impending deployment. I'm not sure what this Valentine's Day holds in store for us, but I'm glad that he's back home and able to enjoy it with me again this year.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I received a roll of gaffer tape. It was a wonderfully practical gift and very surprising!

    ReplyDelete
  11. One of the best V-day gift I've ever gotten was when my boyfriend at the time decorated a mini jar and filled it with scraps of paper containing reasons he liked me and reminders of fun times we've had. So sweet!!

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. This isn't a memory of a specific valentine's day, but a tradition that my mom instituted when I was a little kid and has continued well into my 30s. Instead of V-Day being only for people who are coupled off, she hosts a huge V-Day dinner at her house for anyone who wants to come, we all make valentines and share them, every one sends her their favorite love song and she makes a mix CD that goes home as a favor with all the guests. It was sweet when I was a kid, when I was a single adult, and as a married grown-up I still enjoy going to her house and sharing the love.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I graduated from university a semester early, so I was surprised when my roomie mailed me a Valentine's day card & present!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I have a very similar memory from school like that! Except I can't remember if it was Valentine's Day or not.....but I was out of school sick for about two weeks and the students had sent home drawings of why they thought I was gone so long. One of the drawings said I was becoming famous taping with Barney, and another one said something about being eaten by dinosaurs. Haha.

    My favorite V-Day has to be last years. My boyfriend took me to Julian, CA to see the snow. He hadn't told me where we were going, we just drove into the cute little town and there was snow. I am originally from the midwest and have been living in CA for 5 years, so seeing the snow made me all warm and fuzzy inside. We ate pie and donuts and explored the area.

    ReplyDelete
  16. My favorite valentine's day is completely unromantic. One year in college my mom sent me a little valentine's day package, and one of the items included was a pillow case with red lip prints that also had glow-in-the-dark prints. Totally weird and great. Oddly, the next year my aunt (mom's sister) sent me a random valentine's day package which included lots of little things but also a pillow case with conversation hearts that had glow-in-the-dark prints. They had NO idea they complimented each others gifts this way, and two years in a row to boot. I still have those weird pillow cases and I love them.

    ReplyDelete
  17. My favorite Valentine's memory is a tradition my mom had of giving my little sister and me cards she had made. They were so cute, a little cheesy, and I still have every single one of them. My mom ALWAYS decorated the borders of the cards with the same design, which I now use to decorate cards and envelops for family and friends (and it is my go-to doodle during boring work meetings. - Anabel Lee

    ReplyDelete
  18. I liked when I was a kid and we could make little "mailboxes" out of shoeboxes. We'd decorate them with red construction paper and the teacher would help cut a slit in the top. We'd leave them on the corner of our desks and people would try and sneak Valentines into them when you weren't looking.

    In those days, EVERYONE exchanged with EVERYONE. (I'm Canadian and was brought up with prairie manners.) It was such a good feeling to open the box and see all the love. Some of the cards were handmade and some were store bought. It didn't matter-I loved them all.

    Our teacher would let us have a small party an hour before school let out. (Probably to avoid having to deal with the sugar high.)

    Childhood Valentine's Day was a simple pleasure.

    ReplyDelete
  19. In Mexico, Valentine's Day is also a day for celebrating friendship. My fondest memory of this day was receiving a lovely single rose from my best friend, I was 15 years old, had no boyfriend and that rose filled my day with all the affection I needed (it was the first time any boy had given me any type of flower). Till this day, he is still my best friend :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I met my husband on Valentine's Day - so that's gotta be my favourite Valentine's Day memory. We met in a (literally) underground hip hop club in Japan and I asked him to dance mainly because my girls and I were desperately trying to avoid a group of guys who had been following us as we barhopped (not following in a creepy/dangerous way... but we weren't really into their attention). Best decision I ever made! We've been dancing through life ever since. Happy Valentine's Day!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I got chocolate covered strawberries one year. I'm not big on Valentine's Day (I don't like cut flowers) so something I could share with my teammates at work was a smart choice.

    ReplyDelete
  22. My favorite Valentine’s Day memory was in kindergarden. My teacher transformed our classroom to a post office for us to learn about the mail system and deliver our post cards. The post office was made out of cardboard boxes and each student had a mailbox. Students took turns working at the post office or delivering the mail. I think that the age of five, this created my love for mail and Valentine’s!

    ReplyDelete
  23. On our first Valentine's Day together as newly weds (by 13 days), my husband got us a little cast iron fondue set because I loooove chocolate dipped fruit! I mean, who doesn't, right?

    ReplyDelete
  24. My fave V-day memory... My boyfriend & I's first Valentine's Day. We pretty much spent every minute together (we live and work together), so one day when we were driving home from work. He ran out of the car at a stoplight without warning and said he'd see me later. I was so confused. The next day I woke up to orchids on my nightstand and we were off to a weekend on the coast in a little sweet bed and breakfast. It was the best!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I had never received a Valentine card and was so excited to think I would get one from my boyfriend. I was so thrilled when he actually gave me a heart necklace.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm definitely on the same page as you when it comes to Valentines Day being about spreading love to others. Something about giving heartfelt little gifts just makes me so happy...

    My favorite Valentine's memory would have to be the first year I was with my boyfriend. We were still in high school, and I really wanted to make him something special without having to spend a lot of money. I decided to make him an entire box of Valentines! For weeks leading up to the holiday I searched around blogs and books just gathering ideas for different types of cards I could make. I crafted about 20 - 25 little cards total. Some were super elaborate and detailed - lots of cut paper, printed photos, and our favorite sappy song lyrics. Some were just simple and sweet. I even had one or two vintage Valentines in there. I packaged them all up together in a glossy red box.

    On the day of, we had Mexican pastries together and exchanged gifts. He really liked them, and getting to go through them all and watch him read them was so special. I think he even shed a tear (but quickly wiped it away and played it off, of course!) It's such a special memory to me, because he still says that this was the best gift he ever received.


    alexiska39@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete

Thoughts?

Related Posts with Thumbnails