"Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a farm and live entirely surrounded by cows–and china." Charles Dickens

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, I couldn't resist this bit of farmhouse-pantry love on eBay this weekend! I had the seller send me the scan ahead of the card as I was so excited to share with all of you (and at In the Pantry, too). It's certainly a World War Two-era card–during a time of rationing and home canning for the war effort.  I believe the woman is even holding a bit of gauze toweling attached to the card. I love the pantry theme, the vintage look, the apron, even the scalloped shelf edging. There are so many relatable things today with the theme of this card: paring down, preserving our own food, economizing. And I have to wonder where little Stanley is today or to whom he sent this Valentine?

I'm not always much on Valentine's Day but this year has been fun planning a menu that we'll enjoy over two days (as errands and a doctor's appointment kept us out longer this morning than we expected––not to mention the repair of our vital JCB!). And I've found some fun, affordable vintage Valentine's on eBay, too. I've been very, very good on eBay these past four years and I need to be good again now that Valentine's frenzy is over––after all, we are conserving here. [I rationalize these Valentine purchases, many of which will be given next year, as recycling and reusing something already made. Yeah, right! Well, kinda.]

You come back when you're ready!



  1. Now it's time to start searching for vintage St. Patrick's Day cards!



  2. You are bad! Fortunately I do not have the same interest in St. Paddy's Day as I have with St. Valentine's!


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