Happy Friday! Let me introduce you to Patsy, the Prom Queen Mermaid. She is handpainted on a piece of solid maple, her dress is a bright pink polka dot (it's specially made for mermaids), her party hat and bouquet are borrowed from a vintage paper doll, and her beautiful necklace is a very special vintage button. The bubbles are vintage book pages. She's finished off with a light layer of beeswax that adds an extra warm glow.
She can be yours today! I am offering her here on my blog as a Friday Flea Market Special for only $20.00 and FREE SHIPPING.! She's part of a series of mermaids - her friend Emma, who wears roses in her hair (instead of a party hat) will be featured here next week.
For more pictures and to make her yours, head on over to my Etsy Shop at http://jacksonsquarecollections.etsy.com/. Thanks a bunch!!
Speaking of next week....it's Valentine's Day next weekend. I'm busy gathering up all my vintage valentines....I love, love, love to collect them! Not only are they so much more beautiful than the valentines today, but the notes on the back are absolutely charming.
Did you know that Valentine's Day has been celebrated since the days of the Emperor Claudius? There are many legends regarding St. Valentine but in each, St. Valentine remains a romantic figure in history. Some believe that Valentine was imprisoned and fell in love with his jailor's daughter. Before he died, he wrote her a love letter, signing it "from your Valentine", an expression still used today.
Another legend states Valentine, a priest, defied Emperor Claudius III, by performing marriages secretly after they had been outlawed. The Emperor believed that single men made better soldiers therefore outlawed marriage in order to have a stronger army. When Claudius discovered that Valentine had been helping young couples, he put him to death.
It is believed by some that the celebration of Valentine's Day began as a celebration of the anniversary of Valentine's death. Other's believe that Valentine's Day began as a celebration of spring and the feast of fertility. To me, it's all the same. We are celebrating the power of love and the joy that it bestows upon us, whether it is to our partners, our children or to our friends.
So celebrate your loved ones, the power of love, buy a valentine, decorate....Happy Friday!