Saturday, January 31, 2009

14 Days of Valentine's kit

Hello everyone! As I was creating my Valentine's kit, I thought a lot about my parents and their relationship. My mom unexpectedly passed away just over 2 years ago. One thing that I was so grateful to have learned from her was how important it is to stay newlyweds. She and my dad had been happily married for over 35 years. And it was all the little things that kept them happy. They would write Post-It love notes to each other and hide them in places throughout the house. I remember every time my dad was on his way home from work, my mom would go to her room and spray perfume on and reapply lipstick. They went on weekly dates. They were in so much love.

One of her favorite holidays was Valentine's because she LOVED romance! She started a tradition called the "14 Days of Valentine's". (She snagged it from the 12 Days of Christmas). So starting on February 1st, all the way through to the 14th she would do little things for my dad each day. It might be a little candybar. Sometimes a simple back massage. I remember one year that one of the days she went and smooched lipstick kisses all over the windows of his car. It didn't take long for my dad to figure out that this should be reciprocated. So after that first year, they did the 14 Days of Valentine's each year of their marriage.

(I snagged this from my sister's blog)

My parents had 5 kids. Four of us are married, and we all carry on the tradition of the 14 Days of Valentine's in our own marriages.

So that is why this kit is called "14 Days of Valentine's," because when I think of Valentine's Day, I have never thought of just the one day. It has always been the 14 days leading up to it. I hope you enjoy this kit, and maybe start your own 14 Days of Valentine's tradition! (Oh, and sorry this isn't a "traditional" Valentine's kit. There are no hearts, and the colors are not just the reds and pinks. I felt like throwing in some other colors and go more with the rose theme.)

112 comments:

Carrie said...

Thanks so much for another wonderful kit. I love the idea of 14 days of Valentine's, what a wonderful tradition your parents shared together.

Christel said...

What a beautiful kit and story that you have shared. I pray my husband and I can share that same kind of love after being married for that long. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

What a wonderful story! My husband claims to be non romantic but is more attentive every day of the year as the one before! I hope we can do as great of a job as showing it as your parents did-beautiful memories!

Kim said...

Thank you for the beautiful kits that you put together. I love them all. And I love your idea of the 14 days of Valentine's. What a great tradition!

.:Bree:. said...

Thank you so much for sharing that heartfelt story about your parents. I love it!

And thank you so much for the kit! I love your stuff! :)

Gilbert Family said...

what a great idea! i think i am going to do the 14 days of valentines this year. thanks for the amazing kit like always! you are so talented!

The Hulsey Family said...

I like that it's not too heartsy, but I was hoping for 14 days of ideas too lol!!

Robin said...

This is officially my new favorite blog in the world. I love you stuff Summer, thank you for sharing! I have been going through this whole blog, downloading everything and learning alot about you along the way! You are a neat person. I hope your daughter and your friend's daughter are doing well and that their mom's are OK too! I can't even imaging how hard that would be to watch your innocent baby go through these things. Thank you for another great kit. I really love that you tell the story of what inspired each one. I want to do 14 days of Valentines! What a great tradition!

Leanne said...

What a lovely story, and I must say that this kit is just as lovely. You are such an amazing, generous person whom we adore.....

Thank you

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Summer, your family stories surely touch the heart and are TRULY a GREAT inspiration to all of us!

What VERY special memories you have of not only your mom, but of the WONDERFUL, LOVING relationship between your parents which surely will have a long-term effect on you, your siblings and future generations!

KUDOS to you all and thank you for sharing yet ANOTHER gorgeous collection of scrapping delights!

Hugs,
Linda *hearts*

Tami said...

First of all, thank you so much for the beautiful kit! I'm excited to use it. Also, I really love the idea of the 14 days of Valentine's. My husband and I have only been married for almost 3 years, so it's something that even I would love to do! Thanks again!

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Janice Ingram said...

Thank you for your wonderful kits. They remind me so much of Basic Grey which I love. When I first went onto your blog I was absolutely stunned at how georgeous they were. I am new to this digi scrapping and had no idea there were such generous peope who would share such wonderful things. I love your blog and the inspiring life experiences you share. Thanks Janide

Van said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful kit and what a lovely family tradition!!

jenn33199 said...

Wonderful story and wonderful kit! THANK you sooooo much!

Pattycakes said...

What a sweet story...thanks for sharing it and this beautiful kit!! :)

demingglobal said...

that you so much - you are so generous.loved the whole post.

Kim said...

This is an awesome kit - thanks for making it free for us!

admin said...

Summer, thank you for the beautiful kit! I love the photos you shared of your parents, especially the bottom right :) How sweet!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your talent through the lovely kits you offer. Thanks also for the inspiring family stories you share. It is more than generous of you to allow us into your life in this way.

Brooke - in Oregon said...

Thanks for sharing your Parents story, I love to hear things like this. I have been married to my best friend for 31 years. Good for you for keeping the love alive :)

I have never done 14 days but I will often put notes or a surprise treat in my honey's lunch or suitcase if he is going on a trip!

Love the kit and I love the colors you chose.

Susan said...

Thank you so much. I just love your kits- they are my favorite!

Shel said...

What a great story--thank you for sharing it.

Thanks, too, for the great kit!

Dale and Shanell said...

I remember Shan telling me about the 14 days of Valentines years ago. I had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder! I am starting a new tradition TODAY! I love your kits and love seeing a little of your life. Thanks and take care.

Eralia said...

Wow, such a beautiful Kit, thank you very much.

Cheryl said...

How nice. Thank you for this amazing *again!* kit.

Kylee said...

I really enjoyed reading your story...so sweet and what a wonderful tradition. Thanks for the beautiful kit!

Heather said...

That is such a wonderful tradition - and I LOVE this kit. Thanks so much for sharing it and the tradition with us! And I like that it's not the traditional kit - much more versatile!

Allison said...

What a precious kit!! I love it :) Thank you for sharing your talent :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful kit and for sharing your wonderful family traditions with us!
Daniela

cherylzyx said...

Wonderful, thank you!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful kit. Thank you for your hard work and sharing!

*amber * cody * chandler* said...

This is awesome Summer, thanks for the cute kit and sweet story, your parents sound great!

smodi said...

Summer you and your family and friends are such an inspiration to people everywhere. Thank you so much for sharing yourself along with them with us. I know I am a better person for reading your blog and learning about your daughter and your friend's daughter and your family. I only hope I can teach my famly these things as well. The kit s as beautiful as you are. Thank you so very much.

Paula of CutieFruity said...

This kit is AWESOME! Thanks so much, Summer, for all you do! Best Wishes,

Paula
http://cutiefruity.etsy.com

Tim and Jennifer said...

Thanks Summer! Whenever people ask me how Carol is doing married I says, "She's married to one of the nicest men I know!" It is obvious that your Mom and Dad treated each other well and love each other!

cindy said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful kit. Love the 14 days of Valentines.

Giovana Samara (a.k.a MsRed) said...

Great freebie, lovely kit!

Thank you!

joyinhim said...

It's beautiful, Summer. The story was wonderful too!

Laura + Connel said...

Thank you so so much! This is such a cute pack! I love it!! I have been thinking and thinking of what I could do for my husband this year and you (or should I say your mother) have given me the perfect inspiration! Thanks!

Alicia W. said...

I love it! Thanks!

Mitchell 5 Family said...

Oh sweet story and lovely kit...thanks so much!!!

Melissa said...

Another wonderful kit. You have such a great talent for combining colors!

Danielle said...

that is just the cutest idea ever - they look so much in love in those pictures I am sure your dad misses her a lot

thank you for the kit

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for your beautiful kits. i think i have them all!! i look forward to what you put out next.
thanks again,
julie

Juli and Brett said...

This is so nice!! Thanks so much!! That sounds like a great tradition! =)

Rachel said...

I love all of your designs. Thank you for sharing your talents.

fashgirl said...

I started the 14 days of secret cupid for my nieces a couple of years ago. They still haven't figured it out that it is really me.

Nichole said...

thank you so much!

Ginny said...

Thank you so much for this kit. It has such lovely colors and, of course, all the detail that you always put into your kits!

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AbbieTorroll said...

SUPER cute!!! Love it! thanks so much!

Jen said...

This kit is GREAT!!! I love all of your kits...yours are the only ones that I download religiously )...I have everyone that you have posted...THANK YOU!!! And what a wonderful idea...the 14 days of Valentine's...I am seriously going to take the idea (hope you don't mind!) and start a little tradition in our family :)...thanks again Summer!!! Your mom sounds like such a wonderful person...I am so sorry that you have to be without her...for now anyway.

Pam said...

Thank you for sharing about this wonderful tradition!! How inspiring! The kit is super!! Love the colors! Happy 14 days of Valentine's to you! :)

Kim said...

I have just recently discovered your designs. I just wanted to take a minute to say Thank You. You are very talented & I LOVE your designs. Thanks again.

Melissa said...

Hi Summer, I think I figured out the question I e-mailed you about. Thank you so much for your inspiration & your new kit! You're one of a kind... Thanks!

Nicoleigh said...

Thanks for sharing! What a fun idea to hopefully some day implement in a marriage. I love watching my friends kids so they can go on their weekly dates. But this is a fun twist to Vday. And thanks for the great kit!

leslie mae said...

I AM DEFINATELY STEALING YOUR 14 DAYS IDEA!!! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!! AND I LOVE THE NON-TRADITIONAL KIT. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR AWESOME TALENT!!

Crazymamaof6 said...

thanks summer! this is DARLING!
and your parents had the CUTEST traditions ever! makes me wish it was the first still!
FABULOUS!

prinzess said...

Awesome...I just found your site and its amazing...I wish I had found it sooner! Thanks for all the great freebies and I'll be praying for little bree!

She-Ra said...

great kit - thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

Beautiful! And I love the story behind it! Thanks!

Laura said...

I love the colors in this kit. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and hard work with us.

Anonymous said...

The 14 days of Valentines, is such a cute idea! I definitely want to start that tradition with me and my hubby and will think of your mom each year now (even though I didn't know her). But through you sharing your great stories, makes the world a better place. You have such a great talent! Thanks soooo much for sharing with us! You're the best!!!!

erinrose said...

this is such a beautiful kit, thank you for sharing it with us and also sharing the story of your parents.

Cox Clan said...

I just came across your blog because of a friend of mine. I love it. I think it is so amazing that you put these great kits together and share them free with us. I haven't been able to use them yet but I am looking forward to it. Thanks so much.

Alisha said...

Thank you so much for everything! The kit is wonderful, they always are!

icedlatteprincess:) said...

Thank you so much Summer for sharing such a beautiful story about your parents:) So sorry for the loss of your Mother, I can't imagine. I am sure she would be so proud! The kit you designed is so pretty and I can't wait to use it. My husband and I have been together since Jr. High. It was love at first sight and Valentines day has always been so special to us too, it is our dating anniversary, 22 years this year! I like the idea of celebrating for 14 days though, we might have to incorporate this idea! Have a blessed day!

jennifer.jensen said...

This is a great kit! Thanks for sharing :)

Erica said...

Thank you thank you!!

Cheri said...

What a wonderful tradition your mother started! Hm, maybe I'll start a little late this year and do this myself for DH.

Thank you so much for yet another fabulous kit! Love it!

Chad and Amy said...

Thank you for the kit it is wonderful as always, and also for sharing with us the wonderful story about your parents! What a great way to remember your Mom.

Stacy said...

Summer - thank you so much for such a beautiful non-traditional Valentine's kit. Great job!

Jamie said...

What a wonderful love story! My Dad always put post-it notes in random places for my Mom when he traveled, we all loved looking for them while he was away.
Thank you for the beautiful kit, I love that it isn't a traditional vanlentine kit.

Emily M said...

What a great example of love your parents are! Thank you for sharing that sweet story and this amazing kit!

Kori said...

Thank you for this adorable Valentine's Day kit. I can't wait to use it!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talents with all of us. Your parents tradition was so nice that you shared. What a wonderful idea!!!!

Jenn said...

That is the sweetest story I've ever heard! Thanks for sharing, the story and your kits!

elesa said...

I love the 14 Days of Valentines and started doing it for my husband. And I think he is pretty excited each day to see what else I am going to do for him. Thanks for making my valentines better!

Jaylene said...

What a sweet and fun idea...thanks for sharing.

Wunderwoman said...

Thank you for sharing your family traditions with us! I love your kits, but I'm not sure how to use them, do you think you could do a tutorial soon? I know you're busy so just whenever ok? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thx for sharing a new wonderful kit with us. I love the colors & the theme

Brenda said...

The kit is almost as beautiful as the story. Thanks so much for sharing both :-D

Katrina said...

That is just preious. Thank you for sharing your family in this way. I pray I will be able to have a 35 year ann. with my hubby some day. He is finally on a two month chemo break and I hope it stays that way.
Katrina in AZ

Stephanie said...

I LOVE all of your kits and I can't wait for your next one!

♥ Paul & Jewels ♥ said...

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You're my FAVORITE designer! Thank you so much for all your work!

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Deanna said...

This is wonderful! The colors will be great for spring too. Thanks for the wonderful story. Happy V-day/month :)

Heidi Jo said...

So i have a random question. I just had a baby and i want to scrapbook all her pics but im not sure how to ger started. Can you give me so direction? How do i add a pic? How do i get started type of thing!!

Liz Weber said...

Thanks for sharing your creativity and your gorgeous kit, I can't wait to use it.

Beverly said...

thank you so much, these are so beautiful!

TerriM said...

It's been a while since I visited your blog and I'm so happy I was going through my blog list. All these awesome kits is fab!! Thanks so much. Hugs -- xoxo! (terri - hawaii)

Gen said...

I just found your blog and absolutely love your digital kits!
They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them.

NanaScraps said...

you are one very lucky woman...your family sounds awesome....what a great relationship your parents must have had......thanks for sharing this story and this wonderful kit...

Pam Ramesh said...

So absolutely Gorgeous.
thanks for sharing

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Beta said...

How beautiful this "tradition" of your family, to certainly adopt. Thanks also for the possibility to unload the beautiful kit that you have prepared (I prefer a S. Valentine with few hearts and not-traditional colors). I will certainly follow you and still thanks. Beta
(P.S.: Forgives so this way a possible translation, but I use me of a translator, my English lets some desire!)

my blog: bimbumbeta.blogspot.com

Megan said...

I think that you should put what comes in each part of the kit download... that would make it easier to download only what I need!

~Megan

Made By Vanessa said...

А really touching stoty!!! while using this kit I will always keep it in my soul :)

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Shirley said...

Summer, these papers are so wonderful and I love the memories you share. Thank you so much.

Spyder said...

Beautiful papers, thank you!
(Lyn)

ShaNelle - Texas said...

Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous kits. You are so very talented!

krylon inverted marking paint said...

Those couple looking very beautiful in above picture. Thanks for make us information in Valentine's kit. I like this kit.

pearita said...

So sweet!!! I love this kit!!
Thank you thousand times:)

Your kits are always my favorite!!

Mamma Mia said...

Wonderful story Summer and a great kit - thank you! Helen x
PS: Folder 1 doesn't appear to be available for download in case you didn't know.

Carie said...

Thank you so much for the free kit! :) I'm in LOVE with this one! Did you know that the first part of the kit isn't available anymore?!

Tami said...

LOVE IT!!! Thank you!

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