The past few years I've been out of town on my birthday so I've missed doing the Valentines. I have so many great memories of amazing experiences we've had over the years. My chorus, City of Lakes Chorus, does these as a fund-raiser. Quartets, either organized (like I've been in over the years, including Chord Company with whom I sang for 16 years) or pick-up (listened to by the chorus's Music Team to find a good blend of voices), go out into the community to sing for the gifter's loved one. We bring a card and a box of chocolates and sing two songs: "Somebody Loves You" and "Cuddle Up a Little Closer". Today I had a pick-up group with my former tenor from Chord Company, Elaine, and two ladies from chorus who've sung together in a quartet, Ellen (on lead) and Mary (on bass). I sang baritone, as usual. We also send Valentines by email or telephone but it just isn't as much fun as the in-person visit.
We did two Valentines in Minneapolis - one at a paint company and one at a nursing home - and one in St Paul at a school. Then, since we were out and about anyway, we swung over to Mary's mom's assisted living home and sang for Betty and some of the other residents. Hey - found a birthday twin, one of the students at the school (we were singing for one of the teacher's aides). We sang Happy Birthday to her and she enjoyed it so much! It's always such fun to see the smiles and sometimes tears of the recipients. Betty used to sing in Sweet Adelines but can't anymore - the look on her face as she heard our harmony was just precious. Here's our foursome at the school - the staff had made this little photo booth with balloons and things for the students - well, we borrowed it for this quick snapshot :)
|L to R: me, Ellen, Mary, Elaine|
It features a Decorate It! set LP269 by Hero Arts that I found at Target last year (with the little heart cards and the Valentine sentiment, among other stamps and a couple inks). I stamped the heart with the Hero Arts cling Canvas Background using Sugar Distress Ink for a soft texture. I stamped XOXO on the inside then punched a hole and tied it shut with some May Arts ribbon. The birthday sentiment is from a new Hero Arts clear set Messages with Flourish. I white embossed it and added a few dots with a white gel pen.
Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Thanks for stopping!!