my name is sloy. this is my blog. just so you know, nic is my mate of 31 years. we are the two main characters you will read about here.
tomorrow being valentine’s day i burrowed into my mother’s cedar chest, which i inherited, and pulled out 2 of my favorite valentines, both from nic.
‘baby don’t cry’ is a cardboard valentine nic made for me in 1991. it is nearly 1 inch thick, and thus difficult to scan, but here is the best our scanner can do. front of card.
and here is a photo of the back from my iphone. not much better than the scanner pic, but you get the point. nic’s sweet inscription on the lower right hand corner reads, ” sandra, now & forever. love, dave” but of course, without the punctuation.
sandra is my given name. dave is nic’s. confuses some, but we’ve got it straight in our minds. sloy & nic are artists. sandra & dave make beds and vacuum floors and interact with family and friends. the date inscribed is 2.14.91.
when the arrow through the heart is pulled, LOVE appears in the center.
and this sweet handmade valentine nic sent me through the mail. here you see the front with a copper heart inserted into the heart shaped center.
i really don’t go through life as a sandra. i go as san. wherever he found this cardboard that says SAN remains a mystery to this day.
and here you see the back of the valentine. the dove stamp is a “G Rate” make-up stamp, i suppose to supplement the 75 cent wendell willkie. wendell’s stamp tells us he was a statesman, and that his years were 1892-1944. very romantic.
the sloy lettering nic inlaid from fonts found on various pieces of cardboard originally advertising products on the boxes they were shipped in. notice the brown tape on the right. nic’s directions for a valentine surprise.
back to the scanner for this one. the copper heart is replaced with more inlaid cardboard lettering. an exquisite little collection of tiny colored fonts it says, “i love you.” ingeniously, the v of ‘love’ and the period after ‘you’ are cut in one slim piece from the same source.
so these are 2 of my favorite valentines. easter i’ll post my favorite easter egg.
for now, i’m off to make nic a double bloody mary. CHEERS!!
peace & love,