Monday, February 14, 2011

xoxo - love letter meaning


Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write,
documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an
oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. Some historians
believe that originally the signature was a cross, changed to an X
which symbolized Christ (Xmas), and represented a gesture of good
faith, like kissing the cross on a Bible. The X and the kiss
eventually became synonymous. Later people thought that the X
symbolized two pair of lips kissing – each half of the X represents a
pair of lips which were facing each other. It marked where the writer
kissed the letter, so that the receiver could kiss the same spot.
Happy Valentine's Day!

xoxo,
Janie

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cute DIY Valentine flowers

Napkin flower center piece by Anne at http://bbqgal.blogspot.com/2011/02/napkin-flower-center-piece.html

Everyone is doing something for the big V day
I don't have any plans yet ... shocker, sign...
I do, however, have some left over napkins
From holidays ... 
So I made a center piece for the V day


It's really simple to make those napkin flowers
Here is a quick tutorial
One napkin makes four flowers
Tear it apart like this (go along with the fold line)

You got four squares
Take one of them and tear in the middle again

Stack them together

Start folding about half inch like this
You will get something like this

Tie a string in the middle like this

Start to separate those layers like this

And here is the flower you will get

Repeat eight times and place a candle in the middle
You've got my center piece
It's that easy

Set the table with the rest of my napkin
To complete the look
A theme with no effort
Which I like...

I think it might also be cool to hang them from ceiling
Maybe make a quick art work from it
Or, just have them sitting on the dining table?