Vintage Valentine’s Day Poem and Roses

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy this sweet poem from 1924.

A Belated Valentine
by Ella W. Ricker

Against the somber heavens
   The trees stretch bare and brown;
The uplands gleam before me
   Decked with an icy crown.
No hint of springtime beauty
   Nor summer’s grace I find —

Yet still, beneath the snowdrifts,
   The sap mounts up with power,
And underground is stirring
   The life of many a flower,
Soon shall the sunbeams’ kisses —
   O miracle of old! —
Awake the fairest blossoms
   Of meadow and of wold.

My locks, O friend beloved!
   Are whitened with time’s snows;
My face is seamed with contests
   And saddened with life’s woes.
Yet underneath is surging
   The fiery blood of youth —
There beats in steady rhythm
   A heart of changeless truth.

Let but thy smile illumine
   The winter of my heart,
Love’s fair and radiant blossoms
   To instant bloom would start;
High in the cloudless heavens
   A quenchless sun would shine,
If thou, through coming seasons,
   Wilt be my valentine.

Pretty Little Crocheted Basket Pattern for Valentine’s Day

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Welcome to VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie Friday!

Today’s pattern is perfect for filling with Valentine’s candy or Easter treats. Get  a jump start on your Easter crafts by crocheting several of these sweet little baskets  to fill with small toys and candy.

They would look wonderful in a deep red for Valentine’s Day filled with candy hearts or pretty pastels filled with colorful jelly beans for Easter.

The pattern is from a January 1914 issue of Home Needlework Magazine.

Vintage Crafts and More - Crocheted Nut Basket Pattern


MATERIAL – Crochet Cotton No. 3 and a steel crochet hook No. 7

DIRECTIONS – Chain (ch) 4, and join.

Row 1 – Eight single crochet (s) in ring and join.

Row 2 – Two s in each stitch of Row 1.

Row 3 – Like Row 2.

Row 4 – One s in each stitch of preceding row.

Row 5 – Chain 3, 1 double crochet (d) in same stitch with ch, 2 d in each alternate stitch of Row 4, and close with sl st at top of chain.

Row 6 – Chain 3, 1 d in stitch with ch, 2 d in each 2 d of Row 5. Repeat around, closing with sl st.

Row 7, 8 and 9 – Like Row 6.

Row 10 – Chain 3, 2 d in joining stitch of last row, sl st in same stitch. Slip stitch between next 2 d, 2 d, slip stitch. Repeat around and fasten off.

BASE – Fasten thread in the skipped stitch of Row 4, ch 3, put 2 d in same place, 3 d in each skipped stitch, fastening thread securely at the end.

A ribbon run through the upper row of holes and tied in a pretty bow adds much to the color scheme of the table.

I’ve also included a PDF copy of the pattern that you can save and print.

Crocheted Nut Basket Pattern

The pattern is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.