Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. 
 Here are some thoughts on love from 

I made a set of envelopes out of this book for a friend from church.

Then I made some cards, too.



Here are Calvin and his friend... er mortal enemy Susie Derkins.

Their relationship is um...



Fun fact: Susie Derkins was based on Bill Watterson's wife.

See how nicely the book pages

make into envelopes.

For my own valentines, I made envelopes out of some old sheet music.

A friend from ravelry sent me a nice pen, so I am sending her

some envelopes, note cards and seals.

Some of the envelopes were made using this

envelope punch board that Mom purchased from JoAnn on sale for about $13.00.  (They are having a big sale this weekend.  Check the website for coupons.)

Some were made with this homemade template.  Instructions for making your own are here.

I hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day.

I'm linking to the following parties:


  1. This is so cute! Many years ago, I copied specific Calvin comics and taped them to the sidewalk so my husband would read them on his way home from work (not too far away). It was for an anniversary night. He loved it! Thanks for commenting on my blog, too. :) I've connected on Google.

    1. What a clever idea. Thanks for visiting.

  2. What a brilliant idea. I am not creative like that, I need someone to come up with the ideas, still we can't all be the same can we.


    1. I didn't think this up on my own either, I saw some envelopes on Etsy made from map pages and started thinking about what books I had that I rarely read. Then Mom mentioned a man she knew who used to cut Peanuts strips out of the newspaper and glue them to envelopes years ago, and voila... idea.

  3. Brilliant is right. I love your creativity.

  4. These are just the cutest envelopes ever :) Thank you, dear Betty, for sharing at ROI. Once again, you have inspired me. Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!


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