Wednesday, February 14, 2007

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!! (and my dad's bday!!)

celebrate by viewing some of my new additions on flickr and reading the post below ;)

Originally uploaded by jena ardell.

"If you would be loved, love and be lovable." ~Benjamin Franklin

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." ~Charles Dickens



*110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
*California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America.
*15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
* 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.


*About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year.
*One-third of all Valentine cards are accompanied by gifts.
*70 percent of those celebrating the holiday give a card, followed by a telephone call (49 percent), gift (48 percent), special dinner (37 percent), candy (33 percent) restaurant meal (30 percent), and flowers (19 percent).
*Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.
*Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.


*In 1866, candy manufacturer NECCO made the first "Conversation Hearts" then called "Motto Hearts." According to NECCO, eight billion of these little candies are sold between January 1 and February 14.
*More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.


*In the US, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.
*The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
*About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young, single men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

information taken from and

crumbs diptych
Originally uploaded by jena ardell.
crumbs diptych

i heart you (original)
Originally uploaded by jena ardell.
i heart you (original)

on the tip of my tongue
Originally uploaded by jena ardell.
on the tip of my tongue

see more of my Valentine's Day set. <3>

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