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Love Tokens

The picture below shows a 'Palm Tree Worksheet' brought home by one of my daughters, many years ago, which lists under the heading 'Fruits of the Spirit' the words: Joy Love Peace Kindness Patience Goodness Gentleness Self-Control Faithfulness. At the time, I was struck by the impact of the words, just reading them had an immediate calming effect, each one acting as a soothing balm.

We all want to have joy, love and peace in our lives and, even if we don't always succeed (I'm no saint and fall short of such aspirations on a regular basis) cannot go far wrong if we try to exercise kindness, patience, goodness, self-control (probably the hardest) and are faithful. Although quite yellow and tattered now, the worksheet has remained on the fridge ever since.

After the shock and horror of September 11 2001, I started making 'Love Tokens' which, besides hearts and swirls and dots in ink, incorporated the words listed in the worksheet, which were then mounted or framed, for display at Art Space Gallery.

This weekend's 'play' found me making them again - perhaps influenced by the abundance of hearts in Blogland and the clever, creative crafters I follow and the nearness of St Valentine's Day or perhaps by what's happening in the world at large.

First, I looked up each of the words and then typed, enlarged and printed the different definitions, which were then glued to pieces of mountboard (messily).

The hearts were cut out from various materials such as 'After Eight' wrappers (there were a lot of those!!), foil chocolate and biscuit wrappers, used brown parcel paper and even a Christmas gift tag. Then the all important words were printed using different fonts and colours and added to the tokens, with a sprinkling of gold glitter to finish.

There was even time to make two love themed cards as well.

Click the pics to see more detail. I'm off to read some blogs! x


  1. I am glad to know I am not the only one who saves gold chocolate wrappers and papers. You have put yours to good use, in such a lovely way.

  2. What a wonderful flow of sentiments has come from that worksheet - and has been spread to all who receive one of your lovely cards.

  3. So cute that you kept that on the fridge..i love things on the fridge..makes a house a home.....

    your cards are just to visit your ETSY shop.....

    i'll be back soon and thank you for stopping by Farmhouse...wish you were here for pasta tonight...we have plenty....

    more later, friend


  4. Those words are absolutely beautiful....and so are your cards :-)

    C x

  5. Lovely words to put on cards. My favourite is the one with "goodness" threaded through the two hearts.

  6. Lesley this is a lovely example of how things grow and evolve from the power of simple words.
    Your recycling and clever use of papers makes a very exciting set of artcards.
    Lovely sentiments

  7. Lovely comments from you all - thanks. Will visit you all soon. Bye for now, Lesley

  8. words truly are so powerful~i love what your doing with your "Love Tokens"~!!!~



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