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Creative Ways to Keep Valentine’s Day Objects
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Monday, February 13, 2023


Valentine's Day wedding shadow boxValentine’s Day gifts are by nature sentimental. My friend Martie McNabb, CEO of Thingtide Show & Tale®, holds regular sessions where people bring objects they treasure and tell the stories behind the “thing.”

Martie recently held a Valentine’s Day Show & Tales session, titled Love Letters, Lockets and Valentine’s. I shared a shadow box I put together representing my parents’ long love story. It includes two Valentine’s cards from the 1950s, their wedding invitation, a pack of matches with their wedding date, a picture of them from a photo booth before they were engaged, and other objects.

There’s a pair of ceramic plaques from their honeymoon in the Poconos. Totally not PC today, it’s an Indian “chief” and “squaw” pledging their love to each other. I remember these plaques lived in Dad’s workshop in the home where I grew up. Now they hold a place of honor to mark my parents’ 68+ years of marriage.

You can see the box and hear about its contents in the video below.

Tips for Keeping Valentine’s Day Objects

There are many creative ways to store Valentine’s Day objects. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Memory Box: Create a unique box to store all your Valentine’s Day keepsakes, such as cards, gifts, and mementos. You can decorate the box with hearts and other symbols of love to make it especially distinctive.
  2. Photo Collage: Print out your favorite photos from past Valentine’s Days and create a collage to display in your home. You can also include special cards, letters, or other meaningful items.
  3. Shadow Box: Use a shadow box to display treasured items such as your first Valentine’s Day card, a significant piece of jewelry, or even a pressed flower from a bouquet you received. You can also showcase items from an engagement or wedding.
  4. Scrapbook: Create a scrapbook filled with memories from past Valentine’s Days. You can include photos, cards, notes, and other keepsakes.
  5. Wall Art: Create a wall display featuring your favorite Valentine’s Day items, such as cards, photos, and special trinkets. You can use frames, string lights, or other decorative elements to make the display unique.
  6. Decorative Jar: Fill a jar with hearts, chocolates, or other small items from past Valentine’s Days. You can place the jar on a shelf or use it as a centerpiece for your table.
  7. Photo Book: Use digitally created photographs or scan older print photos to make a printed coffee table book of your loved ones throughout the years. Companies like Shutterfly and A Life Untold can help.

Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®, is doing her best to downsize all the stuff she has at her house. Learn more about Gail here.

Gail Rubin, CT, is author and host of the award-winning book and television series, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (that's a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the end-of-life and funeral planning conversation started. She "knocked 'em dead" with her TEDx talk, A Good Goodbye. She provides continuing education credit classes for attorneys, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, financial planners, funeral directors and other professionals. She's a Certified Funeral Celebrant and funeral planning consultant who has been interviewed in national and local print, broadcast and online media.

Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she is the event coordinator of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival and author of a guide to holding such festivals. Her podcast is also called The Doyenne of Death®. She produces videos about the funeral business and related topics. Her YouTube Channel features more than 600 videos!

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association. Her speaking profile is available at eSpeakers.com.

Gail Rubin has been interviewed about funeral planning issues in national and local broadcast, print and online media. Outlets include The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, CBS Radio News, WGN-TV,  and local affiliates for NPR, PBS, FOX, ABC-TV, CBS-TV and NBC-TV. Albuquerque Business First named her as one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

Sign up for a free planning form and occasional informative newsletter at her website, AGoodGoodbye.com.

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