In the Victorian era a lovely art form called Sailor's Valentines was created by mariners who spent long weeks and months at sea. These lonely men would gather seashells and arrange them in artistic patterns to present to their lady loves waiting for them at home. Many maritime museums have collections of Victorian era Sailor's Valentines. I first discovered them at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and then at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.
A couple years ago, during a difficult time in my life, I wrote a story which I named Sailor's Valentine. It is one of the stories included in my collection love, murder, etc. but in honor of this holiday, and for the rest of February, I am offering the story at no charge. Just click the link to see more of these beautiful designs, to find a list of places selling sailor's valentines and kits, and to read my Sailor's Valentine.
Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for reading.