10 Valentine’s Ideas on the 10th

Welcome to 10 on the 10th! If this is your first time visiting French Ethereal, welcome ~ I am sooo glad you are here!
A group of my bloggy friends are in a monthly round up of our favorite home decorating ideas, crafts, garden goodies and more ~ of which I was an alternate this time. Thank you to Carol of Blue Sky at Home for creating this tour!

I’ve created my own off-shoot post to share with you this time…

Pour yourself  a fresh cuppa and enjoy these 10 favorites.  This month it’s all about Valentine’s and here are my 10 favorite things for under $10.  Please head on over afterwards to visit Laura at Decor to Adore to join the big tour.
Enjoy!  🙂

*A complete list of ladies participating in the big 10 on the 10th will be listed for you below as I see the link up.  I do hope you’ll follow us on our blogs and on any of our social media ~ we appreciate you!

1. Ethereal Victorian stamps ~ These stamps are just perfect for creating your own Valentine’s day cards, decorating gift boxes or for pretty decoupage projects.

Perfect for inviting friends over for a tea luncheon as invitations and placecards ~ just beautiful!  I know I’ll be looking for a set of these soon… sigh!  Okay, I cheated on this one as this pack is $23.99 but I had to include it because they are sooo beautiful… 😉

2. Candy Hearts ~ At only a $1.00 per, those classic little sweethearts we send with our children to share on Valentine’s Day, well, they aren’t just for kiddos!  I like to munch on them and I am sure you do, too.  😉

3. Valentine’s stickers ~ Always a favorite for us scrappers little Valentine’s stickers are wonderful for dressing up place cards, putting on a letter or outside envelope when mailing loved ones a card.  Kids love ’em, too!

4. Little Valentine’s plates ~ So cute! Serving cupcakes and any desserts always look better on pretty plates and here is a cute package of 12 adorable and affordable Valentine’s dessert plates for just $2.00 a pack. 

5.  Heart Shaped Glasses ~ So fun with their pixel-style frames and available at Target.com.  I could see us having a tea party and wearing these!  My friend Julie once held a tea where she gave everyone a set of red lips to all her guest!  It’s fun to be goofy when hosting a party ~ breaks the ice and everyone is sure to have a good time and these sweet glasses will do the same!

6. Soft yarn for Valentine’s and spring projects ~ When my daughter was just a baby I knit her a couple of sweaters and one was with this very same Sugar and Cream very fine baby yarn in a pale baby blue.  This yarn knits up beautifully and would keep your sweet babies warm and toasty.  Just $3.99-$4.99 per skein.

7. Fiskar’s Heart Punch ~ OMGosh, this is the cutest punch for quickly cutting out hearts for craft projects!  Kids will love this for decorating their binders, pinning on clothes, making teacher gifts. It’s also perfect for popping out paper hearts to make paper chains for decorating at school and home ~ something I totally miss from my years working as an aide in our Special Ed classroom.  Fun!

Valentine's Day Glitter Cotton Fabric 43''-Patterned Hearts on Red
This glitter heart fabric is currently $6.99/yard and regularly $9.99 ~
called Valentines Day Glitter Cotton Fabric 43″ – Patterned Hearts.

8. Heart Fabrics for tablecloths and napkins ~ Several years ago I sewed a quick tablecloth and napkins for a Valentine’s tea and I just found some fabric for you to make some of your own.  Pair this with the red, white and pink check fabric (below) and you have a really sweet way to dress your table this St. Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Cotton Fabric-Shades Of Pink Plaid
$5.59/yard and regularly $7.99/yard.

9. Valentine’s Day Cotton Fabric – Shades of Pink Plaid ~ perfect for your next craft project and those napkins or tablecloth to grace your table.

Wilton Candy Melt Stack 'N Melt Candy Mold-Heart

10. Wilton Candy Melt Stack’n’Melt Candy Mold ~ These Valentine’s Day chocolate molds are fun to fill and fun to share.  A perfect gift for your favorite candy maker!


5 Favorite Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

Happy Cyber Monday, Everybody! 
I hope your Thanksgiving weekend with 
family & friends was wonderful! 
Today I’m joining a wonderful group of bloggers 
in bringing my
Favorite Holiday Gifts
to give to family and friends
and you’ll find them all
at the click of your {Christ}mouse!

1. Wedding Cake Serving Sets

A wonderful present for 
the lucky couple 
with a wedding in the coming year 
or here at year’s end!

I gave this gorgeous
Wedding Cake Serving Set 
from David’s Bridal
tmy son and daughter~in~law 
this summer and they loved it!

This serving set must be based off real vintage pieces!
I love the stamped “I Do” and the 
Art~Deco retro styling!
Seriously pretty with its swirls and graceful lines
reminiscent of that lovely era ~
a lovely, thoughtful gift
any bride and groom would surely appreciate.

2.  Warm & Cozy Winter Scarves

I have become a scarf~oholic the past few years.
I have had a few scarves since my early 20’s
but now there are soooo many choices!
I just don’t think anyone can have too many scarves.
I found these at a sweet little shop called
Mia’s Mirror
and this shop was actually inside another store
which is a grocery chain here in Texas.
Some of the scarves were only $5.00.
Mia’s Mirror can be found at:
3.  Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments are the perfect gift to give
your coworkers, bosses, your children’s teachers, 
really anyone!
Every year after Christmas I like to go out and buy up
left over ornaments to stash away
for next year’s quick go~to present.

Ornaments make lovely add~ons to tie into a package.
It is fun to give your children an ornament for their first year of life, 
then a new one every year after to go along with 
whatever they are into right now.
These were also found at H.E.B. in their houseware section.
4.  Meaningful Signs

Sooo many beautiful signs out there with 
wonderful sayings on them!
Some are so elegant with gilded frames 
or the writing is scrawled
across a mirror.
Others are more rustic and have been made with
recycled wooden boards.
Others still are cut out of sheet metal.
There’s a meaningful sign out there for all tastes.
These framed signs I found at
Hobby Lobby
and there were many different ones 
from which to choose!
Hobby Lobby can be found online at:

5. Home Cooked Meal

It’s what most of us dream of having
someone else to cook for us!
{at least I do!}
Why not give your loved ones a little “coupon book” 
homemade by you for homemade meals
that you’ll make for them?
So many restaurants deliver so perhaps a gift certificate
or prepaid card with an amount that would cover
the cost of a nice meal.
Everyone appreciates a good homestyle meal so that
they can take a break from cooking ~
especially with today’s busy lives
after work.

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope your holiday season
is a wonderful one.
I’ll be sharing more holiday decorating 
and gift giving ideas over 
the coming weeks.

Blessings to you,
Barb 🙂

Please stop by and visit some of the other participants in today’s
Gift Giving Guide blog party, thank you!

Rustic & Refined