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Make a Heart Garland Today

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and earlier this week in this month’s Pinterest Challenge everyone shared their version of a pretty winter or Valentine’s garland. Well, today I am sharing how I made mine…



Supplies you will need

  • light-weight cardboard for hearts
  • white yarn or any color you’d like to use in your decor
  • pretty iridescent ribbon or Baker’s twine for stringing hearts
  • one grapevine heart from the craft store
  • white chalk or craft paint
  • sparkly glitter

Directions

I began by free-hand drawing four hearts onto light-weight cardboard and cutting them out. Paint each heart front and back at least once.




I tried wrapping my hearts without painting them first and the brown background showed through the yarn. Not pretty! 

If you have white cardboard then you are in luck; no paint needed. Put on two coats for good coverage. This is where using chalk paint comes in handy as it is thicker than regular craft paint and covers better.
😉

A new favorite gardening book titled On Garden Style by
Bunny Williams. (Just linking for you.)



Wrap the yarn randomly around each heart and tie off on the backside of each. 



For the big heart

I added some Gesso on my large heart as I wanted it to look a bit whiter to blend better with the yarn hearts. Gesso and chalk paint would both work but with the Gesso I was immediately able to add glitter and it stuck in the thick Gesso adding just the right amount of sparkles!

Stringing your garland together


Measure or eyeball how much ribbon or twine you will need to hang up your garland. Begin threading it through the back of each heart and tie off on each. 

I began with tying off the largest heart and then checked that the lengths remaining on either side would be of equal length. Add hot glue to the back of each heart as needed along with tying the ribbon tight along each heart back to keep each heart level and not “falling over.”



Make loops at the end of each ribbon and hang on your mantel, along a shelf top or just layered in a bowl with the ribbon draping around. This would look pretty draped over a mirror in your hallway, too!

Here is the finished heart garland hanging from our mantel.

Hope this tutorial was helpful and that it will help you create a Valentine’s heart garland of your own. Please share this post  around, too, won’t you?




If you haven’t toured this month’s Pinterest Challenge, you’ll see even more Valentines and winter garland decor ideas there!







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Make It! ~ A Heartsy Garland for Valentine’s Day {A Pinterest Challenge}

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge and this time it is all about winter garlands and Valentine’s Day! I am excited to be working again with Cindy of County Road 407 who has picked out a really sweet inspiration piece for us this month…

Jenny of Refresh Living brings us her sweet pompom and yarn- heart Farmhouse Inspired Valentine’s Decor garland shown here on an 1870’s pie safe. I just love how this fun garland is simply made from just yarn and jute twine. (Okay, and maybe a bit of cardboard underneath each heart to give it structure.)
😉
If you are just coming over from Carol of Bluesky at Home, a hearty welcome to you! For all my other friends, I am happy you are back for a visit!! Carol has created a really pretty red and white garland for today’s Pinterest Challenge. I love it!!!


Cindy’s wintertime PC logo ~ love it!
I have enjoyed each of the month’s I have participated in each of Cindy’s Pinterest Challenge. From last year’s Mixed Media Valentine’s Pinterest-Inspiration Project to “Some Bunny Loves Me” Spring Centerpiece and an Easy Patriotic Decorating Ideas, where we got to decorate a patio setting for our nation’s birthday, these PC’s really gives us something fun to look forward to each month. I hope each month brings you wonderful inspiration, too!
My Valentine’s garland interpretation

Last year I found this mini grapevine heart just after Valentine’s Day and I put it away in with my faux flowers for safekeeping. When this Pinterest Challenge idea came up I knew I wanted this little vining heart as the center of my garland.

Total $$ spent on this project? Nada! I already had part of a skein of white yarn leftover from some project years ago and the cardboard underneath each heart was just a thin piece of packaging I kept specifically for crafting.

Adding a little lace, some hanging ribbons and trim, and glueing on mini rosebuds made this heart just perfect (also part of my craft stash). I’ll do a little write-up later this week on how I actually made the whole garland but for now it is fun to just enjoy it!

For the little yarn hearts I copied Jenny’s idea as I thought they were sweet as they were. For my elegant French Country style I added soft iridescent pink ribbon in place of the jute twine to connect all my hearts. Pretty much picture perfect in my book!
🙂

Here is our mantel dressed for St. Valentine’s Day!

Hearts and angels mingle with candles and creamware in this wintertime mantel vignette… How will you make yours??
🙂

I am so glad you stopped over today! 

Next up is Laura at Everyday Edits and her sweetheart of a garland. I know you you’ll love what she has created! Please take a moment or two to visit Laura and also, as you have time, to visit the other ladies on this month’s Pinterest Challenge tour.


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Happy Valentine’s Spot of Tea Alfresco

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!  Today I thought I’d share our newest acquisition in a special tea party set alfresco in my little Prairie Home garden!…

In my last post  I shared how I found this beautiful oak and walnut tea table/library table on Craigslist. I was just browsing our local Craigslist looking at possible furniture pieces which would be smaller than some of our case goods in storage. For the new home of course. 😉

Well, I sent a text to Mr. Ethereal at work and asked him what he thought. He was okay with the purchase if I paid cash.


Picking up this French Provincial table in the steady rain.
We have been working the Dave Ramsey plan and paying cash for everything over the past year, plus paying down old debt beginning with the lowest balance first, then snowballing payments into the next credit card/debt to pay them off.

A very good program btw if you are looking to get out of debt in an orderly fashion but not leave yourself strapped for cash every month, like some debt repayment plans will do to you. Trust me on this one!

I am inlove with this table! Love the carved details and the
shell atop the middle of the bottom stretcher… delicious!
So on Sunday I pulled money out of savings but with the weather so crazy windy that day and Siri taking me to a different teller location, I called and spoke with the seller and we rescheduled for Monday.

This little table made the trip home with me!

After our morning Bible study at friend Peggy’s home in Denton on Tuesday, I came back home and lifted this beauty out of our SUV and set her on our pallet porch. If you didn’t know it was a pallet the wood almost looks like hardwood flooring… 


I am totally in-love with this French style table and I am excited to share this first tea on it with you! I’ve used the little Valentine’s checked napkins and set the table with the J. Broadhurst teapot and sugar bowl and various teacups and little vintage plates.

I had baked and frozen some muffins a couple of weeks ago so it was easy peasy to pull a few out and they thawed beautifully while I snapped away…


I didn’t think to borrow the sugar bowl’s lid until after I was mostly done shooting pics, so… The teapot is naked in most of my photos. Oh, well! 

Keep calm and soldier on… 😉

Still love our angel with these garden roses and low
boxwood hedge in the background.
Just because… From last year and from California. 😉

Eventually I did sit down and really have some tea and polish off one of those banana chocolate chip muffins. I posted my view from the bench in highlights on Instagram.  🙂

Tea time was wonderful!

This time of year is especially nice to be outdoors as there are no bugs to bother, the breezes are light and the sun is warm without burning… This was my day
al fresco; I need to do this more often. We all should, weather permitting. 😉

Mr. Yoda kept me company and would sit under the bench or move out to the grass to watch for passersby. He has enjoyed being here at Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm and has really learned to love visiting people and has one good dog friend, Rusty.

Evening as the sun was going down…
Through the looking glass… i.e. our trailer’s little window.

This has been a good home… We close on our new Texas house tomorrow and will officially be handed the keys in two weeks. March will be crazy busy going to California to pick up our household goods but things will settle down after that.

Let the March madness begin!
😉
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Tablescape Thursday ~ A Quiet Valentine’s Table for Two

Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday of all the unofficial holidays every year and this year I want to make it special for Mr. Ethereal since he works very hard to take care of us, plus it’ll be
our last in our little Prairie Home…

Yesterday  I shared a post on making these sweet Valentine’s Day table linens and you may wish to check out that post here



Today though is all about a soft ethereal Valentine’s tablescape for two.

Mr. Ethereal usually works late during the week and is gone many weekends during the year on business so it will be especially nice to share this tablesetting and a nice dinner with him.


Valentine’s this year will be on a Thursday evening and he isn’t traveling as much lately so he should be home in time for dinner.  Yeah! 

We have one extra special thing to celebrate this year:
we sign final documents on our new Texas home on February 15, the next morning sometime, and the keys to our new home will be handed over just
two weeks later.

Can I hear another “Yeah?!!!”
😉

June Bouquet cup by Duchess pottery, England paired
with a Meritage ruffle-edged saucer.
This table styling began with the fabrics I found at Joann Fabrics. I ordered this all-over heart fabric and the companion checked fabric online and then went and picked them up at the store so I could make them the next day after a good washing.

After making the tablecloth and six napkins set I laid a simple table with just a couple of stacked plates: my favorite J. Broadhurst pinkish-red vintage ironstone plates as chargers and topping those with vintage Victoria rose-patterned plates from Austria.

Tea and coffee with dessert after a nice meal is always welcome so I set out some mismatched cups and saucers ~ this one is Stechcol Gracie by Coastline Imports, China, with its matching soft blush saucer.

I found it at HomeGoods a couple of years ago.  It is one of my favorite teacups as I love its realistic roses.

I added some silver edged stemware ~ also found at HomeGoods last year sometime. This repeats the silver in my vintage 1847 Rogers Bros. Remembrance silverplate flatware.

A little gold and silver mix with how I set up the window…

I set out a nice vignette in the window with dried pink grocery store roses set on another vintage plate by Theodore Haviland Limoges. The chafing dish is a recent thrift store purchase and you can read about that here.

The picture frame is getting a lot of use this winter and had changed up its look several times and will probably have a few more reincarnations as we move into our Texas home. 😉

I will probably bake something yummy from our many chicken recipes for dinner on Valentine’s Day.

And we may uncork one of our wine bottles which are just waiting for a nice occasion…

Until then the Valentine’s linens will stay on the table and wait for the Big Day.
{think big heart}


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How to Make Your Own Valentine Table Linens

Valentine’s Day is… the perfect time to create a pretty sparkly heart-strewn tablecloth and napkin set to grace your special someone’s Valentine’s table.

Going out on Valentine’s Day is not always high on everyone’s list due to overcrowded restaurants and even less parking. Creating your own beautiful table with handmade linens is a fun and inexpensive way to liven up a Valentine’s Day party at home…

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Make your own Valentine’s table linens

Start with some really pretty fabric like these
found at Joann Fabrics:  

A few years ago I made these Valentine’s napkins and tablecloth for a tea I was having while we were still in our last home in California. Then last year I found a book on napkin folding and set a tea table for that.

Since I don’t have that other Valentine’s table linen set here with us currently I thought I’d make another…
And here we are!
😉

Sewing instructions

Measure your tablecloth fabric and cut off any excess to create a perfect square, in this case my tablecloth began as 43″ with selvage and finished is 42″ square.  1 1/4 yards usually gives you a 45″ square but all fabric shrinks differently; be sure to wash your fabric before sewing. 
Turn under your edges and miter the corners by cutting off about 1/4″ on the diagonal ~ this takes away the bulky corner when you are sewing.
Press under 1/4″ all the way around then press under a second time to enclose the raggedy edges of each side, pin as necessary. Hem stitch your seam on the right side from 1/8″ to a scan 1/4″ away from the fold with a regular straight stitch or any decorative stitch you would like. Be sure the seam catches all the edges inside and go back and restitch sections as necessary. {This is where a good seam ripper comes in handy!}
Make your napkins the same way ~ here you can see all the turned edges ready to be hemmed.
Press your tablecloth and napkins once more and you are ready for a party!
I’ll be sharing more of this Valentine’s table linen set and the tablescape I created to share with Mr. Ethereal tomorrow for a Tablescape Thursday post. Stop back by to see the table then!

(And remember that Share Your Style goes up tonight at 7:00pm EST/6:00pm CST/4:00pm PST.)

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A Mixed Media Valentine’s Pinterest-Inspiration Project

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I was invited by my friend Cindy of County Road 407
to take a Pinterest idea and run with it for a fun project for Valentine’s Day and this sweet
mixed media Valentine’s Heart is
what I came up with!
Thank you, Cindy!
Hugs!
🙂


 A list of all of the participants in the
From Our Heart to Yours blog hop
for you is at the bottom of my post. Come
back by if you aren’t able to visit everyone’s
blogs and see their fun projects to begin again.
Everyone participating today has
this same list linked within
their posts.
Now…
{drum roll, please!}

Come along together  as we make a Mixed Media Valentine’s creation…

Pour yourself  a fresh cuppa and enjoy
this quick and easy how-to
tutorial and our sweet
blog hop graphic ~
Please so
share!
🙂



Mixed Media Valentine’s Heart project

Supplies and part of the How-to ~ 
  • vintage frame with backing ~ mine was a thriftshop find that I turned into a chalkboard and just repurposed.
  • “baby batting” – used by quilters and good for padding the frame.
  • burlap to cover the batting and board.
  • packing tape or hot glue to secure the batting and burlap to the backside of the frame’s backing.
  • grapevine roll
  • wire for securing grapevine as the heart is wrapped.  I used what originally wrapped the grapevine from the store. Another repurpose!
  • flowers and crystal letters I had on hand in my craft supply stash.
  • ephemera ~ I used these little “Instant Ancestors” from a package of 100+ pieces.
  • pliers and wire cutters for twisting and really pulling the wire tight.{I cheated and used my old Fiskar scissors… I know. Bad Barbara, bad!}
  • wooden board and nails to make a jig ~ for holding that wreath taught when drying.
  • dinner plate and something heavy to hold it down.


Here is the original photograph we were given as our inspiration piece:

Sooo cute! Love it as it is ~ you can see where I grabbed the idea for
the heart shaped wreath, the lettering and the frame. This one uses
dropcloth as it’s background covering, I’m pretty sure from its texture.
I immediately thought of a grapevine heart as when we were first married I bought one and hot glued on dried German statice flower bunches in dark purples and pinks all along the hearts’ edges.

Heart shaped grapevine wreaths were all the rage in the 1990’s along with big hair and stretch pants. I had that heart above my bed for years and loved it!

The Big Heart How-to

This is a BIG POST so pour another of your favorite hot beverage… 😉
First you’ve got to soak your grapevine overnight and start it in warm water ~ speeds up the process. Check throughout your evening to see how it is progressing. You want that grapevine to really absorb the water so it is pliable and won’t break as much when it’s bent.


 This is the first go-round of the wreath after creating the top bend and tying it off ~ hubby later came in and helped pull the wire tighter. :X

Next morning begin with one grapevine end and bend it upwards to create a sort-of point (about 3″ in). Now bend the grapevine with your fingers flexing it into a heart shape. 

Decide how large you want your heart to be and bend the wreath at 90 degrees and tie off creating the upper bend in the wreath.

Finish bending the wreath around to the beginning and tie off. Start the first row of the grapevine winding around (second time around the shape).  Retighten both sets of wires around the joined end and the upper bend as needed.

Begin the second loop leaving slight gaps and a little looseness {found this out with trial and error} as you wind and pull.

As you come to the upper bend of the heart ~ get someone to help you hold it and pull the wire closure really tight. Mr. Ethereal helped me pull it tight with a set of pliers.
The lower left photo shows me wrapping grapevine around the wire to hide the wire as best as I could.

I thought about painting the wire with brown chalk paint ~ and you may want to do this. I forgot so all finished photographs show the wire a bit.
😉


Soak the wreath again if needed as you work ~ just tie off the loose grapevine until you are ready to finish. This also helps flatten the wreath out since it will be out of shape.  Finish by tucking in the loose ends of grapevine into the wreath and run some wire around the ends and tie tightly ~ hiding the wire.

 Make a jig

Next you’ll want a way to hold the heart wreath in shape and flat while it dries completely. I used penny nails tapped into an old piece of board we had and slightly stretched the wreath around the nails. Add extra nails as needed.

Add a plate with something really heavy on top of it to hold the wreath down flat.  It was a windy day ~ perfect for drying the wreath out. Check after a few hours and move the weights to any parts which still need to flatten and leave until dry. Mine took about four hours to totally dry ~ the wind was a great help!



Last parts ~ Make the burlap padded frame

I made this chalkboard in the fall and repurposing it for this project isn’t permanent so I pulled the backer board out.
  

Lay the batting down on top of the freshly ironed burlap piece and cut out the raw cotton batting with about a 1-2″ selvage.  Cut the burlap with about 2-3″ selvage bigger than the board.

Make sure the burlap looks straight vertically (which is why the board is slightly crooked in the above photos – because it is but now the burlap is where it should be.) from the front of the board before you tape or glue it on.

Just like upholstering a chair, begin by pulling up the middle of the top and bottom sections securing with tape or glue. Tape working outwards then fold in and tape the corners. Pull up the sides using the same method.

Put the covered backing back into the frame. If it doesn’t quite fit, tape it to the back of the frame and call it good.  🙂

Remove the dried wreath from the jig and add a ribbon loop run through the grapevine from the back.

Since grapevine is really tough to pull anything through ~ use a 6″ doll needle to “thread” the ribbon underneath and rethread one end as needed in order to make the loop and then run the ribbon back to the top of the wreath again.  Does that make sense? Hope so! 

Tie the ends to the hanging wire on the back of your picture frame and adjust the ribbon as necessary to hang in front.

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Now the fun part!

Add whatever ephemera you’d like! I found these old fashioned “Instant Ancestors” at Joann’s ~ Jim Holtz idea-ology paper dolls ~ and wanted to create an anniversary or wedding theme with my Valentine’s mixed media project.

For this last part, tear a few sheets out of an old book you don’t love and fold them accordian-style. Glue the ends of one to the next until you have enough to make a “fan circle” when glued in a round. 

Mine took two pages made into two fans first, then glueing them together along one edge and fanning them and finally glueing where they met ~ creating the circle.

Hot glue on your “ancestors” to the middle of the newsprint circle hiding all the joined pieces. Glue wherever you’d like on the burlap as decoration.

Add floral picks and other goodies and wire those or hot glue them on next.

Add some crystal letters (similar) in your favorite Valentine’s Day saying ~ I chose the same wording LOVE as the inspiration piece.

Project Costs

  • $11.99 on sale – grapevine garland ~ I used the whole thing!
  • $ 6.49 – Tim Holtz paper dolls with almost a full bag left for future projects and album decorating.
  • burlap fabric – I bought 1/2 yard at Walmart. Linked is a roll of burlap ~ 18″x 3 yards.
  • baby batting – this natural cotton batting runs $4.97 for a 45″x 36″ piece (1 yard).
I am really pleased with how this Valentine’s mixed media project turned out and you can see the similarities to the original Pinterest inspiration…
🙂

Our Pinterest project was inspired by Christina of The DIY Mommy who shared this originally as a video tutorial called Make a Book Page Heart Wreath.  So cute!!!

I am already thinking that I can remove the wreath from the frame later on and hang it on the front door of our next home like I used do at our past homes.

And of course  it may end up over our bed again after Valentine’s Day is over…
😉

If you’ve enjoyed today’s crafty Pinterest Challenge post I’d love it if you’d sign up for future posts!
I appreciate you and your friendship.
{think big heart!}

Now please follow the links to all the ladies in the From Our Heart to Yours blog hop. There are so many great ideas being shared today! And thank you again to Cindy for all of her hard work putting this fun hop together. Woot woot! 




You may also enjoy these two Valentine’s posts

10 Valentines Ideas on the 10th

Hanging Lock Heart



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French Ethereal Reloaded: A Valentine’s Cake & Recipe

In honor of  St.Valentine’s Day 

I baked a scrumptious German Chocolate Cakefor tea and had friends stop by to partake.:)’


*I am republishing this post with updates for you as it was a good one!  Everyone seems to love chocolate cake so with that, here’s this updated post for you.{almost as good as Alton Brown’s Good Eats Reloaded!}

The recipe is for this deliciously decadent chocolate and coconut cake is from The Hershey Chocolate Treasury Cookbook {linked but not affiliate} 
a lovely recipe book my husband and I picked up at the Hershey factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania the summer after we were married.

I think Amy was about 20 years old in this photo.  She is 26 years old now and lives with her roomy down in Austin, Texas.

This is my daughter’s favorite recipe book and she was always baking us something wonderful from it when we were still together in our last family home.

You know… that gives me an idea of what I could send each of the kids for Valentine’s this year…?
Kind of excited about this!



If you are looking for something, anything chocolate ~ this cookbook is for you and has loads and loads of delicious recipes from cookie squares to cakes to ice cream cake rolls ~ most of them tested by my family!



Photographs are from our last home in California ~ still looking for a kitchen window here in Texas which has a nice view out to a yard.


So, here’s the promised cake recipe and the cookbook:


 Hershey Cookbook
This book is linked for you if you’d like to order it online.  I am not currently an Amazon affiliate but thought you’d like this book.  It’s One to Order.




Hopefully you can see the recipe on the page.  Nice thing about computers is we can make our pages MUCH BIGGER when we need to by resizing, Lol!  Because this is an updated post, I can’t mess with this photo, sorry! (I tried.)


This German Chocolate Cake recipe is easy to whip up and the icing is placed in the bottom of the cake pan making it an easy cake to make, indeed!




Here is our former dining room table set for a festive Valentine’s Day tea ~ with mixed sets of Limoges china dessert plates and various cups and saucers.  The table is brightened up with a homemade tablecloth and napkins set.

I did find some cute tablecloth and napkin fabric available at Joann’s online and here is a link for similar fabric so you can make your own set! {affiliate link ~ thank you for checking this out.} 

Quick Sewing Tip

Tablecloths and napkins are some of the easiest things to sew if you are new to sewing: all straight edges and squares and rectangles. Just buy 2 1/2 yards of 45″ wide Valentine’s fabric, wash and dry (some widths may be less)

Iron out the wrinkles and then cut off a 1 1/4 yd. piece (45″).  Turn under 1/4″, twice, on each side to the fabric’s wrong side, ironing flat.  Fold each corner in creating a triangle and tuck that in mitering the corners as you finish straight stitching each seam.  Easy peasy!

The remaining 1 1/4 yard you’ll divide into squares to create the napkins.  Here’s where you’ll need to do a little math: 

If you want to make 10″x 10″ finished napkins, you need to cut 11″x11″ squares (which takes into account turning under all the edges), and so on.  

From 1 1/2 yards we can create (6) roughly 14″ sq. maximum napkins (45″/3 pieces across = 15″x 15″ cut squares).  Fabric is rarely true to 45″ so plan on cutting 14″ squares to create 13″x13″ finished napkins.

For (4) 20″ finished napkins, cut four 21″x21″ squares.  It’s all personal preference. 

There are etiquette books which tell what size napkins you need for what type of meal (and when) you are serving, whether it is a luncheon, a tea, or a dinner.  I personally don’t think that it is always necessary to be particular with all that; however, it is fun if you are serving a formal dinner. 

Check out my post linked here to see my review of this napkin etiquette book.  


Since my birthday just passed, it would be wonderful to have this for a treat for this coming weekend… 
I might be baking another of these later this week…  ;)’

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Valentine’s Tablesetting ~ Ethereal in Pink

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Happy Valentine’s Day  to you all ~ almost!
I love setting a beautiful table and today’s post is all about
setting a beautiful table that is easy to do and something you can duplicate and share with your special someone{s}
this Valentine’s…


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Carrying over  last year’s Cinderella theme with the
addition of our newest lady wearing an ethereal and
perfectly pink tutu as a formal wrap to this party ~
this year’s tablesetting wears a lacy curtain
as its tablecloth.


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Add in a set  of your favorite ironstone dinner plates
lightly polished silverware and an assortment of wine glasses
to create a perfect wintery-white
Valentine’s tablescape.


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A little pink  added to your Valentine’s table will bring in
the holiday’s spirit while staying on the softer side of red.
I do like red and went really bold a couple of years ago
in this tablesetting but this year I thought I’d take this
table’s look a little quieter but of course you can always
go bold with your table’s decor.
Here the addition of two candelabras and blush pink candlesticks
bring in just the right amount of pink without
becoming too much for this subtle
Valentine’s winter table.


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Finish your table  with a light dessert as part of the decor.
Here gently frosted and sprinkled sugar cookies are a welcome
reminder to “save a little room” while
enjoying the main meal.

Our sweet dog has come out to enjoy the festivities, too!

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The beauty  here of using a lace curtain as a tablecloth is that
if you have one with beautiful edging then those details add a
specialness all its own to your table.
I found this curtain at Ikea last summer and thought it
would make a lovely tablecloth
and it does.
A lace curtain added to your table will give it that
light and ethereal je ne sais quoi look
that only lace can give.

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By adding  just a touch of pink to your table as you set it this Valentine’s Day and by keeping your linens and dishes mostly in whites you will achieve a table set with that often elusive
beautiful ethereal quality
that we all love.

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Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Happiness is Homemade ~ Bluesky at Home
Dishing It and Digging It
Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris

May you have a wonderful 
Valentine’s Day celebration,
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Think Pink for Spring Indoors and Out

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Think pink  for Valentine’s Day is nothing new but bringing in
a little pink will introduce some welcome color into
our winter-time homes while we
wait for spring

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Bring on the pink
You know me ~ I love to add in pink all of the time ~
but for some pink is not their go to color.
If pink isn’t your usual color then try adding in a little with
the flowers you buy for your next dining table set for when company is coming over.


Or, bring a little pink in with some soft napkins
in your table decor to celebrate a loved one’s
special day.

If you collect teacups like me it’s easy to add small doses
of pink just by choosing china patterns with pink roses and
other pink flowers printed on them.

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Very soft pink  is often tolerable for those who really aren’t into pink but who would like to add just a touch to their decor.  Here I’ve added just a hint of pink with a light pink dried peony
in a tiny bouquet set in this vignette.


Lovely and subtle without being overpowering
this pink is quiet and can be mixed with blacks and whites
in our china and table linens to create a stunning
French feel to our festive table settings.

Funny thing I am the opposite ~ I don’t decorate with black
much as I prefer decorating with whites.
This year though I thought I’d try to incorporate a little
more black into my tablesettings so I am on the hunt
for black and white toile and striped fabrics to add
some variety to my usual
white and cream and pink linens.

Here are some ideas for napkins and table linens to try
to mix in a little pink with your usual table decor:

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Out in the garden

 As you choose what annuals and perennials to plant and mix
into your garden this year consider adding in some
light and dark pink crepe myrtle bushes-turned-into-trees
which will bring in that wonderful pop of pink.
Just the addition of one or two trees and some smaller
flowering annuals will really brighten your gardens
and give you a whole new color range of flowers
to cut and bring inside your home.


Here a neighbor had sweet pink petunias planted into
pots and as you can see the pink does add that subtle burst
of color to her otherwise green garden.

Some of the trees on the property here are young
crepe myrtles and here is one in bloom.
Crepe myrtles begin blooming in late May to early June
and each bush or tree will continue blooming for
up to three months.
I have noticed that the medium pink like this one pictured here
tends to be the first species of crepe myrtle to bloom.
Then the light pink variety begins in June or July
followed by the really deep pink/purple variety which
begins in late June to early July.

They are incredibly beautiful in season and add so much
to one’s spring and summer garden decor!

The Crepe Myrtle Trees 
I cut off all their branches every year in the spring.
They look odd, just six foot tall trunks, and no other thing.

The pruning is done to make it easier to see.

Then the new branches that grow are so pretty.

Their trunks shed some thin bark every year.

It’s a beautiful thing, just how unique they appear.

Each branch that’s cut off forms a new bough, 

And they all grow large bunches of flowers somehow.

The colors of purple, white, pink and shades of red, 

Are impossible to forget, or get out of your head.

When they are pruned down to just a bare spike, 

It’s easier to see other burgeoning trees that I like.

I think they love this kind of brutal cutting, it’s clear; 

Because they respond with natural beauty, each year.

The titmouse and chickadee are often seen in the trees.

It’s nice to have trees that provide seeds and berries. 

In the winter their seeds provide small birds with their needs.

They give to our feathery friends, which no one else feeds.

The massive amount of work involved in the spring, 

Is always mitigated by their beauty, an unmatched thing.

I’ve finished all the pruning already this year, 

Now it’s on to other gardening tasks, I fear. 

My only comment to Mr. LeBuert is that I’d cut my
crepe myrtle bushes and trees in late fall not spring
as spring is when they bloom.
😉

So consider adding some pink to your decorating
this season to bring in a little spring brightness to your
wintertime decorating and later to add vivid
dashes of color into your garden, too.

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Happy pink to you,

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Never too Early for Valentine’s and a Wreath Craft to Make

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When I was outside shooting these winter photos
just after Christmas
I was really thinking about this year’s
Valentine’s…

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Valentine’s Day  decorating for me really begins
at the beginning of January around the time
of my birthday as I absolutely love the color pink!
When setting up any tablescapes I love introducing
a little pink into a scene somehow.
Of all the times I have used rose china pieces
pink is definitely my go-to color.
And here for this year’s Valentine’s
is no exception!
😉

When the angel’s last crown was still good ~ before weather and birds had picked off all the faux berries! Lol!  🙂

This winter I decided to make The Girls’ new floral coronas
with large hot pink tea roses as their previous crowns were
beyond comfortably shabby.

I found these snow*kissed blowsy roses at Jo-Ann Fabrics or
Hobby Lobby last summer knowing I wanted to remake their crowns and I had already been looking for awhile.
Once I found these I was enchanted!


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Perfect for decorating statuary and stunning for your
girls to wear for a tea party or on a young woman’s head
as part of a romantic boho bridal party
these everlasting decorations will bring joy to whatever occasion they crown…

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Here’s how to make your own crown wreaths

for your own princess…


Supplies you’ll need

repurposed wire coat hangers

wire cutting pliers

hot glue gun and glue sticks

various floral sprays and bouquets
and leaves

How to make

Begin by measuring the circumference of the person
or statues’ head and bend the wire to fit it.
Twist the ends of the wire over itself to lock in place.

Begin gluing on flowers with long stems and adding in shorter stemmed flowers and leaves as you go.

Try on your intended’s head and add extra blooms
as needed to fill in.




*Add some ribbon and a weight to the back(s) if when
hanging on your statue(s) out in the yard
the wind tends to blow the crowns off.

A picture capturing the first crowns made for The Girls while we were in transition in California ~ early 2016.
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As you can see  adding in a little pink-spiration
just steps us right into Valentine’s!
🙂

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