Monday, January 17, 2011

The Valentine’s Touch

So….Valentine’s Day is coming. I wasn’t even going to put anything out until my daughter reminded me that “it’s a holiday, Mom” “that’s what we do.” Huh. Who’s her mother?!

I’ve expressed my feelings before about Valentine’s Day. Small. Doses. It won’t work if it looks like Cupid threw up all over your house. Unless you like Cupid. And vomit.

beaded heart

I guess if your house looked like this, what difference would just a little more red make?

I find that I’m pretty conscious about how I go about this holiday that too many people overdo holiday of love. A small touch of red or hearts can go a long way. Case in point?

Valentine's decoration

One of my favorite decorations is one that has a little ribbon to hang it from. I think they’re pretty universal. Anywhere you have a little knob or thin candle, these hang wonderfully! There’s usually a feather ornament here, but this little heart does quite well in its place.

floral heart

Why, yes. That frame does still say Hobby Lobby. Why, no. I don’t plan on changing it anytime soon.

valentines decor

Well, looky here. Another heart from a ribbon. The frame houses a picture of my husband and me, but we don’t mind being smothered by a giant beaded heart.

valentines ornament

It’s a cute touch, and it can easily be removed. On February 15th. At 12:01am.

beaded heart

I finally tried my hand at a pennant craft, and it nearly broke me. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted, but I think it turned out cute (and simple). I used my Silhouette to cut out the flags (genius!), and stuck some little letters on there. Done.

valentine pennant

I used thin jute/twine, and it wasn’t quite the effect I was going for. It works, though, and I’m liking it in this space.

love pennant

A little touch here, a little dash there. I can live with that.

49 comments:

Karen said...

Super cute ideas! I love the little banner in the frame. Love your blog!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

I totally agree with you!! I like the way you decorated for V day, nice and simple.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

I always think of you when I put up Valentine's Day decorations and the quote about Cupid throwing up! So hilarious. Small doses for me as well!

Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

These are really good ideas. I agree with you I don't think you should go overboard. I am a new follower of your blog and I would love it if you followed my blog. http://breakingfreefromoldways.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

I totally agree. I don't like to decorate for V-Day. I do like your ideas. I really like the pennant frame. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

My favorite part about this is that crown. Where did you find that!?

Clare G said...

I totally agree with you on decorating for Valentine's Day- a little goes a long way.
When it comes to cards and presents- the more the better!!!!

Keri said...

Absolutely LOVE what you did. I agree with keep V-Day simple. Thanks for the excellent ideas!

Cyndi said...

I love the little touches, exactly my decorating plan! Thanks for showing us a little goes a long way!

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

I'm with you! I'm not a huge fan decorating for Valentine's Day, but I can handle a few touches here and there :)

Stacey said...

I love the pretty little touches...nothing too over the top..its JUST RIGHT! Did you make the first framed heart that you show? I love it...it just reached out & grabbed my HEART!!!

Melanie said...

Very cute ideas. I don't decorated for the different holidays. I think you have added the right amount of things to make it cute and not overly done.

Have a good week.

ZoeB said...

Too early !! First the supermarkets put out Easter eggs after christmas and now you are putting out Hearts for
Valentines day!
Pretty ideas but I ve only just got over Christmas .
ZoeB

Christina said...

Haha...GOOD! Now I don't feel like the only "Valentines Scrooge"! Glad to know others share the same feelings...now you've inspired me to not totally ignore it (although my husband probably wouldn't mind!)

Birdie said...

Small doses, I totally agree and actually if I didn't have kids I wouldn't do anything for Valentine's Day. :)

Lisa said...

I love the little touches instead of going overboard too. Your little accessories are so pretty!

Amy said...

Very sweet and well done! I'm not one to decorate at all for Valentine's Day, but I am inspired for just a touch :-) Thanks!

lemondropdreams said...

I have two frames with no pictures, for quite some time now. My sister finally asked me if I just buy the frames because I like them. Maybe I do...

Michelle said...

I love your take on Valentine's Day decor! I'm not much of a girly girl myself, but a few homey touches can be festive without being frou-frou. Very nice.

Karena said...

Chris,

Adorable and just enough cuteness for Valentines! Love the hanging Hearts!

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Rachel said...

you are stinkin' hilarious. i love reading your posts - you have some great commentary on here! and the small doses of valentine's day look great :)

Olivia @ Swan White Curtain said...

Ah, I agree about the moderation of pink and red frilly hearts all over! I've been tossing around how to do the mantle for Valentine's, but anything more than a few touches seems juvenile. (And I have no children, so no excuse! LOL)

Robin said...

That's the way to do it! Yes, too much of the heart, love, cupid....oh gag me with it all, stuff is just, well, too much! Was that enough commas??

Richella said...

You. are. SO. funny.

"That's what we do." Apparently, your daughter inherited your dry sense of humor. Aren't you glad?

I agree with you regarding Valentine's Day. (I started to type V.D., but then I realized that those are the initials for something I don't really want to talk about.) A little goes a long way. Your little touches are just right for a bit of festivity without being over the top. Not even a hint of Cupid vomit. :)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

These little touches are a great idea for Valentine's Day! Especially after everyone's burnt out from the post holidays decorating!! That little Love banner is too cute!

Judy said...

Very classy way to celebrate Valentine's day. I love the little subtle touches you have here and there. REally looks lovely.

Christi said...

Totally in agreement on the "less is more" philosophy for Valentines decor! I like your small touches. I also feel so much better to see that there is someone else that leaves frames on display with total strangers in them! I have one in my laundry room that has been that way for, oh, I don't know...3 years maybe?!?!

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Lisa at Paint in my Hair said...

I could look at pictures of your beautiful home all day long!

Kim @ Sand and Sisal said...

Chris-
I'm so with you on this one! Tiny touches say the most! The last thing I want is my home looking like Valentine Vomit! I love all your ideas.
- Kim

Lila said...

You are too cute. I love those darling hearts. I think I have a plethora of pink ribbons to make something for Valentine's too!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

Thanks for inspiring me! I usually don't decorate for Valentine's Day. I should though, as it's my son's birthday.

Love the little touches! I will be doing the banner frame!

Brandy said...

I love the little touches, I think the subtle touches look the best! I just havent even been able to get around to the little things. These all look wonderful!!!

Aimee said...

It is so good to see that I am not the only one who has some frames that aren't filled! I love the ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

AliLilly said...

HEY!! Where did you get that pic of my house!! JK

I LOVE how you have decorated! I think it's simple and elegant. Looks great! :)

Kristyn @ Good Gravy Crafts said...

I hear ya! We don't "celebrate" V Day in our house. My hubby gets off easy and now that Little Miss Magic is getting older...we celebrate Cupcake Day....

Great job!

xx-Kristyn

Jill said...

I agree with the don't-over-do-it thing. I love your little touches! :)

Good Time Charlie said...

Love the "just a touch" ! Love that chrystal ball lamp, hmmmm, I think we shop at the same store! I love mine, I have two in fact. One I spray painted with silver paint, then roughed it up with Steel Wool, it came out really great. Love the blog! Thank you for sharing. -K

3girlsmom said...

"love" it! i just kept out some of the red crap from christmas to use. hey! why can't it pull double duty? and especially since i am just NOW taking it all down. sigh...

Reenie said...

Where is the pink heart from that hangs on the hutch? TIA

Irene Robertson said...

I liove the little banner in the frame. tha is just the perfect little touch.

Brandee Mask said...

Love, love, love these ideas. Just getting started back in the blogging world and am excited about following your blog!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the mini banner in the frame and the glitter heart. You're right. This holiday is so over-blown. You came up with some simple and very elegant solutions.

Chrystie said...

Really simple, but VERY cute! Love them all! Great ideas! I LOVE to celebrate anything & everything, but don't really decorate for V-day, other then the kids decorations of random crafts! I love what you did to make it fun, but not too much! :)

Jan's camera said...

I love all of your valentine decorations. But, oh, where did you get that cute crown in the cupboard? I love it.

Jill Elaine said...

Love your little touches! I'm linking to you in my own valentine's post. I have it written - just don't have the pics added. They are still on my camera. I will be posting it soon though!

Barb said...

Lovely Chris, sweet and simple. Where ever did you find a house with all that horrable red? E-Gads! Love the framed small heart.
Love you

Mom

Barb said...

you are so funny Chris. Wish you would write a book about all your experiences. Love the less is more touch. Love you

Mom

support donate car charity said...

Awesome! very nice idea. simple but attractive. Thanks for sharing this.

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