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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Adorable Valentine Day Ideas


Have you begun your preparations for Valentines Day? I am a wee bit behind because I am also prepping our guest room for my friend T's annual visit. She arrives on the 11th and will stay for five days. I do plan on placing some fresh roses by her bedside.
ss_CTH631160 We have also begun to address our Valentines, both handmade and store bought. (The pirate cards were found at Goodwill for $2.99. They are by Meri~Meri.)
bookcase 015 During our crafting session I was inspired by this photo to create a heart garland to hang over T’s bed.
ss_101139551 I have been collecting ideas for our Valentine and birthday tablescape. I like the simple idea of tying a ribbon around a napkin.
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For my monthly art lesson at Sweet Boy’s school I am going to introduce the children to Scherenschnitte. In preparing for a child friendly project I have quite a few heart prototypes made from paper napkins so I am going to decorate the top of our dining table with heart shape paper cutouts in a sort of runner fashion.  
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What decorations do you have planned?
Laura

31 comments :

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
Laura,love the wonderful preparations you are making for you sweet friends arrival. How very fun for you two.

Love the paper napkin heart rings, so beautiful. Will look gorgeous as a table runner.

Love the picture of Dear Son writing out his valentines, so sweet.

Thank you for sharing this morning. Have a beautiful day sweetie. Country hugs, Sherry

LiLi M. said...

Of course I will have roses too. And I have a collection of vintage love letters and a silver ink pen, which together will make a vignette on a side table. I made numerous hearts last year...mmm I guess I'll have to search them instead of sitting behind the computer!

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

I haven't decided yet! Probably roses, or pink tulips if I can find them. I'd like to bake and decorate some sugar cookies as well.

What beautiful ideas you've given us - thank you!

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, Laura ~ How precious the picture of your son. Love it!

Your friend is going to going enjoy the beautiful roses you shower her with.

Have a lovely day.
Happy Valentine's ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Sandy said...

Just great ideals,I loved the heart garland, and something as simple as a ribbon tied around the napkin is beautiful. So cute seeing those little hands addressing the valentines.
The Valentine craft post was wonderful. You have some really great ideals. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Beautiful ideas. Hugs, Marty

fairfieldhouse said...

I will have pink and cream colored roses and candlelight... and crumpled candy liners and empty godiva boxes!

Blondie's Journal said...

The roses and banner look so sweet in your guest room. Traci is going to feel very pampered!!

The photo of Sweet Boy making his valentine's brings back so many memories of the girls making handmade cards with paper, lace and fabric scraps. Wonderful times.

Love your paper flowers. The runner is going to be precious!!

xoxo
Janie

Lou Cinda said...

I love all of these ideas!

Um....Can I come and stay with Tracy! I'll be really quiet :)

Have a great one!

Lou Cinda

Jingle said...

Everything looks so lovely!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh Laura...your girlfriend will love all the touches you are doing for her. I love when I go visit a friend and they always have some little things just for me...makes me feel so special. Those valentines are so cute...great find at GW!

WendyBee said...

Your blog is sooooooo inspiring. And I'd love to be in your art class. I am going to try to cut those heart rings....
WendyBee

Julie said...

I always love your pictures! :)
Last night at our homeschool mom's Valentine Tea someone had taken the pink paper napkins and wrapped them around the plasticware. Then encirlced a paper doily around the whole thing and used a bit of tape to hold it. It was simply but very pretty.

Stephanie Lynn said...

These are fabulous ideas! The pirate valentine's are adorable - great find! Your guest is going to be pleased - I'm sure - by all your sweet touches.

I wanted to let you know that I found most pieces for my playroom mantel at Ross and TJ Maxx. Other pieces were picked up at antique and vintage stores - which I have a thing for. Thanks!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

such beautiful creations! loveeeeeee those roses too! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

A Fanciful Life said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. The roses, the sweet heart garland, the tabletop... so soothing to look at. Beautiful!
Sharon :-)

bj said...

Hi, SITSTA...I wish I could learn to make those cute banners like this heart one. I have NO idea where to start.
Have such fun with your friend...
xo bj

Natasha Burns said...

Your valentines ideas and preparations are coming along nicely! We don't do anything for Valentine's day here, basically it's a romantic thing so if anyone does anything it's going out to dinner... definitely not a kid thing in Australia, lol! I was always surprised when I saw American blogs years ago that had kids giving valentines, i always thought that was strange after growing up with it being a "couples" thing, hahaha!!! little did I know!

CupcakeDD said...

Laura!!
Thank you SO MUCH for the super-sweet swap!!
I was so excited when I saw the cupcake stand!!!
I'm putting the finishing touches on your swap and hope to mail it off on Saturday.
Hope you like it!!!

Julie

Best Life said...

So sweet and lovely! Those pirate valentines sell in a local shop (where I sell my embroidery) for $20. Great find on those! Lisa~ www.livingmybestlifeii-lisa.blogspot.com

daysease said...

I always love your ideas!! and I LOVE that you will be educating the kids on the wonderful art of Scherenschnitte. You know I appreciate that type of art very much. ;-) Have fun...

I am not sure yet what I will be doing. As always, it will be simple, but... will have to think on it some more. I will for sure make a card for my hubby. Other than that, still working on it. :-)

Have a Wonderful trip to New Orleans. Love that you have the opportunity to follow a dream, and I am sure it will be spectacularly wonderful!! be safe!

Denise Marie said...

very cute post. I sure want to make a garland..we'll see if I complete it or not. Love those pirate cards. I showed my 10 year old son signing his too. Gotta love those little hands.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, such beautiful inspiration pictures, and how fun to have your friend coming for a visit. Thank you so much for joining the party with these beautiful images! laurie

shirley said...

Hi Laura, Glad to meet you. I love your beautiful site. Sure would be interested in how you fold your paper to cut out the hearts. maybe you could post a lesson! Everything is so pretty!

Lisa said...

It is always fun to prepare for a friend's arrival. All your ideas sound wonderful. I know Tracy will feel loved and cared for.
Have a Happy valentine's Day.

ellen b. said...

What great ideas! Have a great weekend...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Neat ideas! Very pretty!

I'm a little late for Laurie's Valentine party, but I just posted!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Katherine

SmilingSally said...

I love the heart-shaped circles that you're using to decorate your table top. How unique.

Patriotic Mom said...

Your cutouts are so festive on your table! Your friend will be so happy to see all the preparations you have done for her visit. Joan

Carrie said...

These are truly adorable...Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Carrie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How sweet this all is! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's.