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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love Letters, Pearls and Ribbon

Recently I was walking through Hobby Lobby and spied the prettiest wooden pedestal. It was a bit pricey, even with a coupon, but I just KNEW it would fit the large glass cloche I had made several years ago perfectly. So, into the cart it went.


Keep reading to see the other soft and romantic touches I added to my home.

I knew exactly what I wanted to put into the cloche. My friend Kathy had inspired me.


Kathy had used rolled up wrapping paper to decorate her cloche. I just googled “romantic love letters” and printed out and tied up a few of my favorites in pale shades of ribbon. A string of pearls added interest to the base.


I placed it in a simple grouping on a side table in our living room. There’s still plenty of room for tea cups and remote controls. :)


A little bit closer now.


My favorite girl from Goodwill received a pearl bracelet to wear around her neck and a small piece of ribbon was tied on.


Rounding out the trio was a Wal Mart candle. I wrapped a section of a vintage paper doily around the glass and hot glued it in place. A pearl heart ornament was attached to the front.


At night, with the candle lit, the grouping is especially romantic.


The Chinese chest is still holding the white tray lined with holiday paper. I think it still works. Continuing the pearl theme I filled a crystal bowl with several strands of pearls and topped them with a broach I made for an updated blazer. A few paperback books were tied up in vintage lace.


Another side table received a few more of the books and a pair of lovebirds.


Everything feels very soft, cozy and romantic. I don’t think it screams out “Valentine’s Day!” Which is a good thing because truthfully, these arrangements probably won’t get changed until the spring due to my hectic school schedule.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest,Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground, The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Today’s Creative Blog


Elizabeth Eiffel said...
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Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Charming, subtle Valentine's decorations that could be left out on display permanently - especially the love letters under the glass.
May your Valentine's Day be everything you wish it to be. Warm regards.

Auntie Em said...

Your table arrangements are all so beautiful! I never thought of adding some strings of pearls to things to make the soft glow.
How lucky are you to find that lovely base. And to have it fit so perfectly!
Thank you so much for the inspiration. I think I will do some rearranging this afternoon. :)

Debbie said...

Every details is so gentle and subtle, and I love that.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks so BEAUTIFUL!! Loving all the pearls!!!

Blackberry Lane said...

How very pretty and creative. Have a lovely day.

Rhonda said...

The patina on your base is beautiful. It looks antique. Love your vignette Laura.

Rhonda said...

The patina on your base is beautiful. It looks antique. Love your vignette Laura.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh so pretty. I love the pedestal and your cloche is gorgeous. Great vignettes. Hugs, Marty

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks for the shout out, Laura! : ) That new base is beautiful and works great with your cloche. I love the necklace you gave your girl bust. I have one, as well, and think I have a little pearl bracelet, too. I may have to copy you!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Your arrangements are all beautifully done. I had an interesting thought...wouldn't it be fun to leave little love notes to family members in the cloche?

Vicki said...

Lovely displays, Laura! Very romantic.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Beautifully styled vignettes!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I think these are some of my favorites. With the party planning...I didn't do any Valentine's decorations.

Vel Criste said...

Such a pretty vignette Laura and your version is a wonderful ode to the original!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very pretty!

Bonnie said...

Love your new vignettes. Your soft and romantic touches are lovely. I especially like the photograph showing your grouping in candlelight.

I agree nothing screams out Valentine's Day and will look nicely until you choose to change them.

Kelley said...

They'll be lovely every day of this year!


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You are so this idea. Thanks for sharing it on the Thursday Blog Hop!

J Shrewsbury-ThreeDogFarmhouse said...

Very beautiful vignettes!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Perfect vignettes for Valentine's very romantic and the cloche and yes, Kathy is very inspirational! Great job and Happy Valentine's Day!

The Boston Lady said...

This is my catching up day! Love the side table trio. I have to say my eye is drawn to "Goodwill Girl" with her pearls and soft ribbon. For some reason she appeals to me and I envision you giving her different looks throughout the year.

Have a lovely Valentine's.


Rosemary and Thyme said...

Lovely vignette. Lots of old world charm and romance. I love the girl burst with pearls. I too have a collection of vintage busts and I love to dress them with pearls. I hope you can stop by my blog for a quick peek.


Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, this is so pretty! Love that you found the love letters on line. They look so pretty under your cloche and the pearls are the perfect touch. Your table display is lovely.
Thanks for popping in to seem me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lorrie said...

Pretty vignettes for Valentine's Day and beyond. It's always the season for love and romance! Love the cloche and the base you found for it.