Saturday, January 5, 2013

Valentine's Day Vignette


It still seems a little early to be decorating for Valentine's Day...(Christmas didn't even get a full month)...but I have a house full of sick people and was forced to cancel all our weekend plans! So, in an attempt to not let myself wallow in self-pity (do I really have to take care of all these sickies...?) I decided to see what I could come up with for Valentine's Day.
Yesterday I shared a simple idea for a Valentine's vase sleeve and will be using that on the mantel in the family room. But I seem to always neglect the living room, so I decided I would give the piano some love (haha - no pun intended :)

I started, as I always do, by gathering anything that might work from around the house. None of this came from a bin labeled "Valentine's Day Decor" fact, most of it is everyday home decor that just happened to be awaiting re-arrival after Christmas. I love grouping things in different ways for the holidays, and it works especially well when you start with neutrals!

For the picture frame, I wanted something simple and understated...but I love the way the deep red pops against the white frame. I went really old-school on this and used a scalloped heart cookie cutter (traced and cut) and put pearly white cardstock behind it.

I used the same white cardstock and my Fiskars My Funny Valentine Large Scalloped Heart Squeeze Punch for the smaller hearts, and used hot glue to attach them to the twine.

I'm hoping that all this love in the air will cancel out some of the ick we have going on around here... and remind us to treat one another with love. Even when what we really want to do is run away screaming :)

(Dedicated to my sick family. Love you!)

Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)

*Linking up this week to these lovely blogs - thanks to all for hosting!
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Petite Hermine (Sunday)
Life on Lakeshore Drive (Sunday)
Flamingo Toes (Sunday)
Twigg Studios (Sunday)
Nifty Thrifty Things (Sunday)
I Heart Naptime (Sunday)
C.R.A.F.T. (Monday)
Alderberry Hill (Monday)
The Dedicated House (Monday)
Making The World Cuter (Monday)
I Should Be Mopping the Floor (Monday)
Skip to my Lou (Monday)
My Favorite Finds (Monday)
Craft-O-Maniac (Monday)
The Gunny Sack (Monday)
Project Inspire (Monday)
Keeping It Simple (Monday)
The Blackberry Vine (Tuesday)
Dixie and Dottie (Tuesday)
Crafty Confessions (Tuesday)
Salt Tree (Tuesday)
Funky Polkadot Giraffe (Tuesday)
Sugar Bee Crafts (Tuesday)
Not Just a Housewife (Tuesday)
Crazy for Crust (Tuesday)
Practically Functional (Wednesday)
Lady Behind the Curtain (Wednesday)
Gingersnap Crafts (Wednesday)
White Lights on Wednesday (Wednesday)
Pincushion Creations (Wednesday)
Lil' Luna (Wednesday)
Southern Lovely (Wednesday)
Hungry Little Girl (Wednesday)
Someday Crafts (Wednesday)
Designed Decor (Thursday)
The Crafty Blog Stalker (Thursday)
The 36th Avenue (Thursday)
Food Done Light (Thursday)
The Shabby Creek Cottage (Thursday)
Made In a Day (Thursday)
Somewhat Simple (Thursday)
Just Us Four (Friday)
Dear Creatives (Friday)
Blissful and Domestic (Friday)
Delicate Construction (Friday)
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating (Friday)
Craftionary (Friday)
The Shabby Nest (Friday)
It's a Hodgepodge Life (Friday)
Petals to Picots (Friday)
Tatertots and Jello (Friday)
See Vanessa Craft (Friday)
Family Ever After (Friday)
Thirty Handmade Days (Friday)
Sew-licious Home Decor (Saturday)
It's Overflowing (Saturday)
Six Sisters' Stuff (Saturday)
504 Main (Saturday)
Tutus & Tea Parties (Saturday)
Or So She Says (Saturday)
Be Different Act Normal (Saturday)


  1. Gorgeous Cath : ) Now come do my house.

    1. Thanks Lisa...and I'd be happy to. As long as you're okay with me ransacking every corner of your house and leaving a trail of paper shnibbles as I go... :)

    2. Done and done. I'm pretty sure you know about all my skeletons anyway. : )

  2. Just LOVE the decorations (pun intended). Especially the framed heart.

    1. Thanks Mom :) I should put a picture of YOUR framed heart up!

  3. I love your vignette and I love your blog. I'm happy to be following you via GFC and looking forward to more!

    1. Hi Danni,
      Thanks so much for your kind words! I'll be popping over by you too - great to meet you!

  4. Really pretty! I've been putting off Valentine's Day decorating too but think this weekend I'll bust it out! :) I just like how fresh & clean everything looks for a few days after all of Christmas is put away! :)

    1. Thank you! I agree...although even with Valentine's Day decor it's a lot cleaner and less cluttered! Christmas (at least around here) is always over the top! :)

  5. Such a pretty vignette, Cathy! I have yet to take down my Christmas tree. I'm sure hoping I get to it this week! :-)

    1. Thank you! I really is a dreaded task (at least for me!) Good luck :)

  6. This is so pretty! I love how thrifty you are-you would certainly never guess from this elegant display!

    1. Thanks - what a great compliment! And yes...I am thrifty to a fault :)

  7. So pretty and festive, Cathy! Now to take down my Christmas decorations...we're about a week behind out here! ;)

    1. Thanks Meaghan! I know - it's soooo not fun to take everything down. But it does feel good once it's done, especially for type a personalities like yourself :)

  8. I wish everyone a speedy recovery at your house. I love your new Valentine’s decorations, they are super cute. ;o)

    1. Thanks, Paula! We are on the road to recovery...a few bottles of amoxicillin later :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  9. So pretty! I'm hosting SHOW-licious Craft Showcase and would love for you to join in and link up your Valentine's project! :)

    Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Marti,
      Thank you and I'll definitely stop over and link up! Thanks for the invite!

  10. Soooo pretty! I love it...and it seems very do-able (vs. too complicated of a project that I may or may not finish! :o) Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I'm with you - anything too complicated I'm probably not going to finish :) Glad I could inspire...I hope you hear from you again!

  11. Very pretty! I am working on mine and would love those white vases! Love the pops of red!
    I just started a new blog hop and would love for you to come over and link up your post or any social media.

    1. Thank you! And I'd love to link up at your party - thanks for the invite! :)

  12. I love the framed sitting on the little easel. I just made my first Valentine decoration of the season and hope to make some more stuff this weekend.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you! I hope you have fun making yours...glad I could offer some inspiration :)

  13. Hi Cathy, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from the Pinteresting Party.

    How cute! My favorite is the frame with the little garland strung across the front of it. I never would have thought to do this, but it looks so pretty!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

    1. Hi Anne,
      Thanks so much for your visiting and for your sweet comment. I'll definitely stop over to say hi!

  14. Your vignette looks beautiful! I just love the red and white colors, and the hearts are so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So glad you did. :)

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.


  15. Hi Cathy! I am visiting for the 1st time. You have cute ideas! I hope you stop by to link on Tuesdays-

    1. I'll be there this week - thanks for the invite Nancy!

  16. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic new year!

  17. Hope everyone in your house is feeling better. I just started working on Valentine projects & decor. I love yours. Thanks for linking up @

  18. I love how pretty it is!

    Thanks for linking up at Inspired Weekends! This week's round is open if you would like to stop by.


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