Friday, February 2, 2018

Decorating for Valentine's Day

With the passing of January my winter decorations are put away and I pulled out some things for Valentine's Day. I don't own a lot of decorations for this holiday and it is such a short time period so I usually don't do much. I decided to start in the living room this year.

I moved my picture of Paris to the hutch top in the living room; Paris is known as the "City of Love",  after all. I purchased the drawing in 1981 while on a trip to Paris with my parents. We had visited the artist's market a few streets away from Montmartre's Basilica of the Sacre' Coeur and this pen and ink drawing was all I could afford. I have loved this drawing since I bought it and have never regretted the purchase.

I felt the need for some color and thought the bridge needed a garland to dress it up for the holiday.



I went to the hardware store and grabbed a couple pink paint sample papers. Using a paper punch I cut a bunch of dots in different shades of pink and mixed in some red ones. Here is the tedious part... I lined up the itty-bitty dots in the pattern I wanted. When I was happy with that I had to turn them all over... itty-bitty little things are hard to get hold of! I then eye-balled the length of a piece of string and dipped it into glue, saturating the string. Now, stretching the string out, I laid it upon the dots and let it dry. Ta-da! A garland! I secured it to the glass using glue dots from the craft store. I had everything on hand so for me this was a free project! Sweet!


I cut hearts from some of the paint sample cards I picked up and secured them to a piece of twine with tiny clothes-line pins.


And sprinkled hearts in different places as needed.


The kitchen did not escape some Valentine decorating. My chalkboard reclaimed its rightful place after serving me well in the living room during the Christmas holidays.  After finishing my chalk art on the board I realized it was too small and a little off center. I truly contemplated erasing it and starting over... for about 3 seconds. It's only for a couple weeks and then it will be gone so... it''ll be fine... right?




These pretty little flowers are actually magnets I made! Yes, my chalkboard is magnetic. You can see how I managed that at this post: Chalkboard DIY. I will share details on the magnets with you soon. 


The cow I purchased at Vintage Prairie Home got a magnet flower, too!


I'm not crazy overdone for Valentine's Day but enough that we are celebrating the gift of love and family. Mister proposed 22 years ago in honor of Valentine's Day and I will forever connect that gift with the love the Father has shown me; for if he gave his only Son for me would he not also give me everything I need? ... Including a godly man to care for me and lead me?  Of course, I am paraphrasing... this is what it actually says,,

 "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? " Romans 8:32

These decorations will be up only a few short weeks and though I do not know what those weeks will bring I do trust the the Lord knows and that he will give us everything that we need for the journey. 

Next stop is Spring! Who's counting down with me?!

Linking to Parties
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20 comments:

  1. Love the Paris picture and you have done an amazing job embellishing it. Just a few little touches but an amazing finish.

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  2. I have to say that this is one of the most original ideas I've seen. I love it! Great post!

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    1. Thank you, Trisha! Thanks for spending some time with me. I hope you come by again, soon.

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  3. I love the way you put a little spark in your decor for Valentine's Day!
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for the kind words and for visiting with me.

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  4. I am dying over the tiny garland - very cute!! I love all of your little V-Day touches. I put an itty bitty bit of Valentine's around the house. Not as much as in past years. Its only boys here...and a mom. But I'm planning on getting a sussie for each one of them with a card. You house looks lovely!

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    1. Thank you! I think boy mamas should get extra Valentines...just as my thoughts. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love your Valentine decor, Jolena! The print of Paris is so wonderfully personal, and I love your chalk lettering with the flowers...it looks beautiful!
    Thank you for joining the Share The Love Valentine Party!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Thanks for spending time with me today and for the kind words and party!

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  6. Oh I just LOVE this post. Your Paris picture is perfect and how lucky you are to have visited. It is on my bucket list! In my Valentine post today I shared a little Eiffel Tower statue and French Flea Market book on my piano. French things are perfect for adding Valentine's Day romance!
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Share The Love Link Party!
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/vintage-valentine-vignettes/

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    1. Hi Amber! I did see your Eiffel Tower and flea market book! I loved Paris and I am sure much has changed since I was there in the early 80's but I think Europe holds on to their past well and even though time marches on they still see the beauty in preserving that past. Thanks for the party and for the visit!

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  8. What wonderful ideas! I love how you have incorporated your Paris drawing into the decor. It really is a beautiful drawing, and a lovely memory of your trip. Sharing this post on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page later today. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you, April! So glad you could stop by for a visit with me today! Thank you for the lovely party.

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  9. I love all the little Valentine's Day touches. I'm like you. I love taking someone's junk and repurposing it in some way, in my garden, as well as, the house. Have a blessed week-end.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. I actually just read your post about making minimum payments on sin. Much to think about there. Thanks for stopping by and for the kindness.

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  11. Love your Valentine decor, thank you for sharing at our "Vintage Valentine" blog hop.

    Debby
    Debbygoesshabby.blogspot.com

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