Holidays

Sweetheart Table

Are you feeling the love around here yet? Valentine’s Day is getting closer and closer. Have you made your plans yet? We don’t ever plan anything to elaborate for Valentine’s Day, but we do like to carve out a little time to slow down and commemorate our love. Do you know what that does not include? Fighting huge crowds to sit in a noisy restaurant to be served by an overworked waiter. We did that once or twice while we were dating. We waited a couple of hours for a decent Italian meal only to be hurried out so they could quickly bus the table and seat the next lovestruck couple. 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Our typical Valentine’s Day now is spent quietly at home. We stay busy all week with our jobs, freelance work, keeping the house afloat, church stuff, friend stuff, family stuff…..whew! Sometimes it’s just nice to plan an evening without the craziness and enjoy the quiet comforts of our own home. 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Our happy heart day tradition is takeout. Oh, glorious takeout. All the tastiness of our favorite restaurants, none of the crowds or craziness. More importantly, none of the cooking. {holla!}. You can’t just eat straight out of the take out containers, though. Not on the day of love! 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Pull out your “fancy dishes”, whatever those may be. Grab some grocery store flowers and light a candle or two. Use this day as an excuse to slow down. Don’t think about whether this day is just commercial or now. Forget about your to-do list. Take some time to just be with the one you love. Remember why you fell in love in the first place. 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Aside from the $4 bouquet of flowers from Kroger, I already had everything on hand for this table setting. I just shopped my house and mixed and matched. 

 Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. It’s easy for us to do this now. We’re enjoying this time with just the two of us while we can. For those of you with Littles, you may have to be more intentional about carving out time. Maybe you need to wait until after the kiddos’ bedtime for a dessert date. That’s ok. Just make time for each other. It doesn’t even have to be a lot of time. You’ll be glad you did! 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? Do you prefer to go out or stay in? 

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Valentine’s Day Porch {and a FREE Chalkboard Printable!}

Happy heart week! I already professed my love for all things Valentine decor {and treats!}, so you know this week  will be all things lovey dovey! :) 

Whenever a new season or holiday rolls around, my mantel and front porch automatically get the seasonal treatment. These are the easiest spaces to make festive with a little bit of tweaking and a whole lot of shopping the house. I’m still so in love with my giant chalkboard on the porch and I’m so glad I took the 5 minutes to make it. I have really enjoyed drawing new chalk art for every season. 

Valentine's Day Porch First things first, though. No porch decor is complete without a wreath! I swapped out my winter yarn wreath for a more love-inspired look. I layered this Valentine’s Day medallion {from Target last year} on my red berry wreath. The reds don’t match, but it still works. When decorating, don’t be paralyzed by thinking everything has to match exactly. It only has to “go”. Take a risk and try out your idea, then take a step back to look at it. If you like the way it looks, keep it! That’ my philosophy.

Valentine's Day Porch - <3 day medallion layered over berry wreathLayering the wreaths added both depth and texture to the look. 

Valentine's Day Porch - <3 day medallion layered over berry wreathI’ve had this “LOVE” wall hanging for several years. I think it was a Hobby Lobby find. I just plopped it down with the trees to make them a little more festive. 

Valentine's Day Porch 

Valentine's Day PorchThis may be my favorite porch chalk art to date. {Maybe. I’m still awfully fond of my Christmas chalk art, and the one I did last summer}. I definitely get this song stuck in my head daily from seeing it coming and going, but I don’t mind! 

Valentine's Day Porch - All You Need is Love chalkboard art

Valentine's Day PorchAnd since I love y’all so much, I turned my chalk art into a little printable for you.

All You Need is Love - FREE Printable! You can access the non-watermarked version here. ***FREE Printable is available for personal use ONLY***

Have a great Tuesday! 

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FREE Valentine's Day #printable - All You Need is LOVE

 

Easy Ornament Frame

Psst….this month’s big giveaway went live at midnight. Don’t miss out on a chance to deck out your mantel!

This is my second time to participate in the Craftaholics Anonymous Craft Exchange. It is so much fun! Last time, I made these paint-dipped bamboo spoons. With the Holidays practically staring us in the face, I chose to go with a Christmas-y craft this time around. I made a picture frame ornament….that is made of ornaments. It’s like Inception! ;)

Easy Ornament Frame

 I picked up an MDF frame ornament from the Christmas crafting section of Hobby Lobby, a few packs of mini ornaments, and a long strand of silver beads. 

Easy Ornament Frame - supplies

The actual MDF frame wasn’t quite large enough to attach the ornaments, so I cut a base out of cardboard. I used a large mason jar to guide the actual size of the base, and the glass insert of the frame to guide the inner cut out. 

I started hot glueing the ornaments to the cardboard base. I ended up popping the end off of the ornaments to that they fit a little more snug. I continued glueing until pretty much the entire base was covered, and filled in any bald spots with silver beads. All that is left to do is hot glueing the cardboard base to the MDF frame.  

easy ornament frame - glue ornaments to cardboard base

Easy peasy! This would make a great gift for neighbors or teachers. It will look great holding this year’s Christmas card photo, or a photo of a fun Christmas memory! 

Easy Ornament Frame

 You can hop on over to Linda’s place and see all of the other awesome craft exchange projects linked up! 

Easy Ornament Frame

Have a happy day! 

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