Thursday, February 11, 2010

A little bit of love

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day?

When my kids were little, I went all out for every holiday. Valentine's Day, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Flag Day. . . you name it, we decorated for it. Now that the kids are bigger. . . not so much. My guys love Christmas decorations, and I think they like my autumn decorations and perhaps Easter. But Valentine's Day? Do they care?

To tell the truth, I don't know if they care or not. Maybe it makes no difference to them at all. But I like to have a little holiday decor, if only as a way to change things up a bit.

My mother's dough cabinet is my favorite spot to decorate for holidays, and to it I've added just a bit of Valentine's spice:

The "Hugs and Kisses" jar I've had for several years; it comes out just for Valentine's Day each year. This year I added the ceramic heart platter from the One Spot at Target, along with the heart-shaped tealights. I filled my antique canning jars with candy conversation hearts from Dollar Tree.

The candlesticks were recent Goodwill finds, $2.00 for the pair. They started life like this:

I painted them Heirloom White (what else)? I also used Heirloom white to transform a plate purchased for 89 cents at Goodwill into a cream-colored platter, then added the chalkboard paint to the middle.

By the way, have you seen the chalkboard platters you can purchase ready-made from Pottery Barn?

Aren't they adorable? But $99 for two?! I think I'll stick with my 89-cent plate.

So I spent less than $10 and have a Valentine's display that satisfies my craving for holiday decor without being over the top.

What about you? Do you decorate for small holidays?


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it. I don't decorate for all the holidays, but I so appreciate it when others do. Your display is just charming. I love the dough cabinet too. It is wonderful. Hope you have a great day. Hugs, Marty said...

i did not always decorate for all the holidays but now i do.
i am so looking forward to st patricks day... it is my favorite!!
ahh nevermind they are all my favorite!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I feel so bad for the people who buy the PB platters without knowing that there is such an easy and cheap alternative. ;) Love your made-over candlesticks!!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

P.S. Holly from Homebody is hosting a PB knock-off party on should link your cute little chalkboard plate up. :)

Carmen said...

I decorate for any holiday I can. Haha. I love your chalkboard plate. So much better than PB's $99 price! Love the candlesticks too. I have a couple thrift store candlesticks at my house waiting for a makeover. ;)

Lorie said...

Isn't it crazy how expensive those are!! And it makes me laugh that they are showing up in the Pottery Barn catalog MONTHS after they made their way around the blogosphere as a DIY project! ;D

As for decorating...I didn't do nearly as much for Valentine's Day as I would have liked. I am still stuck in a rut since out move at the beginning of the year!

Nancy said...

Very cute!


ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I haven't done any Valentine decorating. Love the candlestick transformations! And your 89 cent platter project is divine! Thrifty and beautiful!!


Dawn said...

i love your valentine's display! i use my hutch for my main displays too... then it just spreads. i probably have too many holiday decorations!

Gena said...

I decorate for every holiday imaginable. I've done it for so long that my kids, even the grown-up ones, won't allow me to stop. And I love every minute of it.

Your decorations are adorable. I think they're just right for Valentine's Day.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Very cute ideas! I don't decorate for Valentine's day but I do try to do a couple of special little things to make my kids feel special. Although I haven't quite gotten organized yet this year so I hope I'll pull it together by Sunday!


M.O.T.B said...

I love these! What a great idea. I might attempt these!

New Every Morning said...

Looks great! I love the table ... and it was your mother's? How special!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Richella, it all looks so pretty! I love your cabinet for one and all items you added to celebrate VDay! Those PB Platters are crazy! If people only knew how easy it was to make one - what a racket!


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