1/28/13

My Sweet Valentine!


Hey everyone!  Happy Monday to ya'll!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and persevered through whatever kind of weather Dear Mother Nature presented you with.  Our "gift" was RAIN -- like bucketsful!  Not what we are used to, but our January weather has been everything except the norm.  Oh well, it is what it is, right?

I've been working on some sewing projects this past week.  Some were new ideas and others were from my "some day" stash.  Do ya'll have "some day" projects?  I much prefer to label them this way rather than the "stuff I haven't gotten 'round to yet."  LOL!  Anyway, just thought I'd share some of what I've gotten completed.  This is all happening in our breakfast room.



This is what our built-in buffet looked like in my last post.

And this is what it looks like now.
I was totally inspired by Jane at Cottage at the Crossroads for her adorable fabric hearts!  Jane had her sweet little hearts displayed in a lovely dough bowl, but my dough bowl is otherwise occupied in another vignette; but I had this cute little wire basket that my lamp fit into perfectly, so 
this is what I used.

I simply stitched up a bunch at the sewing machine, leaving a small area for stuffing, and then finished them during some TV time.

I'm already thinking about making some simple squares out of some spring-like fabric to add to this same little basket for an Easter-Spring look.


It was fun going through my fabric scraps to make the hearts, and then finding one of my "some day" projects -- Valentine napkins that were already cut!  Stitch, press, DONE!

I bought a couple of drop cloths awhile back and whipped up this cute little tablecloth. 


You can call me lazy or brilliantly clever, but when I cut out my cloth, I saved all the pre-hemmed edges of the drop cloth and used them for the hem on the ruffle.  Saved me a whole lot of extra ironing and sewing!

Simple, simple centerpiece using a silver charger, a red candle from Christmas, a little heart-shaped bottle from the $Store last year, a faux daisy from my my stash, and my red Fiesta salt & pepper.

Then I decided to create a quick Valentine's Day Tablescape for Two!
Created with things I already had.  I'm smiling -- this makes me happy!

Placemats and napkins are Waverly from Tuesday Morning several years ago.

Chalkboard chargers are ones I made before Christmas.  Flatware is from pre-Christmas sale 
at World Market.

Bird plates are from Pier 1 a few years ago, and the dinner plates are my Fiestas.

Simply tied a little heart ornament around the napkin.

Added one of my little cloth hearts to the wine glass since it's just a tad bit early for me to
actually indulge!



Since we will probably be "eating in" for Valentine's Day, I think this tablescape will be quite nice!

Whew....... that was a lot of pictures and you are probably exhausted by now, so
how about a cup of coffee?  Right now, Red Velvet Cake is brewing!

Well, I'm feeling refreshed and energized now, how about you?  Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember you are always welcome here!
I love to party here:
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin for Decorating on a Budget
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Table Top Tuesdays
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 
Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading
Karen at Sew Many Ways for Sew Darn Crafty


26 comments:

Kristi said...

Instead of squares for spring/Easter, how about ovals, to resemble eggs? Just a thought.

Your decor is beautiful! Maybe I should get on the bandwagon and stitch up some fabric hearts.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Your little sweet hearts are so cute in the basket....What a great idea and project!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Carol, how cute! I love the little stuffed hearts on your buffet. Your tablescape is pretty, too. Love the toile linens and the bird plate, too!

Jo May said...

Carol I think that is very clever saving the hems and using for the ruffles,and those little hearts are precious.Tablescape is so romantical.
~Jo @ LoblollyLane

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

You did a great job on the tablecloth and I think using the finished edges was a great idea! Cute hearts and napkins too-enjoy:@)

Mrs R said...

Carol, your tablescape is adorable! Good job!

Gina said...

It looks like "love in in the air" at your home, Carol! Your buffet looks pretty and I love your hearts...so cute! You did an excellent job on the tablecloth. I love it!

Susie said...

I love your use of scarlet fiesta ware! A kindred spirit for sure

must love junk said...

Everything looks so cute and festive! Love the little hearts and the pretty tablecloth!
Susan

Maria Elena said...

Carol, I love your tablecloth! What a beautiful table you put together! The little hearts are such a wonderful addition to your buffet. Very, very pretty!

Shelia said...

Hi Carol! Oh, your hearts are darling and so is your tablescape.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Joani said...

Simply lovely. Have a great week.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Hi Carol, I love your tablecloth you made. I personally think you are brilliant!! The Valentine table is beautiful! Blessings, Tammy

thepaintedapron.com said...

Your hearts are adorable, as is your table for 2!
Jenna

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Hey there sweet lady. Just thought I would swing by and say hello and see what you have been up to. That Valentine's table for two is absoulutely adorable! I would have never thought of such, but leave it to someone as creative as you. I can't believe it will be Valentine's day soon. Anyway, have a great one!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Such a sweet Valentines table and your hearts are perfect...love them! Yes, I'd sooo love some coffee, Red Velvet Cake sounds YUMMY! Hope you have a GREAT Saturday...
Blessings,
Cindy

Lil said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! My word this year is Grace and it's great to see others jumping in on a word for the year!

Have a wonderful day and I hope the baseboard duster works for you!
http://cottagesweetcottage.blogspot.com/

Diane Writes said...

Hi Carol! I love everything here. I can feel the valentine atmosphere. I love your red plates and some touches of black and white with it. Wish I could be invited in your beautiful dining place haha

Have a great weekend!

Amanda said...

Your breakfast room looks lovely, the stuffed hearts are adorable!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Just beautiful Carol! Love the red too!
Thanks so much for the sweet comment, I'm feeling a lot better!

Becca said...

So "love"ly, CAS! I envy your seamstress skills that you can just "whip up" such sweet hearts! Love the tablecloth and your vignettes (and coffee bar) are awesome! Oh, and the red bird plates have always been a fave of mine!

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Valentine post at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everything looks lovely! Have a wonderful week!

Jody

Kelly said...

I like your little fabric hearts. That's so nice that you can just whip those up in your spare time. I'm also loving your ruffled table cloth you made. Great idea saving that hemmed edge too!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Carol, you have been sewing up a storm! I am so impressed with your tablecloth with the ruffle! So pretty along with your entire tablescape! And your hearts turned out great. I like someone's suggestion about making egg-shaped ones!

Lisa Montsion said...

I just wanted to let you know that I think your amazing at sewing.

lisa

Carol said...

Thank you so much, Lisa! I've been sewing for more years than I want to count!

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