Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy St. Valentine's Day!


Happy St. Valentine's Day to all of you! 

I don't normally celebrate St. Valentine's Day, but friends of mine sent me a box of chocolates!  And I reminded myself that I had intended to celebrate all holidays this year, to the extent I am able.

Since there are pink accents in my living room already, I decided to go with pink and hearts as my decor theme.  I moved a heart-shaped picture frame (with a photograph of my mother and me when I was pregnant with my daughter) from the bedroom to the living room mantel:

My Mother and Me

And I pulled together a tablescape with items I had on hand: 5 small heart-shaped containers, a book about hearts to craft, and the set of 3 candle holders with pink tea-light candles in them, on a pink and white doily (notice how the leaves on the flowers resemble hearts!) my mother crocheted:

Coffee Table Decor

The three tiny heart-shaped tins were bought when I was at university in Wisconsin, back in the mid-1970s!  I normally keep them on the display shelf in my bathroom. The other two containers were trinket/jewellery boxes; the white ceramic one was a gift from my sister to my daughter and the red plastic one was a gift from my mother to me (originally there were 3 nesting boxes).  Their lids have broken, but I keep and use the bottoms to hold coins, pins, etc. on my dressing table (I just transferred the contents to other containers to free them up for the display).

I considered making a garland of hearts for the mantel, but decided it would be too much.  I want something subtle enough to be kept on display for the rest of the month of February, even after St. Valentine's Day is over.

Daughter has gone out to breakfast with two of her friends (my friend's daughters; our daughters have been friends since they were 3 and 4 years old!)

I am having a quiet morning.  I plan to sew on my quilt and vacuum, later (I dusted, yesterday).  I would also like to tidy up the kitchen a bit more, if I feel up to it. 

Today, I am grateful for:

- Gift of chocolates from friends
- Gift of good friends for my daughter
- A reminder to celebrate each day
- A warm, sunny day
- Being able to decorate with what I already have

I wish you all a lovely day, today, spent in the company of loved ones.  Do please go ahead and have a chocolate to celebrate St. Valentine's Day:

Chocolate Ganache Cups


  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Bless. I love your decorations and the pink and white crochet doiley that your mother made is perfect to include. The leaves do indeed look like hearts.
    I have a computer-generated valentine on the fridge that our granddaughter made, and I've been sending animated Valentine e-cards! I enjoy choosing them because they are quite entertaining.

    1. Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Bushlady. Those e-cards are fun, aren't they?

  2. Those chocolates look yummy. And that's a beautiful picture. Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Thank you, Jess. Hope you had a lovely day celebrating Valentine's Day with your husband and son.

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Bless! Your chocolates look absolutely wonderful!!

    1. You are quite welcome, Carolyn. I get my decorating tips from you! :)

  4. Love the photo of you /your mom [and your daughter]. Frame is beautiful..Your Valentine's day décor looks nice. and those chocolates...................oh my.. they look yummy..
    Hope you and daughter have a lovely day.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Thought hard about putting a picture of myself on the blog and decided it would be OK to put one taken 23 years ago! LOL.


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