Thursday, January 17, 2013

Friday's Favs....Love is in the air

I wrote a post this week about how I beat the winter doldrums.  
One thing that cheers me up is creating something or puttering around and rearranging things in my little nest.

This week, I decided to go ahead and give in to the fact that love is in the air.
It's almost Valentine's Day!
I chose to do my Valentine mantel in neutral tones, instead of the obvious reds and pinks.
I didn't want to tire of my mantel decor before Valentine's Day actually arrives.

I bought the small Xs and Os and the grapevine heart at Michael's crafts store and the large wooden X and O at Joann's Fabrics.
The large letters were bare wood, so I applied a quick coat of dark Old English, followed by some paste wax.
The small letters are chipboard and I just left them as is.
Both Michael's and Joann's have phone apps that give you their latest coupons which made this project pretty thrifty.

I'm really loving the kisses and hugs theme!
 The grandkids, and even the Hubs, 
gave me kisses and hugs for the number of them found on the mantel.
How many Xs and Os do you see?

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
and a BLESSED weekend!

I'm Lovin' It at TidyMomvintage inspiration button              1aaadoveladygfairy006

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Adorned From Above

Also linking to Jennifer Rizzo's Fabulously Creative Friday

and Shabby Creek Cottage Valentine Link Party


  1. I thoroughly enjoy your decorating ideas.

  2. Oh this is very pretty! I love clean looking decorations, especially after the fusiness of the holidays. And love that towel! I have a thing for french tea towels.

  3. The big XO is wonderful. I also like that their is no red here. Not that I am opposed to red.

  4. Very creative take on Valentine's Day. Love your mantel!
    Mary Alice

  5. This is just lovely. I like the Xs and Os. My Valentine mantle centers around wedding photos, some cardboard letters and boxes from JoAnn's and a few of the Valentine cards my husband and I have given each other for the last 33 years.

  6. Lovin your XO theme. Super cute!!!! New follower. Follow me too at

  7. Love all the Valentines x's and o's. Very cute...I am a new follower! :)

  8. I love you Valentine's mantel, Elizabeth. It looks great! I like that it makes a subtle statement.


  9. I think you have the BEST ideas. I never would have thought of XO's for valentine's day. :)

  10. Your mantel is so charming! I love idea of using nuetral tones along with is few pops of red. Great idea - looks amazing.

  11. It looks so pretty- I love how you did a neutral version of Valentine's decorating!

  12. Such a pretty mantel! I love the natural look.

  13. Love,love your mantel. The vintage feel with Valentine touches
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week - would love to have you stop by and share!

  14. I recently became one of your newest followers. Would love for you to follow my blog at Maddiebella Home. I'm new to blogging, and I'm loving all of the beautiful creativity in the blogger world.


    Betty ( Maddiebella Home)


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