Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pink Hearts & Feathers



I'm really excited to share with you today what I accomplished yesterday. Besides (finally) digging my way out of the mess I had in my dining room I managed to make a Valentine centerpiece for our table, as well as set a tablescape for a romantic dinner tonight with Trucker.

Now before you start looking at pictures let me tell you a little about what I have done. My centerpiece is made from tree branches that I found laying in our yard after a storm blew through a few days ago. I was inspired by many Valentine trees I have seen floating around the blogland lately. If I could pick just one blog to highlight and give credit to I would, but there's been many of them. After picking out the tree branches I decided I wanted something with a little bling added to them. I grabbed my can of Metallic Silver spray paint and gave them a good once over. When they dried and I went to add them to a vase all I had was some cut glass ones that naturally was clear. To my eye this just didn't work. Once again I grabbed that trusty can of spray paint and went about spraying one of the vases. It turned out really pretty.

I placed and arranged the branches how I wanted them to look. Ok, here's where the fun part came in. I wanted my tree to have bling but be romantic and soft at the same time. I used almost all pinks, silver, pearls, ribbons and very little red. A few years ago I owned a home based business for cards and invitations. I had lots of scrapbook papers, ribbons, and cards left from this after I decided to close the business. I found a bunch of leftover Valentine Cards that I had made so I took those and cut the heart shapes from these cards. Most were already decorated and I had nothing to do but cut them.

After I got them all hung on the tree I decided it still needed a little something more. Something soft, romantic and unique. Once again I found feathers. Hot pink and soft pink feathers. I know shocking right? I started making little feather and flower pieces and then hot glued them to the branches. I also took some metallic silver wide ribbon and made a bow for the tree topper. This is what my Valentine tree turned out to be.

It was lots of fun to make as well as being totally thrifty. The only cost was the spray paint which I actually had purchased a couple of weeks ago and used many times since.

Feathers and Hearts

For the table setting I used two of my doilies that were hand crocheted by my grandmother and underneath I placed a soft pink 12X12 piece of cardstock. The china you have seen before in other tablescapes and it was handed down from Truckers family. The champagne flutes will be filled with (of course) champagne and we like to then add Raspberry Chambord. The flatware is our everyday flatware and nothing fancy but we love it. To give the champagne flutes a little added bling they both have charms on them in different color crystals and I have tied a pink metallic ribbon around the stem of each one.




I hope you enjoyed the Pink Hearts and Feathers Valentine Tree and find some inspiration for yourself.

I also wanted to show a couple of things I have done to our fireplace mantle as well. (Oh my goodness, I just realized how dirty the mirror is, please over look that). The kids wanted to add a little Valentine's Day to it. So they placed a big red Valentine's Bear that Trucker got me last Valentine's Day on it. They also added the charming little heart shaped white basket I picked up at the thrift store the other day for .25 cents. I also added another mosaic candle holder that I found at Fred's marked down after Christmas for $2.00

Well ladies, this is all I've got for today as I'm still digging my way out of the mess. Happy to say that I'm almost done and finished. Once done I'll show you the results.

Today I'm linking with everyone you see added below. Simply click the buttons to be taken to their blogs and enjoy what everyone has posted. Or better yet, take part in them yourself.




36 comments:

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Treasia! I am visiting you here today via Jana's Quick Project Thursday event, and it's so nice to meet you! LOVE your Valentine Tree Centerpiece!.. And being a crocheter, I did not miss catching that very pretty crochet doily you used for the place setting you showed too! ~tina

Stephanie Lynn said...

Your centerpiece turned out so darling. Your china is gorgeous and I love the idea of using the carstock along with the crochet doily..it's beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful dinner!

The Southern Belle said...

Your tablescape is feminine - so "Valentinezy" Great idea to use those light feathers. You can see through the tree to have table conversation. Perfect!

Cynthia said...

I love your Valentine tree. I am going to attempt to make one this year. Have a great day!

Julie Harward said...

THANKS FOR THE KIND WORDS :) YOUR TABLE LOOKS PRETTY, LOVE THE LACE UNDER THE PLATE TOO..PRETTY CENTERPIECE! :D

Chari said...

Hi Treasia...

My friend, it looks like you are ready for Valentine's Day with that beautiful tablescape and festive mantel! Love, love, LOVE your pretty pink hearts and feathers tree...it's perfect for a Valentine's table centerpiece! You're so clever and creative! I had never thought about using feathers to decorate with for Valentine's day but they're perfect! So soft and romantic!!! Ohhh...and your place settings are gorgeous! What pretty china and I just loved that you used your grandmother's pretty doily! After seeing all of your pretties, I'm ready to celebrate! Would love to try the raspberry chambord...I love anything raspberry! You'll have to tell me what kind of a liquorer that it is!

Well my friend, beautifully done! Thank you so much for sharing your pretties with us today...what a treat!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

HollyC said...

Hi Treasia,

I am so happy that I found your blog today!! My daughter and I were working on our Valentine Tree and we just thought it needed a little something extra. Now, I think it's gonna be feathers!!! (if I can find any)Yay! Everything on your table is beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.

Holly

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

that is gorgeous!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Tresia, this is so pretty. I love the addition of the feathers, and spray painting that vase was brilliant. Your grandmother's doilies are so pretty and perfect for a romantic Valentine's dinner. laurie

MercedesLouise said...

I love using branches for table decorations. I have never used it for Valentine's so thank you for the inspiration. Drop by and say hi.
Mercedes

Lori said...

That turned out so pretty... I have some tree limbs in my yard. Now let me put on my thinking cap...

Thanks for joining my party...

Lori

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love your Valentine tree. I do hope that was just a florist vase that you sprayed. The cut glass lover in me cringed when you said you sprayed cut glass! Eek! I think the feathers were a great idea, so soft.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Sue

design_aholic said...

Oh, I just love the valentine's pink tree! I have branches I gathered back in the fall to do something like this with, and haven't yet... doh!

Diann @ the Thirfty Groove said...

Oh, that turned out so sweet! All you valentine things are so pretty!

Debbie~ said...

How fun your centerpiece is!!! I love the feathers and well everything, it's perfect!!! I hope your dinner was as romantic as the table was beautiful! :)
Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Hootin' Anni said...

So pretty. I do love the pastel pinks myself.

My show n tell is nothing but January Clearance items that I found if you'd like to view them....

HERE

Would really enjoy your company today if you have time to stop by.

Debbie said...

L O V E the Valentine tree, what a great idea!!~

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Thanks for giving me a great idea. I'll get it together and post about it later.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I am so glad you found your way to the Mantel Party in order to share all of your Valentine's ideas! I love your tree :).

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Amy's party. :) Your Valentine's tree is lovely! I love the idea of incorporating natural elements with some glitz. :) Here's my "victory of the week":
http://serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com/2010/01/champagne-taste-on-beer-budget-or.html

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Treasia, everything is wonderful but I especially like your mantel. Wonderful!

Barb

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Wow, everything you've done is just beautiful. I really love that little V's Day tree! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings, Grace

Terry said...

What a romantic tree you made. It is so nice that I am going to show this to my Daughter, she was wanting something different to do this year for Valentines.

Lori Kees said...

Wow, your blog is much more full than mine. I'm very new at this thing. Thanks for the comment about my blog name. Also, I love the lace doily under the china plate. Great idea. Lori

Susan S. said...

Hey girlie...just popped in from A-Z blog that's hosting Mantle Friday. LOVE all the cool blogs, including yours that I am finding. Your Valentine tree is precious. Happy New Year from Houston!

Chari said...

Hey sweet friend...

Just coming back by for the mantel party! I wanted to get another peek at your fabulous pink heart and feather tree!!! This is just sooo pretty, Tresia!!!

How are you doing today, my friend? I'm really enjoying the mantel party...and I'm baking chocolate pecan chip cookies too! Hehe! Talk with you later, Darlin'!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Tresia!!!

You sure did have your plate full today!! I love the feather tree. I have one for Christmas and never thought to use it for anything else. So pretty!!

I love your mantel too. The mirror is gorgeous!!

xoxo
Jane

jen said...

i love using tree branchess and nature stuff -- i made a mobile for my baby's room using branches - love your creativity!

Linda said...

What a PURDY tree you have here...thanks for coming by for a visit!

Blessings,
Linda

Gail said...

Your centerpiece turned out beautiful. I agree with you about all the many bloggers out there using tree branches and coming up with some creative uses for them. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I've enjoyed my visit with yours.

Nanna said...

I love it! I have sprayed painted many a tree branch to make a tree for all occasions LOL LOL

Helen

Desiree said...

I love it! I am inspired now! The whole centerpiece is gorgeous!
Thanks for the sweet comments!
Desiree@ShabbySerenity

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty and festive! Now you're all set for Valentine's -- now I'm really loving that beautifully crocheted doily! Beautiful!

Jan ~ BellaCasa said...

Very cute...looks like you are ready for Valentine's Day.

Jan

Gayle from Southern Thresholds said...

that tree is very creative! love it all!

design_aholic said...

Hey Looks Great! I love the twig idea for the "tree". I've still got my twigs that I haven't done anything with yet, but this may inspire me :)

Thanks for linking up your victory for VOTW @ Design-Aholic. Make sure to come back again, I can't wait to see what you have next!

-Amy