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.
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