I've decorated the house some, here and there, keeping everything in the holiday spirit!
My dining room table is set up very simply, and I've kept my medium-sized Christmas tree out for the year, like I said I would!
I'm afraid it needs a few more Valentine decorations to cover up the white wire that comes with the strand of heart lights. Thanks to Debi, at Dly's Hooks and Yarns, who sent me a few heart shaped bangle bracelets. With those, and her pattern, which you can find HERE, I made three of these ornaments to hang on it!
I skipped rows to get the size I wanted, and then just added a ribbon and rose, but I love them, Debbie! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!
At the center of the tree, there hangs a tag I received in a swap from Jane, at Anything but.. Plain Jane. A very pretty collage of pretty things on this one.. I love it Jane! Thank you!
Of course I couldn't forget to decorate without at least a couple of my favorite dollies...
..so here they set at the bottom of my tree. Next year, maybe I'll have a little heart shaped box of chocolates held in the larger dolls hands!
Moving to the kitchen, you see my window, always kept closed, for the view I'd rather not see outside it. Still, I do my best to keep it cheery looking.
The dollies and animals may not be everybody's cup of tea, but they are my cup of tea! They make me smile! The cafe curtain look is new, though! I bought three table runners at the dollar store, and used them for curtains instead! The decoupaged vase in the center of the sill is one I made last year. The pinwheel was made by and given to me by one of my nieces! The doll in red gingham was once a good friend's, who is no longer with us. So you see, sometimes my style of decor holds more sentiment than the eye can see.
I've been so busy with schooling, keeping house, an irregular work schedule, errands, wedding planning with Dear Daughter, etc., etc... Occasionally, I try to paint, collage, or doodle something into my Book of Days journal, like this one, I most recently did...
Still, at night, I kick up my feet, light a candle, watch some t.v., or a movie, and work away at the wool-eater afghan I'm making! I will show how that's coming along tomorrow, hopefully.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentine's Day today,
"If you have only one smile in you,
give it to the people you love."
Thanks so much for having tea with me today!