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Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day Blog Party

Today, I join with Laurie at Bargain Hunting & Chatting with Laurie for her Valentine's Day party.  Thanks, Laurie, for hosting this fun party!  I didn't decorate alot this year because it hasn't been that long since I finished putting the Christmas decorations away.  SIGH...They didn't jump back in the boxes as easily as they came out, for some reason.  (And it's not because I did alot of after Christmas shopping!  REALLY!)

So, welcome to our home.  This is the back of the front door.
The foyer table...
up close...just realized I forgot my red rose wreath on this mirror that so many of you commented on last year.  Don't you hate when you do that and have to wait another year to use the decoration?
the living room...
can't wait to get this room painted...

a kissing ball...(the wall really isn't this green!)

(Melissa Miller, that picture was for you!  LOL!)

the great room mantel...
still wish we had a mantel without the tv hole.  They invented a cordless phone, why not a cordless tv/dvd player?
told you I have a dish problem...SIGH.

wish I had taken a better picture of this...the angel is sitting on a red leather heart shaped box.  SORRY.

the keeping room (does anyone know why it's called that?  We're not really keeping things in there that we're not keeping in the other rooms! lol!)...
(yes, I stay up late.  I like Letterman, but can't wait until Jay's back on at 11:35!  I was never a Conan fan, were you?)

So, of the few (don't laugh!) things I did buy in after Christmas clearance sales, I happened upon some heart ornaments, so I decided to have a "Love Tree" for Valentine's Day.  Let's take a look...

The same angel as used at Christmas.  The gold angels are from Bed, Bath & Beyond after Christmas clearance 2 or 3 years ago.


the goldish-red hearts (above and below) were purchased at Dillard's after Christmas 2009.  The L-O-V-E sign came from a local thrift store, but orignally came from Target because I bought one years ago, and it's pictured on the great room mantel photo.  Some of these angels were also on either of our Christmas trees.

the little red birds were from Dollar Tree after Christmas clearance 2009. 
The same for the red hearts pictured below, except they came from Tuesday Morning
The white angel and the cloth "Happy Valentine's Day" heart were thrift store finds.

Some vintage reproduction cards on the pantry door.


And finally, I thought I'd show you a Valentine card I received from my parents growing up! 

Isn't she sweet?

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a great Valentine's Day weekend!  Sounds like we're going to get a little more snow.   I'll be soooo glad to bid winter farewell!

69 comments:

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Penny, I LOVE your door and sidelights- gorgeous! I know I was supposed to be look at that pretty heart on the door knob, but I was so taken by the door. Your "Love" Tree is such a great idea, and you've got some great ornaments on it. Those angles with the trumpets (on top of a piece of furniture) are so pretty, and of course, I loved your vintage card display and that precious V'tine card your parents gave you (I have a birthday card from my childhood with a similar little girl on it). I am so with you about the "keeping" room thing. I have always wondered what that was all about. Thank you so much for joining the party! I know you must be soo busy, and I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. laurie

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Now Penny, we have to talk ~ you didn't decorate A LOT? Methinks you DID!! I'm in a funk with my decorating lately. So I've had such a good time visiting your beautiful home. It is always inspiring to visit you and I just love your style of decorating. Did I spy a Lefton Angel/Devil on your entry table? I love those little guys!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Rettabug said...

What a beautiful home you have, Penny! I ♥ ♥ ♥ all your ♥'s! LOL
I think you went all out for Valentines Day & I can't imagine what else you have yet to display. :D

BTW, a wireless TV is coming out in a year or two. I am waiting to buy one for my sunroom. I want it up high on the wall WITHOUT cords hanging down.

Oh & I found this about keeping rooms: "A keeping room is an area just off the kitchen of a home. Keeping rooms date back to Colonial times when families would sleep in that area when the rest of the house was cold. Since the area could be heated by the kitchen stove, it often provided the only heated place in the house. Today, a keeping room is called by many different names, depending on one's geographical location, such as a family room, a great room and a hearth room."

It was also sometimes called a "gathering room". We call ours the sunroom because of all the windows. :D

Thank you for your well wishes for our anniversary.
fondly,
Rett

Beth in NC said...

Oh wow. Everyone is using your name on here and I thought it was secret! LOL

Ok, I feel like a horrible Mom. I don't have ONE Valentine's decoration. All I have up is a card that we got in the mail for Valentine's. lol Sheesh. I feel like such a slacker. I must improve and start decorating for Easter!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love this, Penny! It looks so festive... and you have tons of decorations! Your love tree is so sweet, as are all of your cherubs. And I think my favorite decoration is the wreath with the vintage cards. How cute is that!

Here's wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Darlene said...

I love all of your Valentine decorations! Too sweet. The tree with the angels and valentines is just adorable. Hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day.♥

SmilingSally said...

Hi Penny,

This is the first time I've ever seen/heard of a Love Tree; you might have something going here. We could leave the tree up a bit longer.

I decorated MUCH LESS than you. Have a great day!

Sally

Joyce said...

I love the vintage cards on the heart the best:) I have saved some cards from when my children were in grammar school but wish I had saved more. Thankfully they are selling the reproductions now and they are just the cutest little cards ever. Wasn't this the most fun party ever and we did not even have to get out of PJs to come along:) Happy Valentine's day.
Joyce

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

I just love all your Valentine decor! {and you said you didn't decorate alot! LOL!} ...especially the Valentine Tree! It is beautiful! I just took David's Christmas tree out of his room last week!!! I kid you not! LOL! I should have done something like your tree, but I didn't have the pretty ornaments, so maybe next year! And you reminded me of my red feather wreath I could have used, when you mentioned yours! LOL! I should have viewed your post before I finished putting my decorations up! I could have gotten lots of great ideas from you! :)

The card from your parents when you were small is precious! What a treasure to have!

And yes, sounds like we will have snow in the morning when we awake! The kids are excited, except for being disappointed it isn't snowing on a school day! LOL!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Valentines Day! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

Cathy said...

What wonderful decorations! I love the vintage cards...you have really gone all out! I love it all!

Happy Valentine's Day!
XOXO
Cathy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

This Valentine party is fun. I loved your post. You are so funny. I love posts that make me laugh and yours definitely did. Thanks!!! And thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

Kim

P.S. I guess every room in my house is a keeping room as well. I keep lots of stuff in my rooms. In fact, I could use a few more keeping rooms.

shirley said...

I love the decorations. I like 'Less' that really is more. Well done and so pretty. Love your vintage decorated heart. Cupid likes it too!

Chari said...

Hi Penny...

Ohh my...I love your home! It's gorgeous, my friend! And...you have decorated it so beautifully for Valentine's! You are way ahead of me! Hehe! I have to tell you that I just love your large, gold frenchy mirror in the entryway! Ooohhh!!! Also love those darling little cherubs...the three playing their horns!!! My friend, your heart tree is absolutely stunning!!! I love the idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous home with us!

I also would like to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my Beloved Valentine table...and leaving such a sweet note! Thank you!!!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

ellen b. said...

What lovely touches of Valentines throughout your home! Very nice...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have so many beautiful accessories! Your childhood Valentine is very special!

I'm a little late for Laurie's Valentine party, but I just posted!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Katherine

Liz said...

I love your tree! That is the neatest thing ever! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

~Liz

Kristens Creations said...

Your home is really pretty! Love that green wall...How clever to do a Valentine tree...love it! Happy Valentine's Day to you. Kristen

Melissa Miller said...

Everything is so fun and cheerful at your home Tar! I just LOVE the round iron piece like you knew that I would. That is a bright and fun green wall color girl! Your entry table is beautiful. The tree is gorgeous! What a great idea to decorate it for Valentines Day. It all looks so pretty!

Happy Valentines Day~ ~Melissa :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a sweet treat! Love truly lives in the details.

Happy hearts day!

Patriotic Mom said...

How sweet you saved you card from your parents! Your tree is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your decorations. Joan

daylily777 said...

It is all very beautiful !
Happy valentine's Day !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Miss Janice said...

Love, love that tree and all the fabulous ornaments! I also love the darling card you received in childhood from your parents. {To be honest, after Johnny Carson, I am spoiled--but def Jay over Conan}

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my did you go all out for Valentines!! I love the sweet heart hanging from your front door and I see you left a tree up too!!

Happy Valentines day!

blessings
mary

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a great idea your love tree is! I may try that next year on a smaller version..lol. I adore all your angels sitting around. I have one in each room... to look over us.. Happy Valentine's Day!
hugs ~lynne~

xinex said...

The love tree is so neat, what a great idea! I love the cherubs and the topiary and the foyer mirror and the vintage cards and everything!!!..Christine

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy Valentine's day sweet Penny...girl this all looks wonderful and I love the VD tree now thats' romantic...You really out did yourself my friend...How did the Baby girl like her first Valentine's day did you give her some sweets...Love your china Penny yo do have some beautiful dishes I spooted in there... Love to you my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful post. Such lovely things!!! But my favorite was the card at the end. I'm glad to know I'm not the only sentimental card saver. : )
M.L.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What wonderful Valentine's Decor at your home -- so fun and festive -- sweet little Valentine card too.

Lynette said...

Sorry I'm just getting around to see your pretty Valentine decorations - I've been very busy for the past couple of weeks!

Me, mom, one of mom's friends and Kristen (from work) are going to the Home & Garden show at the convention center this weekend - gotta start getting some yard ideas - low maintenance being a top priority!

I need to remember the names of those places you told me to go so we can check them out before to long - I wish I could say I'll take your bet, but I'd lose - the one about me not coming out of there empty handed!

Hope you and the girls are good - hey, email me the names of those places again, if you have a minute. Just send it to the email on my blog! No rush - thanks!

Have a good week!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, Penny! I'm about to be computerless for a bit, but I wanted to be sure and drop by to wish you a wonderful week. Thanks for viting me, too! :-) Loved looking at your decorations again... you really did go all out! I hope your Valentine's Day was a special one.

Give that precious baby a hug for me!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Is your birthday the 18th?? Happy bday girlfriend! So did you get the Brighton bracelet? That is what I have....in fact, my son gave it to me and just told me he wants to add to it this Sunday for me. They have really added a lot off gorgeous charms...let me know. I love Brighton!!

A Hint of Home said...

All your table vingettes are pretty. I really love your Valentine tree.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Screaming Meme said...

How fun is this idea! I love it! Hi, My name is Meme from Screaming Meme...I would love for you to stop in and check out Screaming Meme...It is a decorating blog....

I have another comical blog called This Family's Gone Crackers...It is a comical journey of my family going INSANELY gluten free...

www.thescreamingmeme.blogspot.com
www.thisfamilysgonecrackers.blogspot.com

Hope to see you there, Meme

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Penny~What a treat to see all your Valentines decor. The V-Day tree is amazing what a grand statement. I love all your little touches it really maked the theme stand out so beautifully. The kissing ball is such a charming idea that I've always wanted to try. Red roses are the quintessential flower of romance, which I love decorating with too.

We had a lovely Valentines...my son, daughter in-love and their friend came home (with 2 dogs) for the three day weekend. They participated in a 18 mile bike ride in Oregon on Valentines day. The Weather has been unusually sunny and pretty dry for the most part, which we've embraced with open arms.
The most interesting thing we saw on Valentines...was a house fully decorated and lit in Christmas lights down to the candy canes.
now that's a fierce dedication to Christmas.

come by for a visit your company would be nice.
Sweet wishes,
Sara

Carolyn said...

Wow! You went all out-I have never seen a home so well decorated for Valentine's Day!
Carolyn

Jeanne said...

What a darling valentines post Penny. It all looks so festive. Pretty sneaky fitting in your tree with hearts and flowers. And I can't forget the LOVE. Just darling, I do love how everything looks. I didn't decorate hardly at all this year. I will do better next year. right now I am thinking of Easter. I have lots more Easter things than decor for valentines day.

Kiss that darling baby for me.
Hugs, Jeanne

Vicki said...

Hi, Penny,
Your home is so pretty, and I enjoyed so much seeing your Valentine decorations! I love how you decorated your pantry door with the vintage Valentines, and your Valentine tree is the cutest! It is wonderful that you still have the sweet Valentine your parents gave you! Thank you so much for stopping by Bunny Cottage for a visit! I have enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you! I hope you have had a lovely week! Vicki

Debbie said...

Pretty pretty decor!!~ Just wait til you get that WOW store. It lives up to it's name for sure!~ I do not own it, I wish!!~ A Turkish man does, obviously doing well, good prices for the most part!!~ And great selection too...be on the look out for me it is 30 seconds and I have three 4 small shots.....

bj said...

O, Tar...your decorations are just out of this world...and your home is just beautiful ! I'm luvin' your Love Tree!! :)
hugs, bj

Angie said...

I know it's past V. Day, but I'm gonna comment anyway. Love all your beautiful decorations! So neat that you have a niche to put your TV in.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Well, I am late to the party as usual....I will say I am impressed, because I did nothing for V-day! Your home is just beautiful.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Penny, thanks so much for coming by and seeing me girl..I always love your sweet visits...How are your daughter doing my friend...Hope you have a Great week...hugs and smiles Gloria

kim said...

The SLH red piece I have is discontinued. You may be able to find it on ebay. Good prices, too.

Patricia said...

How beautiful!!!! Your home is stunning!
I love the tree!!! How fabulous!

It is so nice to meet you
Many Blessings
Patricia

Natasha said...

Sorry it has taken so long to visit but Happy Valentine's Day! I love your pretty decorations and I adore all of your beautiful cherubs.

Best wishes for a wonderful week,
Natasha.

Kim said...

I am majorly coveting your foyer mirror. Thank you for stopping by my blog - it's so fun discovering a new blog. You asked about my moss balls. I really don't remember for I bought them, I think it was a boutique-type store, sorry I couldn't be of more help. I'm off to look around. Oh- darling pantry door display, too.

Melissa Miller said...

Hey Tar!!!
Thanks for coming by and your kind comment on my weight loss.
Since 9/09/09 and my big scare at the gyno over my high B/P we eat only healthy foods now. No refined sugar, extra salt or soft drinks of any kind. We eat lot's of lean protein, veggies and fruits. The only sugar I eat is whatever is in cereals for breakfast and a tiny piece of dark chocolate daily. I drink tons of water and hot tea daily. We exercise almost every day as well. We walk our entire neighborhood and use our Bowflex weight machine. I'm finally over my plateau and have lost another two pounds the past few days! That's now 43 in total! WOOHOO!!!! I'm so excited. I hope to lose about 50 in total. I'm trying to get back to my wedding day size which was a four. I'm 5'3".

It just takes a definite life style change not a *diet*. I'm not hungry at all so I can live with this way of healthy eating for life. Plus having my new low B/P is awesome.

Have a great day! ~Melissa :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Thanks for all those nice comments you left on my blog today!!

I just read your profile again and had a few good chuckles!

Katherine

santamaker said...

Hey lady, good to hear from ya! How are those two beauties of yours? Your home looks great. Mine still has my Valentine's mantle...I guess I had better start thinking of St.Patty!

from my front porch... said...

Thanks for following me and signing up for the giveaway!

If you look back over my posts I did one on my desk! We have the same lampshades! LOL! I love them :)

We are in the mountains of east Tn, near the Cherohala Skyway.
misha

Lynette said...

Hey Penny - I am soooo glad you are commenting even if you aren't posting!! I miss you -

I read the directions for the doorbell and just went for it - I got tired of waiting for stuff to get done around my other house, and knew I'd be the one doing it around here and just have to jump in - doorbells aren't that hard really.

I'm having fun getting everything spruced up just the way I like them! That old can and I go way back - I think Meghan gave me that several, several years ago!

Take care -
Oh and thanks for putting up the Easter Button - you rock girl!

Lynette said...

PS to you too - I have black plaid ribbon I bought to tie around the topiaries but with the wreath that will look terrible, but I didn't think about purple - I have some in my stash and think that might work!
I bought some ivy though to glue in the bare spots (and they are pretty noticable when you're up close) in the balls - I got those at the Pottery a couple of years ago and they are so bleached out - I was seriously thinking about painting them and then my common sense kicked in!! Ha - or whatever it is!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Penny! I love your Valentine decor! The little angels are so cute! And the tree is gorgeous! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Teri said...

I must be just like you...the pantry is full! Haha! But, at least it's organized now. =)

Blessings!

Atticmag said...

Lake Norman is such a lovely spot and you are clearly enhancing it. Loved your house tour -- I always enjoy visiting. And thanks so much for stopping by to see my new picture wall. -- Jane F.

Liz said...

Hi Penny! I got them at Michaels. They were the last ones and marked down though. So maybe they aren't carrying them anymore. Which would be unfortunate, because they made my little topiary very easy! :)

Have a great weekend! Thanks for popping by!

~Liz

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Just dropping by again to say thanks for your kind comment yesterday. It meant a lot. : )
M.L.

santamaker said...

Hey girl, thanks for the visit! I totally agree with you on the princess Di marriage to "monkey ears", he didn't deserve her. It was really a beautiful exhibit. Maybe it's on the way to NC soon...
Thanks for the compliment on the photos...I get so uncomfortable when I go to a blogger event and everyone is snapping pictures! I just hate to get my photo taken..But, oh well..
How are those cuties doing?

Melissa Miller said...

Tar I know you could do this way of eating too. It's just really healthy food is all. It's simple. I'm not starving at all and fresh fruit tastes so delicious when you aren't eating sugar believe me. He!

Shelia said...

Hi Penny! Thanks for your visit. You know what? I may just have to show a little more of my Texas table.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Penny! Just stopping by to check on you and let you know I'm thinking of you! Hope all is well and that your sweet little one isn't keeping you too busy!! We had our grandson yesterday for only a few hours and I was soooo tired when he left!!!LOL

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

jen said...

Penny Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great day! love the "Valentine's Day tree" how fun and pretty!
luvs and glitter
~jen

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Penny just wanted to take the time and swing by and tell you THANKS for coming by and seeing me...Girl I can't stand Coran he is just dumb acting and YES I'm so glad to have Leno back where he should be...Hope your having a fun day with your girls my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Debbie said...

Hello there, seems I have not been over in a while......sorry about that!~ Just wondering if you saw my commercial debut? It is up on my blog. And I should be at the YMCA too, however this is much more fun!!~ I love your green wall, that is one of my new favorite colors!

The Muse said...

Well thank you so much for the warmest wishes about my son's wedding...that meant a lot :)

I have to say I spent a great deal of time pouring over your valentine shots...lol...
Ah love never gets old :)

Have you got your room painted yet?

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Penny...

Just wanted to come by to say hello and also thank you for all of your sweet notes that you've been leaving for me over at my place! Read your note that you left on my Birds of a Feather tablescape and on the new Spring Green decor in my dining room! Thank you, my friend! I would love to see some of your bunny collection...aren't they just the sweetest? I don't have many...just the one's that you saw in my dining room...but I do enjoy them!

Well my friend, I hope that my note finds you and your family well! Thanks again for stopping by! I really enjoyed your visit!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Hi!! Nice to "see" you again! Thanks for stopping by! We are warming up a little but not a green thing in sight yet. Hopefully soon:-)

Carolina Mama said...

Your Decorations are adorable! Looks so pretty and ready for the Season! Happy Spring!

Carolina Mama said...

I thought you were putting a unique spin on Easter decor and I liked it - then I saw the title! :) Either way. Well done.