Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Gentle reminders of love: A Valentine Home




The sweetest month of the year is February.  It's a lighthearted reminder to celebrate love.  Our home has gentle hints of the holiday. 


Over our mantle is a GIANT wooden letter set of XO, the classic muuuah lovin' symbols.  Each wooden letter has tons of sparkly sequins glued on!  Umm, no.  I didn't make it.  Yes, I know I could make it.  But I actually love to buy and to shop and to buy again.  So instead of using all the patience I could gather (which isn't much) and attempting a CRAFT, I bought it on etsy!  I'm not all that "crafty" afterall. ;)


I just love the way the GIANT X & O sparkle in the lamplight! The charming duo is easily visible from most areas in our home.


Simply stated but bright and bold!


The kids always anticipate the new words on the chalkboard for the changing seasons...






For the sweetest month the kids and I have been taking our usual meal classics and turning them sweeter...a pan of brownies created a fun afternoon!  They were each able to cut fun shapes out and decorate their after school snacks. 



The boys and I decorated brownies with the candy melt designs I previously made.  



I made another warm, comfort classic in my {most loved} new lilac Le Creuset dishes. Our meal was chicken and heart-shaped biscuits. 



The light lilac color is perfect for a February Valentine mood. 



Our home has quiet accents of Valentine's Day,
almost subtle enough to miss...



I pulled some favorite marriage books off the bookcase and displayed them for February.  Valentines, love, hearts, hugs, kisses, it's all celebrated in marriage right? 


I recently knit a little coffee cozy, 
just in time for Valentine's Day! 
I'm still super pumped about this new knitting hobby! 


I'm so happy about my knitting that you get to see one million a few photos of it!


Here's a tiny secret: it is a Valentine gift for Chris since he is the coffee drinker BUT obviously he won't want the pink heart on it sooo....I made a removable pink ball of yarn (in the shape of a heart!) and pinned it on.  I will use it for future Valentine decor.  Underneath is simply a big brown button instead.    

To make your own heart shaped ball of yarn, cut your shape out of foam or cardboard and quickly wrap it in varied directions with your yarn.  Tuck the loose ends, add a safety pin and decorate away with it! 





I got a pack of brand new pencils for my favorite BOY in the world! They each hold a sweet message of PAIRS!  Chris and I are just right for each other, the perfect lil pair and I wanted to show him that with this gift.  He is the butter for my bread { awww lol } He still isn't supposed to be reading my blog, hopefully he isn't!



We are ready to make Valentines!


Lots of fun accessories to make cute Valentines sent with love...

We have a home full of boys so instead of heart-shaped doilies and lots of pink, the closest we get to Valentine style is LEGO games of knights fighting dragons and saving the fair maidens. 

Romance with LEGO stuff.



And hearts made with boxing gloves! Titus actually was excited to show me how he made a heart shape with his fighting gloves.  I made him "hold it right there!!" while I grabbed my camera.


My little heartbreaker






There's more: 

I have previously shared our Valentine traditions like heart-shaped PB & J on past posts here: Valentine Traditions love lessons and a lunch of hearts

And you can view our Valentine home in past years here: A peek into our home on the sweetest day

and here: to lightly love






 So we lightly celebrate love and use the quietness of slow winter February to soak up some warm comfort.


Sending YOU lots of love this Valentine's Day!


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31 comments:

{better than candy} said...

Adorable looooove post! Happy Valentines Day Moore family!

Kristin said...

I feel so much better after seeing your beautiful Valentine home! Love white what look like candles on your candle sticks. Love and pinned your heart lavender wreaths!

Leanne said...

Oh my gosh! Your decorations are gorgeous. I love the sequined X and O, the lavendar heart wreaths and my favorite is the coffee cozy. That yarn heart is adorable. You always have such sweet and meaningful decorations.

Red Couch Recipes said...

What fun to turn everyday foods into Valentine's. I do usually make a heart-shaped pizza with heart-shaped pepperoni. Love the big XO. Joni

Stacey said...

Love it. You are amazing! Love those pencils!

Michele Alger said...

I SO want to learn to knit. I just know how to crochet ;) LOVE your coffee mug cozies and those yard hearts are ADORABLE I'll probably make a million of them. Love your elegant decore. Thanks for sharing!! SO FUN! (love Valentine's day...)

Jane said...

A beautiful Valentine home...

For Valentine's Day, we're having a baby shower (actually on the 11th) for our soon-to-be granddaughter. She's due very soon...hopefully NOT on her dad's birthday...Valentine's Day. Yes, my very best valentine was my firstborn...32 years ago!

Jenny said...

Love everything...especially the XO and the lilac le c!

I am in lust with those.

You have such lovely things!

Maria said...

I love all these ideas! So sweet! And I love that you called the post "Gentle reminders of love"! Those are the best :o)

Maria said...

I love all these ideas! So sweet! And I love that you called the post "Gentle reminders of love"! Those are the best :o)

Amy said...

What a great, festive roundup! Love your ideas! I'm all about that sparkly XO, and I bet your kids had a blast cutting out those shaped brownies! I'm debating whether to blog about hubby's gift before or after Valentine's Day just in case he reads it...
Would you share these great ideas here if you haven't already?
http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/shine-on-fridays-14-and-some-fabulous.html

Kristin said...

That glitzy XO is just fabulous!

Miriam@BeBookBound said...

Oh I love how subtle this is. It's not in your face craziness. And that coffee cozy? Cutest thing ever! Thanks for sharing your adorableness :)

Sailing with bare feet said...

Love your little coffee cozy! I wish I knew how to knit. But I crochet!

::Belo Papel:: Festas Personalizadas said...

Beautiful!

Kss,
Deliene Alvarenga
www.belopapel.com

Joan said...
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Joan said...

Will you share pattern for the coffee warmers? I just started knitting and want to start with something small. They are sew cute!

Miller Racing Family said...

What fabulous ideas. I love the XO brownies. The heartbreaker photo was great,I need to use it next year. Hope you had a fabulous weekend.

Sugarr2518 said...

Your little XO is just perfect and the coffee mug koozie is just the cutest thing! I love the heart and the color combo is lovely:)

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com said...

Happy Valentine's Day <3

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com

pinkertonjamesl said...

Happy valentine day.Home decorations on the valentine day it look so beautiful and wonderful.I really like this decoration special in valentine.

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Classy Clutter said...

Ohhhh my gosh! Simply adorable!! I'm a sucker for the glam! Hope you'll link this up at our new linky party! We feature our favorites each week! We're your newest followers and we'd love to have you link up and follow if you'd like!

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Cassidy said...

Really really great Valentine decor! That XO is fabulous!

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Modern Frills said...

love the sequin letters!!!

Lauryn Clemmer said...

all of this stuff is GREAT!!!
i love your decor.
great style!
{love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com
stop by if you are interested!

HideeKlyn said...

Kudos to the interior decorators of these homes! Each house has its own appeal. I can't wait to own one of these new homes in NY and start decorating.

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