Monday, January 12, 2009

The Look of Love....


















Sorry random pic...just LOVE buttons..sigh.


















Is that title sappy or what? I know Valentine's Day is a big commercial holiday..but I can't help but fall for this sweet celebration just the same. I mean red/white is one of my fave color combos and they are of course perfect shades for amore. Better than that are Valentine crafts...which are just plain fun to make. Reminds me of being back in school with the old Elmers (what about that cement glue...aghast...THAT smell)making Valentines shoe boxes to hold our cards. I wanted to share a little box (a box you say?) that I covered and embellished and a little chipboard frame I made & covered. I put a snippet of bird scrapbook paper in it and hung it from my lamp. The XOXO...was actually XQXQ...I cut the Q's squiggglys off...JoAnns didn't have any O's...no biggy. Well off to make more....I am on a rollllll. Can I say I am looking forward to TRUE BEAUTY tonight....yes I am hopelessly addicted to it. What can I say. Now where did I put that red Martha glitter at????? Night night!
Thank-you soooo much for all your honest replies about my fireplace....much of what you said as been rolling around in my head for some time and it felt good to have you confirm it all! When monies and time allow...I do think it needs some beefing up on the sides.....the mantle always has seemed to float. So glad that I exposed my unloved fireplace finally. rofl.

71 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Oh ..that is so cute! I love Valentines!
Stop over for my giveaway!
-sandy toe

Betsy said...

You inspired me to make a little box. Thanks for all your pics with such great ideas. Love the heart ornaments.

cindy said...

Love the little box...so sweet! And I love your title...cept now I got that song in my head. LOL.

c

Back Through Time said...

I always cut the squiggles off the Q's, lol! looks like you have been busy
michelle

The Berry's Patch said...

Look at all of your Valentine inspiration! I just love it all. I don't have many Valentine decorations so you've inspired me.

Kacey R. said...

LOL I'm watching True Beauty right now! It totally sucks me in! These peeps are waaaaaay crazy!

OK, on to all of your fabulous craftiness. LOVE everything of course! Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday to plan for!

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

Great ideas! I think the little box is too cute! Thanks for sharing!
-Kim

Sherri said...

I love the Valentines!

Ms. Tee said...

I love all your red and white! Especially the little frame with the birds & the ribbon hanging from your lamp. I may have to make one - lol :)

Joy said...

Cherry, my creative friend!
I am always impressed with your creations! The V-day decor is adorable.
It sounds like you already knew what was bothering you with your mantel. It needs to carry the weight of those beautiful stones. You can add to the sides like they did in this pic http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j87/Natesgram/fpafter.jpg
But I would probably choose to bulk up the size of the mantel itself. The reason the inspiration photo looks good is that the stones taper in, they're a smaller size, and the distance between the mantel and the firebox is shorter. Yours has bigger stones and a big space between the box and mantel. Your mantel needs to hold it's own against all those stones. Super-size it girl!
Make your mantel a little taller and wider so that it has more presence.
My advice would be to take a picture of your fireplace straight on. Run it off on your printer. Then place it on a lightbox or a window. Put a blank piece of paper on top and start drawing different options on top of your picture to see which one you like most. That way you can dream of your improvements without spending a dime. And you'll know exactly which direction to go when you do have a dime to spend.

tam said...

Oh I love all of the red and white too! very sweet-Valentines is so fun! Have a terrific Tuesday!~Tam:D

tam said...

Oh I love all of the red and white too! very sweet-Valentines is so fun! Have a terrific Tuesday!~Tam:D

Darlene said...

You know I always love your wonderful crafts. I think I am going to have to make a Valentine box...yours is GREAT!♥

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I want to add some Valentine touches to my house this year too! Your always inspiring and your decor so lovely! :)

Momovthree said...

I'm so glad you found me so I could come over and visit your wonderful blog! You have great ideas on here, I just love looking at craft projects. I've always been a scrapbooker but recently discovered other paper crafts. My dream now is to save up for a die cutter!

I especially love the little box you did, it is so sweet! :) I'm going to add you to my favorites list. Have a great day.
~Michelle

AJ said...

Love your XO's and those heart ornaments!! So pretty!

Melissa said...

Your stuff is always so beautiful and inspiring. These Valentines goodies have such a crisp look them. The photos are amazing!

Leigh said...

I (heart) this post!

Lorri said...

Are you going to put any of this on your Etsy site? I really need the picture with the birds!!!!! All of it is wonderful. Lorri

Wendy said...

I just love Valentine's Day also! What cute decorations!

LuLu & Co. said...

the box!!!!! I want to come over and craft... too cute! love the frame hanging from your lamp (can I steal that idea!!!) Gosh I am suppose to be cleaning now I want to hit the craft store... not a good influence :0) hee hee
LuLu

Tricia Anne said...

All of your decor looks nice! I especially like the hanging frame! I am eying to see if I may be able to create something similar for my family. You are so talented!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Elise said...

Ooh, Cherry, I love it all!! As usual...
Elise

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hey Mrs. Cherrylicious...how adorable. We too are celebrating valentines a little early at our house! On our farm the rooster is chasing the hens (to give them all a Valentine of course). Lots of crowing going on! Hahaha.
Have a wonderful day!
Debbie

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love all these little touches! I have very few Valentines' Day decorations, and now I want to copy yours! :)
Carrie

Holly said...

Ooooh! I'm loving all of your festive Valentine creations. I agree, buttons are happy no matter the situation.

Buttercream Cottage said...

Everything is so cute !

Carrie said...

I love it all the xq look great!

Barnes Yard said...

Oh I soooo love the little box! I have to know once and for all, what the actual purpose of those spikey letter holders is. I'm on the hunt for some of my own. Garage sale season is not coming fast enough :)
-Jill

Katie said...

What a treat to see your blog! Thanks for your sweet comments on mine. We are button-loving kindred spirits, I'd say. Sure would love to be on your blog roll. Will return often -- especially for Valentine's inspiration.

Inspired Kara said...

I love all these Valentine's posts lately! It's GREAT inspiration for the sweetheart shower i'm hosting in february for my best friend and bride-to-be.

There is a TO DIE FOR giveaway going on at my place. come check it out!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

I love it--the XQXQ is perfect! So cute. My house has nothing Valentine up yet because I'm craving inspiration...so thank you! :)

~ Sarah

Glitter and Bliss said...

OH... I have missed your creative posts. So awesome!!!!

Michele said...

Ah..I adore it!

happy zombie said...

Cherry... Tiz I who ask HOW I have NEVER been to YOUR blog. I just scrolling up and down and oohing and ahhing over your photos. I LOVE your home. IT's exactly how I want mine to look like. Colors, dec, everything! You and Julies sure have made my day wonderful!

Whoo whoo for Oregon!

tam said...

Hey girlie! Thanks so much for visiting my applecreekcottage blog and leaving such a sweet comment too! The answer to your question is-no the roof and sliders are not fixed yet! We don't own -just renters(I hate renting can't wait to own again) and the landlord has had two different contractors out to look at it. Hopefully he and the insurance company will get it together and get the darn thing fixed! LoL! ~Tam:D

Becky said...

You are soooo talented.....I'm jealous! Love your valentine stuff!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Ahhhh.I don't decorate for Valentines...you have inspired me...I think I must now!

Susie said...

Your stuff is so cute!

Mimi Sue said...

When I saw that box my heart skipped a beat. I knew it would be something cute. And sure enough. Love it. Mimi

kcenya1950 said...

I just love your paper crafts. They are so inspiring.

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

Hi Cherry,
Have I ever told you how much I love your style? Oh wait...yeah, about a hundred times.
Don't you just love Valentine decorating? Nothin' but bright and happy!
Take care.

mysteryhistorymom said...

Happy Birthday to you, too, Sweetie! Hope your day was super special!:)

Thanks for all these lovely Valentine ideas! You are amazing!! Lori

dana said...

Your talent knows no boundaries! I am always in awe when I see all of the wonderful ideas you share!

I see YOU love Dancing Santas, too! Yeah!

OH, The Stone Rabbit said to tell you he did, indeed, notice the very swell bunny of yours! He's glad you have bunny friends, too!

Have a great week! Dana

Melissa said...

This is such an inspiring post!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You have such a collection of wonderful things here... that little box! Oh be still my beating magpie heart! If it goes missing, you'll know it matched a room in the nest. ;-)

XO,

Sheila

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Oh! These are all so cute!

Frippery said...

I am behind on my blogging this week. Love it all. I am inspired to get busy on Valentine crafting after Bunco. I love all your photos. We seem to have the same favorite palette. Mochas and taupes with black red and white. So easy to change accessories when we are in the mood for tweaking.(always)I do have that song in my head now.Aaagh. I hope I don't start singing at Bunco tonight! Pam

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

Fabulous! I love the frame and little birdie snippit!
Penny

Kathy said...

Very inspiring!! Thanks for sharing.

Stop by and see my new blog. I can't wait to see what you think!

Barb said...

love your valentine box,so cute I may need to try and make one........Barb

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Love all your decorations! Very clever to make "O's out of the Q's! I'm having a giveaway, please stop by and enter..it's a biggie!

kathy said...

OH GIRL !!! these are the cutest
things EV -AH !!- OH how I love your style -- now gotta look for
some valentine heart ornies --
Keep showing us -- Can't wait to see it all -- Kathy - ga

Katie said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I am so glad you left me a message so I could come and see yours! You are so creative and I really enjoyed looking at your beautiful projects and home. You have a knack for putting things together. I love what you did to the little box for Valentine's Day, amazing such a lovely trinket started so humbly. I will be coming back often!

Barnes Yard said...

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Check my blog :)
-Jill

Erin said...

So cute! I really should get in the valentine's day spirit and decorate for it a little.

Rue said...

Hi Cherry :)

Everything is so cute I could eat it up... not literally, but you know what I mean, right? LOL

Oh and I had no idea who that dining room belonged to, but I emailed her and she was really really sweet about it. Thank you for letting me know :)

hugs,
rue

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Cherry!

Oh your things are just sooooooo pretty! I am such a sucker for valentines day, I think its my FAV :) I love the vintage valentines stuff and all that red too :) Your boxes are amazing and those letters are so so pretty! Now you have me motivated to decorate for V-day :) I used to do it when the kids were little, but stopped. Now I want to again, thanks!! hehe

I love seeing your talents! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for stopping in and leaving such sweet words too!! Hugs, Cynthia

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Okay, I need to make some Valentine's Day somethin' somethin's. I feel the need to play with glitter and glue all of the sudden :) LOVE the buttons!

Hugs,
Dena

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh such cuteness abounds here! I always love the things you have and make. So inspiring!!! Where do you find chip board? I just think that little bird picture is the sweetest little thing ever.

Your home is just stunning and all of the colors seem to work perfectly together. GREAT fireplace, too. Funny cause I don't really like mine either. May I ask what color of paint you have on your walls? I love the color that is in the picture with your baskets one on top of the other and behind the fireplace.

Have a lovely day!

xoxo
Becky

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What an inspiration you are Cherry! Love coming to visit! Have a wonderful week!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Firefly Hill said...

Oh I love everything over here! So much inspiration!

And your doggie is so cute!

annie

Jean said...

The box is great and you just can't beat the color red, which is why I use it all over in my home. Old valentines are wonderful and so cute. Have fun making those adorable boxes.
Jean in Virginia

Sonya said...

You are so inspiring! I have a difficult time creating for Valentine's Day and your kick started some fun ideas!

bec4 said...

What sweet projects. I love that you cut the q's tail off to make an O--good thinking sister!

Meredith Teagarden said...

Seemingly simple solution for "O" I would never have thought of! Thanks for sharing. Now I want to decorate fr Valentine's and get over to Joanne's before the Qs are gone!

Merci-Notes said...

Those birdies are so cute, as are all of your projects :)
I must say that when I would visit my grandmother she allowed me to dump out her big mason jar o f buttons and play with them! LOVed it also!

With kindness,
Mary

june@craftyniche said...

You have the cutest crafts! I just love to come here and get inspired. :)

les_mason_curt said...

Loving your look of love!

angie said...

Oh my goodness. I'm in LOVE. I love your blog design, and your decorating sense is wonderful. I'm going to add you to my blogroll now! :)

pinkstilettos said...

I love your blog! So many creative ideas. I am defiantly going to have to come back when I have more time! I am going to add you to my blogroll! Daisy~