Friday, February 7, 2014

Hearts . . . Hearts . . . Hearts


We won't be doing much for Valentine's Day this year since Steve will be recuperating from shoulder surgery - last year this time it was his right shoulder and this year it is his left.


But, we are having a dinner party on Monday night so I am going with a Valentine theme.


I have been making hearts for weeks.


I sent off a simple heart garland to Holly of Cutie Pie Cottage


and received a fun package with this cute garland in exchange.


I mailed a package full of hearts to Melanie of Comfy House.


Some of the hearts will be used in the table setting Monday night.


I stamped muslin bags with hearts and hands and will fill them with candy for our guests.


The bags will go home with our guest and the rustic hearts will end up in my creative space to be used on projects throughout the year.


As I wrote in my posts, Home Is Where The Heart Is and Looking For Love, I love hearts.


Be it Valentine's Day, summer, or the 4th of July, there will always be hearts in our house.


I am joining Laurie for her Valentine Party so head over to Bargain Decorating With Laurie to see some great Valentine ideas.

75 comments:

September Violets said...

What a wonderful array of Valentine's decorating going on there! We don't do a whole lot for Valentine's day here ... I'll be lucky to get a card :] Wendy x

Suzan Sweatman said...

I forgot to tell you, I found my hearts !!!!!!!!
You're dinner sounds like it's going to be so lovely Carol - what a talent you have and what a heart!!!
XXX

Connie said...

Hi Carol. Your hearts are so pretty and your heart is so big and generous . . . what a sweetheart you are.
I love looking at all the little touches here and there around your home.
You are inspiring me to do a make-over out on my porch this Spring.
I'm thinking about things like painting my old 1950's frig and bright red and then making some new cushions and giving it a bit of an Arts and Sand touch of primary colors. I wish you lived closer . . .I would ask for suggestions. No one does primary colors like you do :)
I know that your dinner party will be a huge success. Don't work so hard on it that you don't enjoy.
Keep smiling.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Gina said...

Pretty hearts everywhere! They make me smile.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Your hearts are so sweet! Did he have rotator cuff surgery?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

There is not one thing you do, Carol, that I don't absolutely love! The colors, the patterns, the layering....sooooooooooo cute!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the felted heart garland! I hope your spouse makes a quick recovery!

Susie said...

I love the home made hearts . So cute. I like your hearts . Blessings to your husband for a speedy recovery. xoxo,Susie

Betty W said...

I love all the pretty hearts and it sounds like you will have a nice dinner.

Sarah said...

Going to be a fun dinner party. Love your cute table and decor.

Gypsy Heart said...

Carol, everything looks so pretty! I have a "thing" for hearts too and collect them. You have been a busy bee making all these. I know your dinner party is going to be wonderful! Please share photos with us next week ~

Hoping your husband has a successful surgery and the healing is swift.

xo
Pat

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH goodness I love all your pretty hearts!
I made some last year, maybe I need to do some more. I certainly have the scraps!
Your guests will love, love the party!
Cindy

Vicky Hunt said...

I love your heart collection almost as much as your alphabet and hands! The garland you received is so cute! I love it...:) It looks perfect in your creative space. Your guests are in for a treat because I know your dinner party will be spectacular! Have a blessed weekend....Vicky

My Little Home and Garden said...

The little stamped bags for your dinner guests are a lovely touch, Carol. I hope they appreciate the effort you've gone to in order to create an attractive table!

Karen

Emma Elliott said...

Ya! Loved what you've done with all the hearts I made a mini.felt hear garland for one of our book shelves and painting pebbles oneof which id like to send you if you would like. I'm also planning on doing a pebble bomb at our local beach leaving painted pebbles for others to find. Your guests are in for such a treat, how nice :))

Lorrie said...

You've been busy.What a great collection of hearts of all kinds. Love the felted heart garland.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i am feeling in the need for a chocolate or 2 ... how did i get that idea? so fun. you make all holidays so fun & festive. ( :

Cozy Little House said...

Oh my! What pretty garlands and hearts and color! I don't seem to get a thing done anymore but three blogs. I've got to figure out a way to do other stuff. You're really going to enjoy that table with company. Sorry about the hubster.
Brenda

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
All your hearts are beautiful. Love your table setting. Your friends will feel the love and comfy welcome to your pretty table.
Hope Steve is feeling better soon.
Kris

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
I think you must have a clone!!! You accomplish so much... In record time! I am sure your dinner party will be lots of fun. Your house certainly reflects home is where the heart is. You have such a kind loving heart that is felt reading your words. I wish Steve a very speedy recovery. Enjoy your weekend.
XO,
Vera

20 North Ora said...

Your hearts are precious! How sweet to share them with your friends.
Pretty photos.

Judy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi! :) I just saw your comment on Cindy's blog. You mentioned you wanted some cute Valentine little dishes. I wanted to let you know they have some adorable ones at Michael's...if you have one of those stores near you. They were just $1.99 each so I bought 6 of them. Have a lovely weekend.
Mona

Acorn to Oak said...

How fun! So many cute things! My favorites are the little heart garland and the red plates. Have fun! :-D

Kathy said...

You have such happy decor. It always makes me smile when I visit your blog!

Melanie said...

I love my hearts and am so happy that you sent them to me! What are you going to make for your Valentine's Day dinner on Monday night? Or, is Steve cooking? I'm so sorry to hear he has to have another shoulder surgery.

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Wishing your husband a successful surgery and a speedy recovery:) Hope everything is going well! Your adorable hearts make me happy....they are so very pretty! Especially the muslin bag of hearts as a party favor, what a lovely idea and I am hearting the quilted fabric hearts....my favorite! Thanks for letting us take a peek:) Hugs, Poppy

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

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My Garden Diaries said...

Oh!!!! I will be hoping on over as we are having our family Valentines dinner next week! You have so inspired me through this post to get planning for our special dinner...love the stamped bags!!! Thinking that would be fun for the beans! Have fun at your dinner party friend and I hope that the surgery goes well! Nicole xoxo

Cindy Cain said...

I love all of your hearts! You are inspiring me to get out some fabric and thread and doing a little hand sewing while watching the Olympics this week. And, how fun to send gift packages to your friend bloggers, what a sweet idea :)

Jann Olson said...

Lots of darling hearts Carol! The little bags are so cute and I love Holly's ball garlands. I ordered one from her for my craft room. Love it!
hugs,
Jann

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love all those pretty hearts! My hubby might be going in for shoulder surgery also...he has rotator cuff syndrome with impingement.

Blondie's Journal said...

You have some great sewing talent! I so love those hearts. I'm always at a loss on decorating for Valentine's Day. You did good!

XO,
Jane

cynthia lee designs said...

Carol...I love hearts too and have them out all the time too. Love all your hearts!!
Sorry to hear about Steve's shoulder. My sister has a problem with hers, but they have her trying therapy first and if that doesn't work...she will need surgery. Saying a prayer that your hubby's surgery goods well.
hugs,
Cindy

Jen Ham said...

Your hearts are just gorgeous!!!! I love them all...I have hearts around the house year round as well! xoxo Jen

KATHY said...

I love all your hearts!! I love to have them around all year too.

Kathy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Have you thought of renaming your blog "Heart and Sand"? I love all your hearts and the little felt heart garland!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I saw the ones that Melanie received the other day, on her blog. I told her my favorite was the ladybug! So darn cute. These are all just lovely and Magali ( comment above ) is too funny !!!

Susan Clayton said...

What fabulous goodies to have given and receive. I have to tell you - I laughed out loud when I saw your comment at Poppy View about Prince Richard - it was such a cute post and your comment turned my smile into laughter, Have a great week!

Kirby Carespodi said...

Love them all! I am doing some "Heart Art" today!

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Just beautiful. Your blog always makes me smile :)

The French Hutch said...

I’m lovin all your hearts, especially the quilted ones. Hope your husband is well on the road to recovery.
Happy Weekend...............

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I AM SO LATE!

Carol, I wish Steve a quick recovery, and a time of pure bliss for the both of you. Rest can be a great way to enjoy all things to the fullest, and in your cozy cottage, you will find a way to make the romance sparkle. Your creativity SOARS MY FRIEND! And on Valentines Day, it will be 34 years since Ruben and I met. Oh the love.....

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Aw, my hubs had shoulder surgery before too and now his shoulder is better than ever!

Your house is lovely and you take such great pics!
I love the heart garland you made me and I'm glad you like yours.

chateau chic said...

Your hearts are absolutely adorable!!! Love the little fabric hearts.
Mary Alice

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

So many cute hearts to see here! I'm spending the day at my sewing machine today, and I'm going to see if I can squeeze in some heart making, too. Thanks for the inspiration, Carol! I hope your hubby's surgery goes well and he has a swift recovery.

Cathy said...

Carol, I love all your little hearts - they are so sweet. I have been making some out of drop cloth and lace - surprise. Then I found a piece of burgundy velvet to make some out of to put in the mix.. I am really liking it the combination of textures... Cathy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love all the hearts and that heart garland you made is so cute! Love the cute garland you received in return also. Enjoy your dinner party!

podso said...

Your garlands and all your ideas are wonderful. You've really been working on things in your new studio I assume.

a breath of fresh air said...

Have a lovely dinner party on Monday, I love the little heart garland Carol its lovely. Andy and I will be going out to a local little restaurant right by the sea, Thanks again for bringing a bright and cheery blog to the grey skies of the Highlands.
Annie x

Poppy said...

Each and every heart, from the tiniest to the most colourful, is SO darn cute! Love you bouquet in the bucket, the little goody bag with the stamp for your guests and the cloth hearts in the last photo; so charming!!

Poppy

Shelia said...

Sorry to hear about your hubby's surgery and I hope he heals well. All of your little hearts are so cute and I'm sure your guests will enjoy everything. Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I love those frozen biscuits too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Carol, your hearts are stunning and I love them placed all around the house. Your guests are going to feel so special.
Good luck to Steve on his surgery, I know everything will go well.
Have a great weekend and grand dinner party.
Mary

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Oh my, my, my I do love your hearts! Now you have inspired me to keep hearts out all year long, somehow I've only had them out for Valentines. I found a Laura Ashley skirt at GW last week and make several hearts out of the shirt and am thrilled with how they came out. You are so sweet to have sent Melanie some hearts, I just was at her blog and seen them, what a great bloggy friendn you are. I am so very glad we have reconnected, kindred spirits are meant to keep in touch!

fiona anderson said...

I love your little stamped bags. If Steve has a bad shoulder, are you going to be doing the cooking ?
We're going to do a Valentine's night at work, but we only just decided today, so I need to get making some decorations myself. I hope you have a lovely evening on Friday.

Jeanna said...

Such sweet decorations and I love that you have hearts displayed in your home year round. The garlands and the stamped gift bags are adorable. Your guest will love the bags and candy.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Wow! I loved seeing all your beautiful fabric hearts Carol. The stamps bags are extra sweet ❤

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I hope Steve has a speedy recovery! My husband will be out of town on Valentine's Day. So I won't be doing much either. I may treat myself to some Chinese food that day.

Love all your sweet heart decorations and the garland you received! Is it rag balls and buttons? I think I have to make one of those - I already have a few rag balls that I made last year.

I posted my lovely heart garland today! Again, thanks so much - it was a lovely surprise!

Art @ Home said...

Just getting in from a horse show this afternoon…..and I still haven't decorated for Valentine's Day! Your decorations are so cute, and I love your quilted hearts!

xo,
RJ

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

After seeing this post, I need to start a huge stash of hearts. I have worked with paper hearts but I don't think I have a single heart to use in my home decor. Your hearts are beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful dinner party!

Kelly said...

You have made some very pretty hearts! Love the little bags you made for your guests too.

Soiled Rotten said...

So cute! Great job : )

must love junk said...

Love all of your hearts! Your party sounds fun! :)
Susan

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your hearts are all so pretty, Carol! I made a bunch one year, too, and some of them I keep out all year long.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Looks like you are REALLY enjoying your retirement! Love the hearts!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Lots of pretty hearts and fun ideas - Like the mosaics. Thanks for sharing it all with us. I have not done any decorating for V.Day.
Hope your husband's surgery goes well.

greenthumb said...

You have been very bust making all of those hearts.

Renee said...

Love all the hearts. You have been a busy lady. Hope you have fun with the dinner party.

Hope your hubby will have a quick recovery from his shoulder surgery.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Do you have room for one more? What a fun time it will be, you are so generous with all your sweet Valentine's Day gifts. Enjoy your special evening.

Down by the sea said...

Hope you have a wonderful dinner party. I'm sure your guests will love all of yo hearts! Good luck to Steve with his surgery. Sarah x

Miss LindaLee said...

Beautiful, beautiful hearts. I always love stopping in here and you always amaze and inspire me. Happy Valentine's Day!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, your hearts are just adorable!! Ooolala, a party, know it's going to be a beautiful one!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, your hearts are just adorable!! Ooolala, a party, know it's going to be a beautiful one!

Sue said...

I love the simple sack gifts for the dinner party and was noticing all the hearts and especially notice the different patterned material and how you sewed them with those simple large stitches. They are Carol Hearts ♥♥♥

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh I love all of the fabrics you used on your hearts - they are all so charming. What a great idea to stamp the little bags for Valentine treats! I'm so glad you lined all of this Valentine creativity to my party. Thank you. laurie

Carla said...

I hope your husband has a speedy recovery.
Your heart is full of...........hearts.
Love all the garland. Y'all are good. I don't know that I could sit long enough to make that many hearts or balls to make garland.