Sunday, February 1, 2015

Be My Valentine!!

This year is flying by already!  I can't believe it's February 1st!  It's time to show my Valentine Tree!
Since Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras are so close this year, I decorated both trees at the same time. One is in the foyer and the other, in the dining room.  I used my new super-thin flocked tree for the Valentines Tree.

At the top of the tree are some random picks, left from Christmas, in silver and red.  In the right photo is a sweet little heart freebie located somewhere here!  I cannot find it now at all but I'm sure if you scroll long enough, it's there!  I finished it with a cute little heart lock and key ring charm.  Below it is a cute Love freebie found here.  In the left photo, is another version of that same heart--this time with pink "love" fabric and tiny red heart buttons.  Below that is a sweet Love freebie from the Stitcherhood, found here.  I finished it with a row of white buttons across the bottom.  Below is yet another "love" freebie from Kinkavel krosses, found here.  I finished it with red heart fabric and rick rack--cute!

Here's another cute little love freebie from iStitch charts, and found here.  I finished it with cute little red and white "love" fabric and red and white ribbon and heart buttons.  Don't you love my cute red monkey???  I have a pink one and a black one, too!!!  This little heart is a checkerboard heart from somewhere...I don't know...that I finished with heart buttons and red pom poms on the bottom edge.

The LOVE is from February by Prairie Schooler.  I had a small scrap of brown Aida and I love the way it coordinates with all the brown Valentine fabrics I used.  The two heart buttons finish it off! The large swirly heart is a freebie from Romy's and is found here

I love these sweet little "love birds"!  They are monthly freebies from Sylvia.  The charts are located here.  They are Februar 2 and 3.  These were so much fun to stitch!  I used a mixture of fabrics, ribbons, buttons and trims. I love the red leopard fabric on the one by the pink monkey!

Here are two more variations on that same little heart that I can't find on the above link!!  This time I stitched the background with pink variegated floss and left the design unstitched.  I really don't know where it is on that site, but I hope someone finds it!!!  The left photo has white pom pom trim and little red beads along the edge.  The right photo has various fabrics, buttons and ribbons for interest.

You will notice some sweet little antique-looking paper Valentines tucked between the branches.  These are actual Valentines that my cousin gave me.  They were from her mother-in-law when she was a child. This lady would be in her 90s now, so these are very old.  I love them!  I really like that faded honeycomb on the heart! Sweet!

I really enjoyed putting this tree together.  It is a white flocked tree with clear lights.  You might notice some pink filigree heart shaped lights.  I got those from Target this year.  They run on batteries, so you don't have all those cords everywhere...well, just the tree cord!!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this tree.  The next is St. Patrick's Day, so I'll have some green to show then!

Don't forget that I am having a Grow Your Blog giveaway!!  It's a mystery, but will be cross stitch related.  If you haven't signed up, please go it here!!  The drawing will be February 15th!

Thank you for stopping by, and please come again!


Vickie said...

Love this tree so very much! Fantastic job Frances.

Shelly said...

Love your Valentines tree! Nice mix of stitched and paper ornaments.

Kay said...

I have never seen a valentine's tree before, such lovely idea. i have jet a few that sit in a bowl. x

Annette-California said...

Your Valentine tree is amazing Frances. WOW! I love love love it!!! This made me realize February is here - lol! I also love all the precious antique Valentine cards from your friends grandmother you added in the tree. Stunning!
love Annette

Shirlee said...

Very cute! I notice some interesting looking samplers on the wall next to the tree : )

Melissa said...

Wow, that is a great Valentine tree. You're all set!

Daniela Bencúrová said...

As always, your trees are great !!!

Carol said...

How beautiful all of your Valentine's ornaments are, Frances!! And I love the vintage cards you added, too :)

Beth said...

What a wonderfully decorated tree Frances! I like the old family valentines. I also like the pink and brown ornaments.

Andrea said...

Love your Valentine tree and so many beautiful heart designs.

Teresa B said...

Hi Frances, visiting from the Grow Your Blog Party. I love cross stitch and I just wish I had more time for it.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen said...

Your Valentine tree is great!

Sheryl S. said...

just love your Valentine tree, what a lovely idea and so many lovely ornaments. Nice to have it on display all year.

Anna van Schurman said...

Great tree! The stitching is delightful, but for some reason, I am completely delighted by the addition of the monkeys! :) (Found your blog through GYB.)

brucie said...

Frances, I am delighted by your imaginative
Colorful trees this month. The wonderful
Blond kitty is a particular favorite. Your site is a wealth of beauty and information.

Marilyn said...

What great Valentine finishes.
Thanks for sharing the pics and links.

diamondc said...

Frances: What a beautiful tree, you have done it again and made me smile.
Love that tree and its ornaments.