****This project was originally posted three years ago, but I thought it was time for a revival. I put away the Christmas decorations this week and it really looks bare around here. It’s been a few years since I did a lot of decorating for Valentine’s Day. My boys are grown ups, and let’s be fair, they really weren’t that into it anyway. At least not as teenagers. But now, I think I may want to decorate for me. With the loss of a good friend, the last couple of months have been sad and depressing. It’s time to start living again. I may not get the rest of the house decorated, but the front porch will become transformed in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, I’m on the hunt for where I packed this little gem away.****
In a household of guys it has sometimes been a challenge expressing my girly-girl personality. My favorite color is pink, and for some reason that color always gets shot down when suggested for room decor. Hmm...I am also in love with anything painted shabby chic, but hubby likes the look of real wood. (sigh) Over the years we have compromised (sort of), so we have a mix of both. The “look” isn’t as pleasing as I would like, so whole-room reveals will probably never be posted here.
My last baby graduates this year, so soon I will only have to m̶̶a̶̶n̶̶i̶̶p̶̶u̶̶l̶̶a̶̶t̶̶e̶ convince my b̶̶i̶̶g̶̶g̶̶e̶̶s̶̶t̶ ̶b̶̶a̶̶b̶̶y̶ husband that my way is the best way. “Happy wife, happy life” and all that jazz...
Now holidays (more specifically Valentine’s Day), I can get away with pink AND shabby chic, mostly because the guys think it will soon be put away. Thing is, after all of these years Momma sometimes “forgets” and leaves out a few stray items. Funny how that works. 😉
If you have read this far in my ramblings, then you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with that photo at the top of this post.
Are you still with me?
Well, assuming you are, I will shamelessly post it again and get on with it.
This is my newest shabby chic (with touches of pink) Valentine’s Day decoration. Shh! Don’t tell my guys, but it may stick around for a little while.
I cut and sanded four pieces of scrap 2×2.
Painted them a pretty pink.
Painted over that with white.
Sanded for a little bit of shabby chic loving.
Glued the 2x2s together…
…and added “love” words with letter tiles from a vintage game. I’m thinking Scrabble tiles would look pretty cute too.
For one last touch of girly-girl I wrapped lace trim around the decoration and tied it in a bow at the top.