Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Touch of Red

Since it's only a week until Valentine's Day, I thought I would share my very minimal decor with you. Some of you may remember that my maiden name was Valentine. Such a pretty name...wouldn't you agree? A lady once told me my name had a musical quality to it....Vicky Corrina Valentine. I remember weird things like that but fail to remember important things. Anywho, Valentine's Day has always been special to me because I am a former Valentine so I had to have a few touches of red. :)

The only place I decorated this year was the kitchen because I couldn't get to my box of decor in the shed. We have too much construction stuff in there right now and it just wasn't worth the work to move it all. So, I used a couple things I already had and a few little odds and ends I picked up at the Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. Here it is.....

To the left of the sink....

Some chocolate because it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without it!

I love the cover of this Hershey's cookbook. The vintage graphic is so cute! I added my plaid Thermos because it was just sitting around waiting to find a home.

To the right of the sink.....

And a view of the corner. Just beyond is my pantry. We are almost finished with it and I am loving it! I can't wait to share soon!

The window shelf above the sink....

I love aqua and red together. And aren't the glass hearts so pretty? You might remember seeing them in this post. They were a gift from Karen who blogs over at The Feral Turtle. I knew I would use them for Valentine's Day.

Here's another shot without the light on. Sorry my photos are always dark and shadowy indoors but I live in the woods and the sunlight is limited coming through the windows.

I wanted to save the best for last! A couple weeks ago my sweet friend, Connie e-mailed me ans asked if she could have my snail mail address because she had made me something and wanted to send it to me. Of course, I replied with my address and was so excited! Connie is one sweet and talented lady and generous as well. You should pop over to Crafty Home Cottage if you don't know her already and check out some of her amazing her adorable art barn where she crafts some amazing things. She quilts and paints beautifully and she has a big green thumb! Her yard is so pretty! Just hop over there and check her out! You won't be sorry and you will make a sweet new friend!

So, when this arrived earlier this week, I couldn't wait to open it and see what she made me! As you may be able to tell in the photos below, I opened it in the car. I was too impatient to drive a few hundred feet to my house to open! Look at the adorable doodling and stamping on the envelope! Happy mail for sure! She made me a banner....the most adorable Valentine's Day banner ever!

She said she ran across these vintage Valentine's online and they reminded her of me since I teach kindergarten. :)

Isn't it so sweet?

I love the attention to detail and the care with which this was made. I will treasure it forever!

And because this is on the back, I can't ever forget who gave it to me. Thank you again Connie. Your kindness made my heart smile!

Here it is hanging in the opening between my living room and dining room....perfection!

And, I guess I need ti wrap this up since I have a wedding to get ready for! My cousin's son, Justin is getting married today. My son, Dakota is the best man. Justin grew up across the road from us and he and Dakota have always been close. He's like a brother to Dakota. The wedding is taking place at my uncle's house who also lives across the road so we can just walk over. Praying it doesn't's sprinkling now. Looking forward to the wedding. It's been a couple years since I've been to one and I love weddings. My niece's wedding is just 4 weeks away as well. Young sweet! Hope your weekend is sweet too!

Until next time.....


  1. Love your touches of red in the kitchen, it cheers it up :-). That banner is soooo cute, what a great friend she is to send it to you.

  2. Hi Vicky,
    I love your maiden name! And I can see why Valentine's Day would hold a special place in your heart!
    Love your little touches, everything is just so perfect! And yes, Chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand!
    Such a sweet gift from Connie, she is so talented!
    Hope you had an amazing time at the wedding!
    Big Hugs!! Kimberley

  3. Love the touches of red. That garland is wonderful!

    xo Dianne

  4. What a SWEET post, dearest Vicky! I have been thinking of you so much and missing you, so oh, how I enjoyed stopping by and seeing the pops of red around your pretty home! And your maiden name was Valentine...what a charming surname and I am sure you loved it...I know I would! {{Smiles}}
    What a precious gift from Connie...she has a lovely blog and is so creative!
    I do hope the wedding is wonderful, dear Vicky! How I love weddings...I have only been to two - one when I was 6 and the other last year when I was an assistant photographer at a friend's special!
    Sending you ever so much love! Hugs to you!

  5. Your house looks so sweet and cozy and I love that you live in the woods! The pops of red are just enough and that banner is very cute, the perfect addition to your home. Going over to visit Connie now...

  6. Vicky, you always have the sweetest seasonal decor. The little red gingham bird caught my eye (love). The banner is so sweet. Wishing you a wonderful day.

  7. I love it all Vicky! The gift you received from Connie is so cute!


  8. I love your touches of red and adorable Valentine banner. I am a co-host of Vintage Charm linky party and your post would be a welcome addition to the party. If you have a minute hop on over to and join in.

  9. Your touches of red are perfect! Not overdone, just the right amount. What fun to play off your maiden name. :-)
    THat was very sweet of Connie! What a cute banner! Have a great week!

  10. I LOVE all the touches of red you have. So very pretty indeed. I live Valentines Day too, its my birthday! ☺
    I made a Valentines banner with my MIL and would like to make some vintage heart magnets this week...
    Have a great week, Vicky!
    Hugs, Amy

    1. That should of read I love valentines Day not live. These smart phones are not very smart! Ha!

    2. That should of read I love valentines Day not live. These smart phones are not very smart! Ha!

  11. I LOVE all the touches of red you have. So very pretty indeed. I live Valentines Day too, its my birthday! ☺
    I made a Valentines banner with my MIL and would like to make some vintage heart magnets this week...
    Have a great week, Vicky!
    Hugs, Amy

  12. What a beautiful name, Vicky! I adore your sweet Valentine decor touches in your kitchen....kitchens always seem to be the best place to decorate for Valentine's Day! The banner is so cute, & it fit perfectly where you decided to display it! Have a great week!

    Warm hugs,

  13. You received some very nice gifts from Connie, I just love the banner. Your Valentine decorations are too sweet!

  14. What a cute gift. I love your sweet Valentine touches in the kitchen. The open shelving is so pretty with little touches. Love that plaid thermos!

  15. Hello Vicky, Yes you would have the last name Valentine... Your so sweet!
    Amy and I just went for a walk and were talking about you and how you always inspire us! HAPPY VALENYINES DAY...
    Love, Roxy

  16. Hi Vicky, I love your touches of red in the kitchen. How nice to receive that gift from Connie too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a Happy Valentines Day.

  17. You really do have a beautiful name. I hope you kept it and just added another last name when you married. I love your shelves in the kitchen...what a fun place to decorate. And Connie is such a sweet friend to us all. She's my blog sister! Hugs, Diane

  18. Your kitchen shelves are SO pretty. I love your red, white, and green treasures. I remember a girl in high school named Virginia Valentine...a very pretty name indeed!

  19. Hi Vicky,
    Such a charming kitchen! Love the red spots and the pretty Hershey's cook book! I hope you've had a lovely valentine's Day!

  20. I too have a banner from Connie and she just sent me the cutest towel she made.

    I noticed the Hershey's cookbook. I had that cookbook and I used to use it all the time. I wonder whatever happened to it.

  21. Your kitchen looks darling all gussied up for Valentine's Day, Vicky :)

    Cute banner too!


  22. Love all the touches of red and the way you honor your name! That cookbook is awesome.

  23. Hi sweet friend! Oh, I just love your touches of red. You always make your home look extra cute and charming.

    And that banner from Connie is darling! What a talented lady :)

    I hope you are doing well. Much love and sweet hugs to you!

  24. I'm so late to this post Vicky, but you know I have had limited wifi. I am currently at the library trying to catch up with as many friends as I can.

    You have just the right amount of red. It's easy to overdue it, but you definitely didn't.

    Hope you're well, and I'll be by again soon!



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