Valentine Buys and Craft Ideas

With Valentine's Day only a week away, I'm setting the mood at home by baking heart cookies, bringing out my Valentine's XO Wreath, and diving head first into Valentine crafts with the girls

On a personal love-note, my husband and I just celebrated the 15 year anniversary of our first date. How did that happen so quickly?! I still feel like we're in college and haven't aged that much. Time flies when you're having fun and in love!


I thought I'd do a quick round up of some fun love-themed gifts and decor to help everyone else get into the mood. They're not your traditional romantic gifts, these are a little more fun and lighthearted. Because after 15 years, that's what love is, right?! Hope these spark a little V-Day love in your worlds!

Craft Ideas

It wouldn't be a holiday if I didn't have some DIY on the menu. I found some new Valentine crafts that would be so fun to do! I'm hoping I have some time this weekend to get one of them done. Find even more ideas from years past here. Cheer's to Crafting Love.

Tray Chic!

When One Kings Lane asked me to be a part of their Tray Chic blogger campaign series, I was beyond excited!

Not only because I've let my "dry spell" go on for over two months - I can't believe it's been that long since my last official post - but because I actually use trays all the time. I have a few acrylic trays, faux leather, rattan, ceramic, marble, the list goes on. They are infinitely useful around the bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom...

And the styling options are endless! Use a tray to display make-up, perfume, trinkets, books and flowers, even my husband's "stuff" has a stylish tray on his dresser - of course his had to be super manly (dark brown marble) or else it would have been shoved in the bottom of his closet.

Back to the Tray Chic series, One Kings Lane challenged bloggers to show off their Tray Chic Moment - a beautifully styled tray at home. I started styling up a storm - talk about getting excited about designing at home again. I think my husband was starting to get annoyed with my tunnel vision (there were trays laying around the house for days as I put different ones together to see how I could make our things look that much better by using a tray).

Here's a gallery of a few tray-scapes that I spruced up or created anew. So fun to see how things around the house can get new life when put together in a fresh way.

One Kings Lane has some really great tray and accessory items here to get your own Tray Chic Moment started. Check out a few of my personal favorites:

I even got a chance to do easy Tray DIY that I've been dying to get done for a long time - creating your own tray out of a cutting board and some cabinet pulls. This is the tutorial I used - as always, thank you A Beautiful Mess. So quick and easy!

Here's another I've been meaning to do, from Homey Oh My! Looks super easy and affordable, just haven't had the time to do it.

DIY Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray at Homey Oh My!

DIY Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray at Homey Oh My!

I had the best time doing this post! Thanks to One Kings Lane for getting me inspired again.
And to my readers, I'd love to see your Tray Chic moments, too. Share, share, share!


Picture This

Baby M's First Year Baby Album, no longer available at  Red Envelope

Baby M's First Year Baby Album, no longer available at Red Envelope

I'm in the throws of updating Baby M's First Year photo album. I've already had all the pictures printed out (love Snapfish), put months 1-3 in the book, but I hit a wall a few months ago and haven't gone back to it since - she's 15 months old already!! I have to get it done before I start forgetting what all the pictures are. The album I have for Baby M is a set of 4 mini-albums from Red Envelope, sadly no longer available. I tried my hardest to find a similar alternative for you all, but I'm coming up with nothing - how is that possible?!

Nevertheless, the idea of photographs and documenting our ever-busier lives got me thinking about how many frames I have around the house. I LOVE pictures of my family and display them everywhere, probably too many! But I just can't help myself. Every little smile, every moment of happiness (even the not-so-happy ones), deserves a frame in my book.

I've been slowly accumulating quite a collection of frames. Between Ikea, Pottery Barn, and a handful of other brands, I feel like I have at least 50 frames out and about through the house. Kind of crazy for a house that isn't insanely large, I know. I may need to start editing.

There are so many ways to make your pictures perfectly "you" - as if the content wasn't enough! The frame itself is a reflection of your style, the matting, the display. It all helps tell the story of you and your family.

Here are some great frame finds that you may enjoy - some I even have in my own house.

Sources (from Top Left to Right):

  1. Pottery Barn Rope Silver-plated Frame - I have this one in my own house. I love silver-plated frames and have a number of different "textured" frames, from rope, to basket weave, to branches.
  2. Zara Home Wicker-Effect Metal Frame - I love the nod to a more Southern-type of style
  3. Zara Home Bamboo Frame - You can't not love bamboo
  4. ZGallerie Anguilla Frame - I'll take a chevron print any day, especially in these very current neutral tones
  5. Pottery Barn Kinsey Enamel Frames - A great way to add a color splash
  6. ZGallerie Plexus Frame - A glitzy almost stone look
  7. ZGallerie Stella Frame - The combination of brass and silver adds a great historical touch
  8. Ikea Ribba Frame - I have various sizes and colors of this frame all around the house
  9. Ikea Virserum Frame - I also have a bunch of sizes and colors of this one!

A Beautiful Mess recently posted a great how-to on making your own patterned photo mats. Such a great idea and looks pretty easy. What a wonderfully creative way to personalize frames and make your photos look even better! And it makes me want to incorporate black and white photos in my own display!

I've also been fantasizing about putting together a gallery wall. I've seen so many how-to's and really like this one by Emily Henderson. How awesome to have something like this in my own house, I'd feel so grown up!

Source:  Emily Henderson

Do you have an obsession with photos/frames? How do you have them displayed? I'd love to hear how you've personalized your space.