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!

Buys

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!

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Let the Walls Do the Talking

I must be preoccupied with the blank walls in my home, because all I think about is paint, art work, mirrors, anything related to dressing my walls. 
I recently bought a set of sea urchins from Target and am loving them on the wall!

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Since hanging them up and being absolutely pleased with how they look, I've been all about 3D art.
I've spent hours searching high and low to come up with a few collections of items that would be fun to hang on the wall that isn't the traditional piece of framed art. Here are some that really struck a chord with me:

Wall Discs of all Sorts

Collections of Objects

Animal Sculptures

These are so much better than the taxidermy sort, at least in my opinion.

Wall Plates

I've never been one to collect plates, but in my wall decor search I found that One Kings Lane has a ridiculous amount, all styles and shapes! It got me thinking, when I was growing up my mother had a tremendous Scandinavian plate collection on the kitchen wall. I had to throw one into my Wall Plate gallery as a nod to her, love you mom!

From Circles to Squares and Other Shapes

I know there's a lot, but I couldn't resist. There are so many options that its mind boggling. Which are your favorites? I'd love to know!