Well, I cannot decide if it was bad news day or good news day yesterday. My dental appointment that I have dreaded for days was postponed due to snow. We didn’t get any snow at our place, but apparently the area where my dentist lives did. So, all that anxiety will now be postponed to next week, and then 10 days after that. Ugh. Good news, I got to eat the chocolate pudding I made as a reward for myself. What the hey, it wouldn’t last to next week anyway. Then, our power went out yesterday, and the generator didn’t come on. So, more bad news as without it I couldn’t sew, or watch TV, or read, or much of anything. My laptop only had a little battery charge left, so I couldn’t do that for long. My Sweet Babboo had to figure out the cause and fix that. Good news is he can fix anything, just meant a trip to the hardware store. This easily could have occurred when there was a foot of snow on the mountain and we couldn’t leave the house. Having it happen on a reasonably clear day meant he could get what was needed and get it going again. We have to be thankful for that. So, while I could still get a little done, I did a roundup of Valentine inspiration for you for today. I am hoping my hyacinth bulbs bloom this year, but nothing yet. These delicate pink flowers were last year’s delight. I love the delicate colors and marvelous fragrance of hyacinths.
A Valentine table is not something I do every year, but I did this one a few years ago with reds and pinks. I put lace paper doilies on red chargers, and topped those with some pink Depression glass dishes, a pattern by Jeannette Glass called Cherryblossom Pink. White napkins, and pink glass goblets completed the settings. The centerpiece was an Eiffel Tower set in a ring of red votives, flanked with heart cut out cups holding white flowers and little red hearts.
It was a nicely romantic table for two, perfect for my Valentine Breakfast of Popovers with Black Cherry Creme, recipes on that post.
I still think this Romantic Table for Two is my favorite of all the February Tablescapes. It is done in gold rather than the red or pink that is usual for February tables. I did this one with a Paris, France theme with my Eiffel Tower, a bridge of votive candle lights and my French plates. See the post for details and links to the blog hop if you are in the mood to see tablescapes.
I made this Valentine card for my mother in law in 2015. It has a lovely flower stamped on pink cardstock, with a vellum overlay stamped Valentine Greetings.
This cute Darby Love, with Heart stamp, and the Berry Sweet stamp set from Impression Obsession make adorable cards. If you are a card maker, find inspirational sentiments stamps at Impression Obsession HERE and check out the Featured Category of the month for special sales.
Feel like making a heart table topper this year? My Hearts Around Table Topper is easy, just click on that link for the full free pattern.
Use the same block, just orient all the hearts the same way for my Hearts Wall Hanging. Small projects like this are great to try new quilting techniques on your domestic machine. See my tutorial on MadamSew’s blog for How to Stipple Quilt, and check out their deals while you are there.
The piece looks wonderful on a red theme table too. I set this one up just for decor, as we didn’t have any plans.
Make my wool applique project with hearts and silk ribbon accents, Valentine Penny Rug. The link to the tutorial post also has a pdf download with the free pattern.
I’m wondering who we can show some appreciation to this pandemic year. It wouldn’t take much to make up some bags of goodies, and deliver them to your local firehouse for the first responders. Some thank you cards, handmade or store bought with some candy would go far to showing appreciation for their work this year. Of course, your local domestic violence shelter’s current residents can always use a little support, too.
Then you can reward yourself with my Creme Brulee!
There are some great new Valentine inspired fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop, with new items coming in, and of course the daily Flash Sale. I ordered this Holiday Flourish Layer Cake on the Precuts sale of the week yesterday, and I’ll be doing a special quilt along with it soon. Get yours this week while it is on sale if you’d like to quilt along with me later this year on a table topper.
Are you doing anything special for Valentine fun this year?