I used to decorate for the hilt for each holiday as it came - I'd hang up themed wall quilts, fill the hutch in the dining room with dishes & a bunch of knick knacks, and hang a ton of handmade ornaments that I'd received in prim swaps on my year round tree. Lately, I've been scaling things back - if I actually do anything at all! This year, instead of pulling out the tote full of Valentine decorations that I already own, I made up just a couple of new things to display on the dining room table.
Last week at hooking, Nancy pulled out some old issues of RHM News & Views for us to look at (1980's) and I saw a cute pattern for a Valentine Rug - I shrunk down the design and did it with my punch needle instead of hooking it and it turned out so cute! I had a hard time deciding how to finish it, but ended up making a small heart shaped pillow.
I followed the tutorial that Kris at Simply Prim posted awhile ago and made a handful of grubby hearts using pipe cleaners from the dollar store. I cut each piece in half and made them much smaller than hers - they worked up quickly and smell really good since they're coated with cinnamon and nutmeg. Mmm......
So here's the finished centerpiece displayed on my table. The wooly feather tree looks cute adorned for Valentine's Day!
.....On a side note, on Saturday I received a brand new catalog in the mail that is just full of wonderful decorating items. From furniture, to bedding, to accessories, to hand hooked rugs. They have a website here where you can see all of their merchandise, but I would suggest requesting one of their free catalogs - it's so much fun to turn each page and see the details of each lovely item! It's called Primitive Beginnings and I think you'll like it!