Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Amour" Valentine Bunting

I was finally able to wrap up my little Valentine craft project today!  Daddy took off with the little boys for a few hours this afternoon.  They went to Grandma and Grandpa's house to work in the shop on a furniture project which I hope to share with you later this week.  Once all of the glue dries, it will be making it's way back into our garage so that I can paint and put the finishing touches on it!  Don't you just love how I am keeping you in suspense!  I hope it's not an anti-climatic surprise!  If it doesn't turn out as neat as I am imagining, I may decide not to share it at all, so I guess I should just stop talking about it now!

I am telling you I hardly knew what to do with myself during those quiet hours at home all alone!  I can't remember the last time I had uninterrupted "me time" at home in the middle of the afternoon!  I started off by finishing up this "Amour" banner for the family room mantle.  Since we'd put the Christmas decor away, the house has been looking a little naked to me!  Do you feel that way about your house after Christmas?  I think this bunting banner was just what our neutral de-Christmasafied mantle needed.  I hesitated to show you a full photo of the mantle because as you can see we have a flat screen hanging just inches above it!  It was one of those decisions that seemed like a good one at the time, but it's so hard to decorate around it and I wish we'd just stuck that TV in a cabinet!  It is however a convenient spot as we can see it from the breakfast nook and kitchen, where if it were in a cabinet, it would be on another wall and less visible.  So, I do the best I can to work around the electronics!  Don't get me started on the surround sound speakers (I try to pretend they're not there).  I am always tempted to put a rosey swag over the top of the flat screen, but figure I would be treading on hubby's territory a little too much.  As I've said before, he puts up with a lot, so I really shouldn't complain! 

In case you were curious, that beautiful lady in the porcelain frame is my Grandma!  I love this photo of her and am so honored to have it in our home!

After I finished my bunting banner, I used the rest of my free time to organize my pile of "junk" in the garage.  So many little "project pieces" just waiting to be started out there!  If only I could find the time and the energy to get to them all! 

I am hoping to take a few things to the shop tomorrow and fluff my display a bit.  While I am there, I just might have to take a peek and see if that petite chandelier I'd been eyeing is still there!  I loved how so many of you commented (just like any good girlfriend would!) that I needed it when I shared the photo of my kitchen on Friday.  I told my hubby, "my blog friends tell me I need that would put the finishing touch on the kitchen!"  He didn't agree, but he also didn't say no!  Hmmm...we shall see!  If it's still there, I just might bring it home with me tomorrow!  And if it has sold...well, then it wasn't meant to be.

Thank you so much for your visit today!  I hope you're enjoying a cozy 3 day weekend!  I am so happy to have hubby home again tomorrow! 
Best Wishes and God Bless!

Linking up with the following fun parties here...
Show of Your Cottage Monday at The House in the Roses
Masterpiece Monday at Boogie Board Cottage
Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts
Craftomaniac Monday at Craftomaniac
Amaze me Monday at Dittle Dattle
Wednesday's party at Tea Rose Home
The Handmade Valentine Party at The French Cupboard
Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home
Where is your TV Linky at Cottage and Vine
Valentine ideas at Passionately Artistic


  1. Love your banner. Glad you had some me time. Hugs Florence

  2. Darling banner...thanks for visiting my blog...look forward to following you and seeing all you share!

  3. That is an adorable banner!!! Love the other photos too, so pretty!! If someone could figure out how to decorate those big ol flat screen tv's it would be genius!! I've decorated around my hubby's....but it's still there. LOL!! Have a wonderful day!!

  4. Sweet fun ... a nice touch to the mantle!

  5. Your bunting is beautiful! You did a great job! You're very creative with some free time on your hands.

  6. Boogieboard CottageJanuary 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Hi Amanda, Great job on the bunting banner! Thank you for linking to Masterpiece Monday. Mary :O)

  7. Hi Amanda,
    I love your banner, its super charming! I am glad you got some you time:-))
    Your little sugar bowl is delicious too :-))
    Have a great day!

  8. Your banner is just fabulous! Love it, isn't it nice to have a little me time!

  9. Your banner is adorable...I love that font! Can you tell me where you found it? Thanks, Ellen

  10. Your style is very pretty and romantic... I love it! Thank you for linking to my party!

  11. Your tv looks great up there and your banner is adorable!

    Thanks for linking!



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