Be My Valentine

Love is in the air...

Happy early Valentine's Day...I wish I could have you all over for some sweet little cupcakes...this will have to do instead.

As stated in my previous post, I am enduring some difficult computer complications...and it is annnnnnnnoying! Know that I value your holiday decor enough to withstand the pain I am experiencing...you can make it up to me with all your kind comments. ;)

Valentine home tour 2009 (maybe next year I will have to host a par-tay!). I will try to note where I bought everything...most likely Target. :)

Our first stop is the bathroom...
Some hand towels for guests (Target 2008).
Sweet little love birds remind you to wash your hands (Target 08).
In the living room you will find...
Cupcake place mats (Target 08) tie the house together...and some sweet M&M's for the TV viewing sweet tooth.
Love is blooming with this adorable potted heart wreath (matches larger berry wreath in a previous post--Target 08).

Kitchen accessories for whipping up some valentine cupcakes! (Target 08).
Bows and heart wands add whimsy to boring ol cooking tools (Michael's).

A cupcake dish scrub...too cute to ever use...hung by some sweet little heart hooks. (Okay, so the heart hooks are shower curtain hooks...don't ask me what I was thinking...I love matchy matchy holiday goodness but I think the hooks are a little over the top...just because it is on clearance doesn't make it adorable...luckily I found another use that was a little more functional! Target 08)
Some of my favorite cupcake cookbooks serve as a place setting for this delicious strawberry dish (Safeway?).
Delicious cupcakes are showcased in my cake stand...the cherry topped ones are Christmas ornaments (TJMaxx)...the candle in the middle was 50 cents on clearance at the grocery store...and the heart ones are dog toys (Target 08)! No one will ever know...until you squeeze it and it squeaks! lol!
One of my hutches shows off some sweet little heart plates and mini heart containers ($1 at Michael's last year...oven safe!). Also please notice the red bow...I am very proud...this hutch was a freebie on the side of the road I refinished...problem was it had a missing handle that is smaller that the basic handle size sold in stores...well after months of holes and no handle I decided to tie a bow...so cute and totally matches the decor. LOVE IT!
Love the snowflake like details on this little plate from TJMaxx.
My newer hutch...I have to say it looks fabulous all decorated up! :) So many bloggers were hanging their Christmas wreaths over hutches and I couldn't wait until I got to use this fantastic idea. Cutie plates lined up in front of sparkling chargers. (All v-day Target 08)
Pretty and totally plastic! I also have matching dinner plates and bowls not shown.
This gator also in the bathroom (sorry too lazy and toooo many pictures to put this with the others!).
This wreath I just got from TJMaxx...I love it! I love berries to begin with but then it adds adorable little wooden hearts...to die for! I love how the colors pop off the white closet door. Definitely a possible DIY project...
Fun little apron from the dollar spot at Target last year! I know you sewing ladies can make this...shoot, if you can sew a straight line...it's all about the heart pocket...
A cute little container for pens (Target dollar spot 09--great for packaging little treats...go get some...now...they have different designs too)
My Christmas present! lol! I have been wanting a chalk board forever!!! Can you believe Pottery Barn would dare sell such a thing for like $40??? Well this isn't from Pottery Barn...but Brent finally found me one...and then you all posted about how fantastic chalkboard paint was...thanks...a day too late don't you think! ;) Well, no worries, I bought the paint and have no problem with multiple chalk boards now...
Towels galore...really I don't need this many...but they are just so dang cute (Ross).
Ditto...Ikea towel racks...amazing...I hung them on the sides of the kitchen counters...I want one to house some pots and pans but need S hooks (towels Target 08).
A fun little basket hosts some sweet as pie baking supplies. Measuring spoons/cups from Target 09 dollar spot...I'm serious...I saw the same things for $5 somewhere else...run, don't walk...Wilton silicone heart cupcake cups.

A fast and frugal decorating idea...bows...on everything...tie everything together.
More Target dollar spot finds this year...I put little tea lights in them and added bows for extra whimsy. I suggest getting the ones with holes if you want to use as candle holders...much more glowing ambiance.
The big reveal!!! My favorite by far! So many of you suggested keeping my new white Christmas tree out for a winter or V-day theme...well the thing is 7 feet and I know I have a lot of V-day decor...but I didn't have ornaments...so unless I hung my over sized collection of dish towels...Anyways, I found this little one on clearance at Wal-Mart this year and it is absolutely perfect! I only have three ornaments (all from Joann's this year) so I filled that baby up with pretty ribbons...BEAUTIFUL!!!
I am going to try to make some like the felt one on the bottom...they look fairly easy...lots of hot glue!
Dining room table...my giant candle (remember it from Christmas?) is usually surrounded by a festive wreath...but all my V-day wreaths are hearts and were not pulling off the same look...so I filled a heart dish with pebbles for a pretty little centerpiece. The bow on the candle changes with the decor...a great way to mix up your candles that are out year around. Owl love you forever place mats from Target this year and heart runner from TJMaxx (my first real runner! I splurged...it was too cute to pass up!)
Now for some little explanations...
This frugal girl needs you all to know that this is a collection...over time. I know that I often get caught up with blogging ideas...and get all shopaholic and want to spend money I don't have. Most of my Target 08' finds were ooohed and ahhhed over last year...but I was patient and bought most of it after V-day when they went on clearance. I also have a few homemade things to share over the next couple of weeks...so stay tuned!
I was also recently told (by a non-blogger) that they thought my decorating was a little over the top...okay...so it is...but I was offended. But decorating has become such a passion of mine...it brings me joy and is a reflection of my creativity...I know many of you understand! But I am always weary about what people will think when they see it all...I also realize that for some women they don't have the time or desire to decorate as elaborately...and that is okay...but I always sense an awkwardness of what they must be thinking of me in their head...So the purpose of all of this is to say I am so glad I have found so many creative bloggy friends who can understand and appreciate all of this. Your encouragement helps me to be more confident with what I do so that I can stand tall and be proud when people come into my home. So thank you for showering me with bloggy love! :)
I hope that these inspired some creative ideas to bring your inner love bird out to shower your home with lots of hugs, kisses, and sweet treats come this February...if the men in your life go crazy over the pink...tell them little miss domestic cupid made you do it! xoxo


30 comments:

  1. I LOVE your decorations!!! I'm so ready to go to Target tomorrow! LOL

    Be Blessed!
    ~Chondra

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  2. Hey girl! Just got into PA about two hours ago...exactly. Weird, huh? It's a little after 2 am here and after riding in the car for 8 hours I am wiiiiide awake with energy.

    I have to tell you how totally awesome this post is!! I felt like I was getting a cavity by all of the sweet candy/cupcake cutiness. I loved it all so very much! I'm dying to get my butt to Target!! This post was so incredibly fun and so so perfectly sweet. I just can't say enough good things about it.

    I feel so sick inside though that someone could say that your decorating was "over the top". Like, wow. All I know is that your home is your home. And as Oprah says, 'Your home should rise up to meet you'. It is a reflection of you and the things that make you smile and feel comforted and warm and safe. The things that make you you. The things that you cherish and love. I think you've got things placed so well in our home. It all just looks so good. Be confident and stand tall girlfriend. You are amazing and I truly look forward to your awesomely fashionably domestic but oh so thrifty frugal posts. We love you in blog land...and some of us....aka me!...wish you were their next door neighbor so that yes, we could write our little lists at lunch and then go shopping for crafty stuff after. You totally rock Ashley!!!!!

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  3. Oh Ashley,,you've inspired, inspired!! I bought a red christmas tree at Walmart for 5.00 right after the holiday and planned on making a Valentine tree as well.. YOu have really great ideas, new uses for things I wouldn't have even tought of and I love the pink, white and red in your home and how creative you've been to set this up. I plan on doing the same. I'm visiting my sis up North in Maine and we are shopping, Marathon shoppping today. I plan on looking at things a little different and going into non-traditional parts of the store to look for great items to ust in my home.. You always have great ideas and such a Fashionista way about you!! Love and blessings,Tracey

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  4. LOVE all the decorations!!! How fun...I have been inspired to go to Target and look through their dollar area...
    THANKS!

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  5. I just want to come over and play at your house now...
    I think you may have made me a Valentine's Day convert!

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  6. LOVE everything!!!! Such cute things!!! I sometimes think some of my friends think I am a little crazy for my decorating, but that's just me and I like my home to be comfortable for my family!
    I love that you made the V-day tree! I bought a small white one at Michael's the other day and have been contemplating making it a V-day tree as well! I don't have any ornaments but thought I could make some simple heart ones using felt and ribbon.

    Thanks for sharing! This is a wonderful post!

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  7. You really go all out and I LOVE it!!!! Everything is SO cute!

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  8. What a fun collection you have. It's a nice change from hearing how much the holiday stinks, according to the rest of the world.

    The "owl heart you forever" is so adorable. And the heart potholder is way to cute, I'm sure some crafty person (not I) could whip that up in a jiffy with some cute scraps.

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  9. VERY very cute! I do not have a decorating green thumb. But I like to look at the photos of those that do!

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  10. Lovin the decor.
    Totally want to come visit your home!!!

    As for the non blogger who made the over the top comment, well what does she know & how rude was she!!!

    I say "you go for it girl!" It's what makes you happy, no one else.

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  11. I don't even know where to start...I LOVE it all! You are a girl after my own heart. Do it up big and don't listen to anyone who criticizes you for making your home your OWN! I want (NEED) some of that precious cupcake decor...it is the cutest stuff EVER!

    ~Amanda

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  12. I've never really decorated for Valentine's Day, but you make me want to start! I have that same apron from Target. :)

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  13. Holy moly, what decorations! How beautiful. I feel inspired to decorate this year.

    Especially love the wreath on the hutch.

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  14. That's just too cute! I love the birdie towels!

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  15. ...you realize my hubby had NO choice in the matter since that "boy" is my brother, right?? ;)

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  16. EEEK!! I love it! The pink flower daisy's and the heart xmas/vday tree are favs! I tried to go to target to get the cute pokie dot apron, no such luck all out! Darn!

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  17. love all your pink and red ashley - so fun and festive!

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  18. I am feeling TOTALLY inferior to you and your blissfull V-day decorating! Every picture had me saying, "Oooh, I like that" or "Ugh. I want that". LOVED it all!

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  19. Oh my gosh! oh my gosh! I LOVE that flower wreath.
    The thing is Ashley--when you put yourself out there, some people are gonna feel really free and easy to say what they really think. And your reaction has to be "Screw it".
    It makes you happy. The End.
    I used to decorate like you too, waaaaay back in the BC* days (*before children). It made me happy, plain and simple. I don't have the energy or enthusiasm for it now, but that's ok too. It is fun to see how much you enjoy it.
    P.S. did you see my cupcake painted table a while back??

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  20. Too cute, Target is finally coming to paradise. Hubby should be afraid, very afraid. I am not letting him blog by here. If the secret gets out that there are women than not only clean their house but decorate it all my hubby brainwashing will be a waste! Off to take down the Christmas tree ;)

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  21. Looks like someone else goes ga-ga over V-day. It's so irresistable and cute!!! You did a great job!
    Have a good weekend.

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  22. oh my goodness gracious! i thought i had a tun of stuff out. . .

    where in the world did i find your blog? i've only looked at one post and i love it!

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  24. Adorable!! CAAAUUUUUTE!!! Ah, I love it all. That comment was ridiculous. If they think you are over the top, they haven't looked around much. All you do is perfect!

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  25. I love all of your decorations!! You have a lot! They are all so cute!

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  26. I loved your valentine deco. Where on earth did you find that adorable pink heart daisy wreath?

    It's fun to see how you decorate, and the great things you come up with. I use a lot of your ideas.
    Keep it up chick! I would bet your personality is up-beat and fun, just like your home feels.
    Have a good day.

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  27. I just found your blog and I am already in LOVE! All your Valentine decorations are so adorable! I too LOVE The Target Dollar Spot. You cant go wrong :)

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  28. AHHHHHHHHHHH! I heart your decorations (pun intended!).

    I too am a Target clearance junkie. I have the kissing ball that matches your white vine & berry wreath.

    Seeing your blog is giving me all sorts of Valentine decorating ideas I hadn't thought of, like the heart pans.

    Glad you're back online and hope you get your computer back to normal again.

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  29. When can I move in? lol LOVE all the things you did around the house for Valentine's Day. You motivate me!! :)

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  30. We are all over the top...we blog don't we?

    People always say...how do you have time to do all this...which is another way to say that I have too much free time or I spend it not the same way they would. I say...

    We bloggers around here are all overachievers with a lot of energy and don't want to waste a single minute of our lives...so we don't sit still...we create...we keep busy...we fill our lives up to the rim...let the others call us over the top...I call them...boring!

    So you go girl!!! Be over the top and proud of it!

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