Friday, January 14, 2011

:: I Have Valentines On My Mind ::

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the weekend! I am STILL taking down Christmas…and STILL struggling with how much “winter” decor to leave out. The snowmen did not make the cut this year. But I did leave some greenery out here and there and incorporated my Valentine goodies around those.

I had a fun crafty week! I made some Valentine salt dough bowl fillers and ornies and some cinnamon salt dough fillers and ornies. Our house smelled wonderful! Such a warm, cozy feeling when the oven is on and the cinnamon is wafting through it!

Here are  some of the regular Salt Dough ::










Here are the Cinnamon Salt Dough ::






So great getting back into the kitchen crafting again. I really did miss making any Christmas/Winter salt dough. The Valentines ones were fun! :)

I also made a large cinnamon salt dough heart ::



I did a little Valentine decorating here and there. I started with the shelf in our foyer.





In those last four photos the heart, the goose, the stamped LOVE bag, the candle and the dried beet garland were all made by Alison. Click HERE to visit her Etsy shop. I think she has sold out of a lot of Valentine things already but wow is she talented. I love her handmade prims!

Just a few more pictures to share….are you still with me!? Haha…

I changed out my mini Christmas tree on my table, took off the dried orange slices and added my cinnamon salt dough hearts.





We have had a busy week and I am grateful for the weekend. Time to catch up on some things around the house. Laundry…as always and I need some more time to fiddle with my redecorating. I am at a stand still right now, taking a break and will return tomorrow morning with a refreshed outlook!

We are supposed to get a little more snow, that always seems to make me more creative. I love that homey, comforting feeling I get when the snow is falling, the fireplace is on and the kids are playing in the house.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend. And stay safe in whatever weather you are having. I have connected with so many people in different cities, states and countries. And my prayers go out to all of them that may be experiencing flooding, or heavy snow etc.

I want to leave you with this quote I found the other day. Amanda Bradley is one of my favorites. I love her greeting cards. Always words to live by.

“It only takes one smile to offer welcome...and blessed be the person who will share it. It only takes one moment to be helpful...and blessed be the person who will spare it. It only takes one joy to lift a spirit...and blessed be the person who will give it. It only takes one life to make a difference...and blessed be the person who will live it.” ~Amanda Bradley

Until next time, take care.



  1. Sarah, it is so good to see you crafting again.....Are you going to start saling again?? I love the fall ones I got from do a beautiful job on all of your ornies.
    I love the piece by Amanda Bradley....enjoy your posting....have a great week-end.
    Hugs & Blessings.

  2. Beautiful pictures Sarah! I just love the reds and greens together although it definitely does not have the Christmasy look to it.

    I'm glad you had a great week of Valentine crafting, I love filling my home with the smell of cinnamon, yum. All of your ornies and fillers are beautiful!

    Your mini tree is darling. What a great idea to add a splash of red with the pomegranates! Just beautiful!

    I agree with you wholeheartedly... I love a warm fire when the snow is falling and the kids are just playing around the house. It's a lovely reminder of how blessed we are~

  3. I loved all the Valentine decorations. That quote is so perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I just love your Valentines decorations. I just made a few hearts out of clay and cinnamon dough myself. You reminded me that I have a big heart in hand cookie cutter somewhere, I have to find it. Loved your little tree and your new decorations, you have just the right amount and everything looks great. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  5. Hi Sarah!
    I LOVE all the hearts! Those are so cute! You have been a busy lady! I love it all! I am partial to the hearts though.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Good morning my special friend! I hope you have a wonderful day. I have been snowed in until Thurs for sev days. I missed your bowl fillers Christmas too! Maybe next year. Everything looks beautiful. Maybe you'll make some 4th July ones to sell???? I posted about hearts yesterday too. We're all into Valentine Day!

  7. Love that little twig tree.What you got done so far looks great.I love a snow day nestled in the house as well.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  8. Sarah,
    Love all your heart ornies...I may even attempt the cinnamon ones!! Lots of snow coming down here still..stay safe & warm!!

  9. Sarah, love all of your heart ornaments! Everything looks perfect, as always. I keep thinking I'm going to try these dough ornaments, but always manage to find something else to occupy my time. Have a great weekend!

  10. After reading your post, I think I'm finally going to have to make some salt dough ornaments. You always have the best decorations - so inspiring for me.

  11. Love all your salt dough ornaments and your decorations for Valentines Day. I too, decided not to put out my annual snowmen for here in the south we hardly ever see snow. Little did I know we were to have a winter storm hit this week, so bad schools were closed all week and we still have icy patches. Oh well, live and learn

  12. Love your salt dough, and beautiful photos as always! :)

  13. Hi Sarah,
    I love your blog! It always leaves me feeling cozy and happy. Thanks for sharing the Valentine salt dough and cinnamon dough ornies. That's on my wish list of things to do this weekend, too (for the first time)! Your decorating is so prim perfect. I always enjoy the way you arrange things. :)
    I am a big fan of Amanda Bradley, too, and that quote is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Hi Sarah,
    Love the Valentines and cinnamon ornies. So glad you are crafting again. I agree the snowmen must go! I too am struggling with the after the holiday decorations and with putting them away. Your home looks very festive with your Valentine decor.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sarah I just LOVE the new technique you use on your heart bowl fillers...very creative!! You've got your house all ready for Valentine's and everything looks so good!! Hope you enjoy your weekend!!


  16. Hi Sarah,

    We're still putting things away here too. I took the popcorn garland and dried oranges off my counter top tree today and was thinking about making some conversation hearts out of felt but now that I've seen your cinnamon hearts I think I'd prefer those. I love the patterns you've added. It really gives them a nice textured look.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  17. Sarah, I love all of your heart creations and your Valentine decor. Everything looks wonderful!


  18. Everything looks just wonderful Sarah!! Love all those salt dough ornies. Your little tree is adorable.

  19. Sarah, I love the detail you added to your valentines! I always enjoy seeing your handmades and wonderful pictures. Your just so creative and it inspires me so much!

  20. Love your valentine ornies! I would like to see you start selling them again too! Your valentines are wonderful! I am waiting on a heart garland from Alison myself. I have loved her work for years!
    Thanks for sharing Sarah!

  21. omg! they look soooo cute! :) love all the vday decorating!

  22. Hi Sarah, I liked your idea of valentine's salt dough ornaments for a tree. I have never made them so I took my attempt to make them. They didn't turn out the best, for some reason they swelled up while I was baking them??? Could you tell me how to get them not to swell up?? And do you dip your's in the wax very quickly as some of mine look really waxy.
    Your's turned out so awesome and the rest of your decorations look awesome!!!


  23. Happy Birthday (on the 21st) Sarah!!!

    May you have much joy and good health for the next year; you deserve it.

    I enjoyed the pictures of Valentines, and of course love your ornies...I have a little heart and hand cutter somewhere around just to find the darn thing!

    Have a wonderful day today my blogging friend!


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