My Accidental Valentine’s Day Mantle

I don’t usually decorate for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s my post-Christmas need for simplification. Maybe it’s my busy schedule. Most likely it’s laziness. Whatever the reason, this year is different. This year I accidentally created this Valentine’s Day Mantle.

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

It started with these arrows my mom sent me for Christmas. I LOVE them and knew immediately I wanted the metallic finish on my “weathered” wood mantle backdrop. (See how I built it HERE.)My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

Then I started searching the house for anything else metallic. I found this sparkly vase (an upcycled glass tea bottle covered with glitter) filled with pink tissue paper flowers from my sister-in-law’s wedding. I raised it up using a couple books wrapped in plain brown paper and a touch of washi tape.

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

Next, one more splash of gold thanks to another Christmas gift.

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

How adorable is that piece?! My sister-in-law made it based on this photo of my girls. I can’t get over what she can create with a needle and embroidery floss.

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

This was the point where I stepped back to take a look and realized I had a Valentine’s Day vibe going on. So I decided to roll with it. A couple more pink flowers, hearts cut out of patterened scrapbook paper, and some candles finished it up.

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

My Accidental Valentine's Day Mantle | laughingabi.com

I didn’t mean to do it, but I really love how it looks when I walk in the front door every day. Can’t ask for more than that.

Have you ever “accidentally” decorated something? Or started a project that ends up completely different than you planned?

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Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine’s Day Decorations

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

Today I’m sharing a few last minute Valentine’s Day decorating ideas from my entry – in case you’re a last minute kind of gal like me.

Of course I started with my favorite chalkboard. (Here’s how it looked last time you saw it.) I love this simple message for any family and friends who walk through my front door.

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

Next, a few things I “shopped” from around the house. The love bird plate is one from my collection. The vase, a thrift shop score, is filled with paper flowers from my sister-in-law’s wedding. And I stole the candle from another room because I wanted a pop of red.

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

And since I live in Chicagoland I thought it would be appropriate to decorate with some winter gear. (#chicagowinterfromhell) I pieced together some plain black boots and this fleece shirt from a local thrift store.

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

A few snips and a handful of straight pins transformed them into this.

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

A side note: I searched and searched for boots like these during the holidays. I wanted to make something like THIS. I never found them (for less than $20) so I moved on. Then a few weeks after Christmas my neighbor stopped by and handed these to me. “Someone gave them to me but they don’t fit. Can you wear them?” Really?! I don’t even know what else to say about that.

The pink boots are just a pair I found in my kid’s closet. They were too small so I claimed them.

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

That’s it for my Valentine’s decor. Super cheap. Super simple. Super sweet.

Simple, Sweet, Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations | laughingabi.com

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Or are you still trying to get the Christmas boxes back up in the attic?

A year of chalkboards

The chalkboard in our entry is one of my favorite things to doodle and decorate. Sometimes I’m inspired by a holiday. Other times by the crazy people living in my house. These are some of my ideas from the past year and a link to the Pinterest board where I keep my lettering inspiration. Enjoy!

Love & laughs,
abi

Christmas chalkboard

Valentine's & Halloween chalkboard

Thanksgiving chalkboard

Awesome & Easter chalkboard

Winter chalkboard