Holiday Sidebar – Valentine’s Day 2015

Holiday SIdebar - Valentine's Day - Life With Lorelai

 

Holiday Sidebar Decorations

Valentine’s Day 2015

 

You have seen my sidebar all decked out for Christmas with its snowy lighted village and mistletoe stick here. But I wanted to share with you my holiday sidebar decor for Valentine’s Day. I had so much fun putting it all together. I even created a special PRINTABLE frame that you can Download for FREE.

So, here it is…

The Valentine’s Day Holiday Sidebar

Here’s what we’ve got going.

Above the Sidebar:

A Victorian Valentine wood plaque with a red rose heart wreath hanging below.

The Sidebar Centerpiece:

I have been using this centerpiece for probably 15 years or more…yes with the same conversation hearts! I double bag the hearts in zipper-lock bags for storage. This is always a fun decoration, and brings lots of fun conversation each year. This year I set it on my new red charger plate.

The Chalkboard:

The Birdcage Candle Holder:

The Flower Vases:

The Valentine Pedestal Frame:

I really had a great time creating this photo graphic for the frame. You can Download the FREE PRINTABLE frame and add your own pictures to it for a special Valentine of your own.

Here’s a picture of the free printable:

Download FREE Printable here.

I balanced out the sidebar and added a couple of Valentine candy dishes. I hope you enjoy it, as much as I loved decorating the Holiday Sidebar.

How do you like to decorate for Valentine’s Day?

Do you have any traditional decorations?

 

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Candy Cane Legend with Printables

There is something wonderful about a sweet treat with a legend behind for the holidays. Make the candy cane legend a Christmas tradition in your family.


 The Legend of the Candy Cane

with special Candy Cane Legend Poem Printables

Reading to and with my children was always a special thing at our house. And every Christmas I would read, The Candymaker’s Gift: A Legend of the Candy Cane by Helen Haidle and David C. Cook. As the title suggests, it is the legend of the candy cane, and I’d like to share it with you.

Following the story, I have made some FREE PRINTABLES for you, just in time for Christmas gift giving. So, read and enjoy…

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Long ago, a candymaker wanted to make a special Christmastime treat that would serve as a witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several symbols into this new candy. Symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus.

He began his candy making with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus. Hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the church. And firm to represent the promise of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the shape of a “J” to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought the shape could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd. The staff with which he reached down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. The stripes would show the scourging Jesus received, by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as the candy cane–a meaningless decoration seen at Christmastime. But the true meaning behind the candy cane is still there for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Isn’t this a wonderful story? I hope you will share this with your family and friends during this Christmas season and all the Christmases to come.

Now, onto those FREE PRINTABLES!

I created a graphic using the Candy Cane Legend Poem. There are three different printables available: Full-size for framing, large gift tags, and small gift tags. They would be great for decorating and gifting. Attach a small tag to a candy cane to hand out to children at school or around the neighborhood, hostess gifts, and more. Come back and check out next Monday’s post for a way to use these printables with a special Adult Gift!

Click below for your FREE Printables:

Candy Cane Legend Poem – Full-size Printable for Framing

Candy Cane Legend Poem – Large Gift Tags Printable

Candy Cane Legend Poem – Small Gift Tags Printable

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Have you ever heard the Legend of the Candy Cane?

What special holiday books do you read with your kids?

 

 

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Color Schemes

Color Schemes

I love color! Color schemes from the soft and subtle to the bright and bold make my world go round. I find it amazing just how much color can affect your moods and how you feel. Think about it… if you are somewhere that is dark and dingy, do you like it? Or do you feel depressed, sad, scared, or intimidated? If you are surrounded by light, you feel safe, happy, and relaxed. Add color to these places and you can change the feel and mood along with the decor.

Some of my Favorite Color Schemes:

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

So soft and subtle. It makes me think of a late spring early summer breeze. Gentle and Beautiful.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

I love the peachy corals with the greens.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

I absolutely adore hydrangea bushes, especially when their blooms are in the blue and lavender hues.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

My living room uses a lot of these colors. The neutrality of the colors is peaceful and relaxing, and lends itself well to seasonal decorating.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/indulgy.com/

Another neutral based color scheme with a hint of added colors. Tranquil, serene…

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

Lovely Autumn / Winter colors. Can’t you smell the apple cider and pumpkin pie?

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

Bringing the outside in… beautiful color scheme.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

Stunning. My winter coat is actually the color of the brighter purple. LOL

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

Aren’t these colors gorgeous together?

Well, there you have it, some of my favorite color schemes. I hope you have enjoyed the look-see. If you’d like to see more of my color schemes collection, check out my Color Schemes Pinterest Board!

What are some of you favorite color schemes?

How would you use these?

Find these photos: The Road to Domestication, Design Seeds, and Indulgy.

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My Kitchen Needs Help!

I Need Ideas!

This lovely built-in electric can opener has been in this kitchen for 42-years, and it’s been dead for at least 15 of those years. In that time, I have gone through two other electric can openers that have sat on my counter-top, the last of which just recently died and has caused me to think about this space again.

I haven’t removed the ancient gadget in the wall because I don’t know what to do with the open hole it would leave. As you can see, there are electrical switches (one for my also dead garbage disposal, the other for the fan over the stove-top) directly next to the can opener.

The offending can opener sits just above the back splash of my counter-top, but below a cabinet. You can see the two-plug electric outlet around the corner to the left. (This kitchen seriously lacks in electrical outlets). Just to the right of this space is my sink, and to the left is the door to the garage.

I would love some ideas on what to do with this. Do I just pull it out and drywall over it, or is there some fantastic use I can make of that all ready existing hole that will be left behind? I would greatly appreciate hearing any ideas or suggestions you may have.

Have you ever seen one of these built-in beauties?

What would you do with this space?

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DIY – Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks

DIY Bug Umbrellas for Party Drinks – add some pizzazz to your party with this easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.

Bug Umbrellas for Party Drinks

Delightful, Whimsical, Playful – Perfect for your next party!

 

I saw an article in the Orange County Register about this clever little idea over the weekend.

Look at those bug umbrellas…ADORABLE! The simplicity and cuteness are perfect to brighten a table for any outdoor occasion.

Who wants a pesky fly in your drink? Here’s an easy solution… add bug-proof umbrellas!

What You Need:

  • Cupcake Liners
  • Colorful Straws
  • Scissors

How To:

  • Pinch the bottom of the Cupcake Liner in the center so that it folds.
  • Cut a small triangle, just large enough for your straw to fit through.
  • Place the straw through the hole, and invert cupcake liner to fit over the top of the glass.

End Result:

Colorful, Practical, and Fun Drink Covers! Bug Umbrellas are an easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.

 

Here’s a Printable just for you:

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DIY - Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks
 
Colorful, Practical, and Fun Drink Covers! Bug Umbrellas are an easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.
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Type: DIY
Cuisine: Party Decor
Ingredients:
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Colorful Straws
  • Scissors
Directions:
  1. Pinch the bottom of the Cupcake Liner in the center so that it folds.
  2. Cut a small triangle, just large enough for your straw to fit through.
  3. Place the straw through the hole, and invert cupcake liner to fit over the top of the glass.
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You can find all kinds of decorative cupcake liners and straws these days.

I can’t wait for my next outdoor party! Thank goodness it’s summer; I’ll get a chance to try these very soon.

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