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04 February, 2012

Rustic French Valentine Centerpiece

065I can’t wait to show you my Valentine centerpiece…featuring my favorite rustic, chippy box filled with ticking and toile, vintage silverplate and my favorite transferware! And if you are thinking…Hey, that looks familiar..

image …that’s because you have seen it before…in the fall filled with pumpkins, gourds and a Quimper plate…

image …and at Christmas filled with bright ornaments, a little tree, a reindeer and a Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Christmas plate! Can you say versatile? I found the box at Joss and Main back in the early fall and have loved having it on my breakfast room table! Just a few changes update it each season! The burlap table square that I made has been the perfect backdrop each time, too!

010 Of course, I could not accomplish all this without the help of my co-host Baby Kitty! He wants to show you some of the fabric we used to make our hearts. It probably looks familiar, too…

image …because we used it to make our vintage French Valentine pillow! I’m still getting mileage out of those old ticking window panels I’m cutting up…

059 …because here are my ticking and toile fabric hearts! That combination just says Frenchiness to me!

030 The lead crystal urn filled with vintage silverplate flatware…all Goodwill finds…is back…

058 …as well as another favorite plate in the Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles in pink…perfect for Valentines!

061 On the table…the sugar and creamer from the same pattern sporting a wooden heart to match the ones in the box. They were easy to make.

044First, I took apart this Valentine decoration that I found on sale at Michaels for under $4.00

062 …and then I painted the hearts Engine Red from FolkArt. Next, I drilled bigger holes at the top, added twine bows…and voilà!

056 I just added a vintage silverplate coffee pot filled with faux red tulips and there you have it…my rustic French Valentine centerpiece! Lovin’ that chippy box and thinking about the next holiday!

065Finally…did you notice that I took the photos during the blue hour? I am excited! Even the reflection on the table is blue! That’s never happened before even though I have tried!  Woo hooo!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my centerpiece! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for the Winter Blues Party

Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for the Valentine Party
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Laurie at Bargain Hunting (and Chatting) with Laurie for the Valentine Party
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

Jennifer at Dear Lillie for the Valentine Party
See you next time! A la prochaine!

92 comments:

  1. That looks so pretty Debbie and I am lovin those little fabric hearts!

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  2. You are really getting your monies worth out of that great little box!! Looks adorable Deb!! You are all ready for Vday!! I put out two candle holders and called it a day!! I do have sugar cookie dough getting cold in the fridge, ready to make some heart shaped cookies, Yum!! xo Kathysue

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  3. I love that little box...each season!!! and great job on the blue hour shot!!

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  4. Beautiful vignette, and great capture of the blue hour!

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  5. Very pretty display, Debbie! You are definitely getting your money's worth out of that box! I have to start thinking more creatively for my wooden tote. I had a lot of fun with it at Christmas and I have it filled with my fabric hearts for Valentines Day, but I'm not sure what I am going to come up with for Spring.

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  6. You just make that ol' box sooo interesting. Very nice for Valentines'Day without being cutsie!

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  7. Oh Deb, it is just wonderful. I love the look and using the little hearts is so cute. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Bravo! Another great post. Love the red transgressed in your chippy box.

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  9. Transfer ware not transgressed. I have to turn off my iPad spell check!

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  10. OMGOSH...That is just sooo pretty. I love it! You did a great job putting the look together and I gotta love a gal that loves her kitty!

    I had never heard of the blue hour until I started blogging. Your photo during that time is amazing. xo Diana

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  11. Debbie,
    Don't you just love it when "Mother Nature" cooperates with your photo shoot? Gotta' LOVE it! Beautiful photography!!!
    Your chippy box is one of those pieces that make decorating seasonably so much fun! Good pieces make great decor items, because with the change of accesories...you have an entirely new look! Your hearts are so pretty and the tulips are such a great compliment to your vignette. Frenchy Valentine centerpiece,indeed!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  12. Never met a box I didn't love. Especially a chippy one! Adore that pretty cat of yours.
    Brenda

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  13. It's beautiful! I love every version of the chippy centerpiece, even the cat! I wish I owned your dishes :)
    Debbie

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  14. I just love Baby Kitty! I love the ticking and toile hearts.

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  15. Debbie, you and Baby Kitty have always got something wonderful going on over here. I love your wooden box, it works as a wonderful starting piece for your seasonal decor. Love the valentine vingette.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  16. Well Debbie, you've pulled me in again to your latest project. Yes, that chippy box is a perfect all season piece of decor. Oh, I TOO just love Baby Kitty. :)

    Okay, call me crazy, but what time is blue hour? Gorgeous addition to your already pretty pictures.

    Donna

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  17. Love that box and how you are changing it up! Those little hearts are so cute! I've been working on getting my cubbies decorated and will share them at the Valentine Party on the 10th! Baby Kitty is so handsome! hugs, Linda

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  18. Hi Donna...There's a link in the post to a site about the blue hour. You can find out when it is near you! Thanks for your sweet comment!...hugs...Debbie

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  19. Woo hoo! I can pretty closely copy your beautiful centerpiece. :) You are so creative, Debbie.

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  20. Oh this does speak Valentines Day big time Debbie!!Love those toile hearts and how you spiced up the wood ones also! Your arrangements always make me smile!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  21. I love everything about this!

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  22. Everything you do is so pretty -- just like Country Living magazine!

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  23. Debbie, I think it's so neat to see the chippy box done several different and really neat ways. Love your transferware and the way you changed the heart decoration.The wooden heart looks so good with your cute puffy ticking and toile ones. I'm remembering the Engine Red color. Hope you have a great Sunday,
    Babs

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  24. Your Valentine centerpiece is adorable! Love it!

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  25. Watch out for the cat..... I think she wants the box!

    ~Bliss~

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  26. Just beautiful as usual... I love the way you revamp and reuse... a good lesson for us all...

    I've been looking for some kind of long box for a centerpiece for my new farm table... and almost found it at the Curious Boys booth... but it wasn't exactly what I wanted...

    One of these days... thanks for continuing to inspire...

    many blessings. Dixie

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  27. What a pretty Valentine vignette. I love red transferware.
    Great shot of Baby Kitty, too!

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  28. Gorgeous, gotta love that box! I did red and white tranferware for Valentine's too!
    Karee

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  29. I'M HOOKED!!! Love all your fabric hearts, Now I can't wait to see Easter!! xoxo

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  30. Deb, you got me with the red transferware and then you threw in the red toile and my heart started to beat faster. You've given me inspiration for my table, I've got red transferware platters sitting on the table with no direction, hopefully I'll get something going with them today. Thanks so much for sharing your darling display and contrats on the "blue" snapshot!

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  31. Debbie, I love that you've used this box for several seasons and it has looked great for each one. Your red and white toile is perfect for Valentine's Day.

    I don't think I've ever caught the magic blue hour with my camera. Maybe someday!

    I'm following you with the new Linky tool!

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  32. What a great versatile piece, the white chippy box! And you have decorated it perfectly for each season! Beautiful!

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  33. Don't you love having something, your chippy box, that works for all seasons? You've done a great job making it just right for Valentine's.

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  34. Hi Debbie. What a great box that is, it goes for all seasons. I love al your red and your hearts, all gorgeous together.
    Have a nice week.

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  35. Boy you are getting you use out of that little baby! Red looks the best in it!

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  36. Another great post - love your Valentine centerpiece. Thanks for also for mentioning the blue hour - I did not know about this site.

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  37. This is my favorite, so far! I love red and white, so this is right up my alley. And yes, I DID notice the "blue hour" photos. I've been following "It's Overflowing" to finally learn how to use my SLR camera in limited daylight and you have definitely mastered the process!

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  38. Beautiful! Love all the hearts. And great idea with the transformation of the wood hearts from Michael's. I also have that same red transfer ware creamer! Picked it up somewhere thrifting. I so need the sugar bowl now! Great post.

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  39. I always love visiting your decor, Debbie! You share the best ideas. That chippy box is a perfect backdrop for every season. Thanks for always sharing! xoxo

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  40. I want to make some of the stuffed hearts! Wish I had Baby Kitty to help!

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  41. Debbie, I love your vintage Valentine centerpiece. The rustic box makes the best container to make your amazing vignettes. Of course your Quimper filled hutch makes for a beautiful backdrop and you hit the time just right for the "blue hour shot"! I love your Cupid Red tulips and of course next to Quimper I love red/pink transferware. The little heart pillows are perfect….I love how you use the burlap with the vignette. Always lovely.
    You have sweet help!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  42. This sure is a sweet Valentine's Day arrangement, Debbie. Love the toile and the transferware together w/the wooden hearts. And faux tulips are still the best thing for this brown thumbed girl! What a versatile purchase you made. hugs, Sue

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  43. I love multi purpose things! I can see it in Spring with potted daffs and rabbits!
    You did a great job on this, but then you always do! Now start thinking green for the St. Pat's blog crawl at my place Mar 13. I am counting on you!

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  44. Debbie, you make everything seem so effortless, but yet we all know it isn't. Clever of you to keep changing the props to reflect the current holiday mood. This one is my favorite of course. Wonder why?
    I started to pull out a few things yesterday and noticed a chain of hearts like yours that I picked up last year, but never did anything with. My thought at the time was like yours, pull this apart and use those wooden hearts in vignettes. Didn't think of painting them a better deeper red. ;-) Now I need to get myself moving and do something creative. Thanks for the inspiration, my friend. ~ sarah

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  45. I love the way you place different vignettes in that cute tray to vary with the seasons and occasions. It is such a great container to showcase all of your lovely things!

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  46. Hi Debbie,
    You and your kitties are so crafty and cute! I love it!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  47. I love your chippy box. It does look awesome for all the season/holidays! Beautiful!

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  48. That box is terrific, I love how it works with each holiday! Looks beautiful all dressed for Valentine's!

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  49. HI Debbie! This is so pretty! I love how you can use this wonderful box for all seasons! Baby Kitty is still a little doll! Your pillow - love love love.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  50. Happy Valentines Day. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  51. Cute, Debbie! You and I have tble boxes on the mind. I just showed mine in three different ways! Love the ways you have done your box. Linda

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  52. All your little goodies are adorable. I love the way you reuse things in the changing seasons. I had never heard of the blue hour before, very interesting.

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  53. I love the red toile and transferware! And your kitty is a very, very handsome fellow.

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  54. I love this centerpiece! This has turned out to be quite a versatile piece and you're doing an excellent job changing it up for each holiday.

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  55. I love your little versatile wood piece!! Your little Valentine hearts are so cute.

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  56. I love your cute little box!! Isn't it nice to get so many uses out of something that you already own? You're my kinda girl!! LOL!

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  57. What a great base for year round decorating. You and Baby Kitty do a great job of creating a lovely home.

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  58. Isn't it great to have a go-to foundation piece that you can create with ?! You've done a fabulous job with it! I love, love, love your toile hearts and all the other details.

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  59. Your centerpiece is adorable! Who wouldn't love that box! I think I need one of those! So sweet with all the hearts in it and of course I love spooners and collect silverware..so..this was a centerpiece after my own heart!

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  60. Your little hearts are so sweet! My sewing machine is out right now, I'm going to get crackin' on some of those! Thanks, Debbie, and Baby Kitty, for a great idea :)
    xo, Andrea

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  61. Your valentine centerpiece is perfect. Love all the hearts. Your box is perfect for corralling a seasonal vignette.
    Glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

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  62. What a lovely vignette! I especially love the fabric hearts. Baby Kitty is absolutely precious. :o)

    I am your newest follower; would love for you to follow back.

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  63. I rarely leave comments but had to say your cat looks soooo much like my dear kitty that passed this last Nov. He was 15. It's kind of eerie, but very sweet to see him (or her?). Thanks for posting! And take good care of that cat!!

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  64. what a versatile piece - love that crate...and it looks different each season. It is especially pretty for Valentine's Day!

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  65. I love that you have that one cool piece that you can make different each season - very smart!

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  66. Hi Deb, Beautiful! The crate of hearts with the red transferware is so pretty and I love the Valentine pillow. Thanks for linking to my party this week.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  67. Beautiful! Love the little hearts ,You do great designs! Joann

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  68. I love your rustic French Valentine vignette, Debbie !! And, I love how you've carried the box through the seasons ... looks wonderful all dressed up.

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  69. Love your chippy box and such beautiful hearts!Gorgeous!
    Audrey

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  70. I love the little wooden box and how you use it through out the year! The pillows are perfect...so cute! Great deals and it is a perfect Centerpiece. Come and link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your ideas.

    Karin

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  71. Debbie, I'm loving your box, too. I'm now following you on Linky and hope you will follow me, too. Thanks, Helen

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  72. This post is bursting at the seams with beauty. I love all the dishes and those adorable hearts. "Hi, Baby Kitty". Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

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  73. Neat how you change with seasons in your little box! Love all your rustic Valentine decor!

    Katherine

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  74. It looks wonderful, Debbie. Happy Valetine's Day!...Christie

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  75. You are so creative with that little box! It's looks beautiful Debbie. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gail

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  76. You are so stinkin' creative, woman! I just LOVE your rustic French Valentine centerpiece! I should have made some little fabric hearts...lord knows I've got enough fabric.

    I look forward to seeing how you decorate this cute little box for St. Patricks Day!

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  77. Love love this Debbie! The wooden box is perfect and I love those hearts! I bought some fabric and lace to make some but haven't done it....supposed to be COLD this weekend so I may do that.

    I love that crystal urn...it is beautiful! And of course, Baby Kitty....such a good helper :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Lou Cinda

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  78. Merhabalar; çok hoşlarrr..sevgilerrrr

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  79. How pretty Debbie! I love the mix of toile, ticking and transferware (we could call it "The Three T's" LOL. It is so sweet! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fabulous weekend!

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  80. Love how you decorate with the box and the transferware is beautiful!

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  81. Hearts are blooming everywhere, Debbie - and yours are so pretty! Love the combination of ticking and toile! I made some grain sack ones today while it snowed like crazy outside. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  82. Beautiful table display Debbie and so French.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Dee

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  83. LUV it! Great rustic touches. That heart is so cute.

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  84. Hi Debbie,
    What a great piece! Thanks for showing us how to use it year round. :) I'm going to go check the site out about the blue hour... I have never heard of that.

    ~Liz

    P.S. I'm following you on the new linky tool... I hope you will follow me back. :)

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  85. Love that pillow-just beautiful! Your table arrangement is just so pretty too.

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  86. I so love the vintage box. So wonderful to create a vignette with it for most holidays.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  87. I LOVE your Valentine centerpiece! I have the Old Britain Pink Castle dishes, and they are such fun. I really like your ticking and toile French hearts, and your tulips are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting from Home Sweet Home.

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  88. Debbie, I had re-pinned this centerpiece on Pinterest. I love it, and I am drooling over your Frenchy V'tine pillow. You make me want to drag out the portable sewing machine, except I know mine would not look as professional as yours. That is such a beautiful picture of Baby Kitty. Thanks so much for linking to my party. laurie

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  89. What great ideas for decorating! thanks!
    Would love to visit
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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