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18 January, 2013

Ticking and Toile Hearts...and...A Frenchy Valentine Chalkboard

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Valentine Chalkboard Greeting2I like to have a little seasonal vignette in my entry as a way to welcome my guests into my home and Valentine’s Day is no exception. And now I have found a fun and festive way to display my greetings using a tiny silver tray turned chalkboard and another little tray filled with something fun…French ticking and toile hearts!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Rustic French Valentine Centerpiece You may recognize the fabric hearts. I used them last year in my rustic French Valentine centerpiece. Please forgive me if you have heard me say this before, but this is one of my favorite photos. Do you see the wonderful blue in the background? I accidentally captured the blue hour for the one and only time I have ever been able to do so!

Baby Kitty Baby Kitty, however, thinks you should be more impressed with the hearts since he played a major role in their creation!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Valentine Chalkboard Greeting1 I love the way the hearts suggest Valentine’s Day and still fit in with my French country decor!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Valentine Chalkboard GreetingThe space is small, so I was excited to find this tiny silver tray at Goodwill for a few dollars. I just taped off the edges and painted it with several coats of chalkboard paint…instant frenchy chalkboard!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Tiny Christmas Tree Greeting I don’t think I showed you, but I was even able to use it at Christmas! I filled the other tray with tiny trees topped with those wonderful Pottery Barn German glitter stars that I loved so much. Expect to see even more of those next Christmas since I ordered two more boxes when they went on sale! :-)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Valentine Chalkboard Greeting2And there you have it…my tiny Valentine vignette! Now I am thinking how fun it will be to simply change the greeting and add something different to the tray as each holiday approaches! What about you? Do you have some tried and true accessories that adapt themselves to the season?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my tiny Valentine vignette! 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!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. I have some red toile hearts too. Love them. I love the chalkboard tray too. Very nice size.

  2. Love the ticking and toile harts! Also love the blue hour you were able to capture.

  3. Very pretty! I love things that can go from season to season. I really like the fabric hearts. I've been thinking about making some burlap hearts. So cool you found the tray at a thrift store. Love it!

  4. How cute is this. I love the toile and the ticking and your vignette is wonderul. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. Always creating! I love the little tray turned into a message board. Clever! And your sweet hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day decor.

  6. Great Valentine vignette, and love the red toile hearts. You have inspired me to make heart pillows. I'm going to look for fabric.

  7. I've got a few trays and I'm trying to decide which one to make into a chalkboard. I love it so much! Sweet hearts also.

  8. oh Debbie, you know how much I love your holiday vignettes in this wonderful tote! And that talented Baby Kitty makes wonderful Frenchy hearts!

  9. I love everything about this. Those hearts are wonderful it's like French country transferware in fabric. So so pretty. I can see why you love that photo, when I saw it I thought....awww I love this!!!!!!! Kitty always makes me smile.

  10. Love it! I have toile hearts too that I just made last weekend. I have posted about them if you'd like to see.

  11. I'm in love with the PB stars too...can't wait until they arrive!!! I love your blog and transferware hangs all over my kitchen. Almost ready to blog about my plates!

  12. Adapting accessories for different holidays is a great decorating tip. I've been wanting some toile hearts and they are perfect for Valentine's Day. Love the little silver tray chalkboard.

  13. Oh I love it - anything French and I'm there. Such a lovely idea too.

  14. Love the ticking!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  15. I love your coordinating french hearts, I think they all work perfectly together. Very inspiring!

  16. love the fabric hearts....yes so very Frenchy....I thought of you at the apartment in Paris....there were pillows everywhere and signs and doodads....the apartment was decorated so beautifully...I meant to take a picture of the master bed for had a burlap headboard!!
    it was right up your alley....

  17. Love the chalk board. So neat to be able to change it out for each season.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. I love your chalk board and those darling hearts Debbie!!

  19. I love your vignette, the heart are beautiful. Love the fabrics.


  20. Debbie,
    Oh, dear friend...I do love your chalkboard and your silver tray in your entry hall!!!
    "Mr. Ed" made one and drilled holes at the top so I can hang it with ribbon from the dining room hutch!!! At the present time it says "Bonjour", which you'll see in an upcoming post!
    I adore your fabric hearts made with French inspired fabrics! Your helper is adorable, as usual!!!
    I spent some time today enjoying your side bar! I love, love, love the fleur~de~lis subject headers! The cornered photos of The Staff is stunning and the paper cute!!!
    Have a magnificient week ahead!

  21. Your blog is always so inspirational to me, Debbie--what super ideas for the hearts and the chalkboard paint on the silver tray--beautiful! Baby Kitty is obviously a cat of refined tastes, because I love the hearts as well :)

  22. I think your Valentine vignette is just perfect. So sweet and lovely.

  23. Oh, Debbie, I love everything you do and this is no exception! I love the sweet hearts. I have made a few too and will have to get mine out! Love your little chalkboard tray too. I'm always thrilled to see that darling little Baby Kitty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  24. Debbie, I love, love, love the silver tray all decked out with chalkboard paint, on the list of things to do. Thanks so much for your help this evening, keeping fingers crossed all is fixed.... hugs ~lynne ~

  25. I saw this over at Cowgirl Up and just had to come take a look! So very cute!

  26. I love everything you do. This looks just beautiful.

  27. Cute, cute, cute--the hearts, the Christmas vignette, and of course, the tray-turned-chalkboard!! ~Zuni

  28. I absolutely love this! What a fun idea, and I love that you found your tray secondhand. It's perfect for various holidays and would nice in so many vignettes. Thanks for sharing and I'll be pinning! Blessings!

  29. I love your vignette, Debbie. The hearts are so pretty...Christine

  30. Hi Debbie! This is so nice!!! I just love the silver chalkboard tray! That is such a nice versatile piece!!!! =D Have a great day!

  31. Debbie, this is so cute!! I do love the silver tray chalkboard and your vignette is just lovely.

  32. Your Valentine's Day vignette is darling. I love the toile hearts, and that little chalkboard is charming.
    Mary Alice

  33. Hi Debbie,
    Thank you for your kind thought's and words about CooCoo. I knew that you would understand how I feel. I love my kitties like they're my children. I still can't believe she's gone, I loved her so much. My other cat's seem to notice and are sad as well. But I realize that pets can't live forever, and I'd rather grieve their loss than to never have enjoyed their company. Thank you so much for your kind words, they were very much appreciated, Mary

  34. Love, love your vignette! Just beautiful!

  35. Debbie, You always have the prettiest vignettes. I love the toile hearts and your chalkboard. xx, Sherry

  36. Love your vignette. Those toile hearts are adorable.

  37. I love this little vignette. The tray is awesome and so are the hearts.


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