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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Tablecloth

Have you made your sweetheart an elaborate cake like this for Valentine's Day yet? Me either. Believe it or not, I'm still decorating and crafting!  
While I was putting this cloth on the table, I realized that I had never ever seen a vintage Valentine's Day tablecloth in all of my junking travels. Is there such a thing as a vintage Valentine's Day tablecloth? Well I had to Google it! And do you know what? There isn't. At least not a cloth one. Only paper or plastic! But I really wanted that tablecloth to have a vintage feel, so I decided to make my own.  
I cut out some cupids, and used adhesive spray for the very first time. Hours later, I still had that stuff on my fingernails, but it does work. I wanted to keep this cloth very simple, but it felt like it was missing something.   
I decided it could use some trim all the way around it, but I wasn't about to spend $10+ on bias tape, so I made my own, using very cheap muslin. So instead of paying $10 I spent less than a dollar and had more money to spend on junk!
Much better, but it needed something more......
NOW I'm happy! It's exactly how I envisioned it, but it took me about 2 weeks to work up the nerve to try that spray adhesive. It stinks, it's sticky and you end up with furry fingers (nail polish remover works wonders!), but I recommend it!
This year's decorations on the green cabinet.....
That humongous pink candy box was a thrift store find. 
When I was putting away the Christmas decorations last month, I noticed that the candy cane lights that I had tossed on the ground made a nice heart shape. So I wired a pair together and hung a set on the back porch, where hardly anyone could see them, to see how goofy it might look.   
I liked it so much that I hung one on the front porch too! 
A cupid blow mold by the back door.  I bought it at a small card and party shop about 15 years ago, and have never seen one like it since. It stays out of direct sunlight and basically out of sight of anyone who might want to "borrow" it.... 
While I was outside taking those shots, I could feel a pair of eyes following my every move!
Normally Cupcake Sprinkles doesn't want anything to do with going outside while it's this cold and snowy, but I'm guessing that even she has cabin fever!~~~~~~HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!

26 comments:

Primitive Stars said...

Happy Valentines Day to you!!!!! Vintage love, everything looks wonderful at your home. Such a pretty Kitty, Blessings Francine.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Oh I just love all your sweet decorations!! And your tablecloth came out beautifully!! Love those pretty vintage trays on the wall too! :) xo Holly

Musings from Kim K. said...

Love it all! Your tablecloth is wonderful. I actually found a fabric table cloth at an estate sale earlier this year with hearts and doves on it. Now, I just need to remember where I put it?? Brilliant idea to use the candy canes for a heart-shaped light. I'm always happy to see the green cabinet all made up for each holiday. Fabulous as always. Happy Valentines!

vintage grey said...

Love your pretty tablecloth and all your sweet Valentine decorations, especially the candy cane heart!! So creative. Happy Valentine's Day! xo Heather

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

LOVE your tablecloth! You're right, I've been looking for one for years without any luck, so I just use one with roses, or reds...I might have to try making one now. LOVE your idea of making a heart with the 2 candy canes. I have those, but never thought of that.

All your décor is just so cute! :)

Heidi Ann said...

Your tablecloth is fabulous, and I love your light-up heart, and especially all of your wonderful vintage decorations! Happy Valentine's Day one day early!

Annette said...

Where do I start!!! I just love your tablecloth. You added just the right amount to make it perfect! The inside décor looks wonderful. I have NEVER seen a Valentine's blowmold. glad you keep it hidden. Cupcake is soooo cute. Oh, and the light up heart, great idea!

Protector of Vintage said...

Pretty tablecloth!

acorn hollow said...

I love it what a great looking table cloth! your house is looking festive as always.
Cathy

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your tablecloth turned out great! I noticed Cupcake photo-bombing the third pic right away:@)

ThrifterSisters said...

Well someone was feeling crafty! LOVE that tablecloth and what an amazing idea. I have one tablecloth that has little pink and red shapes on it that look to be hearts but when you look at it up close, they are just blobs. Oh well. Works for me!

~Erica

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Your tablecloth turned out great. I almost bought a vintage valentine day tablecloth yesterday. Dated 1951 and was one where each gal did a heart and they embroidered their name..I think they are friendship quilts? This was a tablecloth and the names were on hearts. Still on the fence about going back to buy it.
Digging the candy canes - clever girl!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Very interesting that there isn't any linen Valentine table cloths!, except for yours! Great job!
Happy Valentine's day.
warmly,
deb

Mecky said...

Great Job, Carol. The tablecloth is cute!

Cupcake is such a pretty kitty.

Happy V-day!!

Shelley Germann said...

How adorable is Cupcake Sprinkles in the window heart! Great displays and great ingenuity with your table cloth. Ever use Heat and Bond? I love that stuff! They make two kinds, one you can sew through (lite), the other not. I prefer the lite. It holds even without the sewing. Oh, and sewing your own bias is the only way to go! Much better quality than the store bought stuff! So great job, Carol!

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Margaret said...

Happy Valentine's Day Carol! Love the tablecloth! Hugs! Maggie

Sandy McClay said...

Carol,
I love the tablecloth! Perfect! You decorate so cute for each holiday....I was by myself on Valentines Day, hubby took me out before he left....I didn't decorate this year, but I sure enjoy looking at your work!

Betty Smith said...

Your tablecloth is really lovely, as are all your decorations.

Linda said...

You are a genius with that tablecloth! I spied your elegant cat in a couple of photos!
Everything looks just lovely!

SueLovesCherries said...

Hope you had a good day, Carol. Your tablecloth looks so professional! You should make some throughout the year and sell them for next February!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hi, Carol! I don't know how I missed this post!

Nice job on the table cloth. How odd that there are no vintage ones... I've only used spray adhesive once and it *was* a mess!

Jackie Jaggers said...

Life has been so empty without Carol by my side. I'm smiling, now that I'm back you are gone! I know you'll come back soon and blog oh pretty please with a gnome on top!

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