It’s A Valentine’s Tablescape

Hello!  I hope you are all ready because this blog post is going to be a fun one!  So hold onto your hats and hold on until the end!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

*This blog post contains sponsored content from Oriental Trading Company*

So it’s becoming that time again for all of the love.  You know what I’m talking about.  Hearts in red and pink all over the stores shelves.  And not only in the stores, but also online as well.  And Oriental Trading is all about the holidays.

And after much deliberation on what to pick from their website, I finally decided on doing a tablescape.  So after doing a lot of shopping around and putting things in my cart and taking them out, I finally ordered my things and started my tablescape.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Full

And here it is!  I love how it turned out and love each piece that I picked out.  So lets see what I picked.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Center

The first thing is this cute candy jar.  It has a small chalkboard on the front so you can write what kind of candy is in it.  Or, you can draw a heart on it like I did.  But it fits quite a bit of candy in it, so go bananas!

Valentine's Day Tablescape Across

The next thing is the heart tree, if that’s what you want to call it.  It’s a tree in a small pot that you can bend and shape however you want to.  It’s only about 18 inches tall, so it won’t block your view of your loved one.

There’s also the rose garland in the middle of the table.  I added the pink puffball garland and the white puffball garland as well, just to add some stuff to the middle.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Diamonds

And these jewels?  Yep, bought them from Oriental.  I bought a pink, black, and clear pack so I had a variety to spread around the table.  Each color came in a pack of 25 diamonds, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Plates

The plates were also purchased from Oriental.  And the silver place mats!  Okay, the place mats were from mom from the last time we worked with Oriental, but they looked great with the rest of the tablescape.  I bought the small candy baking cups from the 99 Cent Store, but they looked so good with the plates.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Overtop

So this is what the table looks like from above!  It’s so cute!

Valentine's Day Tablescape Love

The last thing I got from Oriental was this pretty gold LOVE sign.  It sat so nicely on the cake plate in the background of the photos.  And I must say that I am very excited to put this on my gallery wall in my apartment.

Side note: out cat Kiara is extremely nosy and wants to be in the middle of EVERYTHING.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Kiara

And finally, we found some cute pet clothes for Valentine’s Day at the 99 Cent Store which we had to buy.  Repeat HAD TO.  So we had a little doggy (and kitty) photoshoot for the holiday!

Valentines Day Pets MaggieValentines Day Pets RozyValentines Day Pets EzzyValentines Day Pets SchmunchyValentines Day Pets Kiara

Obviously, Kiara looks annoyed that I took her photo, but I love her all the better!  And Ezzy is on a different couch because she is our senior citizen and I didn’t want to move her.

So that was my fun with Oriental.  I love how the table turned out, but I love the animals as well.  Have a good Wednesday!


DIY Driftwood Mirror

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty quiet but nice to just spend some time at home.

DIY Driftwood Mirror Collage



I was able to get a couple of projects done. That doesn’t always happen around here! Last summer, our family went camping at the beach at a new-to-us campground. I waited too long and couldn’t get reservations anywhere else. Which happened to be a good thing! We loved this place! Our campsite was on the edge of the campground, so it was quiet and private. The best part, you walk through a winding path and find yourself on this beautiful beach! There were hardly any people on it and we practically had the place to ourselves. We were able to let the dogs run free and I am sure I saw a smile on Rozy’s face! Another great part-the beach was full of driftwood! A dream for me! The second day, I brought a big grocery bag down to the beach with me and filled it to the top! Thank you to my daughter Haley (@haley.smith2579) for these awesome pictures!

IMG_20170731_194512990_HDRIMG_20170731_195527372_HDRIMG_20170731_195940960_HDRI finally took the time to clean it all up so I could start on some projects. This is the recipe to clean driftwood if you should need it. My first project was a driftwood mirror. I have had this little mirror for several years and this was the perfect DIY. Here’s my laundry basket full of clean driftwood!

driftwood basket

driftwood mirror supplies

I cut out some cardboard to fit around the edge of the mirror. I wanted to add driftwood around it, but knew the edge had to be a little wider to support it. I first drew a pencil line around the mirror onto the cardboard and cut it out with a razor-blade. Then I cut out another wider circle, about 2 inches wide. This will give the driftwood the support it will need.

driftwood mirror cardboard

Not the straightest lines, but it won’t show after the driftwood is added. I did add some hot glue between the cardboard and the mirror to hold it in place.

driftwood mirror cardboard frame

Once this was done, I started picking out the pieces to use. I started with a first layer, using longer, bigger pieces. I used lots of hot glue! I placed another piece of driftwood down to lay the glued pieces on until the glue had time to harden.

driftwood mirror driftwood pieces round mirrordriftwood mirror pieces glue

Once the first layer was secure, I added some shorter pieces between the longer ones. This added so much depth and texture to the mirror!

driftwood mirror drift wood pieces

I cleaned up all the glue strings and cleaned up the mirror and it was ready to hang!

driftwood mirror gallery wall with metal star, shutterdriftwood mirror gallery wall

I hung it in my dining area for now. I like it as part of the gallery wall, but I think I will eventually move it to the family room or bedroom.

driftwood mirror side view ocean wooddriftwood mirror pieces small and large

Whenever we are at the beach and wander through the gift shops, I am always drawn to the driftwood items. I’m so happy I could make one of my own!

driftwood mirror new view


Now I hope I can come up with a few more ideas!


Here are a few more beach decor you might like!

bar stool beachy makeover white and blue  file cabinet title  family room shelves, lantern, fish, pictures

Valentine’s Day Decor Round Up

Welcome to this weeks roundup!  This week features lots of beautiful Valentine’s Day Decor.  I hope you enjoy and give all of these bloggers lots of love!

Floral Heart

Hanging Floral Heart by Blog Lovin’


A Valentine’s Day Mantel by A Wonderful Thought


Small Blingy Canvases from Home on the Corner


A Pink and Gold Sign from Landeelu


A Lovely Mantle from Home by Heidi

Milk Paint with XOXO

Side Table Decor from Start at Home Decor


Something Sweet Tablescape from Home on the Corner

Dollar Store Banner

Cute Dollar Store Banner from Tater Tots and Jello


Balloon Heart from The House that Lars Built


Floral Canvas by Home on the Corner


2018 Colors of the Year- Ultra-Violet and Oceanside

Have you heard about the different colors of the year? Several companies chose a color to be featured for each year. Pantone picked Ultra-Violet. I have to admit- purple is not one of the colors I use in my home or my clothing. It just isn’t something I am drawn to. I love it outside in the garden, but not in my home. But I did look up a few ways to use it as an accent in your home.

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If ultra-violet is a color you absolutely love, how about going all out and getting this plush sofa? This would be quite the statement piece!


violet couch



Or maybe something a little more subtle? These Charoite Glass Bottles are stunning!

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I think pillows make a great accent piece and they are easy to change out when the season changes or your decor changes. This Mongolian Fur pillow looks so cozy!



Sherwin-Williams color of the year is Oceanside. Now this is my color! It just makes me want to be on a warm beach somewhere with the sand in my toes and the sun shining down. This would be great as an accent piece color and would really liven up the room!

How about this great Armless Chair? This actually has other piece and can be made into a full sofa.


Corolla Microfiber Modular Armless Chair

For a smaller accent piece, here is the beautiful Glacier Glass Vase from Raymour and Flanigan. I love the mix of colors all through the vase.


Glacier Glass Vase

These Teal Dot Velvet Pillows look so glamorous and would be the perfect addition to the Oceanside color.

All Smiles Couch Teal Dot Velvet Throw Pillow Case Soft Cushion Covers 17x17in Decorative for Sofa Decor ,Turquoise Geometric Square,Set of 2

How about some color in you bedroom? This Pinched Pleat Teal Comforter would be perfect!  I love the pinched pleat. It makes a great detail.

I hope you enjoyed these new colors of the year 2018! Do you think you will try to incorporate either of them into your home? I would love to know!


It’s Our Anniversary!

Hello everyone!  It is our anniversary and we decided to post our 10 favorite blog posts from this past year. These may have not been our top 10 in numbers, but they were our favorites to write or take pictures of or to read.

Also, I am going to be trying to do a round up of our favorites each week.  Not only is it going to feature our blog posts, but it will be featuring other bloggers as well!

With that being said, please enjoy our first round up!

fall 2017 green and black living room green bow pillow

Green Black and White Fall

Living Room

Lauren’s New Apartment

bar stool beachy makeover turquoise stripes

Turquoise Stool

Flower Wreath Closer

Mother’s Day Wreath

chica 4th of july

Our Sweet Chica

hallway bathroom makeover full view

Hallway Bathroom Remodel

Tantor with Space Needle

Seattle Trip


Little Vintage Jewelry Box


My Dog’s Purpose

great grandma trunk green wooden

Great-Grandma’s Vintage Trunk