Something New

We all like to have something new in our homes. We walk by that piece of furniture, or lamp, and pause because it freshens up our space. Most of us do not have the funds to buy something new every month.

That is why I love decorating for the seasons and every holiday. I get out the decorations and there is something “new” to look at.

I like creating vignettes around the house when I decorate. Creating a vignette is not difficult; you only need a theme or something the pieces all have in common.

These items all have a rough texture. I cross-stitched the Valentine many years ago and didn't put it in the frame until this year. I have had the frame for many years, too.

These items all have a rough texture. I cross-stitched the Valentine many years ago and didn’t put it in the frame until this year. I have had the frame for many years, too.

I wanted this lantern behind my front door and chose two other items with a touch of black in them. The china cup was brought back from China when my friends picked up their new daughter, Grace.

I wanted this lantern behind my front door and chose two other items with a touch of black in them. The china cup was brought back from China when my friends picked up their new daughter, Grace. (Chinese New Year is February 8th this year.)

These items are all made out of wood. Grace's mom was my daughter's preschool teacher and she made the heart for her for Christmas.

These items are all made out of wood. Grace’s mom was my daughter’s preschool teacher and she made the heart for her for Christmas.

My theme was Valentine's and Snowmen this year. I tried to put both in all of my vignette. This "kiss" is actually a pin!

My theme was Valentine’s and Snowmen this year. I tried to put both in all of my vignettes. This “kiss” is actually a pin!

I have decorations made by friends, my children, and this year my granddaughter. She gave us the worm last year.

I have decorations made by friends, my children, and this year my granddaughter. She gave us the worm last year.

Preschool teachers are so crafty. This snowman was made the the teacher of our youngest son.

Preschool teachers are so crafty. This snowman was made by the teacher of our youngest son for Christmas. My daughter made the tiny snowman pin in Girl Scouts.

Another Girls Scouts craft.

Another Girls Scouts craft.

Frosted pine cones made a good substitute for snow around the base of my snake plant.

Frosted pine cones made a good substitute for snow around the base of my snake plant.

Sometimes the best vignette consists of a lot of smaller items like cookie cutters and glass heart shaped pieces.

Sometimes the best vignette consists of a lot of smaller items like cookie cutters and glass heart-shaped pieces.

I added a few glass heart-shaped pieces to my snowmen salt and pepper shakers and napkin holder igloo.

I added a few glass heart-shaped pieces to my snowmen salt and pepper shakers and napkin holder igloo.

I can hear you saying, “But, I don’t have any Valentine decorations, or kid’s crafts.” Just be creative with the colors: red, pink, cranberry, and white.

A red ribbon around a planter; a Kansas City Chiefs throw; and a quilt folded to expose the red blocks all serve as Valentine decorations.

A red ribbon around a planter; a Kansas City Chiefs throw; and a quilt folded to expose the red blocks all serve as Valentine decorations.

You can also just set out red, white, and pink candles.

You can also just set out red, white, and pink candles.

Make a Valentine vignette and enjoy something new.

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