If candy conversation hearts said what we wanted to hear

It’s that time of year again! All the department stores are being invaded by red and pink hearts, candy, and cute little stuffed animals. Candy conversation hearts are a staple of the season, but wouldn’t it be better if they said things we really cared about?

Imagine your joy after your partner hands you a heart that says, “I put gas in your car.” Or how about, “the kids are at Grandma’s,” and “the dishes are done?” Now that’s love!

Read the full article here: 10 Thing We Wish Conversation Hearts Said

Lovely Quotations to Fill Your Valentine’s Day Cards

Looking for the perfect quotation to include in a homemade Valentine? This is the post for you. These heart-warming quotes and sayings with make you and your loved ones feel great, and that’s what this holiday is about!

Take comfort in you and your partner’s mutual weirdness, or spread a message of self love. The idea of love takes many forms, but Mahatma Gandhi may have said it best: “Where there is love, there is life.”

Read the full article here: 12 Really Sweet Quotes About Love

What Rose Colors Really Mean

A rose by any other color… would mean something completely different, according to Victorians.

In the Victorian era, different flowers and their colors were associated with different meanings. Flower meaning dictionaries were common. For example, you wouldn’t give your lover a bouquet of white roses unless you were breaking up with them – they mean “a heart unacquainted with love.” Yellow is even worse; it stands for infidelity. Red roses, of course, mean love.

These flower and color associations can be fun to play around with. Consider putting together a bouquet of red, purple, and burgundy roses to show your loved one not only that you care about them, but that you find them enchanting (purple) and attractive even if they don’t think they’re that special (burgundy stands for “unconscious beauty”). Include a card that tells them the meanings, unless they really know their Victorian associations.

Of course the colors of flowers don’t really have specific meanings other than what we give them, so keep on loving yellow roses – they won’t turn you into a cheater.

Read the full article here: The Meaning of Every Rose Color

Cheesy and Charming DIY Valentines

These cute DIY Valentine’s Day cards are the perfect way to show your love for friends and family this season, and they’re easy to make!

From the super cheesy “you make my heart soar” paper airplane to unique melted wax heart valentines, you’re sure to find the perfect V-Day project to do yourself or with your kids. I especially like the trick photography lollipop holder!

Read the full article here: 10 Cute (and Quirky!) DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Show Some Love With V-Day Crafts

24165977_sValentine’s Day is just around the corner, so why not decorate with crafts to show your love? Good Housekeeping shares 12 design-worthy crafts you can do just in time for the holiday.

The great part is, many of them aren’t necessarily tied to romantic love. There’s a heart-shaped bird feeder to show your love of animals and decorated straws to share your affection for your kids or dinner guests. By making these crafts by hand, you can personalize them based on your style or that of the intended recipient.

Best of all, you could spend the time to craft and decorate to show love to yourself. It always feels great to channel your creative energy into a fulfilling project. Even if you’re not a “hearts” person, you could make something with a pop of red or a light element. There are numerous ways to eschew the typical stuff and make this Valentine’s Day your own.

Read the full article here: 12 Heart-Melting Valentine’s Day Crafts

Quick and easy peppermint bark

Looking for a last minute gift idea? How about an easy dessert treat to pass around while opening presents? Peppermint bark is festive and easy to make!

It requires only three ingredients: peppermint candy, white chocolate, and dark chocolate. Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave, spread it in layers on a parchment paper-lined pan, then crush the candy into pieces and sprinkle it on top. Easy!

Read the full article here: Peppermint Bark | Homemade Gifts

Designer ideas for last minute holiday flair!

Christmas is almost here! If you haven’t had time to decorate, or if you’re looking to add a few more finishing touches to your holiday displays, these last minute ideas from designers can provide you with some last minute inspiration!

Vintage goes well with Christmas, especially gold colored or brass items, which you can find at local antique stores. Some classic white lights are iconic too, and you can add more warmth to your space with fabric textures like mohair, cashmere and wool.

Add some greenery and decorate it with ornaments or ribbon in traditional colors like red, gold, and silver. If you’re really pressed for time, some round gold ornaments placed in a bowl speak of the season.

Read the full article here: Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas From Designers

Christmas Clichés

Decorating your home for the holidays can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. You can mix traditional elements with modern touches and add your own personal flair, but is there a wrong way to decorate? Are some traditional Christmas decorations too cliché?

According to an article over on Elle Decor, there are some decoration trends that are best left in the trash. The article suggests tinsel and beads, fake candles, poinsettias, printed wrapping paper and fake greenery are all to be avoided.

But wait a minute. Battery-operated candles prevent fires, and some apartments ban candles altogether. Some people are allergic to real trees and greenery, or simply don’t want to deal with the mess. Printed wrapping paper is fun and convenient. What gives?

I think decorating is a personal endeavor, and if you want to put a display of Santa and his reindeer on your roof, you go right ahead.

Read the full article here: 8 Holiday Decor Clichés You Should Never Decorate With

Lovely last minute DIY holiday decoration ideas

Looking to add just a little more flair to your holiday decor before Christmas celebrations? These quick do-it-yourself projects can provide just the touch you’re looking for.

If you have a live tree, you can take a few trimmings and spray the tips with gold paint to make a pretty garland. A painted tree flag is a cute way to occupy some empty wall space, and snowflakes made from magazine clippings add color to a boring window.

A print in a frame is an easy addition to a vignette or wall, and you can even add a festive message in removable gold paint to any large mirror in your house for instant cheer.

Read the full article here: 5 Extremely Last-Minute DIY Holiday Decor Projects

DIY Star-shaped Wreaths

The holiday wreath is a classic decoration of the season, and there are an endless number of ways to make them. These star-shaped wreaths offer a different spin on the traditional design.

There’s the traditional six-point Star of David, the classic five-point star, and even 8-pointed stars for a whimsical look. A star made of twine gives a country feel, while evergreen always looks festive and merry.

Read the full article here: 5 Star Inspired Wreaths You Can Make