Isn't It Romantic

Is there anything as romantic as a love story and listening to Frank Sinatra? When I was visiting Nesting On Main in Concord the other day, I rummaged through their basket of old letters, and Vintage keys. I found this wonderful love letter written in 1949 by a woman named Elizabeth. She wrote to her husband who was stationed in the Navy in New York about how much she adored him and about how carefully she was minding the details of the household while he was away. It was such a romantic letter, she was so in love and it must have been so difficult to be apart. The letter needed to be showcased on my Valentine's display.

The Love Letter

Embellishing a canvas design with an old love letter seemed to celebrate it's inspiration. Every time I pass by that letter canvas, I think about how romantic that era was, so it only seemed fitting that Frank serenade this post.

Bulletin Board
Seeing a pretty canvas displayed reminded me that I needed a new place to remind me of my long "To Do" list, and unless something is right in my face, I tend to forget to look for my calendar. Thinking about it, a bulletin board canvas seemed like a good idea. When I went to purchase a regular bulletin board, I found most of them too large for the place I wanted to hang it, and they weren't very pretty. I did see one that was lovely in a picture frame, but much too large for the space and it was quite expensive.

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So, I designed a small bulletin board, making it full of creative looking things to inspire me and then I made some stickers to remind me of birthdays, Chinese New Year etc.

Memories of Chinese New YearChinese New Year is on February 7th.

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Yesterday I stopped by the book store to pick up a copy of Hallmark magazine. I read on Kathy's blog called Shocking Pink Thread that there was a wondeful article written by Alicia Paulson from Posie Gets Cozy. Speaking about getting cozy, isn't it fun when you pick up a favorite magazine and read about people that you blog with or have visited in Blogland? Since beginning to blog I have found reading magazines even more enjoyable. I didn't know the story about Alicia, but her doorway into creativity through her healing is incredible. It really touched my heart and made me love her and her creations even more than I did before.

Vintage Vavoom and Hallmark magazine

january 32 post 8Speaking about favorite magazines, one of mine is Romantic Home, and they just published this delicious book called Vintage Vavoom.

What can be more romantic at Valentine's Day than receiving a box of chocolates presented in the classic Valentine box?

I found this cute little decorated one and then these delicious looking chocolate candles. The candles are from Michael's and they can be used as floaters too.

Now everything surrounding Marie Antionette fashion was romantic. Gabriel Adelworth has recently designed a custom crown inspired by Marie Antionette. I love her blog, it is as vibrant as she is and full of wonderful ideas, her television appearances in Canada, published work and current projects. Today's post is wonderful and she reveals all the trends, eye candy and information about what is new in giftware. She recently attended the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association show in Toronto and she gives you the scoop on what to expect in the coming year.

Using note cards, ribbon and a Vintage postcard compliments of Teresa McFayden's Winter Bella Zine, I created a Valentine's garland. There is another wonderful project on her Winter Bella for a more elaborate Valentine garland to celebrate the last of the inspiring designs for the Zine. I can't wait to begin this project and I look forward to her next Zine.

Valentine Be Mine

The romantic song for this post holds a special place in my heart. Time After Time sung by Frank Sinatra. I listened to this song during my years in Hong Kong as I went for a daily walk. Beautiful memories dance through my mind, every time I hear this song.

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Teri C said...

Oh Karen, you are such a wonderful romantic. I always feel good when I leave here. Thank you!

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen a beautiful and romantic post.

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

Thanks so much again for visiting my blog, your kind comments and for introducing me on your blog! OMG!!! I have to tell you a little secret...I am "entertaning the idea" of visiting New York...Don't have a date yet...I would love to get together...
*I also love Frank Sinatra, I grew up listening to him thanks to my father...{he touches my heart} and I have to say that when I was in Manhattan I heard "Stranges in the Night" playing at a store and I was in tears! His voice...the lyrics of those songs...You are right, it was another time, a time for real romance...also with great movies...Boggie stars on my favorite movie, can you guess which one is it?

Warm regards,


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

It is just so much fun seeing all the beautiful things everyone out there makes. Yours are just beautiful and so romantic. You also inspired me to get my vision board up and make it pretty. ~ Lynn

Kari & Kijsa said...

Absolutely beautiful...thanks for making our day with your wonderful photographs (especially the one with the key shadow)!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Each and every one of those "things" are beautiful and romantic!:)

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and entering my blog GIVE AWAY!

xo Lidy

Anonymous said...

I've been catching up with your blog, Karen, and ooh-ing and aah-ing over your fabulous creations! I have spent January cleaning and re-organizing but your month sounds like a whole lot more fun! Maybe February will spark my creative muse more often. Have a great weekend ~ oh, and stop by my blog to enter your name in my giveaway! ~ Lynda xo

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen I love looking at all the beautiful photos on your blog. All the things you make are very wonderful and inspiring and romantic. A girl can never have too much romance. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful work. Rhondi.

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

Another beautiful post. It inspires me to post some photos I found this weekend in my sewing room organization. Now, to find the time! Love, Kathy

Adla said...

Dear Karen,
Dropping by to say thank you for the kind introduction on flickr , I'm glad you like it and have displayed it in such a pretty manner. Just gorgeous.
By the way I'm loving this romantic post, and GONG XI FA CAI to you in advance :)

Chat soon, ADLA