"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My VALENTINE Mantle & Banner

When inspiration comes a'knockin'
it's best to open the door!
I just had the BEST time creating this
Valentine banner - and it's different from what
you might expect!
 Originally, my idea was to make a banner using
cute Vintage cards.  While rummaging
through my stash of images, the MUSE came
through loud and clear.  Instead of using
old cards, why not use pictures of my
own children?   And take it a bit further
by adding satirical captions to go
with them, just like the old Valentines.

The first - Mary at age 5 in my
childhood Communion dress,
which resembles a wedding gown.
I added a frame with the caption,
"Picture our lives together, Valentine."
Nicolai helping Daddy build a
tree house, "Valentine, let's
build a life together!"

I had much fun trying to
come up with a quip to go with each!
A simple picture of Mary brushing
her teeth reads, "Don't brush me
off.  Be my Valentine!"

Mary actually came up with this line,
"Valentine, you're my favorite

If there's a picture you like, but can't
come up with something you're really
satisfied with, you can always google
ideas.  For example, for this picture
I googled, "Valentine card snow"
and found, "Don't give us the
cold shoulder.  Be our Valentine!"

Mary was just 6 years old in this
picture and having a Valentine
party.  They grow so fast!  It's actually
much clearer, I was getting some
camera flashes in a few of these pictures.

I actually found a K.P. joke on a vintage
Valentine, but didn't really like it.  Let the
brain-storming begin.  Hmmm...judging by
his face, K.P. duty would be funny....
and he does have a bag of potatoes...
you mash potatoes....no......ooooo!
You peel potatoes!

"It's time to come clean and be my
Valentine!"  Bathroom images are taken
from a 1950's Montgomery Ward
catalog I own. Hence, the
green tub and that thing you're supposed
to hang up in the bathroom....I guess
to collect dirty clothes?

Mary in her fairy stage.  A little
cupid flies above saying, "You enchant
me, Valentine."

No need for captions on this one.
The background just says, "I love you"
over and over.  I found some old I Love You
picks in my stash and the way Nic's hand
is positioned, I was able to make it look
like he's holding it.

Another fun part of this project
was choosing every day pictures
and seeing them through
different ideas.  What was once a picture
that reminded me of Mary's accident
is now a cute Valentine that reads,
"Cast aside your worries and be
my Valentine!"

OK.  I just looked at this picture
of Nic and "I'm crazy for you,
Valentine" easily came to mind!

The banner is connected by red and white
twine and can be folded like a book
for easy storage. 

Vintage Valentine candy boxes line
the back and I used red and white
polka-dot fabric as a runner.  White paper doilies
are added too.  Love the bright white
against the red.

Do you think you'd like to give this
a try?   The ideas are endless and with
personal photos, it becomes an
instant keepsake.

On both sides is a vanilla candle.  And this
vase filled with glittered hearts just adds
some sparkle and fun.

Below it all is another banner of those
heart-shaped candies with sayings.  It's from
the 1980's and although I've had it for a few
years, it's the first time I'm actually using it.
Eventually, it all gets used!

Bought this at an antique shop a few
years back. 

My favorites are these old
lacey ones though.

So pretty!

And here's the little display I came
up with for my Valentine skaters.  Found
some old trees in my stash and put down
fake snow.  I plan on going through more
supplies to see if I can add to this.

Just couldn't wait to share!  Hoping others
will be inspired to make their own
 banner using family and friends.  I'd love to
see what you come up with!


  1. I absolutely love it!! what a wonderful little valentine book! great great great idea!!
    Happy New Year jill!

  2. Well Jill once again you've out done yourself!! LOL AWESOMENESS I love seeing pics of the kids!! You are rockin the mojo girl and ready for Valentines Day I am so proud of you!! You motivate me!! Workin on a special order right now a pigg and my kin Folk dolls!! WOO HOO!! Go Aunt Frannie XOXO Love ya

  3. It's just wonderful. I especially love how you have incorporated your little cuties into your banner.

  4. Darling! They will be treasured by both as they grow older.Who knows,some day at least one of Your Great Grandchildren will treasure them too-I made a Santa Heart just like Yours a few Years ago out of wood.

  5. Hi Jill,

    Oh these are so cute, and so clever!


  6. Jill, your banner is adorable!! What a sweet idea to include your children.

  7. I hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and yours!

  8. Stopping by to say hello. Sure hope this won't duplicate. I was saying that the winter really has taken it's toll on your area. We lost power for 18 hours.
    The Valentines you made are so special and will treasures in years to come.