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Thursday, January 19, 2012


Well, at my house, love is growing on trees.  I’ll admit, I’m using a very broad interpretation of  the word,“tree”, in this post.
mantel closup
The trees of love on my mantel have been planted in champagne buckets.
Trees of love are growing out of table tops.
One even sprouts from the fireplace hearth.
They are growing out of cones on my doors.
To prove how broad my definition of “tree” is, I’m even counting this wreath on a chalkboard stand as a tree!CHLBRD WREATH
And the queen and king of love are growing out of cherub vases on the buffet behind our sofa!
Even I, with my broad use of the word, cannot tell you that there is a tree of love on this table top.
table top w wdg pic
But if you look closely, you’ll see a photo of the day these seeds of love were planted, 42 years ago last August!
wdg pic
I received an invitation to a Valentine party . The invitation stated that we should bring some of our favorite candy in bags to give to the other guests.  I’ve been seeing all of these witty ideas on Pinterest for tags for candy, but I couldn’t find anyone who had a tag for my favorite candy.  I came close to switching my favorite to something that some of you clever people had crafted witty tags for.  The ramifications of that just seemed too great.  (i.e., If I had candy left over, I’d be forced to eat it.  Why take in all of those calories for a candy that isn’t my favorite?  If someone wanted to give me a gift of candy in the future, they might remember what I had said was my favorite at the party, and they’d bring me the wrong kind!)  You can see my predicament.  So, I was determined to come up with a tag for my favorite candy.
candy pkg
There is a tree on this tag, so it ties into my Trees of Love post.  (Boy, I am really stretching things with this post!)  Do you “get” it?  Maybe it’s too small.  Let me give you a close up.
Now, did you “get” it?  I’m afraid the other guests are going to wonder what in the world Peppermint Patty is saying to Charlie Brown.  I know…I really had to stretch the language to get this, and I know, I’m as lame as Charlie Brown says I am, but since I spent so much time trying to come up with something for my tags, I had to share it.
street painter
Not a tree in sight in this picture, but you knew you wouldn’t get away without me reminding you of the Valentine party on February 10th.  Thanks so much for putting up with my manipulation of the English language.  Laurie


vignette design said...

HI Laurie,
Loved seeing your wedding portrait. Gosh, 42 years. That's quite an achievement! Love all your Valentine's Day decor and look forward to joining your party. Can't believe we are talking Valentine's Day already. Seems like New Years was yesterday. xo Delores

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You have so many pretty things...and lots of hearts! I love hearts and I love the photo of your wedding! How beautiful! ♥

April D said...

I love your tag! What a creative idea! Your "trees" are all beautiful; almost you convince me to decorate for Valentine's Day soon... :)
The party sounds FUN!

Sarah said...

I'll be there, Laurie. Your tag is cute and so are all your trees of love. I smile every time I see your wedding photo. You two look like teenagers! 42 years is a wonderful accomplishment. We celebrated 36 this summer. ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

I wish I would have left out a few of my little trees after seeing your's all decorated for Valentines! Actually I still have the one in the master bedroom up- hmmm do you think I can just say it's my Valentines tree even though there isn't a Valentine one on it!!!?

bee blessed

Palomasea said...

You are just so creative...and I love your beautiful wedding picture, as well as the wonderful Peanuts idea!!
So clever!
Enjoy the beauty...
- Irina

Cindy @ Applestone Cottage said...

Beautiful Laurie, you are always so creative! I think you have every possible valentine card around!
And those trees, just perfect in the champaigne buckets!
Looking forward to your party!

Unknown said...

Oh Laurie,
Your so much fun. I love reading your post's and all your lovely party idea's..I have to tell you that Peppermint patties are also my favorite. My dear brother (miss him so) always brought me York patties on every favorite I buy boxes of Haviland Thin Mints..yummy...
It's all about flowers, candy, sweet sentiments and love...

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Like your Valentine's Day mantel and I think the tags came out cute!! :D
Have a great weekend.

DaCraftyLady said...

what beautiful Valentine's decos and the trees...oh I get it "York" lol...I' wanna come to this fun party! "There was a sweet "Dove" in my yard today...get post I am having a little give away too, come visit and post..

is it hearts day already! Love the wedding pic..

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You are amazing!!

Debbie said...

HAHA! I totally get it, and I think it's funny. People will laugh.


Your trees are wonderful! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the metal one with the heart ornaments, but I love those cones too. And I love the King and Queen of Hearts. I want to copy all of this in a big way. You're so clever, Laurie.

Debbie said...

Oh, and I forgot to tell you what a great looking couple you were. You were a beautiful bride. I think you kind of look like Tricia Nixon at her wedding.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love all of it! Always a treat to see your decorations.

xinex said...

I thought you were already having your Valentine's party cause i love is definitely in the air at your house. Beautiful Valentine decor!....Christine

The Tablescaper said...

Hi Laurie:

I LOVE all of your decos! So fun and festive. Neat that you didn't compromise your candy fav. I think what you came up with is fun.

Stop by, I'm having a give away.

- The Tablescaper

Sue said...

I almost bought a white tree over the weekend, but being the cheap person that I am, I decided to spray paint a tree branch from out in the yard. I'll hang my three heart ornies from it for your party! Love all your valentines and decor! ♥ Sue

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Laurie~ It's always nice stopping by for a visit.
I enjoy your posts and the eye candy you so generously share.
your Parisian tablescape in a word or two...Tres Magnifique!!!
OOOH, how I wished I would have kept my childhood Valentines. Of course back then i was more consumed with the candies inserted inside those tiny envelopes.
I think it would be fun to have an exchange of Valentines at a V-day party.
My idea for your York candy would take some imagination as well. My thought was... New *York* may be the big Apple, but you're the apple of my eye. ( I know poetry isn't my strong suit, lol).

I've hope you can stop by to see the Valentine surprise I've got in stored. Starting with...Pain au Chocolat. I'll put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea.

Sweet wishes,


Kathleen said...

Your friend from New YORK loves this sweet post. So cute and minty fresh! :)

Jenny said...

Wow. Your decorations are really amazing! You're having such a good time with making your house romantic! I love it!