Valentine's 2012 at Happy To Design

Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
As you are reading this...I am on my way to Texas to be with my
 family.  As many of you know, my Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer
 over the Christmas holidays.  He is not doing well at all and it's time that I
 went to be with him and my family.  I sooo appreciate all of the kind words and
 prayers that you have sent to me and my family...thank you!!!  Your love and
 support mean the world to me.  I would just like to say that my Dad knows
 the Lord and has served Him for many...many years.  He is ready to go
 home.  Even in light of this...the coming days will be very difficult so
 please keep praying for my dad and my family.
  Thank you, dear friends!
On a lighter note...
A few days ago, I took a few photos of Valentine's day at my place. 
The Christmas decor of my dining room buffet has now evolved
 into Valentine's day decor.  I really haven't done much...just a few simple
 changes here and there.  Since I already had the photos, I thought that I
 would share them with you.  I hope that you enjoy! 
Warmest wishes to you and yours for a Happy (early) Valentine's Day!!!

Here we are...in my french country dining room.
The buffet is all dressed up and ready to celebrate the "day of love"!
The photos are pretty self-explanatory...so I'll just shhhhsh and let you
 take a look around.

I crafted this heart tree for my Christmas buffet...we celebrated
 a Swedish Christmas this year.  The Swedish love their hearts at
The beautiful heart ornaments are made of glass. 

The red hearts laying on the tray are cookie cutters.
A white ceramic tray filled with mercury glass ornaments and
 a couple of vintage silver heart shaped cookie cutters serves as a
 Valentine's day centerpiece for the dining room table.
I love mercury glass...pretty, pretty for the cold wintery months!
Oooh...bejeweled mercury glass!  Does it get any better?  Hehe!
Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friends!
I'm joining Laurie's Valentine Party...

Valentine Party...hosted by Laurie over at Bargain Hunting
and Chatting with Laurie.
Thank you, Laurie...for hosting this lovely party for us!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Chari, your Valentine vignette is beautiful. You always do the most amazing things. Love the heart tree.

My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you and all of your family at this very difficult time. I know this will be a hard trip. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Marilyn said...

When one is going through this Valley, it can be peaceful when you know the Lord is right there beside you. May He wrap His loving arms around you and your family in the days ahead. If you lived next door I'd be giving you a big hug from me. Be safe in your travels.♥♫

Sonny G said...

I can only imagine what a difficult time this is for you and your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
We're with you in spirit.
thanks for leaving so much valentine beauty with us..


Unknown said...

Sweet Chari!
Thanks for sharing your sweet Valentine sharing your besutiful ornies.
So sorry to read sbout your dad. PTL he knows him and i know this will be of comfort during this difficult time. Shooting up a prayer for your family now!
Be blessed,

Salmagundi said...

Praying for you -- be safe on your trip. Sally


Oh my dear Chari, your Valentine vignette is amazing, just gorgeous! Love the tree. Thank you for sharing it with us even now that your going through hard times. I'm so sorry about your father, my heart goes out to you and prayers for your dear dad. Just be strong for you and for your daddy, it's going to be a difficult trip for you my friend. God bless you and have a safe trip. Love,

Nancy's Notes said...

Chari, love you Valentine decor, just looks dazzling, love all the glitz!

My heart goes out to you and I'll be praying for you and your dear family during this sorrowful time. Take care.


podso said...

Your valentine decor is lovely, I also enjoy using heart shaped cookie cutters in valentine deocrating,

Speaking of hearts, I know your dad is big in your heart right now. It's good you can go to be with him and we pray God brings him home gently, in His good and perfect time.

Theresa said...

Beautiful Valentines Vignette! I adore the red heart ornaments AND the use of cookie cutters... I have some that I am gonna pull out and use too!

I will be praying for you and your family! I know that the days ahead are gonna be tough! BIG HUGS and continued prayers for ALL of you!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

The white pitcher looks wonderful with the branches and ornaments.

I hope you are able to have a good visit with your Dad, time together is important.
We are all praying for you.

On Crooked Creek said...

The love in this post comes from deeply rooted love in your family and in Christ! Prayers are with you, dear friend as you travel to Texas. Hold dear to your heart the precious time you have left with your Dad.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Chari,
I'm so happy your Dad knows the Lord! That brings a comfort in your time of trials.
Praying for your family!

Your vignette is darling! Your home is always lovely!

Linda @ bushel and a pickle said...

Your dining room looks so lovely. I plan ot borrow some of your ideas. Now if I can just find some of those sweet ornaments.

Gloria said...

You did a lovely job in decorating, Chari, especially with all you have weighing heavily on your mind... but sometimes that's the best medicine, keeping our mind 'level and busy' and not letting ourselves get too upset with all that we have to deal with... And may I also say your close-up photos are superb.
I will be praying for your father, of course; and for a fulfilling, loving and peaceful time for you and your Dad, and a safe trip for you. Godspeed.

A Perfect Setting said...

Chari, I will be praying for your family during this difficult time. Your Valentine decor is beautiful. I, too, love the mercury glass and you always display it just beautifully. The tree with the heart ornaments is so cute! I can feel your love shining through. Hang in there!!--Betsy

Unknown said...


It's gorgeous! Where did you find your heart ornaments? (if you don't mind me asking). I'd love to find some! Take care of yourself! Praying for you and you family.


bj said...

I came by to link up and found your note. I am terribly sorry about your dad.
My thoughts and prayers are with your father, you and your family.

Creations By Cindy said...

Praying for your family sweet lady! I know this is a hard time. Loving your heart ornaments! Oh my!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Chari,
Such a gorgeous post! Your buffet is always dressed to perfection.
My prayers and God's watchful eye be with you and yours.
Big hugs,

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Your post is so crisp and beautiful, Chari. I'm relieved to read that you understand that your father is ready to go home--I hope that eases your sorrow some, knowing that he is ready and that he IS going home. You and your family will remain in my prayers. ~Zuni

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Chari,
So sorry to hear this about your Dad my dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you dear and I pray that you will be able to find some comfort during this difficult time.
I love your Valentine table, so incredibly beautiful, magazine worthy I would say!
Hang in there Chari, I will be thinking of you every day!
Big Hugs,

Cindy said...

A very lovely Valentine's display, my friend.
Bless you my friend, it's so hard to lose a parent, even when we know where they are going. I pray God will comfort your heart.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Chari~what a lovely valentine setting of pretties. I love the combination of mercury glass mixed with the heart shaped cookie cutters. What a clever idea of pairing these together.
The tree marries well with the whole ambiance...beautifully inspirational.

Sweet wishes,

Highpoint Circle said...

So sorry to hear of your dear father's illness. Amazing that you could put so much love into that beautiful buffet. Your pictures are extraordinary too. My heart goes out to your family.

Sarah said...

Chari, this is a gorgeous post. I'm sorry I've been MIA much of late. Sad to hear about your dad. You know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs ~ Sarah

xinex said...

Your Valentine decor on your buffet is so beautifully done, Chari. I am so sorry about your dad. I hope he gets better. Have a safe trip...Christine

xinex said...

Your Valentine decor on your buffet is so beautifully done, Chari. I am so sorry about your dad. I hope he gets better. Have a safe trip...Christine

Pat said...

Dear Chari,

Have been thinking about you and yours, and praying you all get through this family crisis taking strength from each other. Your dad is your daddy no matter how old you are. God Bless.

Grandma Linda's Daydreams said...

Love your beautiful Valentine's vignettes and the red room! So beautiful!
But, more importantly, I wanted to tell you that you and my family are in my prayers! It's so hard to go through this, but God will strengthen you.

Dreamgoddess said...

Chari, I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers during this hard time.

Your Valentine decorations are so lovely. Everything looks so elegant and romantic.

Anonymous said...

Hello sweet friend! Coming over to check up on you and see how things are going with you. Did I ever share with you that my father had lung cancer? It was a difficult journey but a precious one as it brought him back to his Savior. I am praying for you and your family. I know God loves you and is so close to you all right now and am praying that you feel that - His Kisses - that are so needed right now.

Love you friend!

Love you pretty Valentines Decor-you always do things up so beautifully!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Chari,
Your Valentine decor is so very pretty; love the mercury glass hearts!

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord bring you comfort and peace in the midst of it all. Sending you hugs.

Blessings & love,

Carol said...

Your buffet decor is beautiful, love the white branches & heart ornaments.

I'm so sorry about you dad's illness. Sending prayers to you and your family.


Scribbler said...

I am so sorry to hear about your father. I wish you and your family strength and peace during this difficult time.


Maggie said...

Just stunning dear Chari, as always.
Thinking of you as you visit with your Dad this weekend,
all the best from Normandy.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Your vignettes are always so gorgeous! The Valentine tree is adorable, love those ornaments!

Still praying for you and your family, I hope things are going well. We miss you.

Love and prayers,


The Tablescaper said...


My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

So happy that you found a few minutes to put together such a beautiful vignette to share with us.

- The Tablescaper

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Chari, I am so sorry to read this about your Dad. I have been so "out of the loop" in Blogville. I had no idea you and you were family were going through such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are going up for you and your family.

Your Valentine tree is simply gorgeous. Those glass hearts are so elegant and romantic, and of course, the mercury glass is gorgeous!

Again, you are in my prayers, sweet Chari. Thank you so much taking the time to link to my party. Big hugs, laurie