Valentine’s On My Mind

Not a big Valentine’s girl here, I am the first to admit. (Too much red and pink. And too loud…). But of course the kids get to celebrate and a few (very few!) decor items will be/ have been added to our home. You know how I like it — simple, functional and personal.

I came across this cute project. Would be fun to try.

And why have I not thought of this before? This will be served for breakfast on Feb 14th for sure!

As a Valentine’s treat — this looks simply  divine. I think  I might actually try this recipe (even if it will take me a while). So my taste. Chocolate Pavlova with Chestnut cream, Raspberries & Clementines. Oh Mama & Oh Mama…

We did not go Valentine’s crazy at our store but would point to our popular Swedish heart dresses for kids. The softest European velour (like butter) and the most perfect stitched heart. Pair the dress with cotton tights and you will have very unique and happy outfit.

About a year ago I found a moss heart in Sweden for my wonderful sis-friend Michele. Whenever I go back I see them everywhere. Swedes buy them to bring simple green touches to their homes. I love the modern swoosh at the bottom of the heart. And now we carry these moss hearts in our store!

Place them as is in a pretty bowl.

Or decorate and hang on the door as I did.

I am using the smaller ones as displays for baby pictures of my three kids. I will hang them on a long birch branch so the kids can enjoy and to be proud of them! (That will be my only DIY project for Valentine’s. I am getting too old lazy!).

In Sweden I also found the most perfect metal wreath that I have never seen before. Open it up and fill it with moss, small apples, berries — what ever you want. Et voila, you have a very personal heart wreath to use indoor or outdoor. A wreath that can be used over and over again. Now that is Swedish smart!

We have added several sterling silver pretties for Valentine’s (but the Kitty earrings are still my favorite earrings. I use them all the time).

I’d also like to point you to some really nice new candle holders. Read the story about the blindfolded designers!

And brace yourselves. We have also added some things for the men! Yep, it’s about time. And what better brand than “Bjorn Borg”, who is still considered one of the best tennis players of all time. He once said: “If you are afraid of losing, then you darent’ win.” And boy did he win. He was also the first rock-star of tennis (leave it to a Swede!). My big brother Erik actually  played on the same team as Bjorn Borg growing up. Not for very long — but I don’t mind the story! Good enough for me to want to bring some items of Bjorn Borg’s collection to our store.

How about good quality boxer briefs for stylish men to start with. (Bjorn Borg has about 52 fashion stores, mainly in Europe, did you know that? I had no clue.)

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And finally, a few yards of hand stamped ribbon. Found it on Etsy. Simple and pretty and I can use it all year around!

Hugs to you all.

P.S Any fun Valentine’s traditions you want to share with us?

Images via: no. 1, Hoosier Homemade no. 2 Koo & Poppet, no. 3 Fork Spoon Knife, no. 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 via Splendid Avenue.
Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations,Store News |


  • Hi Mon, good to see you here. I was thinking of you just last night. I am with you….dont’ care for an overload of the pink and red, so this suits me just fine. I think i could handle the adorable watermelon hearts, the Pavlova is amazing but I am not much of a baker:)
    Moss hearts…oh yea, love it! Enjoy your day….

  • Delishhh says:

    Happy Valentines!! Great little projects for the kids, love the watermelon hearts! And the metal wreath is amazing!!! Hugs!

  • Monika,
    I’m headed over to see the wire heart…how cute is that. I agree, too much cute can boggle the mind! LOL. I use my mercury glass hearts at Valentines, hey, they’re hearts.:-)

  • What fun projects and yummy looking treats! Thanks for sharing my Paper Hearts!

  • Franki Parde says:

    Oh, my…I luv the wire wreath!! How clever – my mind is already racing on how to use it!! You know, I’m not really that keen of Valentine’s day gal either. LOVE, franki :)

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Very unique and gorgeous new things, Mon. Yeah for Bjorn Borg!!!


  • Love the moss hearts – they are also very popular in Bavaria! How cute to do for your kids – I love that idea. The ribbon is great too. Thanks so much for your call yesterday – you are such a sweetie! Looking forward to catching up next week…B.

  • Michelle says:

    Thank you Monika for preparing us for the Day of Love so early! You have properly inspired me! My daughters are old enough now that they will find the paper hearts craft really fun- and cute too. About the traditions: My dad was a burly truck driver who didn’t show a lot of emotion. But on Valentines Day, I always got a card from him, signed in his hand writing professing his Daddy Love for me. Now, my husband, though not as burly, does the same for our daughters and I know they feel just as special.

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Bring the girls over and all 4 can make paper hearts! Love to you. Mon

  • Tracey says:

    Oh my, my, my ….. I love that ribbon. There are ways of enjoying Valentines day without the loudness of red :-) thanks for sharing.

  • i realized i don’t have valentine’s traditions, and it’s never too late right?

    i love my moss heart and it looks perfect in every season. for christmas, i added a washi tape cross–you’ll see it on the blog eventually. my friends loved it.

    sending you love and positive energy from arizona.


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