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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Creating a Romantic Vignette

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Today I wanted to share with you a little vignette that I created, with a touch of romance!

 I started with a large galvanized metal tote, that I found a few years ago at a yard sale for just a few dollars. I really love the contrast of the rustic tote and the soft and feminine accents.

 For this vignette, I knew that I wanted to add some of my vintage linens, as well as this sweet little light blue cherub, and my favorite Valentine image from the Graphics Fairy.  I found the angel a few years ago at a garage sale.  It was unfinished plaster when I discovered it. I painted it my favorite shade of light blue, followed by an antiquing glaze to give it time worn appeal.
 Beyond that, I wasn't sure what I was going to use, so I just started gathering bits and pieces from around the house that spoke "romance" to me!  I must admit that it took me way longer than it should have to pull together!  I just wasn't happy with the way my tote was coming along.  My hats off to you ladies who make it look oh so effortless to create interesting, creative and unusual displays!
 So, after what seemed like forever, I finally am happy with the end result!
 I turned one of my shabby chic picture frames into an impromptu little chalkboard, that I propped up on an easel (I love easels!). 
 Ok, so here is what I added to my little romantic vignette:
some of my mercury glass votives (for safety's sake, I added battery operated tea lights), a pretty aqua vintage doily, and one of my favorite vintage linens with tatting, and a silk hydrangea.  I raided my jewelry box and added some of my vintage Austrian crystal necklaces for a bit of bling!

 Since hearts speak of romance, I added this heart shaped lavender sachet that I made from linen fabric, and embellished with crinkly seam binding and a glittered silk hydrangea blossom.
 And what could be more romantic than Paris?  I just had to tuck in this little Eiffel Tower that I brought back from a trip to the city of lights!
 It's hard to get a good photograph of it, but I also added this adorable little glass cloche. Tucked inside is a real birds nest, with some pinecones and acorns that I've glittered 
('cause you can never have too much glitter!).

 Aren't the little birdies sweet on this pretty vintage Valentine image?  I just printed it out and glued to chipboard, followed by a generous dose of glitter.  I added vintage sheet music to the back (forgot to get a photo of that!), so it would look pretty from the backside, too!
 I also scattered some of my vintage sheet music glittered roses.
 I've place the vignette on our coffee table, and I'm now finally happy with the end result!

 Hope this has inspired you to add a touch of romance to your decor!
Have a creative and wonderful day!
Joining Timewashed for Blissful Whites Wednesday


Okio B Designs said...

Very sweet, indeed! I love all the little items you tucked in - especially the Eiffel Tower!


Trisha said...

It is beautiufl! The sweet cherub looks so perfect wtih the hydrangeas and laces. And I love the tiny little cloche! Have a great week!


Tete said...

Very pretty and so romantic! I love all the little treasures in your tote. Its fun when the little things that make you smile the most fit together so well.
You've got my rusty gears moving. So ready to hit a thrift shop, I can taste it. It will have to wait until warmer weather. Wish I still had all the linens I have had over the years. Made good money on them, though, and let me buy other cool things.
Hope you are having a good day. I am, so far. ;)

Bente said...

How beautiful, Donna.
I missed you last post about you in the magazine. So exating. Can see that your feets don`t touch the ground. I`m soo happy for you, my friend.

Have a nice rest of the week.


Pascale said...

very romantic indeed. I love it. Pascale

Susie said...

Donna, I love it !!! The blue is nice. Love the little tower.:):) xoxo,Susie

Musings from Kim K. said...

Looks perfect for a romantic dinner. Where's the champagne!!

Debbie said...

Very pretty, AND romantic!
LOVE the colors you used in the tote.
Have a great week, Donna.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna,
Well yes you have really given a lot of inpsiration here and it is pure romance. I love your vignette. All the wonderful elements really make it special. You pulled the prefect piece together. I love the idea of a tote and do this on occasion. Easy to move if you need to without messing things up too much. Love the chalkboard touch with your glittered roses scattered about. The aqua really looks beautiful.
Love your header too. This post goes so pretty with your background.

Have a great day. Freezing with wintry mix here. Really pretty but so cold.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

This is pretty Donna. You've brightened up a winter dreary day for me.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is so lovely, Donna...I just love the contrast of rustic and romantic, too!

Mumma Shirl said...

I must be the only person in the world that did not get a mini Eiffel tower when I went there.
Love all your little items it is very romantic.

john said...

Hi Donna ! congratulations on being in a magazine...you must be so proud ! Love all your lovely goodies and valentine vignette and also your new header...looks great ! keep warm and cosy ! Gail x

elizabeth said...

I have a little metal tote like that. Thanks for the fabulous idea! Thanks also for your kind comment on my post about how to beat the winter doldrums. :)

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Congrats on being in Romantic Homes!!
What a pretty vignette!!

Thanks so much for oyur visit!!