Following our calling to the Dominican Republic

Dia de Amor!


out of the heartWhen we lived in Oklahoma, I was part of a MOPS group.  In one of the meetings, a woman with more wisdom than myself spoke.  She stated,

“As wives and moms, we get the privilege of setting the tone in our homes.  This can be with our daily moods or our overall attitude.  This is why it is so important to start your day with God and in His word.  We need to fill our hearts daily so that we overflow love and goodness onto our families.  Another way in which we can set the tone is decorating for the holidays.  We get to “create the holiday feel” in our homes that will hopefully leave fond memories for our children.”

Throughout the years, this lady’s words have stuck with me.  I try to decorate for every holiday.  When we moved, I only brought Christmas decorations, because I didn’t think the other ones really mattered.  Our first August here, my girls started asking when I was going to start decorating for Fall.  Not having decorations, I learned to get creative very quickly.

happy valentine's day

I have always LOVED Valentine’s Day.  I love all of the pinks and reds that represent this holiday.  Plus, I love a holiday that celebrates LOVE!  I don’t even care that it’s so commercialized now.  I still love to celebrate LOVE!

I would like to share some of the decoration that I have made for our home on a very small budget:

First, I saw these table runners on Pinterest and fell in love with them:

I love the simplicity of this one.  (You can find it—>HERE)

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I love the lettering on this one.  (You can find it—>HERE)

love table runner

I absolutely adore this one but lack the talent necessary to make it.  (You can find it–>HERE)

burlap heart table runnerIn the end, this is what I made:


After that, I repurposed a centerpiece from Lauren’s quinceanera:


I really love all of the burlap banners that are the “new” fad.  Plus, I had extra burlap in my supplies.

I love this one because it feels so feminine.  (You can find it—>HERE)

heart burlap banner

I like the polka dots on this one.  (You can find it—>HERE)

heart polka dot burlap banner

I just combined the two things that I liked about these and came up with this:


This burlap heart door hanger caught my eye:  (You can find it—>HERE)

burlap heart

Here is mine:


Let me take a moment to share a fabulous secret that I learned on Pinterest.  I wanted to hot glue this together but didn’t have electricity at the time.  I wanted to get it done then and not wait for the power to come on, so I sewed it.  In order to get the stitches even, I learned a GENIUS trick!  Mark your finger and use it as a guide…like this:


Lastly, every year I like to bake goodies for the ones that I love.  Last year, I made these for all of my Dominican and “Domerican” friends and family. (FYI: American + Dominican= Domerican)

I took brown paper bags, decorated them, crocheted some hearts and filled them with sweet treats:





I think that I will make these bags again to share with my Domerican and Dominican family here.  I enjoyed making them and enjoyed spreading some love.

I hope everyone has a very happy and loving Valentine’s Day!!!


What are your feelings about Valentine’s Day?  What are some craft ideas or traditions that you have enjoyed?

6 thoughts on “Dia de Amor!

  1. I LOVE all your creativity and how you make your home so welcoming. You are such an inspiration….. Love you to pieces my sweet friend! HUGS to you!

  2. Thanks for the reminder that we’re making memories for our kids when we decorate! 🙂 Bring on the hearts! ❤️💝❤️

  3. Such darling ideas. Thanks for sharing=)

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