Red and white pom pom garland on a Valentine's Day Mantel - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Can you believe it’s Valentine’s Day next week? It hardly seems 5 minutes since we were knee-deep in Christmas. At this rate, I’ll be starting on the Halloween decorations before you know it!

For those of you thinking “yeah, yeah, I bet she’s started already”, I have NO idea what you mean.

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

So how are you feeling now that January’s finally behind us? I know it’s still a little gloomy outside, but I’ve definitely felt more cheery since February arrived and it’s good to see the days starting to get a little longer.

Even my body clock is starting to respond; I’ve actually started hauling my arse out of bed a bit earlier.

Only a bit, mind.

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

February of course, is the month of lurrrrve and ordinarily, Beloved and I celebrate with nothing more than a Tesco curry and a bottle of wine. We don’t exchange cards and gifts but this year, Beloved is wining and dining me in a real, live restaurant. Even after 25 years together, he still has the ability to surprise me.

He’s a keeper.

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

The one thing I DO mark the occasion with of course, is some home-crafted Valentine’s décor. Well… this would hardly be a crafts and seasonal home styling blog if I didn’t, right?

This year, I wanted to keep it simple and if you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that I even managed something akin to elegant.

Valentine's Day Mantel 2017 - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

I also regressed 40 years and made a few pom poms. Although when I was at school, we didn’t use anything nearly as fancy as a ‘fork’! I made mine with the help of this video but I’m not convinced they came out particularly well. I guess I’ll just have to make some more and see if I can’t develop my forking skills.

Red and white pom pom garland on a Valentine's Day Mantel - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

I’m still undecided as to whether I prefer the mantel with or without the garland. What do you think?

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

There were a few pom poms left over, so I threw them in a lantern. What an easy way to add a splash of colour! After Valentine’s Day, I’ll be using those little balls of love to decorate a new sofa addition.

Handmade cushion made from an Aran cableknit snood - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

That woolly cushion. The one with the red stitching.

You’ll NEVER guess what I made it from. And it was SO EASY!

But more on that in a later post.

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Elsewhere around OneandSeventy, I’ve continued to keep things simple, with just a few LOVEly touches to the hallway consoles.

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

To be honest, aside from the black jewelled hearts, not much has changed in the hallway since the Chrissy dex came down, mainly because I’m still enjoying the winter décor out here.

A hare wearing a diamante collar adds a quirky bit of bling and there’s just something very hygge about fairy lights and candles casting a romantic glow over a charity-shop orchid and a tiara-wearing bust.

Winter console styling with a tiara-wearing bust - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Not that sort of bust.

Tsk.

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

And that’s about it really. I’ve made use of decor from previous years, including those Tesco velvet hearts from 2015, as well as a few of last year’s makes, like the ribbon heart.

Valentine's Day Decor 2017, complete with hand-crafted items - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

And the Love sign.

Red and white pom pom garland on a Valentine's Day Mantel - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Actually, I never blogged about that but again, it was another cheap and easy make.

I took a 25p sign from the Dunelm sale, spray-painted it white and glued on some letters that I’d cut on the Cricut. You may recognise them – they’re the same letters I used to create the Love Banner.

Valentine's Day Mantel 2017 - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? I would LOVE to see your photos. Why not come on over and share them on the Facebook page?

I hope you enjoyed this little Valentine’s tour of OneandSeventy. If so, do let me know by dropping some love below.

A hui hou,

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See how I used classic red and white teamed with pink faux flowers to create a simple, yet elegant Valentine's Day mantel.

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