Valentine’s Day Ideas and Inspiration

Valentine's Day Ideas and Inspiration | An On Sutton Place Round-up | Decor, desserts, printables and more!Valentine’s Day is exactly one month from today…so if you want to get in the mood I have some inspiration! Truth be told, I am not the biggest fan of V-Day but I do enjoy adding hearts to my decor and baking a fun treat or two. I’ve gathered up all the projects I could find on my blog with easy links to each post. I’d actually forgotten about the red hearts in the photo just below and hope I still have them so I can use them again! Take a look and I’ll see you at the end.

Seasonal Coffee Table Vignettes | Valentine's Day

Seasonal Coffee Table Vignettes

DIY Heart Wreath Tutorial | On Sutton Place

DIY Heart Wreath Ideas

DIY No Sew Valentine's LOVE Pillow Cover | easy tutorial with pics and the link to the letter templates! |

DIY No Sew Valentine LOVE Pillow Cover

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Heart Collector Pillow | No Sew! | On Sutton Place

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Heart Collector Pillow

Chocolate Cinnamon Heart Cookies | On Sutton Place

Chocolate Cinnamon Heart Cookies

Easy Collection of Strawberry Desserts from On Sutton Place

Strawberry Desserts

10 Free Valentine's Printables | Matters of the Heart | Original and free printable collection ready for instant download.

10 Free Printables: Valentine’s Day, Love and Hearts

You all have been amazing whenever I have mentioned my parents so I wanted to share what’s going on. My mom suffered a compression fracture in her back the week before Christmas. She was in the hospital three times and is finally getting relief from the pain. Unfortunately, this has taken all of her reserve and she is beginning to fail. She entered hospice this week and is going into a nursing home today. We hope it’s just for a few weeks…and that she will get a bit stronger so we can bring her home. I so wish this had all played out differently but I know God has a plan and I’m trying to be at peace with it. I am taking one day at a time. I am going to try very hard to keep this blog going because it truly is my joy and safe haven. Thank you for listening and for your friendship…

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  1. Always love your posts!

  2. Ann, these are great Valentine inspirations and I am loving the heart cookies (gonna make these) and the great pillows. I am sorry to hear of your mom and as I read through it I feel we are going through some of the same things. My father has been in the hospital now for 32 days with 3 stays in ICU during this time. I like you know GOD has a purpose even though we are not fully aware. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this very difficult time.

  3. Ann, thank you for all of your inspiration. I’m new to your blog, but, am really enjoying it!

    Prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Hospice is amazing.

  4. So sorry to hear about your Mom and will keep you in my prayers. Have been in in the exact same spot so I feel for you.

    Peggy–an appreciative follower.

  5. Betty Ciancio says:

    Bless you Anne. I will keep your mother in my prayers. Being 90 years old myself, it is not easy getting old. God will keep her in his hands and help her through this journey.

  6. Penny Thompson says:

    Thinking of what I could do “on the cheap” for V Day, I decided to cut out and stitch various sizes and shades of red hearts. I used some of my felted wool sweaters, ranging from burgundy to pink, and stitched them together with pearl cotton in a variety of ways. I stuffed them lightly with sweater scraps and/ or fiberfill, and loaded them into a compote which sits on my entry way table. I use the compote for every season, simply changing the contents and linens under it.

    Now to make a pillow for the white loveseat nearby! Thanks for continuing to inspire us to make simple and economical changes to our homes! Sending hugs your way!

  7. I have everything to make the heart pillow, can’t wait to get started. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

  8. Blessings to you and your family, Ann. I know from experience how difficult this can be for your family as well as your mom. We had a similar situation during the holidays, which makes it all the harder.
    I hope you will be able to keep your blog going; I just recently discovered it and enjoy it so much. Plus, as you said yourself, you need your own safe haven. Also, the energy you give and receive from continuing it will help you to help your mom.
    All my best,

  9. Barb Holt says:

    Ann, I am a retired hospice nurse and remain a huge proponent of hospice care. I am so sorry to hear that your mother is failing but am thankful that you have chosen hospice to guide and support both your Mom and your family through this journey. Hospice will help to make the journey easier and more comfortable for all. Blessings to you and yours.

  10. Kellyann Fleming says:

    sending prayers and well wishes to you and your family .

  11. Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day says:

    Your blog is one of my favorites and is an inspiration for mine. I love how classy everything is! I also love it when you share bits of yourself and your life. You are a REAL person who is living a REAL life with REAL struggles. Please don’t stress if you miss posting. When things are less chaotic you can pick back up. Life has ebbs and flows. No one will fault you for it! Prayers going up for you and your mom. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. My prayer for you this morning is that you will be blessed by all the loving comments posted by others. You are an inspiration to so many and also loved or you would not receive so many encouraging thoughts and prayers. I am adding mine.

  13. Jeanie Nichols says:

    My husband and I have been where you are with both of our parents. We pray for you and
    your family. Your blog is such an inspiration to me. I am a retired teacher, and I look forward
    to your posts.

  14. Praying for your mom and you, Ann. I am sure I will be dealing with my aging mom too in the future since she will be 83 soon.

    I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s day either. :)

  15. Penny Thompson says:

    Dear Ann: I missed your post about your Mom and her difficulties until today. Pathologic fractures are so miserable, the pain is terribly debilitating! Hope she stabilizes and is able to return home to you soon. Has anyone suggested electrical stim for pain relief? My husband deals with fractures secondary to his cancer and has found relief with e stim. Units are now available at pharmacies. Worth a consideration and doesn’t have the side effects of pain meds by mouth. Sometimes a combination works well. Will keep you and her in my thoughts and prayers. Penny (RN) in Kalamazoo, MI

  16. I have been caring for my Mom for 15 years. She is now 95 and needing increasing amounts of help. She is fine mentally, but very frail.
    I am going thru a marriage disintegration as well, and my mom is my rock. It has been my priviledge and my joy to care for her. I so “get” where you are coming from Ann. I pray your mom will regain some strength and be able to return home, but if not, please be comforted by knowing you have done your very best as a loving daughter

  17. mary Huddleston says:

    I can tell your Mom is well loved. Remember to take care of yourself
    during this difficult time.

    Blessings, Mary

  18. This is a difficult season of life for you. Prayers for your mother, and strength for all. The sun will shine again.

  19. I’ve made the chocolate cinnamon heart cookies the past 2 years and they are so fun and festive. They look great used in a place setting and I have also put a few in a paper folded pouch for little Valentine favors. Love your ideas and how you present them.

  20. Are you sure we aren’t related? I love OSP!! There are so many, many ideas that I am trying and want to try.

  21. I’m so sorry Ann that your mom has had this setback. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.

  22. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. You are in the hearts of so many of us. God bless you and keep you and your whole family.


  23. Oh Ann,
    So sorry to read about your mom. It is so difficult to witness our parents in such a difficult stage in their life. Praying for peace and calm in her heart as well as you and your families. Remember to take care of you. Love your blog and the authenticness in which you share your life.

  24. Please keep doing what you do best which is just keep on! I so love your blog & your website & your homemade merchandise! You make me believe I can do what you do so effortlessly! I am constantly surprised & pleased what you come up with & the uniqueness of it too! I will keep your sweet Mama in my prayers & your dear family! God has got this! He has perfect timing????

  25. E. Lorraine Thomas says:

    Keeping you & your family in prayer. God speed in your mother’s recovery. You take care of you too! ;)

  26. Sending prayers for your sweet Mother and you.

  27. Sorry to hear about your mother. Hope she is comfortable. Prayers for you and her.

  28. Keeping you all in my prayers

  29. Ann,
    Thank you for sharing what is going on with your mother. Know that all of your readers care and are sending good thoughts your way. I pray that your mother is relieved of her pain and that you are comforted with God’s plan.

  30. Mickey Wood says:

    Ann, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I’ll keep you & your family in my prayers.

  31. Beverly Gardiner says:

    Hi Ann,
    As always I enjoy seeing your emails and looking at them and just wanting to try the crafts and food
    you post. Thank you for your ideas and I am trying those beautiful Valentine cookies. I live in
    Love-land, CO and Valentine’s Day is a big day here. Wooden hearts on the light posts, a “Miss
    Valentine, a special Valentine card made each year and sold, and a Valentine letter stamping program, too. Always looking for neat Valentine ideas and your posts are appreciated.

  32. Dear Ann, I am so sorry to hear that you are facing this. I lost my mother last year in a similar way. I think she just knew it was her time. It is a difficult decision to make about hospice but they can help in ways that regular caregivers cannot. Take care of yourself.

  33. Ann, thank you so much for thinking of us all and including us in your Mom’s journey. It is so hard to be the caregiver. I send prayers and strength your way. I love your blog and look forward to what you post. Peace and blessings.

  34. TwoPlusCute says:

    Fun and inspirational. Glad to see there was barely any pink in the suggestions. :D

    Best wishes for your mom’s recovery but also to you. I imagine you will need as much support and emotional pick me ups. Being the/a caretaker for another beloved person can be very hard.

  35. Heather B. says:

    Big hugs! I will be praying for your mom and your family.

  36. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom. God is good all the time.
    Your faith will keep you strong. May God bless you at this time.

  37. Hello Ann,

    I am glad your Mom’s pain is under better control. My Mom had 3 fractures and it took a long time to get medication figured out so she was comfortable. She was also moved to a facility not by choice. These things have a way of happening that we can’t always plan or predict. I am thinking of you and your family . Kathy

  38. Thank you so much for today’s blog. When you stated, “I so wished it played out differently but I know God has a plan and I’m trying to be at peace with it.” That’s so true in many areas of our life. As I seat here asking God for directions, those word fit perfectly as my answer. Be at peace and wait!

    I will be praying for your mom.

  39. Francis C. Moore says:

    I love your style and blog. Praying that mother will not suffer with pain. God is good.

  40. So sorry to hear about your dear Mother. One day at a time may be helpful advice for you and all who love her.
    I will remember all the family in my prayers.

  41. Donna Marie says:

    I always “run” to your blog, so I hope you know that.

    I am saying a little prayer for your situation and hope that everything turns out alright.
    Know that you are loved.

    Donna Marie

  42. I am so sorry about your mom. I’m praying for her and you! Lean on your faith to keep you strong.

  43. Prayers for you and your Mom. Enjoy your blog so very much!

  44. Ann, I join my prayers w/prayers of your other followers, and send you thoughts of comfort, strength and peace. On Sutton Place is my favorite blog, uplifting me w/creativity, love of family and home and beauty. I’m rushing you a big warm hug to remind you that you’re not alone, that we, your readers, walk this path with you, lifting you up over the rough patches, and lending you our strength. We only give back to you what you’ve given to us.

  45. Amy Turentine says:

    I will be praying for your mom and your family. I agree, God has a plan and most of the time we don’t have a clue what it is but we just need to trust, believe and hAve faith. May our heavenly Father give you strength and peace during this journey. God bless you and your family.

  46. Praying comfort for you and your family at this emotional time. Memories help breaking hearts mend. Your blog has brought me so much inspiration and joy! Thank you for sharing your gift of creativity.

  47. Ann, I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. I know what you are going thru as I cared for both my Mom and Dad in their later years. God be with you.

  48. Your blog is my favorite, I look forward to reading it to see what new and exciting ideas you have come up. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, it’s heartbreaking when you are dealing with something like this and trying to keep your life in some resemblance of order. I’ll be praying for you and your family, just don’t forget to take care of yourself too.

  49. Praying for you, your mom, your family . . .

  50. Hi Ann, Thank you for your amazing work. My thoughts and prayers go out to you . May god give you the strength to take care of your mom.

  51. Jackie Parent says:


    I am so sorry to hear about your mom and I will keep your family in my prayers. God does have a plan for each of us. Your being there to help your mom through her difficult time is a blessing. My mom is 84 with advanced Alzheimer’s…..I truly relate to your situation. Please keep your readers posted as you can.

  52. Dear Ann, I wil hold your mother and your family close in my heart and prayers. I know how this must weigh on your heart. My mother is 87 years old, and she has dementia. She has been living with us more than 25 years. She is no longer a happy person, and it is sad.

  53. Ann,
    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
    Your blog is amazing and I had no idea so much was going on behind the scenes. Take care and know your readers are behind you all the way.

  54. Prayers for you, your family and your mom. I lost mine suddenly 2 years ago. We have the comfort of knowing that God has a perfect plan and all we have to do is have the faith of a mustard seed. This too, shall pass.

  55. Barbie Bertke says:

    Hi Ann, I am sending prayers and well wishes your way. Thinking of you, your Mom, and the rest of your family. I know how difficult this time is.


  56. Ann, my thoughts and prayers are with you , your mother and your family! Love your heart wreath…the white is refreshing.

  57. Your projects are all so adorable, Ann:) The wreath is so dainty looking- very pretty! It’s a good thing the cookies were towards the end of the post…had a hard time getting past those! LOL! Btw…I went to Nora Flemming’s website to get me a bread board! But then I couldn’t make up my mind whether or not I wanted the square one. The square is currently out of stock, so I’m gonna wait:( Bummer… That was a perfect idea that your daughter had to get you that!

    One would think while admiring that board that it couldn’t get any cuter…until Ms. Ann had to go and put her perfectly baked “bundtlettes” on the board! YUMMY! Have a great day, Ann:D

  58. Hi Ann,
    So very sorry to hear about your Mother. I know how hard it is – been there and done that. But even with that said – I promise you will get through it. Your family, friends and this blog will help you. Let the blog be your outlet. Many prayers coming your way.


  59. Prayers for you and your mom.

  60. Thank you for all the beautiful “heart” ideas. I’m sorry for what your Mom and you and your family are going through at this time. I know how difficult this must be.

  61. Thoughts and prayers……

  62. Dear Ann,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. I went through a similar situation with my mother several years ago. You will all be in my prayers.

  63. Ann, I am so very sorry about your Mom. It’s so difficult to see them deteriorate. I’ll hold all of you in prayer! I’ve been having such back issues and pain, I really feel for her.

    Your Valentine suggestions are wonderful! I’m not one that lives for V day and all the hoopla but, like you, I like a few touches of decor and baking goodies. I receive more joy by mailing treats to friends and family.

    Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the printables!

  64. Hi Ann,
    I must tell you that I have never been much of a fan of Valentine’s Day decor, but your ideas are great & I love them! The wreath is a definite must do – as well as the pillow & the hearts in the glass container! Did I say I love all your ideas? Thanks for inspiring me!

  65. Thanks Ann, for the inspiration! I haven’t taken time to visit for a while, glad I stopped by today. I’ll be praying for your mother and your family.

  66. Joleen Boeckel says:

    Thoughts and prayers coming your way! I have been through what you are experiencing and it was so difficult- there is nothing we can do but “let go and let God” as we had to in our family-
    I love your blog – it’s so sweet and simple and ” do- able” and that’s my kind of style
    Best to you Ann!

  67. kirby carespodi says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom–I am sending y’all all the good. Also, I received the grain sack and it is beautiful! I am going to do something wonderful with it.

  68. Prayers with your Mother, you, your family and for the staff of the nursing home who will be caring for her daily as well as the medical team overseeing and directing this care. May peace and joy and comfort be with y’all.

  69. I’m so sorry about your mother’s illness. Having experienced this with my own mother , it is a difficult time for all concerned. We can only walk one day at a time and trust God for the needs of all involved. I do so enjoy your blog and have made use of your recipes this Christmas! I’m recovering from knee surgery and have been unable to do much shopping so i baked a lot of your wonderful breads and they were well received! Thanks so much. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Charlene

  70. Nancy Porter says:

    Like others, Anne, you are in my heart and prayers as are your parents. Should you need to just post updates for awhile with no recipes, decor, etc. we will understand and remain right here waiting for your return. Just sharing this walk of life is sufficient for so many of us who also have elderly parents. Do not fail to use the many community services that are out there for this phase of life. And finally, I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes I could just arrive on your doorstep with a casserole and a hug!

  71. It is so difficult to make the decisions for our parents’ welfare when roles are reversed. Know that just being there for your mom is a great comfort to her, and that your calm strength is a reassurance in what must be a frightening time for her. Your faith will sustain you.

  72. Barbara Yeida zuleski says:

    May God bless your mother and you as she recovers to the best of herself. We pray when she gains back her strength she will be able to return home. You blog is an inspiration to us, please keep sharing.

  73. Kathleen G says:

    I love your Valentine inspirations Ann.
    It is hard to see a parent decline, it sounds like your mom is getting the best care possible. A lot of your readers either helped their parents or in the mist of it. We’ll be here if you need time to be with them. Take care, Kathleen in Az