Trinity’s Glee-Inducing Friday: My Valentine Inspiration

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Hearts and Inspiration from a Girl who Loves the Holidays

By Trinity Robertson

Courage.

That’s my word for the year.

Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

This is my first SheLoves post and I am terrified … totally and completely. I’m not a writer … at least I don’t think I am. I don’t bare my soul … ever. I have written, written and deleted this article at least twenty times. As soon as I get to the writing about me part, I panic. What do I say? It’s not like I don’t have important things to say … I just find when it comes to matters of the heart, well, I’m socially and emotionally challenged. I fear it. Which is a big reason I picked the word courage.

I have entered in a new season of my life. Things are changing and I am going to have to overcome some of the fears in my life.

So, here are three things in my life I need courage for:

1. Living the life God wants for me.

2. Learning to trust

3. Sharing my heart

Here’s what most of my friends know about me: I am an avid DIYer. I love making things and taking on new projects. Sometimes it works out … sometimes it doesn’t. But for me, every holiday brings excitement.

I love making holidays special for my kids. When I take the time to create special moments with them it’s like planting little happy seeds in their hearts.

One successfully planted, happy seed:

This is what I hope to do this Valentine’s Day, if I don’t run out of time or get too distracted with other things:

Here are some of the things I’ve found to inspire my DIY genes:

  • Ideas for Homemade Valentines:

  • Treats for their Class

  • Decorations for Around the House

Now, the Flowers

Every year I get a dozen roses. Two things: I really hate it when they die right away and two, I can never get them to look quite right. So, I did a little research and found out a dozen rose are actually very hard to arrange. This is what I learned:

  • Don’t put your roses in a vase that is too big
  • and don’t leave the stems too long.

If we know roses are coming at least once a year, we might as well be ready for them. Invest in a vase that will show them off beautifully. Just make sure it has a narrow neck, perfect for dealing with a dozen.

It never ceases to amaze me how anything I wonder about I can find all that answers I need on either a website on amazing blogs like The Art of Doing Stuff. (Thank you, Karen, for all the great info!) Definitely check out her site for great arrangement ideas.

For some more great info on caring, cutting and arranging roses, go to Martha’s site here.

If you would like tutorials or more information on any of the things I’ve shown here today, you can find all the links on my Pinterest Valentine page.

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Trin’s DIY

I’ve always got a DIY project on the go. Right now, it’s photo pillows.

I was on the House and Home website, checking out trends for 2012, when I saw this.

It’s from a very cool store called Archival Decor. This 18×18 pillow will run you $245. Ouch

So, I made my own version. They are not as big, but I like them.

Cost of these ones? Around $10. For the full DIY, please go to my blog.

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So, my SheLoves friends:

1. What are you doing for Valentine’s Day this year?

2. Is there any current DIY projects you would like to share?

3. Where in your life do you need some courage?

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About Trinity:

I have entered into a new season of my life. Each day brings something new and I am looking forward to seeing what lies ahead. I am loving being home with my kids, being a wife, spending time with family and friends.I love my home. It is our sanctuary, a place for God, rest, memories, love, laughter and happiness. We come together to grow, support, cry, get angry, celebrate, act crazy, be goofy, and strengthen…knowing this is the place we won’t be judged or criticized but instead where we will support and encourage and guide. Mistakes are forgiven and second chances never run out. To gather with my friends and family for a times of joy and love is the place I most love to be.

I blog with my sister at Lime in the coconuts.

 

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Idelette McVicker
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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  • Ashley Mandanici

    Valentine’s Day is my FAV! I have a life-long withstanding date with a couple friend of mine (no, i’m not crashing their valentines day- they love me), and every year we look for new ideas for our evening… these are some super fun ideas! Thanks Trin- you did TGIF proud! Love ya!

    • Trinity

      Thank you Ashley!! You are so sweet. Enjoy your day this year.:)

  • Daniela

    Oh you set the bar so wonderfully high. Thanks for inspiring, encouraging and seeing the best in everything around you.

    Very, very proud of you. xoxo

    • Trinity

      Thanks Danny…love you too.

      (I’m all over the Trex Valentine too!)

  • Helen

    How amazing and inspiring Trinity! I could not be prouder of you…the courage you showed in coming ‘on the page’ totally blesses me more than words can say. Xoxoxo

    • Trinity

      Thank you Helen, it means a lot to me hear those words.
      xoxox.

  • Donna

    AMAZING! I keep getting blown over by your talents.
    Courage is a great word and YOU WILL conquer those things that are in your path that need courage to conquer and YOU will be part of the answer to others in need of courage.
    With God nothing is impossible and never forget that HE loves you just the way you are…..oh, and by the way … so do I.

    Love always…..very proud of you and proud to be your cheerleader.

    • Trinity

      I love you too Donna…you are the sweetest!
      Trin

  • http://www.firstimpressiondesigns.com shannon haerdi

    This was beautifully written and I can tell that you spoke from the heart. I am so proud of you and I know your family cherishes all the special things that you do for them for each and every holiday. I know I cherish all that you do for me. Thank you for these beautiful words from your life.

    • Trinity

      Awww…your welcome Shannon. You are such and amazing person, I miss seeing you!

  • Diane Zarola

    Beautiful. Nothing short of beautiful. We are all lucky to have you in our lives.

    • Trinity

      Thank you Diane! (Does this mean you’ll be decorating your house for Valentine’s Day ;). )
      xo

  • http://www.fakeleft.com/blog/ Stephanie Motz Skinner

    Yay. I was just looking for ideas yesterday. So glad you posted some great ones. I love your pillows. I’m always drooling over so many amazing DIY projects – but I never have the courage to go through with it! I should definitely start trying..

    Thank you for sharing! xx.

    • Trinity

      Thanks Stephanie! The pillows are surprisingly easy, which is my favorite two words put together.

  • Angela

    Love this Trinity! I’m so making me some pillows.

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