Valentines Day Crafts

Question: What do you get when you cross an Evan Garrett Cooper with a Lettered Cottage Layla in the month of February?

(pictured above: Evan Garrett Cooper, the “wonder wall” in our dining room, and an Etsy calendar )

Answer: A dining room decked out in sweet, Southern-style DIY Valentines Day decor, and lots of YUMMY cupcakes!

Evan (whom I have officially nicknamed, EGC) is as crazy about photostyling as I am, and it was such a treat to be able to work with him on this project! Here he is in action on some other photoshoots and events he had a fun working on…

And here’s a fun fact about Mr. EGC: Back before he got too busy photostyling and event planning, he used to make and sell his own “Cooper Cupcakes”…

Is that the coolest cupcake logo, or what? And Holy cute cupcakes, Batman! I was so excited to finally sample one two three of his red velvet ones in the days following our Valentines Day shoot!

And speaking of our shoot, it basically started with a text from me to him a couple of weeks ago that went something like this, “Hi Evan! It’s Layla Palmer. Do you want to help me style a shoot chock full of inexpensive, DIY Valentines Day craft and decor ideas?

Well, 204 texts later (I’m not kidding) we managed to pull it all together and have a whole bunch’a fun in the process! We came up with quite a few ideas I want to blog about, so I thought I’d just introduce the fabulous Mr. Cooper here today, and then blog about all the things we worked on together over the next few days. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the ideas we’ve got up our sleeves…

Click the badge below to visit EGC’s website, or to see what’s he’s up to on his blog…

You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and at @evangcooper on Instagram!

Happy February!

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  1. Melinda says

    So cute! I can’t wait to see the rest. Our anniversary is on Valentine’s Day so this is welcome inspiration for a celebration! I checked out EGC’s website and blog – what talent. The collaboration between you two looks wonderful and I hope to see more : )

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Melinda! (PS- I’m texting with EGC right now about another project I’d like to work on with him!) 😉

    • says

      Hello Melinda-

      Thanks so much for the kind words! It means so much. Layla and I had a blast working together on this post! We are in talks for the next project! So exciting! 😉

  2. Amy says

    I have always been a fan of Evan. So glad the world is getting to see his amazing talent. Love the shoot. And from experience, those cupcakes are addictive! :) Try the key lime next.

  3. says

    Hi Layla,
    Love your table runner idea, it’s just charming and fun! As well as your other Valentine’s day ideas. Small milk jugs w/ red and white straws!!! :-)


  4. says

    loving the burlap, doilies & hankies…what a great combination!

    If you road trip this way our barn will be doing occasional sales starting in March. Would love to have you stop by for a visit…better yet redo a room in our home!

    check out our blog
    or like us on facebook
    Little Prairie Girl

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