I worked on bringing a warm romantic feel to the living room mantel this weekend. With Valentine's Day less than a month away I am again embracing the deep reds into our house.
Frankly, the mantel sat bare for the past several weeks because I didn't know how I wanted to decorate it for the winter months.
My mantel is always difficult for me because it is so deep. It measures 18 inches (46 cm) deep. That is a lot of space to fill. It either looks too bare or too cluttered, making the room seem unbalanced. The good thing about using the color red is that a little goes a long way.
I didn't want to spend a lot on Valentine's Day decor so I decided, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution to learn something new, I would craft some new items. Thank goodness for my creative crafty blog friends such as Ami, Brenda, and Jen. They are such an inspiration.
First, I made this sweet garland, which helps pull everything together. It was so simple and I was able to do it while watching TV.
I bought a 3 yard (2.74 meters) piece of cording at Jo Ann's, choosing the least expensive since it wasn't going to show anyway. It took about 1 1/2 yards (1.37 meters) of material. I chose three different designs in red, white and pink. Simply cut strips of material and tie them around the cord.
For this vignette, I put together a simple floral arrangement in a milk glass dish I bought at auction last summer. I used white silk roses, and red hearts I purchased at the Dollar Tree. I coupled the arrangement with a snowman candle I already had and a sherbet dish filled with peppermint candy that was leftover from Christmas.
Candy continues to play a major part in this vignette. I used Hot Tamales and Good & Plenty to partially fill this vase and to hold a white taper candle in place. A little red ribbon finishes off the look. I bought the red glass piece at Hobby Lobby in their clearance aisle for less than $7. The pretty perfume atomizer was a Sweetest Day gift from Jordan. I scattered red silk rose petals to complete the look.
I will be joining Tabletop Tuesday, Ruby Tuesday, Rednesday and Beth's Valentine's Mantel Party. Please visit these lovely ladies' blogs and say hello.
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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!