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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Valentine's Day Mantel

Hello Friends.

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.

Remember to enter my giveaway here.

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!

34 comments:

  1. I LIKE YOUR GARLAND,IT IS PERFECT FOR VALENTINES. THE MILK GLASS AND THE RED ARE PERFECT TOGETHER.

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  2. Wow! And I thought my mantle was deep at 12 inches. I know what you mean about filling it up either too much or too little. I'm the same way. I love your garland. I saw some very much like that at Michaels and thought I could make that! You did a great job, and I love the material used. Great job on your valentines mantle it looks lovely!

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  3. Oh how pretty. I love it. Love the vignette and the garland also. Great mantel. Thanks so much for joining TTT Hugs, Marty

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  4. Your mantel looks wonderful...I love the garland. Even I might be able to make that! ;-D

    I still have my tree up but it is coming down this weekend, dead or alive!! Then I have to look through my Valentine's Day bins. You have lit a fire under me!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. The mantel looks great La! Lovin' the fun garland:@)

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  6. Hello La,
    I didn't knew that Valentine's day is such a big event in USA that you decorate so much. Here in Germany it is just the day you make someone else a little surprise, mostly red flowers. Your garland looks great, very happy with all the reds. I am curious how the whole decoration in your house will turn out.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  7. Very pretty! I like the simple idea of the garland, I saw a round one, made for Christmas, with knotted fabrics.
    You have wonderful dollar-stores. They are catching on here in England, but aren't as common and don't seem to have such a large stock, but I will check ours out for suitable decorations.

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  8. Oh, this is beautiful!! I love what you made...I am your newest follower and it's so nice to meet you!!
    XO

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  9. I love to decorate for Valentines and your garland looks like something that would fit well with our mantle. Thanks for posting. The red is beautiful.

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  10. The garland is adorable! I hadn't even thought of decorating for Valentines yet! Seems like I'm still getting over Christmas. Love all of your pops of red!

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  11. That's gorgeous!


    My Ruby Tuesday, hope you can come and see. Thanks in advance!

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  12. I am back again because you were on Rednesday...lol!!!
    XO

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  13. Hi La,
    Your Valentine Garland is so cute! Very clever idea. It makes for a one of a kind mantel.
    ´*•.¸(´*•.¸♥¸.•*´)¸.•*´
    ♥•.*.*.*.Cherry*.*.*.•♥
    ♥•.*.*.*.Chick.*.*.*.•♥
    ¸.•*´(¸.•*´♥´*•.¸)´*•.¸

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  14. Very pretty and festive! Cindy

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  15. Love your new garland! The colors are great and it looks wonderful on your mantle! TFS, Nan

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  16. The garland is so cute! Great job.

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  17. Everything looks so pretty and sweet.

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  18. You've done a nice job. The garland was a great idea. I need to get motivated to do something festive for our mantel. Thanks for sharing. ~ Happy REDnesday! ~ Sarah

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  19. Your mantel is charming, La, and I love the garland! Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment on my Bingo dog!

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  20. O, you did a fantastic job on your mantel. I don't have Valentine decorations but I have REDS all over my house. :))

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  21. This is a super cute mantle, and I love your raggamuffin garland. I keep wanting to do this, and I think I might give it a whirl!

    xo,

    Sheila :-)

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  22. That garland is too cute! What a great idea for my girls to try too. The love cutting fabric. Love your valentine's decor and, of course, the red! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  23. I'm so envious of your huge mantel! I would love to have a fireplace like that, and you decorated yours beautifully. The garland is such a cute idea, and it makes me want to get started decorating for Valentine's Day right now!
    Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

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  24. I LOVE that garland!! I have NO mantel...I'll take half of yours!! :)

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  25. Hi La,
    Your mantle looks beautiful! I love your garland, very charming!! The mantle I just added is 21" deep, so I see what you mean about getting it right :-)
    Thnaks for stopping by:-)
    Bella

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  26. Valentine's already! Wow, I definitely am not there yet.
    Your mantel put me right in the mood though.
    Looks lovely.

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  27. SEEKERS OF REDS

    The seekers of rubies and poppies and reds
    Won’t spend a spare second asleep in their beds,
    Afraid that they’ll miss a rubicund sight
    Or something that’s scarlet, flaming at night.


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Devilish Red

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  28. Hi La!

    Your mantel is great! I love the garland.
    The fabrics are adorable!
    Thanks for visiting, you always brighten my day! I appreciate you mentioning my blog in your previous post. You are a delight!
    Stay Warm!
    Thanks again!
    Love, Brenda

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  29. I love red everywhere and your mantel is so cute decked up for Valentine's Day. The garland is such a cute idea that I have never seen or thought of before. Joni

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  30. How mantel is so charming! I adore your garland, you've got me all inspired!

    Happy Rednesday,
    Sally

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  31. That garland is so sweet! Great job on it.
    Brenda

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  32. Beautiful job. I have not had a chance to even think about Valentine's day yet. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  33. Your mantel looks great! I think you might possibly be the only person who has a mantel as deep as mine. I's such a challenge to decorate, isn't it? I really love your garland. It's the perfect addition.

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