Friday

Valentine Mantel 2014


Hi everyone!
It's been a though week with the mister sick and at home all these days. The son got sick too, and just yesterday I began feeling all the same flu symptoms they were experiencing at the beginning of the week  :s I'm not liking it!

I was working on a garland for this mantel but it didn't work at all. Have you been there? I know you have! Very disappointing, but I like the turning point I went through because it came out better than expected.


The thing is, I love this garland! After the Upcycled heart art I think this is my favorite part of this mantel ;) Those are lunch bag paper flowers. I first saw these kind of flowers on Carol's Fall mantel, but you can find the full tutorial Emily has right HERE for how to make them.

My variation came by adding two extra sheets of red polka-dot wrapping paper, it's back is also brown which makes it blend very well, both pieces of extra paper were positioned right in the middle of the others with the polka-dots facing each other. I used a heavy duty stapler to secure all those folds.

After fluffing them, and in order to hang them from the piece of jute ribbon on the mantel, very small metal clips were camouflaged with two hearts on the same type of paper.

The XOXO garland is one of those dollar finds at Target, I replaced the red ribbon it came with by a piece of jute rope.

Candles, candle sticks, and pine cones are the items I chose to decorate my mantel this year, kind of rustic with opaque red accents.

Heart candle votives my daughter created bring some more of that Valentine flair.

My old tree stump table got covered with a sea-grass runner I bought last year at Marshals, the leather accessories came from one of my bags ;) it was so old I had to throw it away but not without removing all those little details I loved so much and that were still in perfect shape.

A small bouquet, three of my paper flowers, made it here too, its vase, a wooden spool.

The small pillow got "Valentinezed" with a simple embroidered heart.

I was kind of surprised when after taking off the slipcover the chair had sported for so long, I found out the same circle pattern as in the heart :)


It looks like it was all meant to be ;)

XOXO,



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33 comments :

  1. So pretty- love that heart pillow too!!

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  2. Beautiful job, Cristina. I love all the small details and of course your wood and coffee lid art. :)

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  3. Well, that turned out really cute after all. I love it. So sweet for Valentine's Day. Sorry you have all been sick I am just coming down with something myself and I NEVER get sick! UGH!!!! xo Diana

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  4. Once again, you have a kickass mantle! I love how you always pair it with a warm neutral. I need to start thinking outside the box more.. since yours are always so beautiful. I love those pom pom flowers too. I think that is my favorite part!

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  5. Your Valentine's decor is so cute! Love all of it!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  6. Hope you are feeling better Cristina. It's no fun being sick :( Your valentines decor is so pretty. I love your garland. It really turned out great.!! You always have the best mantels.

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  7. Love all your Valentine decorations - they look so good. Sorry you are all sick - hope your better soon.
    Did you get your flu shots? Take care of yourself.

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  8. I love the polka dot flowers! Hope your feeling better!

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  9. Your mantel is so pretty and soft! I love it!

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  10. Just beautiful!! Love what you've done!

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  11. Just beautiful Christina - like everything you do !!!
    XOX

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  12. Hope everyone is feeling better already and I love the simple valentine decor you made for your home!

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  13. It all looks so pretty! Hope y'all are all better! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  14. Your Valentine mantel is WONDERFUL!!! Love, love, love the garland you made. It turned out perfect!
    Mary Alice

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  15. It's all beautiful but I simply love the paper flowers in the spool vase! :)

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  16. Que lindó todo amiga con tanto gusto adore ese cojín con el corazón bordado en rojo
    Besos

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  17. Your mantel looks beautiful! So creative! I love all the little Valentine's touches! :)

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  18. That is one stunning Valentine's Day Mantel!

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  19. Wow, your mantel is gorgeous! I recently started working on some wood shim herringbone art and so your art really stood out to me. All of the details are just perfect! I would love it if you linked up to The Makers! http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/01/the-makers-link-party-1/

    Have a great week!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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  20. Your mantel looks so adorable. Love all the handmade accents. Also love, love love the sweater pillow with the stitched heart!

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  21. So super cute & styled beautifully!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  22. So pretty! Love your mantel all decorated for valentines day. I especially like you banner!

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  23. I love your banner...especially the pom poms!

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  24. This looks great! I love the garland. Thank you for linking up to The Makers!

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  25. Cute, cute mantle and valentine decor Cristina. I love the polka dot and brown paper flowers! So soft and pretty.

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  26. Wow, so cretive! The polka dot paper was a perfect addition! Love your wall art too. The sweater pillow with the stitched heart is so sweet. You are very talented!

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  27. Very cute! You did a great job! It must have been a lot of work...it paid off!

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  28. Cristina, I love this!!! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party! http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2014/01/make-it-pretty-monday-week-86.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  29. how adorable!!! love that garland with the paper flowers!

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  30. I need to swap out my decor on my mantel. Thanks for the pretty Valentines Day inspiration! Theresa @DearCreatives

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