Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Mantel

I can remember the early days.

You bet. 

The early days when all my Valentine's Day decor 
fit into a flimsy cardboard box from the department store.
The kind of box used for a tie or scarf.  

No lie.  

It was always my husband's favorite box to take down
 from the attic because it required no effort on his part.

No  lie.  

Nowadays, my Valentine's Day decor doesn't come close to rivaling
my Christmas or Fall or Easter decor, but it has grown since blogging.

So, I thought a Valentine's Day mantel was in order.
I've never done one of these before, so here goes nothing.

As always, try to ignore the reflection in the mirror,
especially of that darn ceiling fan!

Do I even need to sing the praises of
"fun with PicMonkey?"

I pretty much gathered up all my Valentine's Day decor
and anything pink or red I could find in the house.

Did you notice my Dollar Tree craft above?
The one with the pockets made from paper doilies?
I had to change the frame to something a little more
substantial.  The other frame was just too small for this big mantel.

Although my husband and kids thought I was
over the top
making a Valentine's Day mantel,
I'm glad I didn't listen to them.

Ehh, what do they know anyway?
Linking to:
Winter Blues Wednesday at DIY by Design
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here


Melinda said...

Cute mantel!

No problem regarding the cards. If you change your mind let me know.

M :)

Shelia said...

Love it, Gina! You're so creative.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I love it-love it-love it. It is so fresh and happy looking. Doesn't it make YOUR heart go pitter-patter? And what does family know anyway?;>) xo Diana

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I LOVE your Valentine's Day mantle!
An amazing fireplace like yours in a canvas begging to be painted!

Kathleen said...

Hi Gina!
That looks so pretty! You are way ahead of me!
I caught up here, read your posts, you have been busy crafting and decorating! I have missed you!

Debbiedoo's said...

Smiles real big over here. Look how proud you have your dollar tree display. I laughed, all my boxes were those gift boxes...oh those were the days! Looks great Gina.

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful. I'm glad you decorated too and shared it with us. I am slowly getting there! xo

anangloinquebec said...

So lovely and sadly I am at the stage before that box you had....I do not have one decoration for Valentine's day....not a one. But, I did see the cutest little decoration the other day at Home Sense....

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


I brought out my one big tupperware of Val Day stuff, then life go busy and there it sits....hoping to "play" with it soon.

You are always such an inspiration!!

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

Those were the days...when all the decorations fit in a small box. Your mantel's are always so fun! I love this version. Oh, and I thought you disguised that ceiling fan darn well with that cute heart wreath.



Gina! I'm in love with REDS ... great set up.

Ciao bella.
Creative Carmelina

sweet violets said...

They know nothing!!! The mantle is adorable and cheerful, that's what makes a house a home!!! hugs...cleo

sweet violets said...

They know nothing!!! The mantle is adorable and cheerful, that's what makes a house a home!!! hugs...cleo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It is fabulous! I did not even know people decorated for Valentines Day until I started blogging! I have to admit I did a little this year too...Peer pressure LOL!

Sherry said...

Girl it's very sweet! Love red against white! Glad you didn't listen to those people who live with you. They can be so annoying sometimes haha! Have a great day!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

You know the secretly love the Valentine's Day mantel, Gina. I LOVE it. LOVE the red against all that pretty white. So cute, and I think the garland is the very cutest!


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I think I missed the Dollar Tree frame with doily pockets. Super cute and clever. Love your mantel, Gina.

Angela Santaniello said...

Love the wreath and garland. So cute!


Teresa said...

So lovely!
Yeah, what do they know?! ahahahahah
Looks wonderfu, happy, giggy and that's what the holidays is about right?
Congratulations. Really like the red hearts garland against your fireplace whiteness.

Pattie Taylor said...

look haw cute it looks, I haven't even started thinking of Valentine's Day Your good Gina. have a good rest of the week


Ellie VanCaster said...

Exactly-what do they know ;-)
It looks just wonderful!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is just so cute, Gina! The sky is the limit when you have a gorgeous white fireplace like you do. I really love your garland!


Kerry said...

Nice! I like the bird cage. And the family will be on board, next year they will be asking "aren't you doing a valentine mantel this year?"

Jo May said...

It's wonderments like this that make me regret not having a fireplace/mantel.
Gina this is pass pretty!
~Jo @ LoblollyLane

srpprcrftr said...

Your mantel is so cheery and clean looking, love red and white.
If I listened to my hubs I wouldn't do half the stuff I make. They don't have the visions of pretties like we do. Love the projects you do and your blog. Happy Week

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Gina, Your mantle is so cute and creative! Your DT project is the perfect addition! Love it! :)

chateau chic said...

Fun, Fun mantel for Valentine's Day, Gina! Love all the red and white.
Mary Alice

Sharon said...

I think it looks great ! And that fan is almost exactly like the one in my living room , wish I could figure out how to make it look better . Thinking about painting it .

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is so dang cute! I love the way the heart wreath hangs on the mirror. I haven't done a thing yet to decorate for Valentines. I really need to get with the program!

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Oh goody! I knew it was coming..I couldn't wait to see it. Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorites. Great job once again!

Bliss said...

A serious fear ran through my body when I read your post. Week three and my mantel is still completely empty. It occurred to me it might still be empty when Valentines Day gets here. What's the matter with me? Empty as in there is nothing but dust on it.


Carol said...

We are all glad you didn't listen to them either! The mantel looks fun and charming.

Nike Onile said...

Oh that's awesome! How did you get the heart to hang on the mirror like that? Is it secured from the back?

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I love it Gina!

Ana said...

I ❤ your mantel. I've been wanting to work on a Valentine's craft...have to go check yours out for some inspiration :-)


Maria Elena said...

Gina, your mantle is so pretty! I love how you displayed your craft in the frame! All the touches are just perfect!

Linda Primmer said...

So cute and clever. Love your Valentine decorating. Brings some cheer into a cold Winter day.

kitty said...

Your mantle looks great, Gina, and I love your $ Tree craft!! I'm loving that fluffy wreat, too, and the sweet garland. I'm so glad you didn't listen to your family.

Shannon Fox said...

Yeah! What do they know?

Looks super cute G. Bet you're hooked now... love the chunky white mirror. It looks perfect.

Jann Olson said...

Too cute Gina! Oh dear, I have three boxes and that doesn't include my oodles of dishes. I have always loved and decorated for Valentines. My youngest was born on that day and I love red. what's a gal to do? I would love if you linked this to Share Your Cup. Cute, cute picmonkey photos!

bj said...

I love love your Valentines mantel. I don't have any Valentine decorations...bwaaaaaa
And WHAT did that ANONYMOUS say in her comment?? :)

Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Gorgeous as always, Gina! You do such nice mantles. I love how you can pull so many things together into one beautiful, cohesive picture. Have a wonderful week!

Jann Olson said...

Gina, I am featuring you at my 'show a little love' challenge post today.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Gina, Your Valentine's mantle is beautiful! I appreciate you sharing your pretty decorations at the Open House party.

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