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I Carry Your Heart in My Heart {Valentine’s Day Mantel}

I love Valentine’s Day. Well, really I love Valentine’s Day decor. It goes back to elementary school; decorating “mail boxes” and passing out Valentine cards and candy. I just can’t quite get enough of the pink and red hearts and paper doilies. 

So, of course, I love putting up a few Valentine decorations in the house. I especially enjoy decking the mantel for the day of love! This year’s mantel features a few of my favorite things : chalk art, vintage and handmade! 

Happy, handmade Valentine's Day mantelThe focal point of the mantelscape is the large printed chalk art, based on the famous E.E. Cummings poem. You can purchase the downloadable file from Caravan. I had an engineer print done at Staples for around $4. 

Happy, handmade Valentine's Day mantelMost of the rest of the mantel is recycled from last year’s. The adorable felt heart garland is by Aidie’s Hideaway. You can read about how to make the faux antique brass letters here.

Happy, handmade Valentine's Day mantel I bought a grocery store bouquet of white spider mums and used my blue jars as vases.The antique mason jars are leftover from our wedding and have gotten so much use since then!

Happy, handmade Valentine's Day mantelThe flowers got an extra dose of fun with Happy Flags from Natalie Creates.  

Happy, handmade Valentine's Day mantel

Happy, handmade Valentine's Day mantelAren’t they cute?? :)

Happy, handmade Valentine's Day mantelDo you put up any Valentine decorations, or are you still enjoying the post-Christmas breathing room? 

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”
E.E. Cummings

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Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Traditions Blog Tour as much as I did! It was so much fun to get to know all of the awesome ladies on the tour a little better. If you missed any of the stops on the tour, or would just like to revisit them, you can find them all here

The Christmas fun continues! I’m excited to share more of my holiday decor as we inch toward the big day. First up is the fireplace mantel!

Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

 

The mantel took me all of 5 minutes to decorate this year, which is awesome. It normally takes me much longer to get the mantel all set. :)

Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

I left the mirror layered with the chippy oval frame and just added our stockings and a row of bottle brush trees. 

Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

Some I already had and some are new. The pink & pastel trees and the plain white were from last year. I added the ivory & champagne, white with red and blue bulbs, and mini green trees this year. All of the new ones are from Hobby Lobby, but I’ve also seen a great selection at Target. 

Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Mantel

What is on your mantel this year? 

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Blue and Green Summer Mantel

Oh, y’all. It is officially summer in Texas. Not like officially officially. It’s not on the calendar or anything but, goodness! It is HOT! I have lived in Texas my entire life and I’m still a wimp. Oh well. I can cope by decorating for summer and enjoy said decor from the comforts of my own air conditioned home. Can we all just take a moment to thank the Lord for the inventor of A/C?

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Amen. 

Now, on to that decor I was talking about! I’m still so glad we added a “mantel” to our fireplace via Pottery Barn shelf. It has been so much fun to change it up a bit with each season. For summer, I’m keeping things cool with blues and greens.

I put the gold oval mirror back up as an anchoring piece. We have vaulted ceilings in our living room, so I like to have something hanging higher to draw the eye up and to keep the other mantel decor from feeling to squatty in comparison to the tall ceilings. 

Blue and Green Summer Mantel - flea market painting, thrifted mirror and vintage camera, and antique blue mason jar.

I built the rest of the mantelscape around this gorgeous painting. Nothing says summer more than the water! I scored this painting from an online “flea market” on another blog. I love finding unique pieces like this. When you hit up your local thrift store or flea market, take some time to dig through old ugly prints and posters. You may find a beautiful gem like this hiding in there! 

Blue and Green Summer Mantel - flea market painting, thrifted mirror and vintage camera, and antique blue mason jar.

Blue and Green Summer Mantel -thrifted vintage camera, and antique blue mason jar.

 

Blue and Green Summer Mantel -thrifted vintage camera

The vintage brownie camera was a thrift store find from our vacation in Colorado a few years ago. I think it cost me 2 or 3 bucks, which is a steal! It reminded me of taking photos during summer vacation, so it was a must for this mantel. 

Blue and Green Summer Mantel

The rest of the mantel decor consists of pretty glass and live plants. These elements keep the vignette feeling light and fresh. The green sherbet dish is leftover from my knock off dessert stand project, and the blue mason jar is from my stash leftover from our wedding. I have a couple of ivy plants around the house. Every now and then, when they start getting long, I’ll clip a sprig and stick it in water. It will start sprouting roots and you have a new {free!} plant! I am absolutely no green thumb, so if I can do it…you can do it! 

Blue and Green Summer Mantel - created with thrifted and flea market finds.

Blue and Green Summer Mantel - created with thrifted and flea market finds.

Are you in love with summer, or are you counting down the days until fall? Do you decorate your home for the summer? 

Looking for more mantel inspiration? Check out my other mantel stylings here

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Blue and Green Summer Mantel - created with thrifted and flea market finds.