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Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

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Summer break is quickly approaching, and with that many people will be hitting the road for summer vacation! With a brand new baby, we don’t have any big travel plans this year. Instead, I’m dreaming and reminiscing over past trips via our mantel decor. We always opt for mountains and woods over the beach. Our favorites are Colorado, Northern California and Oregon {which we visited last summer}. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

So, as an homage to our favorite vacations, I went with a woodsy/campy/road trip theme. How’s that for a technical term? ;) It actually makes me think of the movie Moonrise Kingdom a bit.

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelMy favorite vintage thermoses made another appearance along with a birch wood slice {I found it at Michael’s}, and a pair of red vintage binoculars.

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

On the other side of the mantel, you will find a wooden post card that is a souvenir from our Mt. Hood trip. I also pulled out my old Brownie camera and stuck a couple of dried craspedia buds in a small amber bottle. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

The star of the show is the “Summer Vacation Monogram” featuring the Royal Design Studio Timberland Bonnie Christine Furniture Stencil. I had this idea hanging out in my head for a while, and I’m so happy with how it turned out !

To make your own you will need : a paper mache letter, an old paper road map or map scrapbook paper, mod podge, wood planks {I used balsa wood from the craft store}, wood stain, wood glue, craft paint, and a stenciling brush or sponge. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

To begin, I “built” the planked wood piece. Since I used pre-cut balsa wood pieces, all I had to do was stain and then glue it all together. After the stain had dried, I glued two of the thinner boards to the back to hold everything together. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelThen it’s time to get to work on that stencil! I used just a bit of spray adhesive to help the stencil from slipping. You could also use blue painter’s tape, but this worked better for me since the actual stencil is larger than the board I was working with. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelYou can either use a stenciling brush or sponge. I used 3 different greens to paint on the trees. It was super simple and only took minutes to get the look I was going for. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelAll that is left to do is mod podge the map onto your paper mache letter. Use a thin layer of mod podge to adhere the paper to the letter. Allow it to fully dry before sealing it with another thin layer.

Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelUse a bit of hot glue to attach the letter to the board and you have an awesome piece of monogram art!

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelDo you have any summer vacation plans? Do you prefer to head to the mountains or the beach? 

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Summer Vacation Monogram

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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