Friday, January 13, 2012

Oh, Why Not?

Howdy doo, everyone and Happy Friday!

Weeeeell, after transitioning our Christmas tree on the kitchen island into a Valentine tree, I decided I just couldn't let it stop there ... so, the "love" started to spread ... it's contagious, I tell ya'!  I thought I'd share a few elements I used to create a budget-friendly Valentine mantel, and I hope to inspire a few of you to do the same!

First up ... the reason for the upcoming holiday!  Remember my "Believe" blocks from our Christmas mantel?  Well, I simply flipped a few of them around, painted them crimson red (with craft paint I already had on hand) and hot glued inexpensive, curly letters (from Michael's that I purchased with a 40% off coupon) ... instant "LOVE!"


So, ya' don't want to spend money on Valentine candles?!  No worries, friends ... just add a small bit of decorative red ribbon to one (or ten!) of your simple white candles, which I KNOW you have on hand!  Look(!), instant Valentine whimsy:


I'm also willing to bet that you have a white vase or something similar hanging around.  Why not grab a few faux *Spring-y* florals from your collection and mix in a bit of red berry *Valentine-y* florals:


And, hmmmm, as the crowning touch, do you happen to have an inexpensive heart made out of *faux* roses?  If not, then think about skipping on over to Big Lots and grab one (better yet, make one of your own, you crafty gals, you).  And, THEN ... why not frame it with a picture frame (that you're currently not using) and layer both of those on top of a mirror?!  I love adding layers, EXCEPT for layers of fat, which I seem to have added a LOT of lately (gee, thanks, holiday season) ... true story !!


After adding a few more simple, on-hand goodies, here's our first *eva* Valentine mantel:




Okay, so, how'd I do?  And, now, it's *your* turn ... show me what 'cha got!

Happy Decorating,

Linking up with:

At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
52 Mantels/Mantel Party
A Stroll Thru Life/Tabletop Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Dear Lillie/Valentine's Party

47 comments:

Rosemary@villabarnes said... Reply To This Comment

I L-O-V-E it!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said... Reply To This Comment

What a LOVELY room!

Jeanette said... Reply To This Comment

Looks great Becca!

Tracy said... Reply To This Comment

Super cute! Love your Valentine mantel. :)

Judy said... Reply To This Comment

every time I think you've outdone yourself...you go and blow me away again with your creativity!

i L-O-V-E your valentine's inspiration, especially that pillow from Big Lots and the ribbon covered candles....gotta keep those in mind.

news coming soon, watch for it on my blog...

judy

NanaDiana said... Reply To This Comment

Becca- Everything is looking just gorgeous. I LOVE it! You did a wonderful job. xo Diana

Gina said... Reply To This Comment

This is so pretty! Just enough pops of red to make it complete. Excellent job.

Eilis said... Reply To This Comment

Your mantel is beautiful. I will be copying the ribbon on the candles idea!

Kristens Creations said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, I LOVE the mantle!! Everything looks so cute =)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said... Reply To This Comment

Well, there you go again! LOL! How cute is that?! You just keep outdoing youself!! I love it! I can feel the L-O-V-E!!!

Girlie Blogger said... Reply To This Comment

So excited about Valentine's Day. Can't wait to start decorating our place too.

http://www.thegirlieblog.com

Blondie's Journal said... Reply To This Comment

It is darling, Becca! The letters are fabulous and I love all the detail. Wonderful job!

XO,
Jane

Maria Elena said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, is gorgeous!!!!
I love the letters! And the wreath is so pretty!

The Decorative Dreamer said... Reply To This Comment

Very cute! I especially love how you used those same blocks from Christmas. Now that is efficient! I love an idea that also helps with saving space on decor too. Great idea!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said... Reply To This Comment

Your so funny! The mantle is as adorable as the tree.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said... Reply To This Comment

Very pretty, Becca! I love that rose wreath and it looks great layered like that. Love your "LOVE" blocks, too. Those letters are perfect for Valentine's Day!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said... Reply To This Comment

Girl you are amazing!! I LOVE IT! Love those mercury glass candle holders and that heart wreath. Oh and let's not forget your "LOVE" sign. Beautiful as always!!

Denise said... Reply To This Comment

You are SO inspiring Becca, I love it. The candles look gorgeous on those silver stands!
Happy Saturday :-)

At The Picket Fence said... Reply To This Comment

You are just too amazing! Great idea for the candles and I love that you re purposed your BELIEVE blocks. I stenciled on two sides of pillows this year one side for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Love two for the price of one decorating. You also inspired me to do a Valentine tree. I'm working on one right now. You're amazing Becca!

Heather

mgeddis said... Reply To This Comment

LOVE...literally.
I hope HGTV is watching your blog!
You should have your own show.You are sooo talented.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said... Reply To This Comment

Darling Becca!!! What a sweet charming mantel!! I love the wreath too! :)

Sweet Tea said... Reply To This Comment

So pretty. Please come to my house and work your magic.
Puh-lezzzz!

Something Nice and Pretty said... Reply To This Comment

Just beautiful as always! Thanks for the tip on the ribbon around the candles!

Sherry said... Reply To This Comment

Oh so pretty! I love coming over to visit your blog. You always inspire!
Sherry's Bees Nest

Sarah said... Reply To This Comment

That is so cute! I love your simple and cheap ideas, they're right up my ally! :)

CAS said... Reply To This Comment

It all looks so cute, Becca. I especially like the rose heart on the mirror.
CAS

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said... Reply To This Comment

Very Cute! Love the "love" blocks!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... Reply To This Comment

Cute, cute, cute. You are so clever. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

LISA C. PARSONS said... Reply To This Comment

I love it!!! I might have to copy the Love Blocks! You are sooooo creative and pretty too!!!

Savvy Seasons said... Reply To This Comment

Gorgeous, everything looks so pretty and elegant. xo Liz

Suzy said... Reply To This Comment

I just love your mantle, Becca. It's so, so pretty!

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

I love it!! I love the unexpected like the bows wrapped on the candles! You are soooooo good! I think the love plaques are perfect. I am feeling all the love!!!

Mark Norkaitis said... Reply To This Comment

Fire place looooooks great!!!!!!!!!

Mark @ room363

Emily @ 52 Mantels said... Reply To This Comment

I love it! So pretty and festive! Thanks for sharing!

And, thanks for linking up at our ongoing link party!! You're welcome to add any other mantels you have!

Emily @ 52 Mantels said... Reply To This Comment

Ps. following your cute blog!

Lizykitty23 said... Reply To This Comment

L-O-V-E!!!!! IT!!!!! GIRL YOU ARE AMAZING... I just want to move in and never leave decorating heaven!

Lauren @ Summit St Joy said... Reply To This Comment

it's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!
would love you to link up to Summit St's Handmade Valentine Party! :)
happy valentine's & great work :)

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I love your LOVE letters! The whole mantel looks great.
You have inspired me to maybe have my own first "eva" Valentine mantel.

Sharon

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said... Reply To This Comment

Your mantel is so pretty Becca.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said... Reply To This Comment

It's gorgeous! I love it, Becca! Very inspiring!

Helen's Decor said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, your mantle is lovely and great for the "Love month" as we approach February!

Designs By Pinky said... Reply To This Comment

Fabulous. Beautiful. I LOVE it!!! You are amazing and thanks for some great ideas too! Love the wreth LAYERED over the mirror! XO, Pinky

Eclectically Vintage said... Reply To This Comment

LOVE it! The layering is great! I was organizing the dreary basement with the hubs and found some great stuff for the mantel. Snuck upstairs with it and started creating the V-day mantel. He couldn't figure out where I'd disappeared to! Oh well, a gal needs to create when the mood strikes!
Kelly

Emily @ 52 Mantels said... Reply To This Comment

I just wanted to let you know that I'm highlight this at this week's mantel monday!!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

So what do I got? Well...my mantel needs some serious work! Love yours! I also love the way you so creatively repurposed items you already had on hand. Your mantel is gorgeous! I love all the molding. My fireplace is a corner fireplace and I wish I would have had it centered on the wall but I didn't want a huge hole in my roof for venting.

I'm sure I'll be a frequent visitor!

~Sandy

Terri said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I used the mantle picture for the "cover" picture on FB timeline, is that ok? I've been featuring different Valentines mantles as cover pix.

awal.ny said... Reply To This Comment

The mantel look great, love all the red.