Monday, January 31, 2011

A Year of Mantels - February

"All you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love, love. Love is all you need."

So now that I have that tune stuck in your head, let's get the show on the road, it's time for the unveiling of the (drumroll please) February Mantel!

This month's mantel is brought to you by the letters "X" and "O" :-)

But before we get to that (geesh, I'm worse than a reality show host, huh?), let me admit that I did go over my $20 budget. Dagnabbit. But everywhere I went I just saw possibilities galore, and on sale to boot! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Items I bought:
Candlestick Topiary: $6.34 (cost to make)
"X" and "O" Wooden Letters: $2.49 each (Michaels)
White Ceramic Bird: $2.99 (Michaels)
Hardback Book: .12 at Thrift Store (75% off sale)
Berry Picks: .38 for 2 (90% off at Michaels)
Pink Christmas Bulbs: .42 for all 3 (90% off at Michaels)
Floral Picks: $3.00 for 2 at (75% off at Kmart)
Heart Picks: $1.00 (Dollar Tree)
Pink Feather Ornaments: $1.50 for 2 (75% off at Kmart)
Pink Glitter Pinecones: $1.50 (75% off at Kmart)
Music Paper Tree: $.75 (cost to make)
Pink Rose Petals: $1.00 (Dollar General)
Heart Box: .25 (Thrift Store)

Items Used But Already Had:
I love you stamp block. Picture frame and picture. Silver candlesticks. Tissue heart (made by my son in 1st grade). White glitter pom poms. Another book. Another ceramic bird. Hurricane lantern (just recently made, instructions will be posted at a later date). Paper and string for Valentine Paper Garland. Various ribbons.

Total spent on February mantel: $24.23
($4.23 over budget)

Okay, on with the show and tell:

Remember those cute Candlestick Topiary? Here they are on the mantel:

Here are two other projects on the February mantel I made but haven't blogged about yet (I will do some tutorials on them soon, I promies!) One is a music paper tree and the other a homemade hurricane lantern:

I should clue you in on something. I've decided that every month I will have a bird and a picture on the mantel. Had them in January's mantel and actually in February's I have two birds (and one picture). I wonder if you can guess what the picture will be of?

Here it is! Yup, me and my sweetie. Our wedding photo (1999). Don't we look all stiff and posed and unnatural? LOL! I don't care, I still love it, it was our wedding after all!

The "X" and the "O" were actually white until my spray paint can of Oil Rubbed Bronze got a hold of them. The tissue paper heart was made for me by my son when he was in 1st Grade.
Let's hear a collective "awwwwwwwwww."

Now some pictures of it as a whole (with the Valentine Paper Garland).

I feel like singing again.

"All  you need is love."
(and a little oil rubbed bronze)

"All you need is love."
(and a couple of thrift stores)

"All you need is love, love."
(and a hot glue gun)

"Love is all you need."
(and a family that humors you.)

Until next time :-)

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  1. I love your February mantle. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am now a follower. Those jars you liked...they are from Home $14.99 for one of them and the other two were $9.99. They just look expensive. I would love if you would pop back and follow me back at Also, I am hosting my very first blog party...the link opens up in about 20 minutes. I hope you will join in the fun.

  2. Following you from Winter Blues Wednesday! I LOVE the mantle! It looks so good! I can't wait to finish ours!

  3. Hello! I love all the little touches on your mantle and the COLORS! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following....I'm following you now! :)


  4. Thanks so much for coming and joining my party. I really do love that mantle!!

  5. Very lovey dovey! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  6. Your mantle looks so pretty, and I especially like that paper garland!
    Happy REDnesday!

  7. Check out my blog....I left you something!



  8. It's a beautiful mantle. I love love love the garland!!

  9. Your mantle looks great! I so need to do some decorating around here.

  10. February's mantel did not disappoint! It looks awesome :)
    I awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award on my blog, all info posted there.

  11. Cuteness! Love that you are doing a year of mantles, I will have to check back and see the all! You picked some great books. Love all of the little touches. Took a look too at the January mantle and it is wonderful.

    Thanks for adding this post to The Valentines Party and happy Valentines day to you!

  12. love the holiday look the colors are so pretty and looks great


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