Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Fresh Mantle

Hello Friends!  Today I want to share with you my mantle!  After the Christmas decorations were taken down, I looked at an empty mantle for a few weeks.  I needed to sit with it for a bit, tell me I am not the only one that does that?  I wanted to change things up a bit and I knew that I wanted something fun and fresh.  It has been a rough winter so far here in the good ol’ Midwest so I needed something that would breathe life into my drab living room.  I was craving some color.  So here is what I came up with…


The painting my sister gave me for Christmas last year.  I just love it…girl has mad skillz!



The star thing is actually a tea light holder, I just placed it so that you can’t see the opening at the top!  And I found it at Goodwill for $2!  Double Bonus!!  The brass pineapple was also a thrifting find as were the brass candle sticks.


I made the Hello picture.  I just printed the hello out from my computer and then used a gold sharpie paint pin to color it in.  It’s in an Ikea frame.  It was a quick and easy project.


I love finding and collecting vintage books.  If they have a nice cover and they are in good condition I will usually buy them.  Funny story, I was thrifting in small town about an hour from my home and went to a place that was just crazy.  I mean, stuff was just everywhere in boxes and laying on the floor.  Windows were broken out of the building and there were not very many lights (like sometimes I had to use my phone to see where I was going).  Crazy.  Anyway, I dug (literally, dug out of a box that was under another box) an old book about Abe Lincoln.  I took it to the front counter to see how much it was.  Did I forget to mention that nothing, NOTHING was priced?  Yeah.  So I asked the old guy how much for the book.  He looked at for a minute and said “I like to read.  I like history.  $20 for the book.”  I told him to keep it.  I mean seriously, he didn’t even know he had that darn book!  I just found it for him…ugh.  Anyway, I use vintage books all over my house.  I love them, if they don’t cost $20. Winking smile


The antelope is from Target a few seasons back.


So there is my mantle.  I kind of love it.  Am I the only one craving me some color right now?


  1. I am always craving colour! I love it! Well balanced with lots of interest!

  2. It looks FAB, Myssie! You need to take me thrifting and then come back to my house and style everything!

    1. Tricia, you are funny!! But seriously, we need to get together soon!!

  3. I think you did a great job, the mantel looks fab. Thanks for coming by the blog to visit. New follower!


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