Raise your hand if you have decorated your valentine mantel or some area of your house only to have members of your household tell you it’s pretty ordinary?
Did you see my hand go up?
Yup. It did.
That’s what they said in not so many words.
It’s not a good thing when your blog name includes the word, “extraordinary.”
I liked that “mantelscape.” It was different. And it seems that since it’s being featured a few places, some of you like it too.
Why not tweak it just a bit for Valentine’s Day?
And so I did….
The snowflakes were changed out for dangling book page hearts.
A pair of letters were added to the mix, some small birch stumps and pine cones were taken out of the mix, and it was nice and simple and monochromatic.
And then I heard, “It doesn’t look like Valentine’s Day.”
That’s true, if you are expecting to see some red.
You see, I had decided that if I would just give a nod to Valentine’s Day and we would be good. I would love it…everybody in the house would love it…and you would love it.
A girl can dream.
Or fall asleep.
Good thing someone woke me up.
Because really….this valentine mantel is much more whimsical and fun. And we all need a little more fun, don’t we?
I got out another book and started ripping out pages and slicing them with the paper cuter, and punching out hearts, to make pennant banners and garlands.
Some frames sitting in the corner of the craft room had their glass replaced with polka-dotted scrapbook paper to which I hot glued my Mod Podged book page letters for a little bit of fun.
Recently I did a guest post and had these very fun dangling hearts waiting to do something fun and different, so I framed a few of them and used another as a book marker.
And for more fun and whimsy, I hung a birch branch and dangled book page hearts.
Do you remember this joke from when you were a little kid? “What’s black and white and read all over?” The newspaper.
That became the theme for our valentine mantel. Actually, book pages rather than newspaper, but it works. Yes?
Now that everybody is happy with the new valentine mantel, I’ll give you another little back story.
Recently I was in the store to pick up cat litter for my favorite felines. As I was making my way to the back of the store, I walked past an end cap with some clearance items. My eagle eye spied some cardboard letters. What could I do with an “X” or “8” or “7” or “Q”? Hmmmm.
I grabbed the “X” and the “Q” and went home all excited about my dollar purchase and my $3.00 savings. You would have done the same thing, I’m pretty sure. At home, I grabbed a knife from the kitchen drawer and cut the curlicue off the “Q” to make a beautiful “O” and Mod Podged torn book pages to both the “O” and the “X.”
If you look closely, you’ll see that Miss “O’s” bottom corner is not perfectly round. At one time, I would not have been able to live with that. But, now…I just remember that the Nester says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” So although my “O” isn’t perfect….she’s looks beautiful gracing my valentine mantel and does a good job of reminding us that we each need more hugs every day.
A fun and whimsical valentine mantel.
A big change from this…
What do you think? I’d love to know!
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Here’s to extraordinary valentine moments…