Monday, 9 February 2015

February Mantel

Following on with my plan for a different mantel arrangement each month this year I present to you my February Mantel!


There is of course a theme of love and hearts this month, what with it being Valentines Day and all.  It seemed only right.



Here are some of the different elements that make up the whole arrangement.  The garland/bunting above is made of paper hearts.  I already had the heart decorated paper.  They are really easy to make.  If I get a chance I will do a tutorial later in the week in case you want to make some yourself.

Of course my button heart is also included.  It really does look as good as I hoped that it would and I am very pleased with this.  In fact, so pleased that I think it will be a permanent decoration that is out all the time somewhere in our home.



There are two other groups of hearts as well.  All of which I already had, I just shopped around the house to bring them together.  The wooden one below is actually a chopping board - never used for chopping!  The glass heart above comes from one of our San Francisco trips, bought for me as a gift by hubby and the one below came from my favourite - sadly now closed - vintage shop in the New Forest when we were staying there one weekend.


This months mantel hasn't been all plain sailing though.  Oh no.  Do you see that blue heart in the picture below.  That was the cause of the problems.  All of the other things are red and pink and so on and the blue heart, although beautiful in its own right - just didn't sit well.  I also felt that something else was needed to balance out the big red button heart.



I tried arranging the things in different ways, but no matter what I did, nothing looked right.




Part of my monthly mantel plan is to either shop the house for things I already have or to make things - the button heart and garland/bunting this month for example.  However, something else was needed.  I moved the blue heart elsewhere - in fact, I found a great home for it! - and I gave in and made a purchase of something red and heart related.  The few pounds that I spent on the vase and candle holder in the picture above were well worth it though I think.  They balance the amount of red colour and add an additional texture by adding some different shapes.



Over all I think the little bit I spent on this really adds to the mantel - whichever direction you look at it from!  I will of course keep these lovely items and use them in future years in February and all year round in different places in our home no doubt - and perhaps in other mantel arrangements too.  So I think that this was a good spend.


That leads us to the final Ta Dah! of my February Mantel!  It brings a little bit of love to our home.


Amy

63 comments:

  1. My favorite part is the little dangling hearts in the middle.

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  2. Very pretty! I like the big cup and saucer on the hearth X

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  3. Looks warm and cozy. I just love your button heart!

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  4. I love it all-especially the pretty blue one

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  5. Very pretty Amy. I love the bunting.

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  6. Really nicely done! So many pretty hearts you've arranged so well! Thanks!

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  7. It looks wonderful. A great idea to have a different theme for each month.

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  8. Hello Amy! A great idea to change your mantel every month! You are right, it looks better with a 'theme'! I particularly like your heart paper bunting and the button heart in a hoop! What lovely things you have! :)
    Have a nice week!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  9. Looks lovely Amy. How funny you have the same heart that I have on my sunlit Sunday post. I keep mine out all year. See we have so much in common. I too made a paper Harlan last year for valentines. There is a post on my blog somewhere for that too. Love the paper you used x

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  10. It is stunning. Although I love the blue heart, you are so right it didn't belong in the display.

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  11. It's really lovely - very nicely arranged.

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  12. Very colourful. I know what you mean about the blue heart, perhaps it might have worked if it had been where the clock is? But then you wouldn't have had the clock to tell the time by :o) xx

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  13. Your mantel looks lovely. :) And your new purchases have definitely enhanced it. x

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  14. Amy, I really love the mantel, I think the bunting is fab!, enjoy your weekxx

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  15. Your mantel looks lovely Amy, perfect for Valentine's. I do hope you have time to share a bunting tutorial, because I would love to make it, and I am sure others would also. Now I think I have to search around my house for a few hearts to make a little display here too. xx

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  16. It looks so cute! I love the heart bunting!

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  17. Beautiful. I think your heart garland is wonderful and I do love the vase and candle holder, definitely worth spending on.

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  18. While all of your hearts are great, I still LOVE that embroidery hoop full of buttons best!! Very festive! blessings ~tanna

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  19. Your mantel is very sweet, and just enough for Valentine's Day ;) Great idea with the heart garland, and the button heart is so cute!
    Wendy

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  20. Absolutely lovely Amy, clever you. I really like the white fabric heart and the white porcelain couple. Beautifully done. CJ xx

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  21. Your mantel is so pretty decorated for Valentine's Day! I too love the garland and the button heart you made. Have a wonderful day.
    Julie

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  22. It looks very nice, Amy, a good mix of handmade and bought, simple and fancy.

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  23. Oh Amy - it turned out SO pretty!!! I just love it - every little thing!! That button heart project turned out amazing....that is definitely a keeper forever. Happy MOnday to you and have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  24. Your mantel looks very nice. :) Just caught up with your other posts nice pictures. We got a bit more snow up here, and the pond across from us has been frozen for the past 2 weeks. :)

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  25. It's lovely Amy, I think the button heart has turned out really nice. :) xx

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  26. Good decision to move the blue heart - it just didn't match the rest (although it is a pretty heart !)...
    And your button heart, I absolutely love it !!!

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  27. Your Valentine's mantel is very pretty. The button heart turned out well and is a great accent.

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  28. How lovely, everything works together so well, still love the button heart xcx

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  29. Amy, all fun items on your mantel for February. I especially like the red jars.

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  30. Your mantel has turned out so lovely. I also love the heart garland, I think I will have a go at making one too. x

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  31. all look lovely and beauty Amy!!
    xo

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  32. Oh Amy you put me to shame, you old romantic you! I used to do the Valentine's thing with Marc long ago, but he never reciprocated and so I stopped too. Shame really. I sometimes think that we just take each other for granted and go through the motions.
    However I think your mantel is lovely, especially the button heart. That's something you could display all year round. I hope your husband treats you on February 14th.
    Leanne xx

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  33. It is really pretty! And the blue heart just wasn't right on it. (perfect for a beach themed one later on, with shells and stones; the blue glass looks a lot like sea glass!)
    And the vase and candle holder are just the right finishing touch. I still have my nisse up!

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  34. Looking Good Amy!
    Now.....how can we fill that giant tea cup.......hmmmmmmm.....
    Finally made it to the sunshine...well, not today, cause it is raining....:o(
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  35. I love your mantel Amy, just perfect for a romantic weekend. We don't bother with Valentines Day as it is a Mr Teen's birthday around that time so our mantel is full of birthday cards (it's also brilliant as my gift to my hubby is the same every year... our son!) xx

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  36. Oh Amy, I just love those paper hearts. What a lovely garland they make. You're so clever! xx

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  37. Looking lovely, I do like the paper hearts as well..
    Amanda xx

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  38. It looks great Amy and I do like the red vase and candle holder, I love coloured glass! xx

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  39. Amy, I have SO enjoyed catching up with your blog today. I have been away from my blog and computer for a couple of weeks. (I sneaked in a trip down to Texas! Shhhh!) Here I have been wondering where our snow went, and here I find that it traveled across the Pond to you! You got snow! I hope you get your pics all sorted. I'm so sorry that happened! Big bummer!!! Loving your Valentine's decor, esp. the button heart. I'm thinking about doing something similar for my daughter's room. Thank you for the inspiration! *hugs* :)

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  40. So lovely Amy! It's so pretty and has a lot of heart! (groan I'm sorry)I love your arrangements and I think you will use your new red pieces many times during the year!

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  41. Beautiful mantel, with so many lovely hearts! Like your new button for Five on Friday.

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  42. Love the bunting! :-) Everyone in your family must feel very loved with so many hearts around!

    Take care
    Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

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  43. What a great idea. You get to look at different things throughout the year that might otherwise be hidden away. The paper bunting is fabulous. Jo x

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  44. I agree with all of the above :-) cant wait to see what you do in March :-)

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  45. Oh wow -- that button heart is just beautiful! As is your mantel!!!

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  46. Your mantel looks fabulous! And I especially love the valentine made with all those red buttons!

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  47. Your mantel is great, I'm just decorating my little shelf above our sofa bed for the month of lurrvvvv! Sx

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  48. Very pretty and incredibly valentinesy! Really like the red jar & vase....the jar will be so pretty with a little tea light in. The blue heart is lovely, but you're right, it didn't work in that particular arrangement, mainly because to me blue is a 'cold' colour and the rest of the arrangement is 'warm'. X

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  49. Wish I had a mantel to decorate. Yours is so pretty. I like the red buttons shaped into a heart!

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  50. It looks very pretty. Love that blue heart, and if there had been more hints of blue, it would have fit right in. But the glass heart jars you bought are very nice and were definitely what you needed for balance. The button heart is great. Best wishes, Tammy

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  51. So so great !! Impressive !!! Thanks for your visits !! Have a lovely day !

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  52. What a gorgeous display. I love your button heart and the the hearts on the fireguard really draws the eye down.

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  53. I am disgracefully behind on commenting :( Your mantle is very pretty & yes the blue heart was out of place. Your new vase/candle holder look very much at home, a wise purchase!

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  54. Love your pretty hearts and Valentine mantle, and the heart garland just sets it all off so well! So nice to see the completed button heart there too, it looks lovely.
    Happy week, Amy.
    Helen xox

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  55. Your mantle looks wonderful, love all of your festive decorations.
    Meredith

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  56. Amy your mantel looks lovely for Valentine's Day. I LOVE the button heart. I also noticed an over-sized teacup on the hearth - cool!

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  57. Wow--your mantle looks so wonderful! Hope you have a great Valentine's weekend!

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