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.