January 30, 2012

What's Black & White & Red Allover?

Do you remember that riddle from childhood? What's black & white & red allover? It's stuck in my head, but I can't remember the punchline. Bonus points** to whomever can tell me.

**bonus points not redeemable for cash, prizes, bragging rights...or anything even remotely cool. 

Welcome to Mantel Monday! This mantel is black & white & red (all over), hence the riddle stuck in my head. Yesterday after church, I came home and pondered my mantel for a spell. And, felt a sense of deja-vu. Didn't I just mantelfy my mantel for Valentine's Day? Like, last week?? Then I remembered. I remembered that pesky little challenge I gave myself for 52 Mantelscapes. In 52 weeks.

Oh for the love of mantels.

Can we be real for a minute? I SO was not in the mood to mantelfy yesterday. I kinda, sorta just wanted to work on other projects I have on deck.

Or sit. Yes, what I really wanted to do was sit.

But, I didn't sit. I gathered some black and white and red (all over) stuff from around my house and got to manteling. And, this is what I came up with.

You know my black & white wreath that's been refashioned from Halloween to Winter? Well, it's been refashioned again. I removed the winter accents and replaced them with this simple paper bunting. Three triangles and a red heart, laced onto a red ribbon. And, then a polka dotted heart stuck on top of the red heart.

With tape.

Fancy, I know. 

I added a melamine plate from Target, which I embellished with scrap-vinyl hearts.

Fancy. I know.

Then? Then I grabbed two candlesticks and two black & white Liberty of London canisters and introduced them to each other. They're getting along just fine.

I added my Love Abides Here printable to the mix and called it good. 

Hello, good. 

A NEWSPAPER!! What's black & white & READ allover? A Newspaper.

Whew. Glad we cleared that up.

Bonus points retracted.

Wanna see more Valentine mantels?

(It's okay. I do too).

These pretties were linked up to last week's link party, Thursdays are YOUR Days.

Kristin at Homespun With Love linked up this LOVE-ly black, white & red mantel. Ummm...are you seeing my color inspiration here??  I am in super-like with the cute bunting! And, you know how I love free printables

Oh, and there is a very good chance I'll try to recreate this CUTE envelope bunting for a future mantel. Hello?! How cute is that idea? The lovely sisters at My Sister's Suitcase linked this up and you really need to go check it out! They have several tutorials to share from this mantel and they are good ones! 

How lovely is this mantel from Cherished Bliss?? I adore this creamy white and pink combo (with splashes of red!). Plus, I love how she incorporated her lil' punkins on the mantel in the form of pictures! Sweet babies!

Girls, if you want a featured button, they are in the tab behind my picture.

Oh goodness, we've just barely made it through another Mantel Monday. That brings us up to 20.

But, who's counting??

(ummm. ME. I'm definitely counting).

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  1. Black, red and white are one of my favorite color combinations! LOVE this! (so much of our valentine decorations are pink/red/white).

    Happy Monday

  2. Emily, your mantle is so pretty!!! I love how you mixed the black, red and white.
    It looks beautiful!

  3. The riddle is the newspaper, it is black and white and read all over the place! Your mantel is beautiful!!Di@cottage-wishes

  4. This is great! Love the color combination.

    The punchline to that joke isn't very funny....it's a newspaper. Ha.

  5. This mantel is fabulous! I love the little vinyl hearts on the red plate - so cute!

  6. Love your mantel! I remember that riddle! Thank you for including our LOVE Mantel in your feature. :)

  7. Riddle... a newspaper OR a sunburned zebra :)

  8. Ahhahahaha.. literally laughed out loud at this whole post. You crack me up friend. Your mantle is lovely.. as always. You should make your hubby decorate it next week! That would be amazing to see :)

  9. So creative!

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  10. Help....I can't see your post in my a Google Reader in full. Say it isn't so. It's the only way I look at blogs and would hate to miss out on yours.

  11. So pretty!! I love it!
    I just wanted to say Hello! I am on the Mommy Panel with you over at The Grant Life!

  12. I am totally inspired to re-do my mantel this weekend. I LOVE this!!!

    I am co-hosting the Tuesday Time Out Inspiration Link Party this week {my first time as a host!}. I would love if you stopped by my blog and posted some of your amazing projects! Thanks!!


    xo. Hilary @ www.measureonce-cuttwice.com

  13. Love the scrapbook paper in the apocrathy jars. Much lighter on the calories than candy, LOL! I love the Love Abides Here. Was going to do this myself, but my printer doesn't want to print right now, so I did a button heart instead, LOL!
    ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

  14. Another gorgeous mantle! Love all of the ideas! Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  15. I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine's Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays.html

  16. The black, white and red colors look great. I always love black and white with a splash of color.

  17. This is a great look! Thank you for commenting on my blog and for following me!

  18. Beautiful idea! Thank you for sharing!! Gonna try it next time.
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