April 30, 2012

Color-blocked Mantel + A Poll!!

Happy Mantel Monday! Let me start by thanking you for your kind words and thoughtful emails last week! We arrived home yesterday afternoon, but (between the empty refrigerator, empty bellies, piles of laundry, empty closets) I didn't have time to fire up the computer and start thanking you all personally. If you hang in there, I will sort through my inbox eventually!

But, until then, know that your words, thoughts and prayers were uplifting and encouraging during an emotional week! Basically, you rock.

Now, onto that mantel. I've been wanting to do a color-blocked mantel for awhile now, and this week is the perfect week for such an experiment! Color-blocking is such a huge trend in fashion and home decor right now and when you change your mantel weekly, you're allowed to jump on as many trendy bandwagons as you please. I even started a pinterest board devoted to all things color-blocking. See how well I jump on bandwagons?

Details, details: I flipped my old, glass-less window over and tacked square and rectangular pieces of felt to the back. Have you seen the beautiful colors of felt available at your local fabric store?? My goodness, felt has come a long way! I added pops of bright white glass because, well, pops of bright white glass is my go-to in mantel decor. The gray and pink vase is actually two dollar tree vases, wrapped in felt and stacked. It's merely sculptural here, but I could definitely add fresh flowers, if I had 'em. (Though, I might aught to gorilla glue the two vases together first). The fabric flowers are cut from a silk scarf my grandma gave me (it was me or goodwill...and I just can't say no). Don't worry, it's not Hermes. Not even close.

Whew. Those were a lot of details. I'm positive no one read those details. But, hopefully, you'll read this next bit about the Mantel Challenge...

Today is the day you all vote on what our Mantel Challenge theme will be! Don't let the power go to your head, but you'll be deciding my mantel's fate on June 11th. My goodness, you guys came up with a random assortment of mantel "themes"! Clever folks, you. Yes, Animal House got two nominations, but I changed that slightly to be "Classic Movies". Because, I've never actually seen Animal House. And, I don't see myself heading to the RedBox any time soon. Hey, I've got a few things on my plate. You understand, right?

The poll is on my sidebar. Cast your vote and I'll announce the winning theme next Monday. Plus, I'll give you the rest of the challenge details. Next Monday should be fun!

See you tomorrow!

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  1. I was going to work on some color blocking projects this week... I love this new trend!!! Your mantel looks amazing! I can't believe that is just felt :) I am really excited for the poll too... just voted. Hope you are doing well, let's chat soon!

  2. Love it! I want to create something similar for May or June...It would also be good for July! Thanks for sharing... Blessings to you and your family...

  3. YAY! A mantel! I actually do read your details!! How could I NOT! Your mantels make me smile!

  4. I love your mantel! I always do though.. your so crafty. Im just glad your back in the bloggy world! I missed you friend! :)

  5. Great color blocking! I don't know if I could be so bold! Glad your back and at it though...you were missed!

  6. Love this color blocking mantel!!! XO, Aimee

  7. You are hysterical; happy the scarf wasn't Hermes:)


  8. I always love your mantels...especially all the color!

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