May 14, 2012

Blue & White Mantel Monday



It's just another mantel monday (oh-ooohh), 

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. The little miss was a little sick, so we did a little bit of nothing on Saturday. My hubby was out of town, so I may have cried real tears on the phone and said something along these line "I just need to get out of this houssssssse. I want to see an aduuuuult. Wah-wah-wah-boo-hoo".

But, luckily, my friends came to the rescue that night with after-bedtime dinner, cake pops and girl talk. And, I stopped crying. Mother's Day proved to be better with family time, lunch prepared by...not me and sunshine. Sunshine really does help, doesn't?



So, onto that mantel. Maybe it's a little blue to reflect my day on Saturday? I'm not sure. But, blue and white make me happy, so probably not. I get asked a lot how I start a new mantelscape. And, the answer is that I usually start with one inspiration piece, and build on that. This week that piece was the blue and white vase from West Elm that a friend gave me for my birthday last week (I really do have great friends, huh?). 

I framed a selection of blue fabrics that I got with a gift card from Five Monkey Fabrics as part of my prize pack for winning American Crafter. I just love each one and can't wait find the perfect project for them! But, for this week, they look beautiful on my mantel. 



I had to show you this last picture so you can appreciate how extremely narrow my mantel is. Seriously, is this the narrowest mantel you've ever seen? It sure provides a challenge when I try to layer items.

But, hey, no one said it'd be easy.

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18 comments:

  1. The layered fabric filled frames look fabulous.
    Hmm... looks like I was constructing a tongue twister, not leaving a comment? lol

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  2. Love the look of your blue mantel!

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  3. So pretty and that fabric is gorgeous! I can see how it inspired you! Hope your week will be a good one!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  4. You never cease to amaze me with your awesome mad mantel skillz! Super pretty, Emily! : )

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  5. Oh. My. Goodness!! Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE all of it!! The colors, the frames, the candlesticks-all of it!!
    Loves.
    Meegan

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  6. I'm loving this blue and white mantle! Your vase and fabrics are gorgeous!

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  7. This may be my favorite so far! I love the blue and white....looks so crisp! Funny about the whining to your husband on the phone. Been there and haven't forgotten wanting adult conversation!! Good for your friends for lifting you up! Have a great day!

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  8. Oh, I love this new arrangement! Everything looks so fresh and colorful!

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  9. Gorgeous Em! How did I miss your birthday?? Ahhh! I feel like such a bad friend! Well, good thing I haven't mailed your pacakge yet :) Now I can throw something extra in! Hope you had a great bday!

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  10. Em, I love your mantle. Pops of blue!!!

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  11. I love this mantel! So pretty -- I am a big fan of blue and white! :-) Glad you had a nice Mother's Day!!

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  12. Fun and creative things you have going on in your blog space, thanks for sharing

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  13. You are so creative, I love your blog, very inspiring, pretty ideas :)

    Tanya

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  14. This is so pretty--blue and white is a favorite of mine!

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