August 27, 2012

Guest Mantel by The Grant Life PLUS a Bath & Body Works Giveaway!

Hello 52 Mantel friends!  I am so excited [seriously.. so excited!] to be here today!  I love Emily and this is my first mantel-scape!  Before I explode from sheer giddy-ness let me introduce myself, my name is Kelley and I blog over at the Grant life.  Over there I share crafts, recipes, a weekly link party and tons of stories about my babies, Ryley and Avery.

Those little scrunchy faced kiddos are my pride and joy!  Ryley [on the left] is my little princess.  She's two and half and her favorite words are 'No!' and 'Mine!'  Avery [right] is such a boy.  He's rough and tough and loves to push momma's buttons.  [What man doesn't?!]

I could talk about those two all day long.  But today Im here to share my first mantle-scape with y'all!  We recently moved into our first home and I was really excited about the mantel.  Emily and I have been bloggy friends for some time now and I love all her mantels.. and I was kinda jealous.  In a good way though!  I just wanted my own mantel to scape.   [I even asked the hubby to build me a faux mantel in our tiny two bedroom townhouse.. it didn't happen.]

My first mantel is all things nautical.  I am obsessed [putting it mildly] with anchors and all things beachy so it was a shoe-in for my mantel.

I have to confess that I was overwhelmed by the size of the mantel though.  It has a top ledge and a bottom ledge and it's just huge.  On top I painted bamboo plates and then attached sand dollars from our wedding to them.  [See more of my wedding decorations here.]  I also put a cluster of bubbles that we used as we were exited the church.  Just because.

The clock was a wedding present from my in-laws best friends and I love it.  Sand dollars are one of my favorite shell [yes I have favorites.. haha] and I am very lucky to have a whole collection of them.  My grandma collected them when I was younger and my husbands great uncle had a bunch that were handed down to us.  Ryley calls them 'white bananas'.

I stole borrowed the anchors from Avery's room.  I made the painted anchor frame and the other one I purchased.  Not bad for my first mantel, huh?  I still have alot of learning to do but I know right where to find the best ideas!  [cough 52 mantels cough].

Thank you Emily for letting me share my mantel with you and your amazing readers today!  As a thank you I'm giving away a little something.  A grab bag worth $25 of Bath and Body works products!

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** please note: this giveaway is open to US residents only. The grab bag pictured is not the exact items you'll be receiving, should you win this giveaway.

Thanks so much for being here, Kelley!! I'm so thrilled you shared your very first mantelscape with us! And, wow, thanks for such a FUN giveaway! 

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  1. I love that clock! My parents use to have one from their wedding and it just brings back so many memories! :) I love all the anchors as well. Toally Kelley!


  2. I love that plate with the sand cool! Beautiful mantel Kelley! Thanks for sharing Emily! XO, Aimee

  3. twitted this today, 27/8

  4. Hello Grant Life. Emily is responsible for my changing up my mantel all year too. Once won't be enough, you will be hooked!


  5. I love the clock and have always want one. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) Thanks !!!!

  6. Awesome go girl! Love The Grant Life

  7. I live at the beach so always love any coastal or nautical touches in decor.

    mybeachylife at gmail dot com

  8. the sea refreshes the soul; and, reminders of the sea do so also.

  9. the clock ty.

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