My Valentine’s Mantel

Since starting my blog, I have been so inspired by all of the different holiday decor I have seen, especially on Pinterest.  I used to keep my mantel the same all year round, but I have been having so much fun decorating for the holidays, that I can hardly wait from one to the next to change it up!  So, this is my Valentine’s Day mantel…
I took the picture out of the frame that usually hangs above my mantel and rolled it up for safe keeping.  I then cut the Love is… out of vinyl on my Cricut machine and adhered it to the front of the glass.  {The vinyl will come right off after the holiday.}  Then I made a small banner out of some cute paper that I found at Michael’s.  {Also using my Cricut}  I had the ivy plant, and just used some floral wire to shape it into a round topiary…I love it so much, that I think I will keep it this way.  The small frame on the right is an extra one that I had in my garage.  I simply took the picture out, painted it white, strung jute string in a zig zag pattern, then clipped some sweet heart cut-outs on the line.

I think I am really getting a knack for making new things out of the old things that I have around my house…home has become my favorite hunting ground!  Sometimes it just takes a little inspiration, like a picture in a magazine or something you see on Pinterest to make you realize that everything you need may just be right under your nose!

Keep it real!



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I’m Jessica, a mom on a mission to show other women that you can live well without breaking the bank. I like to share the thrifty, creative ways that I make changes in my home in the hopes that it will spark the creativity in someone else! I love to share DIY projects, crafts, simple recipes and cleaning tips too!


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    Jessica, it is so much fun finding things you can use in your home! You have done a lovely job on this! I’m excited to meet you. My favorite part is the “Love is Family.” Come see mine at Have a LOVEly day! Shan

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    This is so darling! I am loving that little bunting on the frame! Thanks for the Valentine’s inspiration. We have a link party on our blog every weekend and we would love to have you stop by and link up. Have a great day!

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    Isn’t it great how inspirational and blogland and Pinterest has brought into our lives. Your mantel is so cute, love everything about it. Really like the clothesline heart frame. So cute. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Party!

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    I love the frame, what a cute idea. I know, sometimes, it’s hard to stop decorating with so many great ideas floating around! I definitely need a little idea boost. Thanks for providing it!

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    I love your mantel decorations! I feel the same way about decorating- I can hardly wait for the next holiday to change up my decorations too :) I’m your newest follower- found you via The Gunny Sack’s link party. I’d love for you to stop by my blog and follow me back if you’d like! Lots of Valentine’s Day posts on my blog these days :)
    Laurie @ Gallamore West


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