gallamore west: Valentine's Day Mantel 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentine's Day Mantel 2012

"If You're a Bird, I'm a Bird"

It's my very favorite line from my very favorite movie {The Notebook}.  I even have an If You're a Bird, I'm a Bird board on Pinterest!  

I love decorating with cute little birds and bird houses all year long, but I think they're especially darling for Valentine's Day.  

Here's my Valentine's Day mantel for 2012... 

 {p.s.  I hope to get a paintbrush to that hideous rock/oak combo soon!  For now, imagine a beadboard mantel in Heirloom White and all those rocks a gorgeous coordinating shade of lighter/fresher neutrals, k?}

When I saw that Kelsey at Tattered and Ink made this adorable Valentine's Day printable {free for her followers!} I was so excited to incorporate it into my Valentine's Day mantel...


I bought the bird houses from Michael's for $1 each, painted them, put them on pedestals I put together and added a burlap ribbon... because if you know me, you know I LOVE to incorporate burlap into just about everything I make. 

Hmmm... wonder if my hubs would like some burlap sheets?! :)


And I cut this quick little burlap banner and added on little hearts {the center of a white doily with the center of a red doily taped together} on each pennant, strung together with ribbon I bought on clearance after Valentine's Day last year...


I painted the wood blocks and added another one of my favorite quotes in vinyl {I tried to paint the letters, but it was a major fail so I flipped the blocks over and did vinyl instead!}

And that adorable, vintage, shabby chic birdhouse... it was actually brand new from Michael's {used my coupon} and painted it a quick coat of white paint to look aged.  And those cute little white love birds in it are actually our salt & pepper shakers {a genius idea from my 4 year old!}


Sitting on the hearth is the cutest pillow cover ever, from Shabby by Melissa.  She's a sweetheart too... a lucky Gallamore West reader just won one of her adorable pillow covers last week!


 Besides the fact that the mantel itself is dreadfully outdated with it's colors, another challenge is that the fireplace is in a corner so the mantel goes around on the side too.  Here's what I put on the side... my red burlap bubble wreath and some sweets, of course! 


Happy Valentine's Day from Gallamore West!




I'm linking up my Love Birds Valentine's Day mantel here...

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25 comments:

Christina said...

It's all darling! I especially like the pillow.

Colleen said...

Ok you will think I am nuts but I only recently bought some burlap. I am loving it!!!! Did two valentines day projects with it. I love your banner and the cute blocks!!

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

in love with those birdhouses! Perfect little touch! Your mantel is really adorable Laurie!

The Wallace Family said...

I Am so glad you found my blog! Your family is as cute as a button and I love your blog!! Your Chinese dinner...how stinkin cute! You are such a fun mommy! I am your newest follower and will definitely be back:)

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Awe! So cute. Love the little birdies and the bunting is great. I need to try that sometime =)

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Looove The Notebook! Definitely need to watch it again soon! :) You should definitely watch Crazy Stupid Love.. It has Ryan Gosling in it, and it so so cute and funny!

Your bird houses are adorable! Well, everything is (as usual) but the houses are my fav. :)

Sally said...

This is so cute...I love decorating with birds too! I also LOVE the pillow. Thanks for stopping by my blog & for the sweet comment! I'm now gladly following you back!
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

LillysNLollipops said...

Wow , that looks great!

The Jenson's said...

All Very Cute Laurie. Good Job!

Tori said...

I love this! It is way cute!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I love your Valentine presentation...such beautiful little birdhouses...adorable. Everything looks so bright and cheery. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
Hugs, Gayle.

Sherri said...

Soooo adorable! Love the bird theme. And that bird cage - swoon.

Jill said...

Everything is super cute! I love the Notebook and I love that you have a sign that says, "If you're a Bird, I'm a bird!" Thanks for stopping by and becoming a new follower! I'm honored! I have a link party going on if you want to link any of your projects! Hope you're having a super weekend! Smiles, Jill

Jill said...

P.s. I'm a new Follower♥

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This turned out fantastic!! So cute. I hope you will link up this post to my I Heart Projects Party.

http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

Crafty Mischief said...

Your mantle is darling! I love the birdhouses. And I love The Notebook. Maybe I'll have to watch it while I make a sign of my own. I found you through I Heart Naptime. Thanks for sharing!

Ami w/AliLilly said...

I LOVE IT!!! Such a sweet mantel! :) That was definitely one of my favorite lines too!!

Cherished Bliss said...

So cute!! My favorite part has to be the little bitty mini wreath!

Becky said...

Ahhhh! I am in love! Definitely pinning this for the day that I have a mantel. :)

The Fickle Pickles said...

I love the bird theme. I picked up some birdhouses from Michael's, too. They are SO cute!

Lindsi B said...

My FAVORITE movie- The Notebook! 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

Jen said...

OK, I have just been a bad commenter lately. I can't believe I haven't told you yet how much I L-O-V-E your mantel! It look so cute - I love the bird theme (and way to go Jakers for the salt shaker idea! You've taught them well.) And your cute burlap wreath around the corner is just perfect! I love everything about it! I am picturing in my mind right now how amazing it will look after it's all painted - gorgeous! :)

Tisha said...

So cute - love your burlap and bird theme! And your gray and yellow blog...seems like we're on the same wavelength, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by and linking up at my Show & Tell party - hope to see you again this week!

G Inspires said...

Loveing your little bird houses, I just bought a couple of these a few weeks ago for $1 at JoAnns...haven't had any time to do anything w/ them but yours are very pretty and inspiring! Visiting via The Creative Spark

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

You are just full of Valentine's Day ideas! I love this mantel, the bird printable is so cute ( I love the Notebook too) and the bird houses are so sweet. Thanks again for linking up!

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