A Bit of Mantel Tweaking

Hey everyone!  Hope your week is going well.  We are really heating up here in the Arizona desert, but that just makes more time for inside projects.  Today it was our gathering room (aka: the family room) fireplace mantel that needed a bit of a change.  I didn't buy or even make anything new, I just shopped the house & my stash, & rearranged some of what was already on the mantel.  So let's take a look, shall we?

My light and airy summer look.  Oh, that's our sweet little Abby.  She's actually almost hiding in plain sight.........

if not for her rusty ears and striped tale, she would just blend right into the carpet!  That itty bitty object off to the side is one of her favorite toys, but she's always losing it in or behind my magazine basket.  I had just found it for her, again!

It's only 4 P.M., so it's hard to tell I have the battery-operated candles on.  The ruffled wreath is one I made a few months ago.  You can see all the details HERE.  I thought the space needed some height, so I simply fastened together some branchy-things I had & just tucked them in behind the candles & the moss ball.

There was too much blank space in the center of this wreath, so I took a little photo that I had copied from The Graphics Fairy, & placed it in a little frame which I then hung inside the wreath.

I love that this gives me a bit of a patriotic look for the 4th of July, but not the typical red, white & blue.

Don't you just love the crown & that very serious, almost pouty little face.  I think someone told her she wasn't getting any ice cream unless she posed for this photo....lol!

Thought I would take another shot without the flash this time.  You can see the candles
just a bit better.

So, there you have it.  Zero $ spent for a new, lighter look for summer.  Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.  I look forward to seeing you next time.

I'm happily linking to:
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Jenny at The NY Melrose Family for Whimsy Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Katie at Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Things
Heather & Vanessa  At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Emily at 52 Mantels for Your Mantels


  1. The mantel looks lovely, great idea with the print out, very patriotic without being over whelming!

  2. Hi friend...long time no talk...sorry, I've been off the blogging for a bit...will be back full steam ahead soon. anyhow...LOVE your mantel and the cut out. very nice. Happy summer!...xo, Mariaelena

  3. The mantle looks nice & cool for the HOT summer we are about to endure. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love new decorating for free!!! I'm on the hunt for a moss ball. Well, I guess on the hunt isn't correct since I haven't looked for one anywhere. HA! I've just decided that I have the perfect place for one.

  5. Looks good. I think I'm probably the last person in the world to find the Graphics Fairy. Love that patriotic print!

  6. Beautiful mantel, you have such a fun spot to decorate. I like that it has it's own little niche. My cat tries to seek into my photos too:) I have the same battery operated candles and am surprised how long they last.

  7. Very pretty, Carol! I love the pops of yellow that you added. It really draws the eye to your vignette.

  8. You did a beautiful job on the wreath. I love the ruffles! I also love the pop of yellow on your mantle. It's very fresh! Your cat is too cute guarding her toy there. Haha!

  9. Oh, it all looks so pretty...and I love that little pouty girl. :)

  10. I love the look! And that pic is funny with the look on her face! The candles are very pretty too!

  11. Thanks so much, Misti, for stopping by & leaving a sweet comment.


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