Wednesday, February 15, 2012

spring mantel


My husband told me last night that I should have named my blog "That is so Last Month!" because he says I can't stand things the same around here for more than a month at a time.  I guess I'm guilty as charged.  Christmas decorations go up the weekend after Thanksgiving, and by the time the last gift is unwrapped, I'm ready to start packing up the tree.  Something is always getting a coat of paint or being moved around, and just when I "finish" decorating a room, I'm about ready to start over again.

This time I didn't even wait till Valentine's Day was over.  I had worked on these items earlier in the week, and after dinner on February 14, the Valentine's mantel was coming down!

The forsythia is starting to bloom in Tennessee, and I even have a few early daffodils breaking through.  And although the winter here has been unusually mild (and the real winter weather may still be on its way), I'm ready for warmer temperatures and longer days.  We'll forget about the seasonal allergies part for now.


I put this little guy together using a rustic frame I had on hand, a branch from the yard, and a couple of fabric scraps.  The fun thing about this was that I used all three of my favorite crafting supplies: glue gun, Mod Podge, and Heat n Bond.  I ironed the bird onto the yellow dandelion fabric, Mod Podged that to a piece of cardboard to stand up in the frame, then hot glued the branch kind of 3D-style across the front.  I wanted it to look like little buds were bursting out on the branch, so I took little tight rolls of bright green tissue paper and hot glued them to the early buds that were starting to form.  LOVE!


This is the first of three subway signs I'm working on to hang in our hallway.  More on this later.


I had such a fun time putting together my spring mantel, that I'd love to see YOUR great mantel creations!  Please stop by this week and link up!




{Linking up with some of my favorite parties}

57 comments:

Laura from Top This Top That said...

love it. your green tissue as leaves is so clever. If I can put a mantel together by the end of the month I will be back to show it off, if not, i will still be back! we are heading to your next of the woods this weekend- Dandridge area- you familiar with it?

Melissa said...

This is really beautiful! You've done an awesome job with layering! So chic!

We don't have a mantel or fireplace in this house! Such a bummer!

Becca said...

The mantel looks awesome! Very well layered- love it!

Sheila said...

OK now after seeing this I like the idea of gray for your bookshelves and armoire something to echo the gray in your bricks....love the spring mantel. Here in NY we are still in the thick of winter, so the snowmen stay up, and then everything will get a touch of green for St. Patty's day.

Tisha said...

Yes, we're not far from there - do you stay on the lake? Any visit planned to the Smoky Mountains? Hope you have a great trip!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I LOVE it. I am so in love with black and white...or other neutrals mixed with a pop of gold/yellow right now. Your mantel is just perfect.

Can't wait to see how you made your subway art. And props to your husband...I like his blog title idea. ;)

Karah

Bronwyn said...

Love the shots of yellow you used! So jealous that spring is already arriving in your area. Winter came late here in my part of Canada so it will be awhile before i get to "think Spring!"

Jacqueline said...

I love your spring mantel! I still have my valentines decorations up. Thanks so much for sharing!

shabbygals said...

I just love the bird picture you created!! So cute! I love all things bird right now!! Such a cute mantle!

Just Simply Live said...

So adorable, I love your mantel. I am your newest follower.

lovingmomma @ Happy As A Lark said...

I am in love with your mantel!! I am your newest follower :)

Christy @ Sane Simplicity said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing! Time to take the Valentine's stuff down and get to work! Yippee!!!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a fun idea! I love a mantel party! Yours looks absolutely beautiful.

blessings,
karianne

Shauna K said...

visiting from Positively Splendid- such a FABulous mantel!!! and that framed birdie project- adorable! love the addition of the real branch and the faux buds :D perfect!

momto8 said...

your mantel looks great!! thank you for these ideas. I still have the winter theme...bare brown branches! time for the switch!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

candy's clothes closet said...

I love gray and Yellow and your mantle is ADORABLE! I love the fabric bird and branch art work:) Your newest follower. Stay Fashionable! Love,Candy www.candysclothescloset.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Love, love the bird....hope you don't mind if I copy you. It's been nice in North Iowa too...what a crazy winter. The birds were singing today like spring, they like it warmer too.
Hugs from Iowa,
Michelle

Cindy said...

I love your mantel, I will try to come back and link up my mantel then.
Hugs, Cindy

Abbie said...

Oh, your mantel is just perfection! Love the pops of yellow that sweet little bird!

I'm sharing this tonight on the 5D5W facebook page! : )

Thanks for linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

Life With Lucy said...

SUCH a cute mantle! I adore that little birdie frame! It all looks so great together. I am going to try to get my spring mantle done by the 29th so I can join your party. Thanks so much for sharing!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Your mantel is just so beautiful! Love the color combos ...

:)

Linda

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

I just LOVE your mantel! Makes me want to do mine :) I saw you on BNOTP's Met Monday and I'm a new follower. I'm going to pin your mantel and party button.

Bliss said...

I love that mantel!!

~Bliss~

Terrie said...

Wow, love the mantel display. The frame with a bird and a branch is impressive - 3D effect. Very spring feel.

Janet said...

What a beautiful Spring mantel! I love the bird in the frame and the 3D effect--brilliant idea. :)

Our Delightful Home said...

Pretty mantel. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Sass - aka - Kathy said...

Oh, so nice! I'm so ready for Spring! Will you, pretty please, consider sharing with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/02/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-12.html ?

Hugs,

Kathy

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

Beautiful! Love the colors. It's so cheerful and...well...springy! I have a weakness for anything with birds and branches, so I might have to copy your bird artwork. :)

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

This looks great! Your little black bird caught my eye at BNOTP and I had to check him out! I love the black and yellow...perfection!

marissa said...

I love the bird art! my friend is going to flip over this when I show her I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party

marissa
http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Super Cute! I'd love to have you join my party...it just opened!!! Thanks LOTS! XO, Aimee

Debbie Booth said...

Your mantel is perfect. I love the yellow and black and how you put it together. Hey I was born on Leap Year of all things so I have a REAL birthday this year! I will be back to see your mantel. We live in the mountains and have a wood stove but no mantel...waaah...but I will be back to visit your party!
Blessings,
Debbie

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

I love it!! I'm so excited to get going on my Spring mantels! I have a baby shower mantel on Monday and then a guest mantel the following monday, so I don't think I'll have a Spring mantel up by the 29th :(. SO sad because I'd love to party with you!

Also, I totally intended to feature this on Monday's mantel post, but I got too excited about my daughter's birthday mantel, I totally forgot to do my features. SO, I'll be featuring it today instead.

Thanks for linking up!!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

This is gorgeous!!! Love love the little bird! Your subway art is incredible too!! Just love how it all goes together! great job! ;) Would love for you to stop by and link up!

www.uncommondesignsonline.com

Stephanie said...

Cute mantle! I love it! I feel like I always want to change things around too! It is fun to have change!

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Love your style-I'm a sucker for yellow these days-and birds. Plus a really artsy way to display bible verses-nothing like the cheesy ones you sometimes see-inspired to make my spring mantel :) p.s. happily following along :)

Finding Home said...

Love you mantle - I hope you don't mind I am sharing it on my blog today. Take care, Laura

Katie @ Little Becky Homecky said...

I love this!! Great job! Loving the colors!

I would like to invite you to link up at my first link party going on now. I hope to see you there. http://littlebeckyhomecky.blogspot.com/2012/02/fantabulous-friday-1-random-happenings.html

Katie @ Little Becky Homecky

Lolly Jane said...

SO pretty! Pinning and loving!!

Kim said...

Omigosh I totally love this blog! I'm here from Finding Home and so happy to be your newest follower. Pop on over for a visit sometime if you'd like.
xoxo,
Kim

Sharon (30yrs later) said...

love love love your mantle arrangement!

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

OMG!*!*!
You won my heart with your "Birdie Creation" ~ BeSt!*!*!
and Lucky You - "Signs of Spring"... ~ It's Cold... Dead... & Brown here in Wisconsin!!!
Jeanine Burkhardt

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Beautiful! Just love it. I'll be pinning. And am trying to get my very own fantle (or is it fantel?) together to link up here. I've been housebound with a sick daughter (3rd time this winter with strep ... let's hope 3 times is charm!) ...

:)

Linda

Stacey said...

I need some spring mantel inspiration! Come and link up at my Creative Inspirations party happening now! I would love to have you!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

I am LOVD said...

The bird on a branch is the cutest thing ever, and so easy! Thanks so much for sharing over at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy. Don't you just love Jaime?

ritajoy@harbour breeze home said...

I love your beautiful bird sign! Well done!

Pieced Pastimes said...

Your 'Spring Mantel' turned out fabulous! Everything is so balanced and the space is filled so nicely. I love how the yellow touches on the mantel are carried out into the room with the throw pillow on the sofa and the drapes. Really lovely!

Amy Kinser said...

Such a beautiful mantel and room. Love the subway art with the scripture.

I see that you are from Tennessee. Me too! I live in middle Tennessee, Tullahoma. Do you mind me asking where you live?

Thanks for inviting me to your lovely party. Oh, and I love what your husband said about your blog name.

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

That is so last month... LOL!! OMG, I laughed out loud at that at that.
The mantel is fantastic. Looks so Spring but manages to flow wonderfully with all your decor. You have perfection there!!

Until next month. hehe

pam {simple details} said...

So creative, Tisha! I love everything about it, your choice of colors the clever little bird on his twig, your subway sign! So fresh and fun!

Shelia said...

Oh, your mantel looks wonderful. I love your bird picture.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Such a neat mantle, love the colors and especially the bird picture you made! I'm your newest follower and I hope you stop by my blog soon! Found you at the DIY Spring Pinterest party!

Rondell

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Sorry, meant to say I found a pin of you there!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

Love your mantel! I really like that bird art and the way the white pitchers stand out.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Sheila said...

I'm curious about the spring blocks. Did you make those or buy them? If you made them, do you have a tutorial? Your mantle looks great!

Tisha Clapp said...

Thanks, Sheila! I did make those blocks out of an old 4x4. Here are a couple of different posts where I have done and redone them: http://delectablehome.blogspot.com/2012/12/joy-wood-blocks.html
http://delectablehome.blogspot.com/2011/12/wood-blocks.html

Jaimee @ Craft, Interrupted said...

This is SO lovely! I'm sharing your spring mantel in a 5 for Friday roundup on my blog today, with a pic and link back to this post. GREAT job putting it together!!