Can you believe it? It's time for another Valentine's mantel post. Seriously? I'm still writing 2012 on everything. Time slips away too quickly. Or perhaps I'm just a tad scattered lately. Most likely a little of both. This post is heavy with pictures so I'll make it light with words. You know. In case you have other things to do today besides read my blog. Although I can't imagine what... ;)
Instead of creating a "winter" mantel like I did last year,
I just combined the some of my Christmas/winter look with some Valentine friendly decor and came up with this.
My Valentine's mantel for 2012.
I mean 2013.
I left up the winter candles and ornaments in the apothecary jars...
and then filled some of my random bottles (I love collecting random bottles) with Valentine candy.
Pink and red and aqua. Oh my.
My only new addition was this adorable little heart bottle from Michaels for just over a dollar.
It makes me smile. (I love collecting things that make me smile.)
The silver pine cones remind me that it's winter since our weather doesn't.
And of course our heart tissue banner. My girls so look forward to hanging this up every year.
If you're new to my blog, you can see how we made it here.
Can I just interrupt this post to say something? Taking pictures of this mantel is SO difficult because of that impossible mirror!
To take the best picture at eye level head on, well, you can see my head. Drives me crazy! I have to be so tricky to hide myself in these mantel photos. You weren't aware that so much thought and effort goes into these pictures, were you. You weren't aware of my mad "how to hide yourself from the mirror" photo skills, were you. You probably think it took me ten minutes to take these photos in between homework and dinner with not much thought and a crazy two year old running in between my legs. Well. That part might be true. But still. MAD "how to hide yourself from the mirror" photo skills I tell you.
That is why you'll often see a picture of my mantel from this side angle...
or from this one.
And once in a while - BAM - my skills slip (happens to the best of us) and I find yet another mantel picture like this on my camera. The moral of this story is #1 - if you have a blog and like to take pictures of your mantel, think twice before you include a mirror in your decorating. And #2 - if I ever promise to make a post light with words, don't believe me. But you already knew that one, didn't you.
(And that is why I love you all so much. You just let me ramble on and on and on.... )
Back to the mantel! Here are some pictures from past Valentine mantels just because I'm having too much fun for this post to end.
This was last years mantel. It lasted for about 10 minutes until my girls noticed there wasn't any candy involved.
So I changed it to this. Which is similar to my Valentine mantel from the year before...
This mantel was featured on BHG's website - a post full of fun Valentine mantel ideas.
And now we can add this picture to the mix.
They are all pretty similar, but by just changing up a little something here and there, you get a new look for each year.
And with that sage advice, I can officially end this post.
You and I both know it has gone on long enough.