I’m still having a few problems with this site, but it’s about 95% fixed now. Hopefully it’ll be at 100% by tomorrow. I am so technically challenged and was at a total loss as to what to do. My site was just gone, totally gone, nothing there, grrrr! No pictures, words, comments, nothing! And of course I was panicing. How the heck does that happen? Luckily Hubby’s a lot smarted than me and worked tirelessly to get it up and running again. Oh, I love him and how smart he is. Thanks Hubby!

Anyway, what to do with a mantel when you’re tired of winter, but not ready to decorate for Spring or Easter yet. I want Spring, but I’m not quite ready to decorate like it’s Spring. So, I walked around my house looking for things that might work as a “between the seasons” mantel. I had also stopped by Ross earlier in the week and picked up a few things. The mirror stayed put from the Valentine’s mantel.


I bought the frame from D.I. for $1 a few months ago and spray painted it black. I’ve had the bird for a long time. I buy birds when I see one that appeals to me and have quite a few.


The tall candle holders came from Ross for $5 a piece. I had the rocks, candles and bird already. The dollar store is a great place to buy these rocks.


The green vase/candle holder came from Ross for $1.49. It’s my little bit of color for the mantel. And great for St. Patrick’s Day too. I already had the flowers.


The other tall jars are the ones I made a few weeks ago. They’re filled with sand and shells we found in Florida. I guess that’s Summery, but I like the way they look.


Well, that’s the mantel decor until I decide to decorate for Easter. I like that it’s really neutral with just a pop of color. I’m usually very symmetrical, so this was a challenge I gave myself.  I like how it turned out and for very little money.


I’m linking to:

Creative Cats at Poppies at Play

Victory of the Week at Design-aholic

Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Made It Monday at The Persimmon Perch

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Project Parade at The DIY Showoff

Make Your Monday at Twice Remembered

Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts

Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Toot Your Horn Tuesday at A Silly Lttle Sparrow

Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home

Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple

Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life as Lori

Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville

Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous

Viewer Inspirations at So You Think You Can Decorate

Shop the House Sunday at Finesse Your Nest

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy February 19, 2010 at 3:36 am

It looks great! Love the birds :)

lucy February 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

very nice! You did well balancing it but not in a symmetrical way:)And congrats on the new grandbaby!! My 3rd one is due in July, I LOVE this stage in life!

Creative Decor by Brooke February 19, 2010 at 8:11 am

Love the frame with nothing in it (but the bird)and the rocks. Great ideas. I just did two mantel’s on my blog. One just like you gathering things around the house and the other I bought a few things.
Love your ideas.

Kansas Amy February 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

I used to love decorating my mantel… until we got a big tv put over it. Darn, those evil boxes! ;) Your mantel looks great!

Carmie February 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I too love birds! Beautiful mantel!

Kelly Brumley February 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Very fresh and lovely to look at! Love it!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife February 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

This is so beautiful! Love your blog! = )

Andy Porter February 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

IT looks amazing! I’m coveting your mantle! So gorgeous!

Carmen February 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I like the idea of using the little rocks. I never would have thought of that. Your mantel looks great! I’m in the same place right now. Just took down my Valentine’s decorations and I’m not quite ready to get my spring decor out yet.

Liz@HoosierHomemade February 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Very pretty! Love the candles and the rocks! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Merrie February 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

So happy I am to stumble on your blog after visiting Jess’ Journey. I have been obsessing over my mantel for the same reason, and thought that the solution might be clear glass or crystal vases and containers. Your post proves the theory right.
Your mantel looks wonderful, and I am so happy to see a beautifully decorated mantel that has more than four objects on it.
Love the little bird perched inside the empty frame. It’s just the perfect touch for the promise of spring.

Sandra February 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Very nice…I redid my mantel this weekend too and was in the same mindframe…not quite ready for spring or easter either. Come stop by when you can.

Allison February 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I love the birds and little rocks! Nice mantel decor before Spring arrives.

Drop by AtticMag this week to see my home on tour,

Roeshel @ The DIY Show Off February 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

So pretty! I’m addicted to birds right now and love the little pebbles. Perfect! You always do such a great job! Thanks for linking to the DIY Project Parade – you know I love seeing your ideas! :)

Jessi @ Yankee Belle Home February 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

Very pretty! I like the idea of just a frame coupled with the mirror. And I also pick up little birds whenever I find them!

cristin @ simplified bee February 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

love the little birdie too!!!


Kara February 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

It turned out just beautiful! Love the little birdy behind the frame and the jars filled with sand and shells. Very classy!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage February 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Love it!!! :) <—wordpress says my comment is too short so I will comment on that! ;)

jenny February 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I love the birds, I think they add so much character to your mantel! It looks really nice, so good job!

Shannon February 24, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Your mantle is so pretty. I hear ya on being not technical.. I have so many issues with updating my blog, and I am always asking for help from my hubby.

robyn February 25, 2010 at 9:13 pm

GORGEOUS and I love the asymetrical design! It’s great to challange your self like that…you ROCKED the challange! I also pick up birds when I like them. I’ve always loved birds but it might be because of my name!

Susan February 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Your mantle looks great!!

Lia from Petite Little Bee February 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I love you decor. The little bird is so cute. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Lia

jenjen February 26, 2010 at 12:25 am

So cute! I love that little bird. And inside the frame. Adorable!

Thanks for linking this up. I love it!


Hootin' Anni February 26, 2010 at 4:52 am

Very pretty….I love the wine colored wall too.

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Tracy February 26, 2010 at 7:21 am

Very nice makeover! I love the framed bird! The rocks and shells are great and right up my alley! I have beachy stuff scattered all around my house.

~ Tracy

lori February 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

You did a nice job on your mantel. I’m ready for spring as well…

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Kim@cheapchichome February 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

This is a nice in between look.

somedaycrafts February 27, 2010 at 2:06 am

If that ever happened to my site, I would quit blogging!!! You ALWAYS have great ideas! Beautiful mantle!

The Saved Quarter March 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm

The birds are adorable! <3

Laurie at the Turner Farm March 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Say both your entries over at SYTYCD. Both are wonderful. Look forward to seeing more of your blog.

Laurie at the Turner Farm March 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

oops.. meant saw both your entries over at SYTYCD. Both are wonderful. Look forward to seeing more of your blog.

Kendall @ Finesse Your Nest March 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

Your new mantle decor looks great! I love the shape of the glass candleholders with the rocks inside! You are right; Dollar store is a great place to find them. Or if you’re really brazen like me, you pay your 9yr old $5 to collect rocks out of the flower beds at Panera! Ha! Love the birds too. I bought those at Dollar Tree and have plans to decouppage them soon!

Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday!!

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