valentine’s mantel

the valentine’s fairy hit my house early and hard this year.  i generally don’t decorate much for any holiday other than christmas, so for me, this is a big deal.

i have been really inspired by a lot of what i’ve seen on pinterest lately and i decided that this year i would really decorate for valentine’s day!

thankfully, i already had a few decorations, so i wasn’t starting from scratch.  and i pretty much only decorated my mantle.

i went slightly non-traditional and added this pretty jade-y colored stuff to go along with the pink and reds.

how perfect is this?!  lily brought this home from sunday school to finish and it was adorable, so we cut it out and mounted it on a piece of scrapbook paper – instant art!

i am still brainstorming a way to cover up our tv and sean not hating me for it, but for now i just stick to decorating the sides of the mantle.

my mom made this little collage years ago for me.  i was mid swapping out the frame for a newer one when i realized i loved how it looked unframed!

i’ve had these melted crayon hearts for a couple years.  the kids and i did them together – super easy:  make crayon shavings, place between 2 layers of waxed paper, iron, then cut out heart shapes!

to give a little height, i put one of the jars on a milkglass pedestal.

this was a pinterest idea.  oh, how i love how they turned out and they couldn’t be easier!

mason jar + doily + handcut heart + twine = cuteness!

i really resisted adding glitter.  just one little heart.  that reminds me!  i have red and pink glittered candlesticks i could add up there…

the aqua makes me happy!

the banners were really fun to make – i even let the kids help!

i made 3 different ones: pom poms, doilies, and hearts.

the kids loved making the poms.  i bought a few pom pom makers months back and they made the job quick and easy!

silas helped me cut out a handful of the hearts and i just stitched them up on my machine – super easy.

and the birdcage got a little love as well ;)



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    You are using my favorite color combos, girlfriend! Good job, homey.

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    Darling, Darling cute! I have one project from Pinterest for Valentine’s Day on my list of many projects. I will try and post it on my blog when I get it done. LOVE LOVE LOVE Pinterest. You have inspired me to think about decorating for Valentine’s Day as well. I was just thinking this morning how drab and boring the house feels without the Christmas decorations (confession: I just took them down last week!) – so some pretty hearts and doilies here and there might be just the ticket!!

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    Oh, How cute! I love the red, pinks, white, and aqua combo. It’s so classic. I may have to decorate something, but we don’t have a mantle or fireplace in our 1910 Bungalow; completely WEIRD and disgruntled.

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    Cute! Of course, I (country girl) love the use of the mason jars. And the garlands are adorable.

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    So fresh & happy!! I love the mix of turquoise with all of your Valentine pink & red. Very cheerful. Happy Valentine’s Day!! : )

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    Beautiful! And so happy. I have so many mason jars that I could do that with!


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    CUTE! This weekend has been designated (by me) as decorate for Valentine’s Day weekend. We don’t normally do much, but I LOVE sewing paper garlands, so that’s going to happen! I might be copying a few of your ideas here.

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    We are moving to a house with a mantle in June and I just sent this to my fiance and said “this is happening!”. Your mantle came out SO wonderfully! I love me some Valentines day!
    -Kate from

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    Love the mantel! I made a paper heart garland too this year.

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    Very cute! I pinned some of the same ideas!

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    seriously love your house and all the decorating you do!!! the mantle looks adorable :)

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    Oh Lindsey, it looks darling! Thanks for kicking my butt into gear to decorate my house for valentines day. Come to my house and finish decorating it for me! Love the mantle!

    It’s time we get a date on the calendar my friend!!! Love you! You guys are on my prayer list for the next few weeks. Xoxo

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    Those mason jars are adorable! I may just have to be a copycat and try it with my mason jar collection :)

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    I LOVE it all!! Do you think your daughter’s sunday school teacher might share her source for that print? I’d love to do that with our homeschool co-op!

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    very very pretty.

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    love the blue jar with the doily and twine!!! i am so doing this to add to my decor!!! thanks for sharing ;)

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    This is SUPER cute!!! Is there any way we can get the source for the print your daughter colored??? I’m always looking for new fun crafty things for my Kids Ministry at church!

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    LOVE it! Great colours and fantastic ideas. One of my favourite things is the mason jars. :)

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    Oh my word! Can you say adorable?!?!?

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    This looks awesome! I’ve been trying to find the time to make a Valentine garland. Love all your ideas.

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    Love it! I’ve been looking for a Pom Pom maker for awhile… Figures its st the store that I’m boycotting! :( they are so fun to make, I gotta do it. Just hopefully not from Joann’s!

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    Love your choice of colors! Also, do you think your daughter’s sunday school teacher would share where she got that printable? I love it and would like to add it to my V-day decor this year.

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    Love your mantle. The garland is awesome!! So pretty for Valentine’s Day!

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    The jars are my favorite!!! I keep meaning to try to sew some sort of paper banner on my sewing machine…. Maybe Valentines is just the reason!

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    Last night I came across the valentine’s mason jar craft AND that dress you’re planning to make (love the fabric you got for it!) on pinterest! I love them both!! :)

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    Your mantel is gorgeous!! I love how you mixed in the aqua, and how you did three different banners. My favorite part is the milk glass pedestal bowl with one of the jars in it. Love, love it all!!
    Have a great weekend,
    Laurie @ Gallamore West :)

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    I love the colors…. Awww. So pretty…have a great weekend! Xo

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    So lovely. I usually don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day either… but you’ve got the wheels turning in my head now! My colour scheme of late has been red and aqua… so I LOVE everything on your mantle…especially the jars. Maybe this year, a few hearts thrown into the mix around my house would be nice too… thanks for the inspiration!

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    So pretty! I really love the pom pom garland. I am a new follower visiting from Show and Tell Saturday. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    Soo cute! I can’t wait to have kids so I can go crazy decorating for V day!! I might try it this year and see what the Mr. says! Haha.

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    Super cute! Love it! :)

    Angela | PoodlePoddles

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    heather_kaye says:

    Another request for the “He First Loved Us” heart – maybe just whichever company your church uses for their materials? That would be perfect for my Sunday school kids…

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    Love your decor and I saw you featured on Tater Tots and Jello. I pinned your work on Pinterest! I am currently working on Love Day decorations. Can you tell me how you attached the pom poms to the yarn? Also, I googled the worksheet and didn’t find it. I would love a link for it too! It seems like a pretty popular request! Blessings!

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    Yet one more request for the “He first loved us” coloring sheet! How wonderful to include the real source of love this season! Gods love = real LOVE!!!!! Your amazing mantel has inspired me to decorate…..

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    Just wanted to let you know I featured your project on my “Fifteen Favorite Finds Valentines” on my blog! Thanks for the inspirations! <3 Amy Lou

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    Love your mantel… you thought of everything! I’d love to include your sweet mason jars in a post this week, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Take care,


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    I am also dying to know where to find that coloring page!!! It is so adorable and I would love to do it with my kids!!! Any way you could find out and share??? PRETTY PLEASE????

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    And…love everything!

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    I’m always looking for ideas to decorate my mantel. These decorated jars are so much fun for Valentine’s Day! I’ve also included your adorable craft in my latest post: “24 Valentine Crafts To Make in an Afternoon” roundup! :)

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    You made some respectable factors there. I regarded on the internet for the problem and located most people will go along with with your website.

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