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Monday, February 1, 2010

Made That (Or Un Made That In This Case)

It is February and I am almost seeing the light at the end of the winter tunnel. Time to redress the mantle a bit to reflect the coming change. Away with frosty winter and in with a touch of the outdoors.

In the quest for new/old decor I came across this topiary at GW. My plan was to deconstruct, paint the cute planter base white and use it to hold a pot of herbs in my kitchen. I knew I could find a use for the topiary form later.

As I removed the silk ivy and began to see the bare form emerge I thought maybe I would leave it together, paint it all white and add ruffly coffee filter flowers, maybe dyed in aged pastels, for a spring display.

Wait, I think I like it rustic and rough for now. I want to give the mantle a winter garden look, browns and whites, twiggy and sparse. It is perfect!

I took the material filling the wire form and made a little nest for a left over ornament in the perfect state of aged beauty. A worn yet lovely frame, (also GW) and a touch of silver shopped from my house. Of course some old books, always.

Deliciously imperfect and practically free! Just the way I like it. Now I need to dig out my shed antler sconces that have been boxed up for years. They may have found a home!
Do you love the cute details on the planter base? Someone went to a lot of trouble to make it. There are still pencil lines and numbers on the pieces from when they were cut and put together just so. I wish just by touching a piece so lovingly made we could get an image of the person who created it.
If wishes were nickels I would be a rich woman.

Of course there is a holiday approaching and although I do not go crazy decorating for Valentine's day, I still like to acknowledge it subtly. Plus, this is Made That day. So I took a little heart ornament I made and hung it from the topiary form. Just enough!

Oh and a red strawberry salt shaker for balance. Now to find those antlers!

There is a mantle party going on every Friday at The Stories of A to Z, check it out!

Happy February! P.
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Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

It all turned out so lovely, The nest with the ornament is a great way to display them. Your stitched heart is very sweet also. I've been doing a little rearranging as well, so it's either cabin fever or maybe spring really is around the corner! I hope you just moved the gorgeous wreath you took down, it is fabulous! ~ Theresa

sissie said...

Your mantel looks devine. I love the crusty colors against the white, my kinda love. The touch of red is so sweet. It's perfect.
And, yes the work done by another is something that I think about as well, when I find something handmade. It feels good to be its new owner, even if it is just for a little while.

Lovely post.

Lou Cinda said...

Oh I love everything about this!!

It is divine!!! And the touch of red? PERFECT!

Lou Cinda :)

Linda said...

Really love this make over. The rustic feel is perfect for a bare winter feeling heading to spring. That topiary frame and box is wonderful. The heart pillow is very cute and just a nice touch for Valentine's day.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love that topiary. What a great find. I liked it with the ivy, with the twigs inside and bare too. What a lovely piece. Hugs, Marty

trash talk said...

I love that "spring is just waiting under the leaves" look!
Oh and BTW, did you know the 4th is "Thank a Mailman Day"? I know you will want to give a certain one a huge hug...or something like a tight squeeze around the neck!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I always like what you do with your mantle - and this one is no different. Very nostalgic and stylish - it looks like a mantle in a hip urban loft! Beautiful!

Kris said...

Your mantel looks wonderful. You have such a good eye. I like the planter and topiary form - as is!
And such sweet stitching on your heart ornament. Happy Made That day, kris

zandra said...

So lovely! Glad to hear your package was found! ;o)
Hugz, Z

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It looks beautiful and I love how you took us along on your creative journey! Thanks for linking to the party.

Dining Delight said...

I like the rustic look of the items you've displayed, especially the mirror. The "winter wishes" banner is wonderful as is the red/white heart.


Cindy said...

Lovely lovely! Love how you've juxtaposed so many textures together. And the wreath *swoon*...

Miki said...

The red salt shaker is the perfect finishing touch :-) I love weathered frames too. Your mantel came together and looks amazing. MIKI

Stefanie said...

PERFECT! Really making me look forward to spring!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Your mantel is lovely. The topiary was a great find.