This is the naked mantel. At Christmas it looks beautiful. The rest of the year not so much. Before work I asked Brawn to take the picture down. He forgot so I had to do it. I've been channeling Donna at Funky Junk lately, and today was no exception. Her morning post was about her mantel which was very appropriate for me today. Go look at her's I love it. Now when I started out I had no intention of doing a copy cat, in fact I was going to do a Valentine mantel to share with 52 Mantels but after my sad bagel making attempt I decided to follow the map Donna had laid before me rather than try something new on my own. I wanted to finish it today, and I was already short those 2 early morning hours, plus the bagel making time.
To get some of these........
I have more junk around this house than I know what to do with, so finding stuff to put on the mantel really wasn't a problem. I do have a window but I would of had to walk through that white stuff again and hunt it down. I opted to continue with out a window.
I had a seed sign that never had a home, so it was recruited. Old wire bakery mixing whip that holds a candle, yup going up there. Old box, well I have to take out what's in it, but sure. Bird house - daughter does ceramics so she'll be happy to see that on the mantle. License plates, ummm hmmm, those are in the closet waiting for a great idea for my son's room. So I put all the junk I had handy up there, and then sat down and ate a bagel while I looked at it. I'm not sure I like it (the mantel, the bagel was tasty). I love the Funky Junk mantel so I'll have to play around with mine for awhile and get used to some stuff up there and not where it's been for 10 years. Guess I fear change.
I've been telling Brawn I want to take down the log siding. I would probably like all the "junk" on the mantel if I had a cleaner back ground. I'm tired of the wood. I haven't convinced him yet to take it down, so for now this will do. I think I want to rough up the railroad tie and maybe varnish it to give it some shine like Donna's. At least it's not empty today, it's a long mantel. I think I might be more a family photo and frame on the mantel type girl. Tomorrow I may experiment with that idea, and have Brawn fetch me a window. But for today this stays. My favorite part? Those dog wood branches I trudged through the snow to clip!
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