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Thursday, January 21, 2010

MY FIRST MANTEL PARTY....WOO HOO

MANTEL...a shelf above a fireplace.
MANTLE....a glass globe in a lantern..Other definations can be found on Google.
So, if like me, you have wondered about the correct spelling of a shelf above a fireplace...
it is MANTEL.
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THIS is my first time to play in the weekly new meme....

THE MANTEL PARTY
hosted by BETH at THE STORY OF A 2 Z
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I HAVE ALREADY SHARED with most of my readers the following photos but I don't have the time to change everything up just yet.

SOOO, here they are again ....only this time,
THEY ARE GOING TO A PARTY....
I have a Franklin Woodburning Fireplace that has the stove pipe going right up through the ceiling.
Most wood burning stoves don't have a mantel but...
mine does because I wanted one and MR. SWEET made one for me...
That pipe makes it very hard to decorate but IT CAN BE DONE!! :o)
The black concave mirror above the mantel belonged to my mother.
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I used some of my MACKENZIE-CHILDS pieces to decorate this mantel after I took the CHRISTMAS things off...
And, I LOVE using OLDEN books on my mantel....just seems to gound things a bit.
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Vintage shutters on either side of the stove...just for a little textural interest...and because I happen to be totally in LUV with olden shutters...

* THIS mantel is in my dining room and may I just say...

"O HONEY!

This is BY FAR, the most cherished of all my thrifting treasures....$50.00 for this pine mantel and surround.

The above is as it was decorated at CHRISTMAS... This mantel seems to look better with less. I've never really tried piling the things on because I don't really want anything distracting the fact that the mantel itself has some beautiful things to look at.
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I have since removed the CHRISTMAS wreath and the RED candle...
I have some plans for a new "look" and will share it
at the next PARTY if I get it all together....
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This is a great new meme....
If you stop by and visit all the bloggers eager to show you their talents,
you might get some great inspiration.
I know I did !!
Many thanks for stopping by today...

47 comments:

Jackie said...

I want your mantels.

God bless.

Shelia said...

Beauty, Beauty, Beauty! I love it all BJness! You've got the touch, Dear One! Oh, I'm sure he'll love the cake.
Open your tiny mouth and I'll give you a taste. ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

OH~~~~ What a beautiful mantel~~~~ It encourages me to fluff mine up some, it's pretty boring:(
Have a wonderful day,
Ginger

Blondie's Journal said...

How did I know you would have a little black and red on your mantel?? I LOVE your mother's mirror!! Concave...that is so cool!

The mantel and surround in your dining room is beautiful...what a fabulous deal! It looks really pretty decorated for Christmas.

I hope to get into the party tomorrow when I get my act together. Isn't it fun?

xoxo
Jane

Jeanette said...

Just lovely! Mr. Sweet did a great job and your style is exceptional!

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
Your mantles look so good. I love the Mackenzie Childs items on there.
I always feel cheered when I visit your blog, even if I don't leave a comment very often.
Hugs, Rhondi

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm suffering here. Most of these I could play along...this one I can't! This is our first house without a fireplace and we've complained about it for 6 years! We talk of adding one, but we won't be here forever, so we aren't sure it is worth it. I love yours...and your pretty things.

Sue

The Muse said...

man oh man...
what a mantle...!
anything sporting MC...can only be defined as delightful!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

BJ....your mantels make me smile with delight. I love the colors and all the touches. They are wonderful!

Barb ♥

Gay Vaughan said...

I love the mantels. Following you now from the Texas Blogging gals site. Can't wait for more!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It's all so pretty. You really have beautiful things to play with and it's clear you have fun with it.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty!! I love your mantel. I did this party last week and it was so much fun. Have a great time with it!
Blessings,
Marcia

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi BJ,
Love mantels too. You have some very nice ones. I love your old shutters! Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Sandi

Linda said...

Two mantels...lucky you! I'm lovin' that pretty black mirror! Thanks for coming by for a visit:)

Blessings,
Linda

Taija said...

I'm so glad you joined the mantle party. I love your style, so beautiful!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful BJ, girl I'm so sorry you could not get the video to open right for you...Love the olden shutter and they are so much fun to decorate with girl...I have a few in my guest room and bath I play around with...Hope you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Theresa said...

O BJ, come make mine beautiful too:) Love the books, nice touch! Have a blessed day!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi BJ,
That 50.00 mantel is just awesome!!! What a find and I just love how beautifully you have it decked out in the red and white. Both mantels are just so gorgeous! Cindy

Sage said...

Beautiful! You inspire me to be more creative with mine; thank you for that!
Rita

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Sigh...I so need a mantel! No need to ask what have you been up to my SWEET friend B.J.!
Just stopping in to say hello!
Hugs from Me and Jalina Rose

Judi said...

Hi BJ
Oh I am very inspired by your mantel pictures. Your pictures are lovely and I'm just loving how you've decorated around that pipe. The black and white are wonderful..just gorgeous and it looks so very cozy.
have a wonderful Friday..and weekend!
Judi

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Beeeeeeutiful!

Hooray for Mr. Sweet making a mantle for you. Handy-men are wonderful, are they not? :-)

Hooray for the Hooray for Scott Brown, on your Side Bar!!!

You blog is always so happy, it's a joy to come here. :-)

Gentle hugs...

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

B.J., $50??? For the entire thing??? Wow, girlfriend you seriously scored! Your mantels are gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up and for visiting so many of the linkiers :). Your spirit and grace are appreciated!

Nora Johnson said...

What beautiful pics- you're so clever!

Hope you have a great weekend too

xLOLA:)

Deb said...

BJ...love your mantels...you have a great home...

xinex said...

I love your beautiful mantels, bj and I love that wide shelved pine that you found and $50? What a deal! Of course, I always admired your Mac Kenzie Childs pieces...Christine

Kathy said...

Beautiful BJ...Have fun with the mentel parties...great idea!
Thanks for your words of encouragment...now party on!!!!! xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Both of them are just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing!

Blessings, Grace

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Hi BJ, I LOVE your mantels! Also the MacKensie-Childs collection! You have a beautiful home. I always enjoy reading your posts, you are a lot of fun! Have a great week, and by the way - LOVE that Scott Brown too!
xoxo
Marilyn

Chari said...

Hello sweet lady...

I do declare...what a sweet treat...to get to see both of your beautiful mantels!!! Hehe...I just giggled when I read your definitions of "mantel" and "mantle", Girlfriend! For the longest time I used the mantle spelling for my fireplace mantel! Sheeshh...and I did go to school! Hehe! Did you know that a "mantle" can also mean a cloak or covering like over the robes that they wore in Bible times? Sorry...had to be a little "smarty pants" to make up for the error of my mantel misspellings all those years!!!

Well Darlin', I just adore both of your mantels and you have decorated them both just beautifully! I love all of your pretty black & white Mackenzie Childs pieces...sooo pretty! Okay, I have to ask...you mentioned covering up the stove pipe to your wood stove...how did you do that? Is it behind the mantel and wall? Just curious! We have a wood burning stove in our dining room...sure wished that we would have made it to look like a fireplace. It's kind of been a sore point to me...but I love the extra heat during our long winters! Now...about that fabulous dining room fireplace! Girl, I can't believe that you found that beauty for just $50...that has got to be the deal of the century! I just adore how it looks...what a treasure find! Love all of your mantel "pretties" there too! What a sweet treat...both fireplace mantels for the Friday Mantel Party! Thank you for sharing them with us today, Darlin'!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my "Be Still My Heart" table the other day...loved your sweet comment! I always enjoy our visits, my friend!!!

Kathy said...

I love the mantels!!!!!Kathy

Marianne@Songbird said...

Did I understand that correctly you do not have just one but two mantels! Lucky girl. I can tell you had big fun decorating the mantels, they look great.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Pretty Pretty BJ - love it! By the way...not fair not sharing what your in love with - we aren't very patient :)
Can't wait to see what it is though!!
Have a great weekend!
Karla & Karrie

Anita said...

Gorgeous as always... and I like your Scott Brown message in the sidebar ;)

Liz @ Brambleberry Cottage said...

BJ, your "mantles/mantels" are lovely! I had to laugh about your opening...distinguishing between the two terms. I have an eBay business for The Brambleberry Cottage and very often, you have to spell something incorrectly to get people to find you! LOL

Susie from Bienvenue said...
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Susie from Bienvenue said...

Hi Bj!
Your mantel looks great!! I see your vintage name sign...sweet~
Thank you for your very sweet comment ((hugs)) Susie

Lou Cinda said...

Beautiful!! I LOVE your mantles but the one in the dining room is my favorite! Love the detail work!

Lou Cinda

Mrs.Rabe said...

Beautiful white mantle!

Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind comment!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I know...ha! I saw it for a minute and then right away started your comment and after I sent it....it dawned on me....I guess I look like a complete idot..ha! I took it off but I guess you caught it before it had time to be removed.
It looks good up there..hehe. Ohhh I need a HUGE sonic coke about now. Have a great weekend my sweet friend~

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great mantels, BJ! Great deal on your white one. I love the way you decorated it for Christmas; it looks just right to me! I love your MacKenzie-Childs ware. The black and white has always been my favorite.

Cozy Little House said...

These are beautiful, BJ! Wish I could find something like that for $50. Way to get a bargain!
Brenda

Justine said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I was under the impression that mantel could be spelled either way for the shelf above the fireplace. I guess not! Learn something new every day!

Justine :o )

Tammy@InStitches said...

Ha, I knew mantle was a real word ! Yours are beautiful.

this blessed nest said...

2 mantels??? you lucky duck!

i love them both. they are just beautiful. and how fun is your blog. i love it. it is so welcoming & cheerful.

happy weekend to you!
kellie

Kathleen said...

Very pretty, BJ. I have a mantel that dh built above the fireplace..but I really only decorate it for the holidays..most of the time just family pictures..

Kathleen Grace said...

Your mantels look great BJ, and now you have a reason to change them up every week:>) I just know your will have pretty things to show us each week.