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Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Teeny Tiny Weekend Makeover

I love changing things up a bit on my dining room VINTAGE mantel.
It has gone thru LOTS of changes, depending on my mood at the time.
Seems, like as above, sometimes, I want things all straight and nothing out of the ordinary...
Then, it starts looking a little boooor-ing 
so I shake things up a little.
 SOOOO,
I started with a little
THIS and THAT.....
 .......AND  decided to go a little
FRENCHY......Oooh La La
 A basket of lavender....
faux, of course,
and these awesome vintage shoe stretchers add that GROUNDING we need in the displays of our treasures....




My mother gave this garden statue to me over 35 years ago and I used it in my flower garden for years and years.

Then, one day I needed something tall.......
and heavy......
and awesome on one end of my mantel.

He has lived here ever since.




The vintage WOODEN SHOE FORM came from my son's
Custom Hats and Shoe Repair Shop.

He is such a sweetie and gave me several of these to use in my decorating. I told him just as soon as THE CRAZE was over, I'd bring them back to the shop.....he said "no need...we have plenty...."
Thanks so much for looking at my tiny little mantel makeover.
It was fun....
but now, I have to work on the rest of the room.
and clean the rest of the house...
and make cookies.....
and go to the grocery store....
and finish my washing...
! ! !
SHEEEZE......
xoxo bj








I hope ya'll have a fabulous weekend.....
I am joining in on the fun at

54 comments:

Dixie said...

I like it! wish I had a mantel to decorate!! love the shoe stretchers and the St. Francis!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love your new mantel do....

St. Francis looks great there along with the shoe molds, lavender and boxes...

Have a wonderful weekend!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Love the lavendar and what a pretty clock that is.

Loretta said...

I Like it! Nothing fancy...just you! Hugs

NanaDiana said...

Just wondering what you are going to do in your spare time when you are through with your "list". I love your little This & That mantle. That statue is especially endearing and I love that it reminds you of your Mom. Cute little clock, too! xoDiana

Vee said...

It looks lovely and a little springy too. I must get going myself as there'll be company for supper. Maybe I can figure out a bit of decorating before five!

Marilyn said...

My favorite part of your mantle is the lavender ....
Have a Great Day!!
Marilyn

Debbiedoo's said...

All your changes are great, depending on your mood, which I am thinking is pretty darn good most of the time. I just adored your comment on my abstract. You made my day:)!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

The mantle make-over is *weekend stuff.* But not all the work-type-stuff you mentioned. Nope, don't do all that work-type-stuff on the weekend. ,-)

Shushhhhhhhhhhhh... Don't tell anyone... But my mantle is still in Valentine's Day Mode. Eeeek! Isn't that awful?!? -gigggggles-

"I used to be pure as the driven snow, but I drifted." ~Mae West

Deserae said...

Your new mantle vignette is so pretty! Love the lavender and shoe stretchers.....
~Des

Julie Harward said...

Love your this and that changes, looks great. Have a wonderful weekend! ;D

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh my B.J it looks so lovely...I love your statue its so beautiful..can't believe you have had him so long..its the perect mix!! Lots of love,Chrissy

TexWisGirl said...

st. francis is always a favorite of mine - anyone who loves animals like he did is a friend to me!

Susan said...

Your mantle transformation is very pretty! I am always changing things out, I get bored so easily with stuff.

Abramyan Avenue said...

Love your mantle. I have had the same mantle basics since I moved into my house seven years ago. All I can say for myself is that was before Pinterest, at least that's my excuse. I am looking forward to making changes, big changes. I think the mantle really sets the tone of the room and I am ready for a change!
How nice of your son to send over the shoe stretchers..they are super cute!! I love how you incorporated them!!
Have a great weekend!
-april
p.s. I SHOULD be cleaning and washing clothes and cooking but instead I am sitting in my big old comfy chair, browsing blogs and watching Netflix. Sometimes you just have to give yourself lazy days!

Deb said...

Very pretty, BJ. I love the St. Francis of Assisi statue. I have always wanted one for a garden so it is on my list of things to buy someday. Have a fun weekend. Deb

Lady Jane said...

I love the shoe stretchers also and St. Francis. My yard isnt complete in the summer without him looking over the birds and my garden. It all looks mighty fine BJ. Hugs. LJ

Sarah said...

I'm liking the Frenchy look. ~ Sarah

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your fabulous mantel display. The basket, lavender and the boxes, how fun is that. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

Elizabeth said...

Love the new mantle!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your mantel redo looks soooo pretty BJ! I have a statue of St. Francis in my garden too, he looks great on your mantel!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Following you on Linky:)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi bj, remember the rule is less laundry, and more fun like tweaking the mantel. Your's is beautiful. How handy to have a son with goodies for your decor! Linda

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Ok...sorry to your son, but I would be a keeping those shoe stretchers!!
Love the boxes too!!

raggygirlvintage said...

Loving those frenchy touches!
Tracey

Daffodil Hill said...

Love your mantel makeover!

Patti said...

Looks lovely - thought of you the other day: I ve been in Fla and Neiman Marcus at Boca Raton Mall had the prettiest table setting of M-C - I wanted to grab it all and run!

Theresa said...

Loved your Teeny Tiny Makeover:) I wish I could change mine up! I change it to Christmas and then put it right back! Perhaps I will mix things up this week! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Feb. 26th

Dear "BJ" I know you have been a fan of Fats Domino for years. Did you know that his Birthday is today? He turns 84 today, 2/26/'12.

"Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."
~ Jane Austen

Rettabug said...

Loved seeing St. Francis of Assisi up on your pretty Frenchy mantle, BJ! (His mother was French!) He founded the Franciscan Order, “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps.”

I got tired just reading your list of things you have yet to do!
Oh & my DH still uses shoe molds like those wooden ones!! LOL

Hugs,
Rett

Kathleen said...

Looks great! Love the St. Francis Statue. I went to a Franciscan College in Ohio, and son went to a Franciscan HS here in NY.

I hope my lavender comes back this year!

Happy Birthday to Fats, let's stroll!

Sall's Country Life said...

BJ, you have a real knack for this and that! Your mantel looks beautiful and ready for spring!

Tracy said...

BJ, your changes always look marvelous...I need you to come and change things around for me. I get bored with stuff but never have the ideas...

reFresh reStyle said...

It looks great, love that you got shoe molds from your son! My list include everything that yours does! I just need some motivation!
Debbie

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Love it! So unique, interesting, and doggone pretty! :) The shoe mold and "this and that" baskets are too cute! You did good!

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
You have done a fabulous make~over on your mantle! Isn't it amazing how one thing just leads to another...and another...and another? Have a wonderful week, dear friend!
Fondly,
Pat

Anonymous said...

Love it.....will try it

eileeninmd said...

Love the St Francis statue and the basket of lavender. Your mantel looks lovely, well done! I hope you have a great week ahead.

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Hi BJ! Love the whole mantle vignette. The lavender may be faux, but it adds just the right pop of color and looks very realistic to me! And those shoe stretchers are fab! I love vintage pieces that were strictly utilitarian when they were originally created but are so decorative today.

Stopping by and newly following from Masterpiece Monday. Have an awesome week!

Pamela Gordon said...

I think your new decor on your mantel looks very pretty. I love the shoe stretchers. Have a great week. Blessings, Pamela

Diane Duda said...

very nice!

Sandi McBride said...

I love the originals, I love the changes...does that make me a flibberty gibbet? lol
hugs
Sandi

Kim, USA said...

I like your St. Francis statue, awesome decorations you have here thanks for sharing.

Kim,USA

shutterbuggbitten said...

What a beautiful mantle to decorate! I love the last shot.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love your header. Lovely job on your mantle and I love St. Francis and have been looking for a statue for a long time.

SmilingSally said...

Hi BJ,

You're having fun playing with your mantle.

bj said...

Just in the BLINK OF AN EYE, my comment site has changed. I just don't get WHY things change all the time.
IF ANYONE NOTICES THAT THE DREADED, HATED AND "WANNA STOMP ON IT AND KILL IT"
WORD VERIFICATION, please let me know right away.
Thanks and I love ya'll,
bj

sabri said...

looks alot like my post last week...i know everyone is happy for spring to come as so am i..23 days and counting..xo ~sabri~

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

What a sweet mantel! You've got great taste! :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love, LOVE LOVE Lavendula, Lavender, anything French, as well as Italian in style and also a little Shabby Chic. Enjoyed this post~

sabri said...

yes bj...i hate the word ver.too...i noticed last night when i left a comment it did not show up until today.i have not had to do the word ver. yet..but it did not take my comment until today..still lovin the ice cream sunday...yum..

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love you "itty" makeover,bj! And I think your blog photo's look great. I have been having the same thing happen..sometime you sort of ..wonder. Don't you?

The Tablescaper said...

Love all of the textures. Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- the Tablescaper

Becolorful said...

Oooh I am crushing on this new vignette. Very pretty. Kind of Pottery Barn French looking. :D Nicely done. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful
pam