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Friday, January 25, 2013

Valentines Day Mantel (Easy Decorating}

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There's nothing I like more than free decorating. Yes, you read that dollars. Made from supplies that I already had on hand.  (Let me apologize in advance for the bad humor...keep'll know why in a minute.)

I should also mention that they're easy...REALLY easy.  In fact, they're so easy that anyone could do them.

It's true. All of the crafts that you see here: tissue paper flowers, paper heart and pom pom garlands all easy... even the paintings. They're projects that can be done with children. In fact, they're so easy that a person could even do them one handed. 

If you're not following Serendipity Refined on Facebook, let me explain.  The hand that you see above, (appropriately clad in Valentine's Day pink),  is mine.

One week ago today, I had a little slip and fall accident and injured my wrist.
                                                              My left wrist.
                                                                                                    Did I mention that I'm left handed??? 

Yep, sometimes I'm not as graceful as I'd like to think that I am. This is the fourth time for this wrist.

Sad,... but true.

So, when I told you that anyone  do could do these crafts, I meant it....and when I said one handed, I meant that too! I made the heart garland (punched from card stock and threaded on cotton string), the pom pom garland (made using a pom pom maker and wool yarn and white cotton yarn), and the paper flowers (simple tissue paper and waxed twine), and decorated the room using my right hand, the fingertips on my left hand....

                                                                                                        ...and a whole bunch of determination.

Okay, I'll admit that the mixed media paintings were completed before my little mishap. If you'd like to see how I made them, click HERE.  

And the cute felt wreath is the one that I made last year.  For the tutorial, on how to make it, click HERE.  

A few white painted birch twigs in my vintage market basket filled with tissue. Books, covered with gift wrap, in a stack, topped with a lantern.  An old laundry basket, filled with blankets for curling up with a good book on chilly Midwest winter nights. 

The basket is probably my favorite thing in the room right now. It seems that I'm nearly always chilly and I love having a basket full of warm blankets on hand...plenty for everyone!  There are quilts, hand stitched by my mother-in-law and afghans, crocheted by me in the collection. 

                                                                                                                           My favorite? This one...

...made by my mother in law years before I knew her. Hand pieced, hand stitched. It was made from reclaimed fabric, cut from favorite pieces of clothing. It's beautiful. 

On the "coffee table" (a chicken carrier fitted with vintage steel wheels), rests a white wicker tray.  In it, a hurricane lantern, now filled with candy conversation hearts and a vintage pink candy box from my collection (you can hear about the hearts and see more of my collection HERE.), as well as some of my favorite valentines from my favorite guys.

I still have a couple of things to add to this room. I'll share them soon.

In case I haven't told you lately, thanks for reading. I appreciate you! 


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  1. You are still going to be getting a "poor baby" from me Kimberly. One handed you decorate circles around me lady! How darling. It's fun and playful. And the pom poms are so cute (and on trend might I add) Well of course they are! You're fabulous :) You rest those fingers now. And get better!! While I go pin this Qt ;)

    1. You're so sweet, Shannon! My wrist is getting a little better every day. As for my Valentine's Day decorating...well, it's "all over the place"...some is bright, some vintage, some still in a bin in the basement. It's a good thing that the weekend is here...maybe I'll get a couple of things done! xo

  2. I'm sorry about your hand! I love your mantle, especially the heart paintings. I have some heart garland and now I think I need to add pom poms. So cute!

    1. Hi Katrine. They are easy to do. Just cut a piece of cardboard the size that you want your finished pom, wrap the yarn around it a bunch of times (not too tigitly)carefully slide the yarn off, tie a piece of waxed twine in the middle as tightly as you can and then snip the loops and trim as needed. I used a needle and cotton yarn to thread them. Good luck! xo

  3. I love all the fun pops of bright color. Really brings the room to life.

    1. Hi Carrie, It's a very "happy" place to be on cold, grey, January days. Non-traditional colors but very "Valentine-y" I think :)

  4. Oh no sorry to hear about that fall!LOVE your pretty bright mantle!

  5. I ADORE your mantle!! This is so cute and creative... even more amazing that you managed it one-handed! Found you on the Common Ground linky party :)

  6. OMG, I love it! So bright and cheery! Great handed! Hope you feel better soon.

  7. Seriously... this is so pretty and the colors are just crazy cute! Hope your wrist will heal in record time!

    Take care,


  8. I can't even make a bad joke about the one armed crafter because you beat me to it. They should have you on a Hobby Lobby commercial, you know like Geico, so simple a one handed crafter could do it.


  9. Sorry about the injury.. but on the bright side, this mantle is SO gorgeous and bright..... I LOVE IT!! Wish i could see it in person on this cold, snowy day! pinning it and following you :)

  10. Oh Kimberly this just made me smile from ear to ear! So pretty, colorful and happy! Thanks for sharing with the pinterest party.

  11. This is one of the prettiest displays I've seen. I love all the bright, happy colors. And I can't believe you did it one-handed.

    Are you sure some other blogger didn't smash your wrist, Tanya Harding style, to level the playing field. It clearly didn't work. You still win gold.

    And you even blogged one handed. Superwoman.

  12. To say envious is to simple! First wish I had a mantel (heck with the fireplace) second - I LOVE IT!! The colors are so refreshing, so new so full of joy, incredible job! Lori

  13. I am so in love with the colors you used and pretty much everything about this!

  14. Woah HELLLLLLLLOOOOO GORGEOUSNESS!!! I am in LOVE with all the color (and coming from a neutral lover) That's a big deal! Pinning and sharing on FB! XO

  15. This mantel is so pretty! The colors are fabulous!

  16. Beautiful! And I'm SO sorry about your wrist - how did I miss that till now? Maybe the fact that we have been dealing with the flu for the past week?
    Hope that wrist heals fast - at least it has a fun pink color I guess!

    1. Thanks and I hope that you're feeling better Jill!

  17. love your mantle- the colors are my favorite! I just shared your post on google+! ;) hope your wrist is feeling better! Saw your link on the link up on I gotta try that ... have a great week!

  18. I absolutely LOVE this! :) So sorry to hear about your wrist -- at least it's pink for Valentine's Day. 0:)

    Visiting from the Pin It - Make It link-up -- what a cute blog you have! :)

    Fabulously Vintage
    Shannon Loves Design

  19. This is so beautiful. And sorry for your broken wrist. Hope you will feel better soon!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog's twitter, FB, G+ and Pinterest. I blog for health: Lipoid Pneumonia, Breast Cancer & Petroleum Jelly

  20. I always see paintings similar @ festivals & they're so expensive, I love you're more & am going to try! What kind of paint did you use? Is it the acrylic from stores such as michael's or Joann's? Did you use paintbrushes? Also, did you stencil on the letters, then use stickers or wooden letters for the stand out word? Thanks so much, great paintings! :)

    1. Hi Rebecca, I got the canvas for 70% off on a one day sale at Michaels. The paints were just craft paints (Plaid, Folk Art, etc). Yes, I used a 2 inch brush and a 1 inch brush to do the background. The hearts are tissue paper and magazine photos that were Mod Podge-ed onto the original white canvas prior to the painting. The black outlines were done with a writing tip and black paint. The letters were free-handed using sharpie marker and a T-square and then I filled them in with a little more black paint. The "stand up" letters were cardboard letters that I got at Hobby Lobby and Michael's painted flat black and hot glued on. Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

  21. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply, I really appreciate it! Have a great day & hope you're feeling better. :). Rebecca

  22. Love the colors! Hope you're feeling better quickly.
    Homa Style is having a Valentine link party going on now. I would love it if you linked up your Valentine mantle. The link is

  23. I love love love all the bright colors. So cute! so sorry about your wrist. Get better! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Kimberly - wishing you a speedy recovery! Ouch! I love your Valentine's display. So happy and cheerful! I'm including a link back in this week's features. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. Hope you're feeling better!

  25. Hope you're feeling better but in the meantime,I just adore your Valentine Mantel! Wow.. I just love all the happy colors, paintings and pom poms... It is just perfect!
    I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  26. Makes my heart on fire. Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday.


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