Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Real Life Red Mantel

mantel, Valentine"s
 Keeping with my vow to keep things simple and uncomplicated around here at Wilkeswood Manor, I decorated my den with real life red items.

These red things normally spread here and there were corralled into the den and place carefully.  

(Yeah, right!  It took twenty minutes.)

Let's look at things that caught my eye and promised to give me joy for the next few weeks.

 The heart basket usually hangs outside the front door, but I used it for Sweet Kitty instead.

A red wood/metal box repurposed from the Christmas decorations hold my prim sheep made by Brenda at The Rusty Thimble.

Yes, there is one black sheep.

Yes, you do see bottle brush trees.

 My huge Carr ironstone pitcher holds a beautiful bouquet of fake berry branches on a stack of red dictionaries and the cloth scrap that was Dear Deer's scarf on the winter mantel.

I weighed the pitcher - a whopping four pounds and four ounces.  

Can you imagine a waitress having to serve from that thing!?!

There's Teeny in her chair.

(A funny story about the fake berry branches.  The "berries" are plastic and suffer from excessive static cling.  Scout was helping by staying right underfoot wearing his Cone Of Shame. I looked down to see him spinning around chasing the "berries" clinging to the plastic of the cone.  I like to have never got all those "berries" rounded up and in the trash!)

Besides Teeny, the red plaque moved up to the mantel with another stack of red dictionaries and thread spools.

What is that glow?

A red egg basket from Tractor Supply filled with white lights.

Also left from Christmas.

A warm, wonderful view during these cold winter nights.

It is a real life red mantel.

Most all of it reused from the Christmas decor.

Life can be simple and joyful.

You just have to try.

See y'all!

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  1. Very pretty for Valentine's Day! My favorite is the red egg basket full of lights. Love the warm glow it brings to the mantel...:) Keep warm!
    Blessings, Vicky

  2. Good Job Donna ... smart move to move from Christmas to Valentine without a lot of changes. I like it.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. Love the way you rounded up all the red at Wilkeswood Manor! LOL! Of course, I love the sheep and the fact that Scout has found some minor amusement from the cone of shame!

  4. Love the pops of red! One of my fav colors. The primitive sheep are just darling too! Great way of using some leftover Christmas items. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. Thanks for the visit to highpointcircle.blogspot. Thought I'd return the visit and see that red mantle.

  6. Everything looks so warm and cozy. Great job from some beautiful treasures you already had. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Everything is so warm and pretty. Love the mantle and the story about the berries! I love lights and yours in a basket is nice and glowy!

  8. loving all the red at your home. I was sad to put away my Christmas decor too and left my lights in jars up. Hadn't thought of incorporating into Valentines decor, so am thinking of stealing your ideas if you don't mind ;-)

  9. What a creative mantel. I'm really lovin' that ironstone pitcher too. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I like the rustic red, and the ironstone! I'd love for you to share your ideas at my first ever link party tomorrow, Jan 31st, at The party is open until Sunday, and I hope to see you there!


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