Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentine's Day Mantle

Hello friends!  Here we are again....well....you guys are probably sleeping.....perhaps I should say.....here I am again.....up WAY too late!!  BUT.....I was determined today to get my little Valentine's Day "mantle" done.......so.....I am happy to say....mission accomplished!!  AND.....it is pretty darn cute if I do say so myself!

Sooooo......I won't make you wait......here it is in all it's glory ;)

Sooo....perhaps.....you need a little more information to understand what you are looking at.....

Well....let's start with the easy stuff first.....that gorgeous wreath is now doing double duty......I got it right before Christmas half off at Target.....and I loved it with my Christmas decor......

BUT....after Christmas I put it away......thinking that it was only for Christmas......and I was already making plans to make a Valentine's Day wreath.....

AND then I saw that they had this same wreath for sale again at Target........ah yeah......duh.....it is perfect for Valentines Day too!!

Here's an up close look.....it's SO pretty.....it deserves it's own picture.....


BUT.....what I am really SO excited about are those cuties that are standing on the table......so what are they???

Valentine's Day tiny mailboxes of course ;)

And they are READY for some precious Valentine LOVE notes!!

So.....I'll have to show you some up close pics, so you can see all the details.......but first.....I thought you might be interested in how they came together.....

Well...first I had a major project failure :(  Yeah.....it happens.....

First I started with one of these......


A very cute little packet to make your own mailbox......well.....as I said.....it was an epic failure.....when I put it together it was all lopsided and the door wouldn't stay shut......ugh!!  I actually bought one for one of my daughters playmates as well.....but I've warned her Mom that it may be hard to put together :)  I hope they have better luck......

Mine was so bad that I actually let my dog tear into it.....seriously.....it's just something we do around here.....you know......cheap entertainment....LOL!

ANYWAY.....I was determined to have little mailboxes!!  And I heard that you could get mini mailboxes at Target for $1.....but three Targets later......I still hadn't found any.....BOO!!  Although I heard today that at least one of the Targets in our area does have them.....

BUT....I had already come up with Plan C, which started with these guys.....which I found at Hobby Lobby....the mailboxes were $3.50 and the letters were $0.70 (both were on sale).......

And a little bit of this.....


Ahhh.....I heart you Rustoleum Spray Paint :)

And soon.....I had these.....


At this point I was just giddy....that red spray paint really brought those little mailboxes to life :)

I also picked up these guys at the Dollar Tree....I mean....a mailbox has to have a stand.....right?


And I added some embellishments.....some that came with that first mailbox kit......and some that I found in my old scrapbooking stuff.....and a couple more that I also got at Hobby Lobby....

And soon I had this cute little one made for my precious little Valentine....


Ahhhh.....I can't wait to put some Valentines in there for her!!  I LOVE my little LOVE BUG!!

And I couldn't leave out the Hubs.....so here is his special mailbox......


AND.....since I want to get some love notes too....I made one for me......


Aren't they cute?  I just feel happy every time I look at them :)

And......I can't wait to put some notes in there for my sweeties!!!

Now that you've see the up close details.....here's a few more pics of the mantle all put together.....





And a couple up close pics of the mailboxes on the "mantle".......






Ahhhh.....Love.....isn't it wonderful :)

So.....are you guys doing any decorating for Valentine's Day?  Are you making any mailboxes?  I'd love to know what awesome ideas you guys have....please....do tell!!

Gotta run.....

Until next time....

XOXO-
Kristal


Linking this Post to the Following Parties :)

6 comments:

Lauren @ Summit St Joy said...

These are so adorable!!! And that wreath--- LOVE! thanks so much for linking up to the Handmade Valentine party at Summit Street! :)
xo- lauren

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very cute little mailboxes! Love the wreath!

Rust-Oleum Scott said...

Wow! This is certainly one of the most festive and fun Valentine's Day projects we've ever seen. Amazing job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum to complete your project.

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Lauren-
Thank you SO much!! We are really enjoying our little mailboxes :)


And the wreath...I was watching that pretty thing at Target for "forever"....but it was TO expensive...so I was so thrilled when I found it half price :)


I hope you had a great weekend!
Kristal

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Joy-
Thank you SO much!! We are really enjoying our little mailboxes :)

Kristal

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Rust-Oleum Scott-
Thanks SO much!! It was a really fun project!!

And I always LOVE using Rustoleum spray paint...it's awesome :)

Kristal

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