The only way I know on how to start out this post is to just call myself out. I’ve been blogging for over 2 years and have been decorating my faux mantel. But here is the deal…..I’ve ALWAYS called it a MANTLE not a MANTEL. Yep, I’ve been calling it the wrong thing all these years without anyone telling me. Tragic I know. Don’t believe me, just Google it! (I should have done that the first blog post I wrote about said
mantle mantel.) A blogger friend was so sweet to point it out to me this past weekend on facebook. Thank you Kim at The Kim Six Fix for correcting me so I don’t look like a blogging dork anymore. Talk about a total “duh” moment. I’ve always seen it as MANTLE and not the correct way of MANTEL. Well, now I know!
Maybe I should have paid more attention in spelling and English while in school. Throw me a calculus problem and I’m your gal. I’ve never been your gal if you throw me a sentence diagram, novel, or vocabulary word list. Just ask my kids. When my son was in 4th grade I had to call his English teacher (who had been there since they built the school and was about to retire) and I had to tell her this. “Mrs. Huffman, I’m Bracken’s mom. I hate to admit this, but I have a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and my MBA. Now though, I have no idea how to help my son with this 4th grade English!’ Luckily she was such a sweet lady. Her reply was, “That’s alright honey. If we don’t use it, we just forget it.” Whew! So as you read my blog, don’t judge my grammar or writing style. In return, I won’t judge your math skills.
So let’s get on to the summer MANTEL! Or as I call it, the summer fantel (faux mantel). It warmed up rather quick here in Texas this spring, so the bees came out early. Now with all the rain we have had (21 out of the last 26 days), there is plenty of things blooming for their pollination. So with all this buzz going on outdoors, it gave way to the inspiration behind my summer mantel…..Be My Honeybee!
I’m loving the neutral glittery goodness going on! I got the cute little honeybees from the Dollar Tree about a month ago. I took them and painted them with a cream colored Valspar paint sample from Lowe’s.
Once they were dry, I added some gold leaf to the bee stripes and wings. I just bought this gold leafing from Hobby Lobby.
All bees need some flowers for pollination, so I made some from coffee filters. I used 4 coffee filters per flower. Here is how I folded each filter.
Then you crunch up that quarter piece and add four of them together. You twist them together on the bottom to make a stem, and then staple them together. After you staple, just fluff them out to make a flower.
You know I’m about using what you have, so that’s exactly what I did. I had the coffee filters for the flowers, and then I used the glitter mason jars Rev made me for Mother’s Day. I also used a wine bottle I had repurposed to make it look vintage. Lucky for me, I was able to use a real honeycomb that Gary found last summer in a small tree. Once the bees were gone he snatched it thinking I might use it. He knows me! Then to make my big honeycomb, I used this fabulous packing paper from the Savannah Bee Company that was wrapped around our honey we brought back from out Tybee Vacation. When I unpacked the honey, I was smitten by the paper, and I knew that paper would come in handy!
I wrapped the honeycomb paper around the window frame I use for my mantels. Hung the boxwood wreath back up, and then stuffed in the coffee filter flowers and attached the honeybees.
Here is that real honeycomb on the bottom shelf. Then I made a little pennant banner to hang in between the shelves.
Isn’t it so cute!
You could even use this theme for Valentine’s Day. Hmmm….it may be used again come February 2016! So tell me, what’s all the buzz about with your summer so far?