Summer Mantel

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I wanted to share my summer mantel with you today. I put all my milk glass away at Christmas to make room for glitter houses, and snow globes, and it’s been in the basement since then. With summer temperatures rising, it seemed like the perfect time to get it out and enjoy a light, bright and white milk glass display again.

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I wanted to create a layered effect on the mantel, so I added my new scale, another find from the Christie Antique show, a picture I bought ages in the “scratch and dent” at IKEA of Queen Anne’s lace, and this sweet little picture that my mom bought me for Christmas at the One of a Kind show. It says, “I am only one. But still I am one.” I love it. There are two others on the book case that match.

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I decided to add some ferns to the milk glass. Love how it turned it. So simple, and so pretty.

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I took down the wreath that usually hangs over the mirror, and it seemed a little empty. Things were definitely taking on a vintage look, and I remembered a little container of keys I had. A few summers ago I was at an auction, and the auctioneer made a bundle out of some old milk bottles I wanted and some other stuff in a basket. I didn’t even know what was in there until I got home with it. Among some assorted junk was an old container of keys. I stuck it on a shelf in the garage, thinking someday I’d make something cool out of it. Today was the day. I used some white butcher twine to make a sweet little vintage key garland.

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I love how it turned out.

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I also decided to revamp the bookcase with milk glass.

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I added the other two little pictures, and the rest of my milk glass collection.

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This one says “Be kind”. And the final little picture says “Create”.

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All the white feels summery and fresh. I love how it turned out. I have to say though. that getting all the milk glass out made me think I really need to restrain myself at the next garage sale that has milk glass. Or, maybe I just need to clear a few more shelves off. 😉

This post is linked up at Tatertots and Jello, and The Lettered Cottage.

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  1. I just discovered your blog–and am so glad I did! I love what you did with your mantel. And oh my goodness your crepes and pies look so delicious. I LOVE pie. I really like all your DIY projects. I’m a big yardsaler and DIY wannabee (I’ve done a few projects, but nothing too extraordinary). But I do love yardsaling because you can find so many great things and much cheaper than thrift stores. Have you ever heard of (Hopefully, I linked it right…). It’s a great site for yardsaling because you it lists and maps local yard sales. Just wanted to pass that on to a fellow DIYer!

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