I don’t know about you, but I think one of the worst feelings in the entire world is to feel left out. Whether it’s intentional, accidental, preventable, whatever. It always just sucks to not be included and know about it. No?
And you people have some seriously beautiful mantels out there. And you host mantel parties. And you update your mantels for each season, or holiday, or, like my friend Emily, your blog’s name is 52 Mantels and you update your mantel every week!
And, Emily even had a fun little mantel challenge to create a mantel entirely out things made from paper. And, it was Emily who suggested I take one of the driftwood shelves in my kitchen and pretend it’s a mantel, somewhat fantel-esque. Brilliant!
I did not make my summer mantel entirely out of paper, but I did try my hand at a couple of paper mantel accessories. Like a book page bowl and a paper mache letter B. And I decided to go with a summer theme, cause, well, it’s summer. And I’ll apologize now that all of the pics are relatively dark. This was a late afternoon project in an east facing kitchen.
The grey lettering says “you’re pretty much my favorite of all time in the history of ever”, words I found Pinterest. True statement.
Ohhhh, I could put the little blue mason jar with the pretty white flowers on the end where the paper bowl was, then I could put the word art I made Joel back on the other side and all would be right with the world.
I didn’t actually realize how much I missed fiddling with decor like that until I lost a couple
hours minutes doing just that. The reality is, I can’t keep it like that, because our glass containers filled with food stuffs need a home and storage space doesn’t seem to just be appearing at random in this little breadbox of a house.
But, it sure was fun to be back in the game, even just for a
hour minute. AND, it has inspired me to rework a few things around here that I plan to make happen this summer. Meaning there will be some changes in this here home, and since it’s designated to happen in the summer, one might call it a Season of Change. More to come on that in July, but it is bound to be a ton of fun. You just wait.
In the meantime, have you heard of the Before & After series over at OPC and their sister site The Better Half? It is their 5th anniversary of doing a wonderful series that benefits a wonderful cause. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that is not only near and dear to OPC and The Better Half, but also myself and my in-laws. My father-in-law has volunteered tirelessly for Habitat for many years, he’s been his local chapter President and to this day collects cans for their cause throughout the year. The work that Habitat does is tremendous and the intention of the Before & After series is to help raise awareness for Habitat, and support their mission to provide decent, safe and affordable places to live.
This year, OPC has decided to run the Before & After series a little differently than in the past, and have invited a few other bloggers to join in the fun.
Here’s the Plan
You submit pictures and a story from a home improvement project you worked (no contracted jobs) sometime over the past year. Every week of the summer (June 20 – September 21), a winner is selected and their story is published online. Each winner gets a $50 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon, and OPC makes a donation of $100 to Habitat for Humanity in their honor! At the end of the Summer, the best submission, as voted on by readers, wins a bonus $150 gift card to one of the three stores above.
The bloggers participating are:
June 17, OPC’s The Better Half
June 24, Pretty Handy Girl
July 1, Beneath My Heart
July 8, ten june
July 15, Southern Hospitality
July 22, Charles and Hudson
July 29, House of Hepworths
August 5, the space between
August 12, Remodelaholic
August 19, DIY Showoff
August 26, My Blessed Life
September 2, Home Stories A-2-Z
September 9, Bear Rabbit Bear
September 16, Burlap & Denim
We will each be picking one winner from ALL of the submitted entries in the week we’ve been designated above.
Here’s How to Enter
If you want to submit a before and after story, email us your submission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your entry can be in the email itself or attached as a Word document. Make sure to number pictures in order so it’s easy for us to reconstruct the story, and please attach the pictures as JPEGs even if you also embed them inside the Word document.
Also, OPC has a link party open for all the bloggers out there to submit your great transformations.