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Last summer my kids and I gathered a garbage bag full of driftwood from the beaches of Oregon. I wasn’t quite sure how I’d use it, but I had plenty of ideas: driftwood star like Pottery Barn’s,
a driftwood Christmas Tree like Restoration Hardware’s,
a driftwood wreath like Cottage & Bungalow’s?
I think they are all SUPER CUTE. But alas, the driftwood
was an eyesore sat on the picnic table in our front courtyard for 6 months! With the first rain of the season approaching (sorry to the rest of the country, but CA hasn’t had rain this winter yet!), my husband suggested that I finally do something with all the driftwood before it gets soaked.
So we gathered the driftwood off the table, brought it inside and got to work. I started with an old mirror, a hot glue gun, the box of driftwood and a big ‘ol cuppa tea. (Do you recognize the mirror? This might jolt your memory.)
At first I thought I’d make a plan. I’d lay it all out. Figure out where each piece would go before I glued.
Yea, that plan lasted all of 2 pieces. The rest of the mirror was left up to chance. It was like a big puzzle. My kids enjoyed searching through the box for “just the right piece”. They were so excited whenever I used their chosen piece. Then they got bored and the sticks turned into guns. How does this happen?
At any rate…progress began….
And finally a couple of hours later:
Here’s a few close ups:
It was looking kinda lonely up there on the mantel all by itself, so I pulled out a few things I had laying around…
I bought these rock postcards about 15 years ago, when I first started dating my husband and we took a romantic trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea (ahhh, those were the days!) I have been saving them in a little box all these years wondering what to do with them…and they finally made their debut today.
Ever since then, I started collecting heart rocks myself. My collection has gotten quite large and usually sits on my kitchen window sill. But a few were lucky enough to be highlighted on the mantel this month!
Well that’s all for now folks. I wasn’t really planning on doing a “Valentine’s Day Mantel” but it just worked out that way. I’m loving the early bloomers collection at Cost Plus World Market, so come Feb. 15 it will likely change again. Smile!