Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Whiter Shade of Pale Mantle

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, it was time for me to redress my mantle in the den. So I went to town.

I pulled down all of my patriotic things and started looking around the house for something different to poke up on the mantle. I think mantle decorating is hard, do you?

I thought I was hearing bells ringing and immediately thought about my silver pieces! That's it! That's exactly what I'd do. So...

I poked up two champagne buckets - one little and one big! Then I poked down an ice bucket. All of these pieces are tarnished and I like that. I did use a couple of books to raise and give height! I'm so smart like that you know! ;)

Then I grabbed my tub of faux flowers and pulled out these white daises! Love it! You know how I love my fauxs and my fauxs love me! :) Yay! One side was done but what would I do to the other side?

Well, being as talented as I am, I grabbed one of my silver trays and poked it in the stand! Looked good to me. Then I had recently found this sweet little silver bowl at a thrift shop and poked her down with a few white roses. Then my mantle is never complete without my starfish!

Isn't this the sweetest little piece?

My faithful mantle starfish. Perfect! Give em a smile, sweetie! :)

Here's a peep from the left hand side.

And here's a peep from the right hand side.

Oh, I almost forgot. It's summertime and time to bring out some fish jugs. This one sits happily on the hearth and I do believe he's singing that old song "Whiter Shade of Pale". I love my fish jugs! :)

So this is one of the things I've been doing. Working and singing with the AC cranked down as low as I can get it and sipping on my Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper! What have you been doing? :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

A Whiter Shade of Pale

We skipped the light fandango
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
but the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, 'There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might have just as well've been closed

She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,'
though in truth we were at sea
so I took her by the looking glass
and forced her to agree
saying, 'You must be the mermaid
who took Neptune for a ride.'
But she smiled at me so sadly
that my anger straightway died

If music be the food of love
then laughter is its queen
and likewise if behind is in front
then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
and attacked the ocean bed
~ sung by Procol Harum


  1. Your silver is lovely...and good for you that you didn't polish it!

  2. So love your mantle decor, Shelia. Yes, you sur edo have a knack with this dainty fingers for decorating elegantly in a SHAP!

    Well, we are back from another trip, into uncharted VA territory. Had a good time, found some feedsacks &just got home. Took in some history, you'll read in the final chapter of our Roamy & Juliet in 2 days. Tomorrow is a very special post in honor of a wonderful soldier & Roamy.

    You gals get me so fired up over good GWs that when we passed one, I dropped in. I swear, I have no luck in that place. Just a 4 cup tea kettle to replace theone that Harold burnt to a crisp a couple weeks ago.

    That's all we've been doing.

    Have a wonderful eve ~
    TTFN ~

  3. Your mantle looks nice and summery fresh with the white daisies and silver pieces! And, now I know the words to my favorite song of the 60's! I could never pick out the words light fandango. :-) I don't really know what I sang in their place all those years. Too funny! I had that song on a 45 and left it in my boyfriend's car back window in the hot sun. It melted so he bought me a new copy! The things we remember from years ago. Thanks for the memories Shelia. Blessings and hugs, Pamela

  4. Shelia,
    Your daisies look lovely in the silver urns, dear. One of the few flowers that will survive here on the prairie with our intense heat...shasta daises! Keep the inspirations coming!!!

  5. Love your mantle's soft and soothing new look. I have been spending way way too much time on Pinterest. I need some serious pin-tervention. xo,

  6. I'm glad you left the silver in it's tarnished state. That's what gives it character. The daisies and silver combination is unexpected and refreshing.

    I'm happy to see that I am not the only one who is breaking that "decorating rule" to never use faux flowers. I've even been known to poke a few in with the real flowers outside... especially in the flower boxes. Shhh...

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  7. Hey Shelia , thank you for visiting me. your house and bog is fab. so many daisies and silver.

  8. Shelia
    You did a great job spiffying up that mantle. Your silver pieces are lovely.
    You do have a natural knack for knowing what to put together. It looks fresh and summery.

  9. I didn't do alot today but I did do a table for nEXT week....because I had to get out and cut my hydrangeas! I can't believe they are turning to green already and I needed blue for my table! Your mantle looks fantastic, love your silver. Hope you are having a great week. XO, Pinky

  10. You mantel looks lovely my dear. I do hope you try making the Freezer's ridiculously easy!

  11. It looks so pretty, love it! A diet coke afternoon produced the goods for sure! I went over the mountain, shopped, got my drivers license renewed,had lunch and headed home to do some laundry in my new washer and dryer! ;D

  12. I can see why you love your faux's...they look so real! I did not even notice they were not real until you let us in on your secret. I love faux too!

  13. Oh Shelia, your mantle looks wonderful. I love the silver pieces. Just beautiful. I am with you AC is going and Diet Coke is my preference. Have a wonderful rest of the week. Hugs, Karie

  14. Your mantle looks great Sheila! Love the silver and fun white daisies:@)

  15. Hi Shelia,
    Your mantel looks very pretty and sparkly. Yes, I think they are hard to decorate, that's why mine stays the same all the time! LOL!


  16. I love the fish and starfish in your arrangement...and the flowers! Daisies are such happy flowers! And Diet cherry Dr. Pepper? Hmmm...I may have to try that! Would be good with a scoop of ice cream in it, too! Enjoy your day! ♥

  17. Dear sweet Shelia... Your mantle looks so summery and wonderful!!! LOVED it!

  18. Gorgeous, Shelia. I love all the silver. It is very elegant and quietly understated. I love it!!

    Barb ♥

  19. Just daisies and silver together. Just saw another much like this..where? OOO, over at Manuelas.
    We are keeping our house at about 76 and using FANS. Our electric bill was sooo high last month..Social Security won't give me a raise for cooling...sometimes they treat me so mean. :)))
    xoxo bj

  20. Shelia, your mantel looks fabulous. I love that you used all the silver and the white flowers are just perfect. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  21. Well, my life is so exciting right now!!! I just got back from my CT scan! I wish I had a gorgeous mantle...because I would copy you! I love the silver and white!

  22. Loving your summer mantle, Shelia! And those silver champagne bucket looks beautiful with the daisies... I love silver buckets and their timeless beauty.. they make adorable vignettes. I like how you displayed silver with shells and starfish... looks so summery! Thanks for sharing and for your loving words. I always enjoy your visits. Have a lovely weekend!Hugs~Poppy

  23. Your mantle is beautiful Shelia. You have such a wonderful eye for display. I love the fact that the silver has patina. Thanks for always taking a peek at my blog. You are a sweetie!

  24. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    You've been busy rearranging and good on you you didn't have to shine the silver. The starfish is cute and do like the gurgling fish too.
    Hope you've had a good week.
    enjoy this day

  25. Hi Shelia,

    Your new mantel looks beautiful....I love all of the silver and the white. And horray to you for not polishing it. . Yes to your question, I think that decorating mantels is not easy, thats why mine doesn't change that often!
    Marianne :)

  26. The silver and daisys look very summery, even though I would have thought more about silver in the winter. Great look. Richard at My Old Historic House

  27. I love your silver, especially your repousse bowl.

  28. Your mantel look so devine. I really like how you tied all the silver pieces together and your darling little fish. Great job!

  29. Your mantle is lovely! Can't go wrong with silver (unpolished if you please, I do) and daisies...

    Your sense of humor makes my day every time I drop by for a visit! Keep us smiling!

    Betty @ Country Charm

  30. Your mantle looks great!You are always featuring your nest.


  31. Just beautiful, sweet Shelia, really nice! I love it and your use of silver and white, very summery!
    Hugs, Cindy

  32. OH I do LOVE it! The daises in the silver look so sweet! Love the tarnish on the silver adds character and charm..Just like YOU, Sheila!

  33. Hi Shelia,
    Your mantle looks awesome. Love all the silver pieces and those sweet white daisies (faux or not) look perfect. Oh and can't forget the fish jug...Love it! Great job...Stay cool my friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  34. I like what you did to the mantle. It's a nice summer look.

  35. Shelia, wish you would decorate my mantle. The mantle seems to be a problem for me. Yours looks very nice with the items you selected to use. I like your pretty daisies,too. You didn't have to say they are not real because they look--fresh as daisies. Ha ha

  36. Ahh you nailed it Sheila my dear, that mantel is just gorgeous!
    Great inspiration!
    Hugs friend,

  37. Hi Shelia! I love your new mantel, it looks great with your silver things, what a great idea you had! Yeah, I'm never too sure if I like my mantel, no matter how many timeas I change it! I just dropped from TT at, BNOTP. Love, FABBY

  38. I love that song, and I love what you did with your mantel! I really must do mine, all I have on mine are the gkids and family pictures!

  39. Lovin your mantel my friend. Alway LOVELY! I love the song, too!

    How is your weather? I heard a little ditty about a mini hurricane. :(


  40. Beautiful Mantel, I think that Sweet little Floral bowl is My Favorite... Thanks for sharing~

  41. Beautiful mantle display. Daisys are one of my favorite flowers. Have a great weekend!

  42. Your mantel looks just beautiful! Love, love the silver pieces you've used. Such a great idea for a display. And I agree with you, I think mantels can be a bit difficult at times, too. But you totally nailed it here.:)
    Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday. TFS!

  43. Very light and Summery Shelia - love it! And that fireplace screen is gorgeous!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  44. Shelia, that's so pretty! You really hit on a great combination.

  45. Shelia:

    Your mantel looks great. I agree, mantels can be a bit challenging, but you did an amazing job. I love the formality of the silver ice buckets in contrast to the quaint daisies.

    Hope to see you at Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  46. Hi Sheila! Thank you for sharing your summer mantel at my party this week. Everything looks wonderful and I love the silver pieces. Have a great weekend.

  47. It looks beautiful Shelia and the silver and white combo is so lovely! THanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  48. I love your mantel decor! Silver and white are favorites of mine. I like the combination you used.

  49. Shelia,
    I love your mantel. The pale shades and the silver look lovely. I also love you fish jug. Very cute. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  50. Hey Girl, this is a great "rendition" of a summer mantle. I always love a silver theme. I'm so glad you've been joining in at VIF. Thanks for linking up the fun, yum, love diet cherry DP!! xoxo Debra

  51. Hi Sweet Shelia!

    You did an amazing job!
    I adore silver and I don't even care if it is tarnished these days. Your mantlescape is fab!

    Love the starfish touch too.

  52. Hi, Shelia! As always, another masterpiece. Can you please share again at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  53. Hi Shelia! I really LOVE the silver pieces on your mantel...I've still yet to find perfect pieces for my collection. ;)BTW, thank you for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment the other week. ;) I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. Take care & have a wonderful day!



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