Friday, March 20, 2009

Show and Tell Friday - I hate the deer, but Love my Son!



This is my fireplace and mantel. As I stated in the title, I hate the deer, but love my son! Some day he will get married and leave home, taking this prized possession with him to make his own home a manly haven. But, for now, I don't have the heart to take it down. If all else fails, maybe he can put it in his bedroom....

The mantel was made from a cypress log taken from the property we live on in 1984. This picture would make you think I live in a hunting lodge in the mountains, but I promise you that I don't!



I changed the section of the mantel I posted about yesterday. On the left is a small collection of Willow Tree Figurines. There is an "Angel of the Garden", Two "Angels of Love", and the "Anniversary Angels". All were Christmas gifts over the past 2 or 3 years.



As you can tell, I love sunflowers. The picture is a Monet print. The small sunflower arrangement above is made up of silk sunflowers placed in a decorative watering can I found at Dollar General in the "Summer/Garden" isle this week.

I know that if I removed some of the family photos I could make the mantel look more professionally decorated, but I can't part with them. Who needs a perfect display anyway? Not me! I just placed items that I love in an arrangement that is pleasing to me and makes me happy.

Please go to Kelli's House for more Show and Tell Friday Fun!

17 comments:

Pen Pen said...

Bless the deer! LOL Some people seemed surprised when they come to my house NOT to find any deer heads, etc... since my husband works with the wildlife dept. He has a few in his garage, but I never wanted any in my house. :o) Your fireplace and mantel are so large, it NEEDS a deer head up there. Looks nice! (in fact, you have room for a few more deer heads up there!)

ceekay said...

I chuckled...what us mothers will put up with for the love of our children! If he is anything like mine, he won't want the deer head when he leaves...but he will want you to keep it!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Awwwwwwwww, I can understand your mixed feelings. And your description of the mantle wood is awesome.

My Show n Tell is all about afghans today. If you can get a chance, do stop by. Happy Friday.

[scroll down below my flower photos.]

Sarahlcc♥ said...

You would love the children's book I found thrifting yesterday. It is called Linnea in Monet's garden. Such a delightful read for children and adults who want to share the beauty of Monet with their own little people.

Smilingsal said...

What if your new DIL won't let him take the deer? Here's my post for today:

http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/2009/03/show-and-tell-friday-chocolate-bunny.html

Heather said...

i think your mantel looks great! and i love the brick fireplace and brick wall!

Terri said...

I love the sunflowers, Debbie! The deer head - not so much. LOL! My grandfather had tons of deer heads always hanging around his house.

Mary Anne said...

Very nice mantle decorations. I especially like the little lamp sitting atop the books and the flowers tucked inside the pitcher. Thanks for stopping by Marigold Manor and commenting on my miniature stove;-)

Have a Blessed weekend.

Mary Anne

Jackie said...

What a nice arrangement on the mantel - family pictures included! I am a collector of Willow Tree so you know I am especially loving the ones I see here. Thanks so much for sharing this. Blessings, Jax in Alaska

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

The deer head looks nice. My husband has a deer head and three bob cats in his office in his shop. Everyone, epecially kids love to look at them. Your mantel also looks very nice. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

Pam said...

That is so sweet that you keep the deer head over the fireplace to please your son. I would do the same. : )

Linda C said...

You are a loving mother:) One of these days, huh:)

I like the vignette on your mantel!

Linda C

A Hint of Home said...

We do sacrifice for our children.lol Maybe he could hang it in his bedroom. My husband put his in a small bedroom we use for exercise and whatnot.

Alexandra said...

The deer fits the space. I like it! It goes nicely with the brick and beams. You could always put a big pink bow and some lace around it's neck(giggle). I think it makes the room look like a cozy cabin.

Alice said...

be thankful, i have a friend who has a stuffed possum and a stuffed armadillo on her mantle. it could definitely be worse :O).

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Susan B said...

I think your mantel looks lovely with all the family photos. I love your Monet print. I'm sure your son is pleased to have his deer up on the wall! Thank you for sharing.

DarcyLee said...

Instead of deer, we have mounted fish, a large walleye and a smallmouth bass. My husband loves to fish so I do what I have to do. I also love Monet. I have a couple of prints that I need to reframe and put back up. They make me feel tranquil when I look at them. Thanks for sharing part of your home with us.

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