Love is Spoken Here. . . (Mantle of Love)

Speaking kindly to and about others is an expression of love. . .


Growing up my mother always said, “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all”.

(Now you can see where my new (old) red tool box ended up.  I filled it with two faux red Hydrangeas and a white Peony)




Speaking kindly to one another is something that I tried to express to my children when they were young, and now to my grandchildren.


I think we all need to take a moment and reflect upon the tone of voice we use when talking to others.  Do we show respect and love?

Teenagers often talk in a rude tone of voice to family members.  They treat their friends much better than their own family.  I always say, “Friends may come and go, but family is yours forever”.

( My fun and easy Doily Bunting drapes across the front)


Telling someone you love them is great, but actions say more than words!

(my Glitter Canvas hi-lights the day designated to show our love for others)


Take time to notice how you speak to others.


It’s not always what you say, but how you say it!

(one  Valentines Spoolies  ended up on my red tray on the hearth.  Along with a couple of French pots, a heart plate, and the letter V from a marquee)



the dictionary says love is the strongest word; it connotes passionate, ardent devotion.

It defines it as:  A strong and deep feeling of attachment; great affection.

(This dictionary was a thrift find and I love it!  The little dove was an after Christmas find a few years ago)


With my love mantle and banner draped across my curtains there’s a whole lotta love going on in my family room.

( bought a kit with the library cards and hearts for $4.99 from Pebbles in my Pocket.  The hearts are two sewn onto the cards.  One is then folded up for dimension)


(I also purchased the glittery L.O V E letters then I just layered them on paper doilies along with other bits of Valentine scrapbooking elements)



I hope it does the trick and reminds everyone to ‘love one another’!



p.s.  I want to say thanks to Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage and Jody from Rooted in Thyme for featuring my Heart Ornament Wreath.  I so appreciate it!

And to Deb from Lavender Garden Cottage for featuring my Winter Kitchen

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Funky Junk Interiors for Salvaged Tool Boxes

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday

Rose Chintz Cottage for Home

Revisionary Life for Thrifty Life Thursday

Common Ground for Be Inspired

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Friday

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

Dwellings for Amaze Me Monday

A Stroll thru Life for Inpire Me Tuesday

The Scoop


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful message! All of them are pretty, but I love the doily bunting!

Tarnished Royalty said...

I "love" your mantle Jann. I need to regularly check my tone with husby, thanks for the reminder! ~Ann
Tarnished Royalty

Stacey said...

That's such a great reminder...I needed it. :)

Gina said...

Your mantel looks beautiful, Jann! You put that tool box to good use, too. Love the doily banner.

Unknown said...

Your mantel is so sweet Jann. All the elements are so great together and I love the red toolbox. The library cards and hearts are super cute too!

NanaDiana said...

I love your mantle, Jann. It is just darling. I really like that old tool box-so much fun. You are set for winter! xo Diana

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love your layered love mantel, Jann! So many cute vignettes on the mantel and hearth!

LV said...

Enjoyed your presentation. I agree with your mother 100%.

Tea in the Library said...

Love every little bit, but especially your wise words. I am often guilty of that very thing. A good reminder to us all. Have a blessed week.

camp and cottage living said...

Your doily bunting looks just right with your Valentine mantle.
I agree, pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones! Psalms

Kris said...

N I C E!!!!!!!!
xo Kris

Unknown said...

Very sweet and a great reminder!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I completely agree with your thoughts. We need to be aware of how we sound to others as much as what our expression is. You mantel is delightful!

Leovi said...

Definitely impressive creations, with tact and delicacy of those pretty words of love! Nice pictures!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Love your mantle!! The tool box is very pretty with the flowers, nice contrast. I have always said the same thing to my girls. "Your friends will come and go, but your Sister is forever" Enjoy your weekend!

Lulu said...

I love how you've interspersed your message with your vignettes. The message is one we need to remember.

Di said...

Thank you for the reminder. Life is really short and I don't think we realize it until we get older and have wasted so much time on things that don't matter.

Junkchiccottage said...

Love the mantel Jan. It is so cute and love the red tool box so sweet up there. You are sharing your message of love so nicely. Have a great week end.

Peg said...

Love it!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Very pretty!! Love it!!

I am still taking down Christmas!! If I wasn't working full time, I would have had it down a lot sooner....

Thanks so much for your visit and thanks for you sweet comments on Anne Marie's home. She greatly appreciated it!!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wonderful post, Jann. I love your doily banner; very pretty, and the tool box is cute too. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and have a wonderful new week.


Unknown said...


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So pretty! The red and white tugs at my heart! I must try the doily bunting with my pile of doilies! Visiting from Amaze Me Monday!

Laura Lane said...

What a cute banner!
I think it's about time I think about decorating.
Laura of Harvest Lane cottage

Fran said...

There is so much kindness and wisdom in this lovely post! I enjoyed every word, every picture. Hope you are having a wonderful week! :)