Ticket to Ride. . .4th Of July Mantle

Isn’t it funny how one little thing can spark your imagination?  As many of you already know, I have always been a ‘theme’ girl.

Give me a theme and this mind runs amuck!  lol!

So it was with this ‘Ticket to Ride’  4th of July Mantle.

This is the culprit that started it all.  A few months ago I was at an antique store when I spied this ticket machine.  Didn’t know what I would do with it, but thought it was a fun piece and loved the color.

It had been hanging out in my garage when one day I walked passed it and the ‘Ticket to Ride’ theme popped into my head.


Now this gadget really is a tag machine for pricing Pratts shoes.  Wasn’t going to let that foil my theme.  I added the punched star to the first ticket just to prove my point. Hee-hee!

From there I started pulling items that had to do with ‘tickets’.  So many things that we do or attend require a ticket.  A lot of those tickets can be very valuable.  Can you imagine if you had a ticket to the first baseball game Babe Ruth played in?


Grab your ticket and let’s see where on earth we are heading.


Perhaps we’ll hop on a train.


Or go watch cars race on the Bonneville Salt Flats.


Not in my lifetime, but someday I can see people buying a ticket to take them on a trip to the moon.


I thought of lots of things that we ride in the summer time.  How about carnival rides, boat trips, and even our bicycles.

Didn’t want to get to carried away so I just added an old pillar and a couple of metal stars borrowed from our Americana guest bedroom.


To finish off the mantle I hung the 4th of July banner I made last year.  Notice the ticket reminding us to take time to ‘play’?


Uncle Sam wants YOU to have a fun summer!


Buy a ticket and hop on a plane, a boat, or train and have fun exploring the USA.


If you ask me, It’s a ‘first place’ nation!  Full of so many wonderful things to do and see.

Hope you have a fun summer!


p.s. I want to thank Nancy from A Joyful Cottage for featuring both my Americana Guest Bedroom and my  Basement Guest Bedroom at her Every Room in the House Party.


Kris said...

What a darling and fun theme! I love all of it!!
And I missed your previous post, and oh my...your basement kitchen is adorable!!! Way nicer than my kitchen!!!!
xo Kris

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing wonderful information, it is really nice information.I like your darling machine.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love your stamp machine - how great. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Everything looks so good and I love the banners across the fireplace.
Have a Happy 4th of July.

Susie said...

Jann, I love the mantle. That is a great fun assortment of items. The little globe bank takes me way back. My twins had banks like it. They would get them out and count their pennies and then Liz would put some of Karen's pennies in her bank. LOL. :):) Thanks for the memory. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Darling mantel, Jann! I love all your vintage collectibles gathered together for your ticket theme!

Creations By Cindy said...

What a fun mantle! Love it! Jann, I am a theme girl too! I get CRAZY! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Maria Elena said...

Sooo pretty! Beautiful display, Jann! Happy 4th!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Love the metal stars and the whole look - so fun!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Love your mantel display and adore the banner!

Junkchiccottage said...

This is so perfect and fun for your mantel and the 4th. Happy 4th my friend.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

How cute is that! Love the theme and all the cute stuff you found to create it! Love the 4th of July banner- so cute and very Americana!

Unknown said...

Very nice, Jann!Love the bike spokes and the bunting :)

lorraines resources and rewards said...

Love it jann especially the banner have a great 4th

camp and cottage living said...

Your banner is adorable! I've been wanting to make one, now I know I must.
I loved all of your red, white, and blues accents. They're perfect for the holiday.

Rose L said...

The train is perfect for Independence day!! Love the banner!!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your "Ticket to Ride" theme on your mantel...it is perfect for the 4th of July!! The banner is sweet...love it!!

Unknown said...

Luv this! What a fabulous theme and everything looks awesome!!~~Angela

Lulu said...

What a great sense of play you have! I bet you had fun putting this together.

Rita C at Panoply said...

Jann, wow, you put some real creativity into that mantle - so cute, and I love it that it was all sparked by the ticket machine. The banner is awesome. Now, do you have to give the kids back their toy parts? lol

Debra Howard said...

What a fun and creative 4th of July mantle. Great job