Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Christmas Mantle

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I can’t wait to show you all the decorating I’ve been doing for Christmas, but first I have to share with you the crazy, but fun week I’ve had!  Wednesday night at  church it was my turn to take part of the snack, but apparently we had more bringing snack than we realized…we had SO much food that we ended up sharing with the men’s class in the other room! lol  Then Thursday was our bi-weekly homeschool co-op group at church…we always have fun when we all get together. :0)  Friday night was our annual ladies ornament exchange…we play dirty santa and steal each other’s gifts, and the third time it’s stolen the gift is dead and belongs to that person…what a hoot seeing a bunch of ladies from church “stealing” from each other.  It was all in fun and we had a ball…and ate WAY too much!  Saturday night was the Christmas party at our house for the choir/band/media groups at church! I was a bad blogger and didn’t take a single picture, but it’s because we were having SO much fun it was ridiculous!  We had platters and crockpots of food covering every surface in the kitchen…our church people can cook!  I believe at last count we had 31 people, but we had some others drop in and out all throughout the night, so I’m still not sure of the accurate count.  I handed out door prizes all throughout the night and we just had a wonderful time fellowshipping!  You’d think by now we were done partying wouldn’t you?! Nope…we had our 45th Anniversary at our church on Sunday….what a day! We had most of the pastors represented from all 45 years and had multiple speakers all through the day.  We had an amazing spread for lunch and stayed until about 4:00 in the afternoon, but didn’t have church that night, so we stayed home and watched movies, snacked and played games.  What a crazy fun week! (that’s why I’ve been missing in action on this blog…I didn’t have a spare second!)

Ok…now on to Christmas décor!….hopefully you stayed with me through that whole novel I just wrote! lol
Today I want to show you my Christmas mantle….I love it!

I decided to use my vintage skates, crystal garland, and the cutest little fluffy owls you’ve ever seen! (oh and that window is one of the ones I told you about my mom asking the guy in the drive thru of the bank for! lol)

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Here’s a little broader shot so you can see everything.  That chair usually goes where my Christmas tree is sitting now, so I just scooted it over in front of the fireplace because we needed that extra seat for the party and I won’t be using the fireplace for a while anyway.

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I got the NOEL letters last year, after Christmas, from Walmart for .25 each…I LOVE them!  You should have seen me after decorating with them though….I had glitter all over my face. :0)

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Here are those adorable little owls I was telling you about.  I have to tell you that I got them from last years ornament exchange….and yes, I did have to steal them for the 3rd time to make sure they went home with me. (don’t judge me!)  LOL See their sweet little nest with the golden glitter eggs….so stinkin’ cute!
(they came from Pier 1)

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See the little trees on the ends of the mantle?  I got those from the Dollar Tree….I bought silver and gold and stacked them, because I knew I wanted to have both colors on the mantle and I thought it would be a good way to tie them both together…I think it worked out just fine.

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I nestled some gold balls, poinsettias and berries into some greenery that I lit up with white lights.  I made sure to arrange things at different heights and levels so your eye would have  a smooth transition from one item to the next.

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OH, I have to tell you what Carson said when he came in the room after I had finished the mantle.  Here’s the conversation:

Carson- “mom”?
Me- “yes, Carson”
Carson- “I just have to tell you….”
Me- “tell me what honey”?
Carson- “I just have to tell you, I think that mantle is your best work ever”.
Me- Smile

That made my day!


One final look…..

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I wanted to get all my decorating finished early this year so I could take time and enjoy the holidays with my family.  I want to make sure my kids remember the true reason for this beautiful season……..
Jesus came to this earth as an infant babe to offer himself as a sacrifice that we might have eternal life….HE was the first Christmas gift.   Let’s all take the time to stop and remember the first Christmas gift, the one true gift,  as we give to the ones we love this year.

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!



afistfullofweeds* said...

Hey Missy, Carson is right..It looks amazing! My camera broke and I am waiting for a new no posting lately..but, I have been reading!! Rhonda

whimages said...

OHHHH MY! Missy this is FABULOUS my FABULOUS friend! I'm head over heals in love with this!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

I love this, it is just beautiful!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

It's beautiful!

Your son is so cute to say that! He is right, it is delightful!


Sherri said...

Missy, your mantel is absolutely gorgeous!! You did a wonderful job!!!

The Barn Door said...

LOVE your mantel!!! Just gorgeous!

Marilyn said...

I really REALLY like everything! Most of all, the stockings hanging on the fireplace screen. And, the ice skates...I have my mom's and she's 87 so they must be about 65-70 years old. Need to make them pretty someday.♥♫

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Missy your mantle is just gorgeous! You really did do a great job on it! You really have the knack girl! Your parties this week sounded like so much fun! Your church groups sound like such a special bunch of people! I am glad you have them in your life! Btw, the owls are precious! I wish I had a Pier One close!~Hugs, Patti

Decor To Adore said...

Absolutely gorgeous my friend!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Your mantel is beautiful! really, really beautiful!
I haven't decorated a bit-well, I did put up a small garland over my fireplace. ;)
Carson is a cutie! How sweet that he appreciates his momma!

Patty Marker said...

It's gorgeous Missy...I agree, your best work evahhhhhhh! It's good to see you back sweet lady. Can't wait to see the rest of your beautiful home. Patty

KatieQ said...

The photo of your mantle with your Christmas tree and presents would make a great cover for a Hallmark card. Carson definitely knows what he's talking about.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So beautiful, Missy! I'll bet the gatherings just loved the wonderful Christmas feeling you created! So pretty I had to pin it!

Fairfield House said...


Ditto {what Carson said!}
Your mantle is beautiful.
Glad you are enjoying the Christmas season with friends and family.

Your Friend,

Anonymous said...

Hi Missy! This was my first visit to your blog. Found it via The Lettered Cottage. So glad I checked it out. Your mantel really is spectacular!! Will check back often


A Southern Rose said...

You mantle turned out so beautiful! I love it. Those little owls are precious and I love how you used those old skates. I saw some at the thrift store yesterday and didn't buy them. I wonder if they are still there today? Could I be so lucky?
Sounds like you have been so busy and having loads of fun.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Lee Laurie

Cindy said...

what a completely charming adorable mantel! and i LOVE your fat fuzzy little owls! how cute are they!??
the whole room looks like it could be in a christmas movie... and how in the world did you do all that cuteness with all the other stuff going on! amazing...


Unknown said...

I agree with Carson, your mantel is just beautiful!

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Hi Missy!
Yes, I'd say you had a busy, but FUN week!
Okay, I'm on a "love fest" here...the mantel decorations,the mantel itself (the trim is so lovely) the owls (too doggone cute!) and the fabric covering your chair (so very vintage looking!)
I think the ornament exchange is a fun event. I'm thinking of planning an ornament exchange for my blogging friends next year. What do you think?
Have a great weekend~

Kelly said...

Isn't Christmas the best time of the year?? The mantle is SO festive. Just love the skates!


Stella said...

Sounds like you had a delightful week with special friends. I like what you have done with the window and the ice skates. The owls are so cute. Glad you were able to steal the and bring them home to roost at your house. Stella

Sawdust Girl said...

Missy, I love the old window and the ice skates! Very pretty mantel.

Linda said...

Oh, how warm and inviting! I'd love to sit for a few hours in that cozy chair and soak it all up. I adore the vintage window and skates. What a beautiful Christmas vignette!

Happy Christmas and a Glad New Year!
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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