Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Mantel

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my tree! I am having so much fun seeing all of your trees and decor!
Did I ever tell you how much I love this time of year!?

I got a few questions and comments about the sled that you saw in the back ground.
I had been hunting for a sled like that for a while and finally found this one at an auction a few months back for $5!

I was so excited! I was going to put it outside but decided that I would enjoy it more right where it is!

The ice skates were my daughters when she tried her hand, or feet, at ice skating lessons. Those didn't last long but I now I have a memory of her that will I put up every Christmas!

A while ago I posted about some Christmas blog parties that are happening!

Today is Layla's (The lettered Cottage) Christmas Mantel Party so be sure to link up and check out all of the fabulous mantels out there!!

I have been working on my mantel for a while trying to decide what it is that I wanted.
I again tried to stay with the artificially natural theme and came up with this!

I took my inspiration from Laura's, from Finding Home, beautiful Thanksgiving Mantel!

I used a barn wood frame and hung a grapevine wreath in the middle and just dressed
the wreath up with some more evergreen and pine cones.

The stockings were made by my mother-in-law and hung with care! :)

I made the very simple pine cone garland,
(which I was inspired by Lara at Air Kiss, isn't hers just beautiful)

and purchased the more detailed on at Michaels!

I weaved picks of evergreens and pine cones through my metal white pitchers and candle holders. I purchased the red posts at the Restore for a touch of red.

I then added a few large, Cinnamon-infused pine cones.

Of course I had to use mercury glass!
I really love how it looks with all the greenery!

Sorry this was such a long post, I got carried away taking pictures!
I hope you are all happily decorating and thank you all for taking the time
to visit me and leave such wonderful comments about my decor!

I really appreciate it!

In fact, I will be having another giveaway for you this week that will hopefully help with
some Christmas shopping!!

Linking up with:
Layla's Mantel party


René said...

It's beautiful Michelle. I can only hope that mine turns out to be half this pretty.


Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love your mantel and that wreath is great. Where did you get the mercury balls?

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Your mantel looks so pretty. I agree that the mercury glass is is the perfect bit of rustic sparkle with the natural elements.

cindy said...

Digging the mercury and greens together! I love all styles of decorating, but am especially partial to natural theming like yours. Loved your tree too!

Finding Home said...

Love the mix of the mercury glass with the pinecones. Everything looks really lovely. I love the handmade stockings, I actually made my girls' stockings but I don't think they were done till they were 4 and I started when I was pregnant! The barnwood frame is also really great!

And thanks for the feature!

I have my done mine and took pictures last night and now I am just waiting for at least SOME sun to come out to take some daytime pictures!

Liked the double wreaths on the door in the background! Can't wait to see more!

Have a great day!

Deborah said...

I love your grapevine wreath Michelle...it looks so soft on your mantel and the greenery compliments it so well!
I love your mercury glass and I smiled to see the reflection of you in the glass :)
Your garland finishes off so nicely!!!
Lovely as we all expected!!!
Much love,
Deborah xoxoxo

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks really great Michelle! I love those white ptichers and the barnwood frame with twiggy wreath looks great! I am enjoying every step of your Christmas decorating!

Vanessa said...

Michelle, that is beyond exquisite! I know I have said it before, but you have such a gift my friend! :-) Every detail is so well thought out and just perfect. That wreath is gorgeous!
Well done!

Pam Kessler said...

I am loving those mercury glass ornaments. So much so that I am going to run to JoAnn's to see if they have any left. The whole mantel looks gorgeous. Great job.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Gorgeous and I bet it smells so good too.

The Frosted Gardner said...

Of course your mantel is beautiful! It would not be anything different but creative unique and lovely. Your home looks so cozy and peaceful for the holidays.

Marie said...

Your mantel's Christmas decor looks wonderful Michelle! I love all the special touch and detail you added to the entire look. Really love the pine cone garland too. I'm just now getting started on mine.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Using the spindles on the mantle is a really sweet idea, Michelle. And the smell of cinnamon's always welcome :-)

Anonymous said...

I heart your mantel! Your Christmas decor has a nice flow. That is one thing I struggle with because I like so many different styles. Not always easy to put it all together but you sure have a gift for it.I love the way you framed the wreath. The mercury glass with the natural wreath... perfect!

Thanks for sharing your house! It's beautiful!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I never tire of looking at your photos!! Your posts could be twice a long and I'd till love them!

Your fireplace always looks so cosy in your photos. I bet it's beautiful at night with the fire going.


Blessings from Cindy said...

Simply Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful mantel!!

Noble Vintage said...

I love your wreath on your mantel!
I passed up TWO sleds for $10 each at a garage sale 3 years ago- yeah, you can tell I'm still thinking about that HUGE mistake! :( Oh well.
loving the Christmas decor!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love all the nature decor..., and that little bit of glam! No mantel in my house though.

Unknown said...

Michelle this is stunning. So natural and gorgeous. And I spy to wreaths hung together on a door off to the right. LOVE. You did an amazing job.

Marianne said...

Yes twig wreath, pine cones and silver touches. All the elements in my mantel too and yet they look so different.
Love your mantel too!!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Looks fantastic. I like your style!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Beautiful! If I had a mantel I'd want it to look like yours... sob sob sob.


Dana and Daisy said...

your wreath is beautiful!

Unknown said...

I love it! Oh, how I love whites at Christmas! You are one talented (and generous) lady, Michelle! XX!

Anonymous said...

Your mantel turned out amazing!!! I love the pinecones and lace, gorgeous. I used the same on mine:)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Beautiful! I love all the rustic elements you have. Your wreath is a dead ringer for mine and I really like how you embellished yours.. hmmm.... :)

Very pretty!


Heaven's Walk said...

Beeeeaautiful, Michelle! I love what you did, girlie!!! :) GREAT job! You were so creative adding the different elements and textures. And you KNOW that my eye immediately went to your pretty French pitchers first! lol!

I also love how you hung those wreaths together in the background of the fifth photo. Neat idea!

xoxo laurie

Shaunna said...

LOVE! Love the wreath and all the textures! -shaunna :)

Unknown said...

I especially love your twig wreath! It all looks very nice. :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I love the rustic look!!! Everything looks wonderful. I especially like the pine cone garland.

Simple Home said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I love this look. You did a wonderful job.

Jenni said...

Your mantel is so beautiful! I love the sweet pine cone wreath you made, and the white pitchers with greenery! You did such a wonderful job on it all! :)

Jenni said...

Oops! I meant pine cone garland, not wreath! Sorry about that!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love all the natural elements in there - plus a little shiny! Thanks for sharing.

Tricia said...

Love the mercury glass and the pinecones. I went that route too :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

It looks sooooo pretty...love all of it!!!


Kristen said...

I love the natural wreath with a touch of shine. Everything looks so pretty!

Jen said...

Love all the greenery & pine cones!!!
Its beautiful!

Libbie said...

Now that is way too cute! What a lucky family you have to enjoy this while they are home...COZY! Love it!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Lovin' the twiggy wreath with the added greens and silver balls. Country Christmas Love!

Kendra@Creative Ambitions said...

Very pretty Michelle! Love the pine cones and the wreath! AND I LOVE LOVE your tree! I have seen those buckets around, too and love the look! Love the stars!! Great touch! Have I said LOVE enough already?...LOL!

KarenB said...

I love your twiggy wreath and pine cone garland! Very pretty!

The Single Nester said...

Love the wreath and mantel. Perfect for Santa to slide down into all of that beauty!

Debra from Bungalow said...

I really like the twig wreath with silver balls, it's the perfect touch. Very pretty!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please visit again soon!

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Gorgeous, as usual, Michelle! I love the two white pitchers filled with greenery and the charming pine cone garland.

Holly Lefevre said...

It is gorgeous I do adore the grapevine wreath in the frame. How much fun!...I have 2 fireplaces and no mantle...I see a DIY in my future

Kim said...

Truly a chic mantle. Love everything about it. Now, did I spy a pair of old shutters in one of your pix? I'm on the hunt for some myself. Yours are divine!!!

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Love the mantel! Classy as all get out. I also wanted to tell you how awesome you are for offering those beautiful earrings to Bella for her giveaway! They are to die for!. I am now a follower of your blog.
As for your Holiday Mantel, I would love for you to stop by Wiccan Make Some Too's Wickedly Crafty Saturdays & share this!

Amy Kinser said...

Very pretty, my friend. Love the way it turned out.

Pieced Pastimes said...

I love this mantel - such a lovely natural look to it. Thanks for sharing.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hey there Michelle~ I love how your mantle came out and that grapevine wreath is delightful! Saw you over Sarah's today and am loving this look~ Natural & beautiful!

Simple Home said...

I love this!! I love those twiggy wreaths because you can decorate them for all seasons. Your photos are wonderful :-)

tubaroza said...

I just cannot stop looking at the rustic wreath. Love it to bits!


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