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Christmas 2012: Our Mantel

This little elf momma has been busy decorating the house for Christmas.  Now if I could only clean up the mess I made doing it.  Does anybody else run into that same problem?  Sometimes, I’m like a tornado… leaving a path wherever I go!

So while the house may not be back in order yet, the mantel is decorated and spreading the Christmas cheer and warmth throughout the house.  So without further ado here is a picture overload (because that’s what we really care about) of the mantel.

Like before, I mainly used what we had in our Christmas decor stockpile.  I did splurge a little though by buying the beautiful poinsettia and the red ornaments on the garland.  But that’s my goal… to add a little each year.

I kept with the traditional red and green for my decorations this year. Mainly because that’s what I have but I have to tell you I am really digging all this red.  It is so cheerful and is really refreshing to see such bold color in our living room.  Could this be a sign of things to come decor wise in our home?

This is one of my favorite pictures of Michael Luke and me.  It was taken on our honeymoon and we used it as our first Christmas card together!  I love how the green contrast with the red so well and love setting it out every year.  Don’t we look young?  Not so much now but up until we frequently got asked if we were teenagers!  I’m 28 now and judging by the latest responses of the cashiers at the grocery store I might could pass as college student.  Forward progress!

The red ornaments are simple inexpensive shatterproof ornaments.  I bought some glass beads and hot glued them on to add a little pizzaz to them!  They are so cute I might have to add more next  year.

The little red flowers were only fifty cents at Jo-Ann.  In the past I have used them for decoration on gifts but I thought they worked perfectly placed sparingly in the garland. The white trees I have had for a few years but originally came from Wal-Mart.  Score one for EDLP (Every Day Low Prices)!  The best part about them is that they are plastic so I don’t have to worry about breaking them.

I think I have used this cross for every season this year.  It seems to always be appropriate and I couldn’t resist pairing it with our nativity scene.

Originally I didn’t plan for these little glass ornaments to hang over the ledge but the garland sort of fell that way I like the end result.

All our stocking are hung by the chimney with care.  (For more on our stockings click here.)

And here’s little Noah displaying her awe and wonderment of our tree.  Let’s just say it has been a real learning experience for her to restrain from grabbing every ornament off the tree!

I’ll be back later to share pics of our new tree (see our old one here) and our new ornament that symbolizes our anniversary from earlier this year (see all our other ornaments here).

Are you through decorating your house for Christmas?  Do you leave a path wherever you have been while decorating?  What are your favorite colors to decorate with for Christmas?  Traditional? Blue? Pink? Silver? Gold?

See how I worked with what we had on our Spring, and Fall mantels earlier this year.  Decorating for the season doesn’t have to be a huge expense… shop around the house.

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Fall Mantel 2012

In my book living room Fall is officially here!

As much as I love Summer it has been a nice change to see leaves and pumpkins scattered along the mantel.  I like to keep it simple in a sense.  Everything you see up there I just pulled from around the house except for the pumpkins which I purchased for around five bucks.  It’s fun to see how I reused a lot of the same accessories from last year’s Fall mantel but achieved a completely different look.

Fall decor doesn’t have to come from the seasonal aisle.  Instead look around your house for objects that are the colors you are wanting to use.  Color is so powerful and pulling together the right colors really sets the tone of what you are going for.

Our living room can be dark at times so I used white accessories and pumpkins to highlight different areas of the mantel.  The gold on the mirror frame and painted canvas work well with the warm colors found in the leaves.

The mums and greenery are left over from last year when I made a monogramed letter for our front door.  See it really does pay to keep your scraps!

I just pulled vases from around the house.  Like the McCarty Pottery vase and glazed ceramic vase above.  Both have good earthy colors that again work well with the simple leaf garland that I used as my main source of color.

The candle holder adds height and balances the vases on the other side but it also reminds me of a bare leafed tree.  Although, I am not sure what it was reminding me of when I used it for our Spring mantel.

The wall plaque normally hangs in our kitchen but it sort of has a Thanksgiving feel to it so I thought it would be appropriate for the Fall.  Plus, it is just such a great reminder of our commitment to God.

Here’s a few more pics because apparently I can be pretty indecisive when deciding which pictures to use.

All I need now is some Pumpkin Mousse and a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake that I found on Pinterest.  I think it’s gonna be a great Fall!

I’ll have to let you know how the above recipes turn in out in a Pinning and Dining post.

For a rundown of all the Fall decor from last year look here

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Pop On the Mantel

Now that we have officially hit Summer Spring I thought I would get in the mood a little by decorating our mantel.

I really didn’t know how I wanted to decorate it but I knew I wanted color. I have seen so many great looking mantels decorated with white for spring but I just don’t have a ton of white decor so I decided color was a better route for me. Plus our mantel and brick are both light in color so a little color would pop out against it.

Like most of my ideas these days I started looking on Pinterest for ideas. I really didn’t find any inspiration until I saw this table top display.

 

I loved the pop of color the tissue paper pom-pom balls added! Even though its a table top display the concept is basically the same. So the next time I was at Walmart I picked up a packet of tissue paper.

I decided on the multi-color packet because I was able to get a ton of sheets for a great price (it even says “Great Value” on the cellophane) and I figured I could use the leftovers for actual tissue paper for gift bags.

Even though we used tissue paper pom-poms in Noah’s nursery I didn’t make them. So I did a little Google search and decided to use Martha Stewart’s method. The directions are fairly straight forward and simple.

Does it bug anybody else that Martha Stewart is the queen of all things craft, gardening, and cooking but yet she probably doesn’t come up with 90% of the stuff… it ‘s all her staff. Oh, well the method and tutorial worked.

Since, I didn’t have enough of any color to make a solid color pom-pom I decided to go with the ombre look.

I made three pom-poms, used dental floss as string (because Noah was sleeping in the room with the thread), and hung them from the ceiling with a thumb tack.

I planned to hang one higher than the others to hide the brackets of the mirror that normally hangs on the mantel. Varying the height helped also to create some visual movement.

After playing around with some pottery, baskets, and other odds and ends this is what I ended up with.

I really wanted to incorporate some greenery into the decorations since Spring brings so much new life. And since Easter falls during the Spring I added a cross and our “As For Me and My Family We will Serve The Lord” plaque. I think it’s my favorite part.

I think the pom-poms add a whimsical touch to the mantel. Which is not really like me but I think it is appropriate now that we have a little one around the house. I wouldn’t even be surprised if these pom-poms make an appearance at her birthday party later this year!

So for less than five dollars I was able to give our mantel a little pop of color for Spring.

What do you think? Did you decorate your mantel for Spring? If so, did you use neutrals or pops of color?

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