Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Mantel


(I want to thank Lavender Garden Cottage for featuring this post!)
Hello, everyone!  Well, now that the Holiday Open House at the shop has come and gone, it's time to decorate my house!  I started with something easy-the mantel.  After playing around a little, I decided to just keep it very simple.  I recently bought this coffee filter wreath, and I used it as a starting point.  I know all you crafty girls can whip these up, but yours truly decided to take the easy way out, and have someone make it for me! :)   I love the gold ribbon, and the little vintage picture tucked inside.


I bought this huge chalkboard over the summer (for a steal!) and I thought it would look fun with the wreath hung on it and something festive written on it.   I wrote what would fit of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.'


Reindeer are one of my favorite things to decorate with, and I discovered these 2 sparkly gold ones packed away among my Christmas stuff. They add a little whimsy, and co-ordinate with the wreath and its gold ribbon.


I placed one reindeer on each end of the chalkboard, but the middle space looked bare.  After rooting around in my Christmas bins, I found some little sparkly gold ornaments, and simply lined them up. They fill in the space, and continue the gold-toned color scheme.


My dad found these small ice skates in my parents' basement and brought them over.  Imagine my surprise (and delight!) when he told me that they were mine when I was little!  How have I never seen these before?  I promptly hung them above the fireplace!




Here's the finished product.  See...simple, but fun!! (At least I think so :)



So there you have it-my mantel, ready for Christmas!  Now I'm off to decorate some more spaces, which I'll be sharing soon.  Until then, have a fabulous day!
I'm linking to these great parties:       The Farmhouse Porch 
                                                      Lavender Garden Cottage
                                                      Knick of Time
                                                      Primp
                                                      Have a Daily Cup of Mrs.Olsen
                                                      Ivy and Elephants
                                                      Katherines Corner
                                                      The Vintage Farmhouse
                                                      Stuff and Nonsense
                                                      Common Ground
                                                      My 1929 Charmer
                                                      The Lettered Cottage 

34 comments:

  1. The ice skates are such a great touch! Love it

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  2. I agree..the ice skates look really nice. I always love deer too :)

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  3. Your mantel is wonderful, Susan! LOVE your awesome chalkboard and the wreath is the perfect touch in front of it.
    What a treasure to have your little ice skates from childhood. You never disappoint!! :-)
    Mary Alice

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  4. I love the ice skate idea! I think my old ones are probably in my parents' basement. It may be time to dig those out and use for decoration!

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  5. So pretty Susan! Love that chalkboard!
    xx
    Anne

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  6. Your mantel is looking beautiful! You've really put me in the mood to decorate. I really want to make a coffee filter wreath as well. Maybe I'll do that too. The ice skates and the gold ornaments are lovely. Great chalkboard too! Have a wonderful holiday season! ~ Jamie P.S. The books are the perfect touch. :)

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  7. Love the chalkboard.. I am hoping this weekend to use some glitter and go to town. Have a great day.

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  8. The wreath is gorgeous and the skates adds the finishing touch! Very pretty. I think simple is elegant and very chic.

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  9. What a lovely christmas mantelpiece! I especially love the skates - and the fact they were yours? Even better! J9 x

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  10. Love the chalkboard and the night before Christmas story. Ice skates are so adorable too. Can't wait to see more.
    Kris

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  11. Great idea, Susan! I love the deers and the chalkboard!

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  12. Very unique. Those ice skates are perfect! I also like how you wrote the classic tale on the chalkboard.

    Blessings,
    Meredith

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  13. Very cool. I'm taking notes...I'm going for simpler, non traditional and light neutrals. And sparkly stuff. :)
    -Revi

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  14. Great idea to use the chalkboard as focal point! Love the skates!

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  15. Your mantel looks great! It fits in very well with the vintage theme in your home too. The ice skates are the perfect finishing touch. Even better that they once belonged to YOU too!!

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  16. The mantel looks wonderful, I love the wreath.

    Cynthia

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  17. I love it Susan! The wreath adds the perfect touch. The ice skates are wonderful. Especially since they were once yours. I found a couple of wool reindeer I bought after Christmas last year. Forgot about them. Pretty cute! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  18. Love the wreath! I think your chalkboard frame is great! Your Christmas storyread is perfect! I am going simple too, this year....but I need to get started! Have a wonderful and blessed week! p.s. thank you for the lovely comments..made me smile:)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Roxie

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  19. It's beautiful Susan! As always! I have a couple pairs of skates this year. The smaller pair I've had for awhile - I laced them with hot pink ribbon several years ago and they have stayed that way! The larger pair I just found at a garage sale - they have really cool old wooden skate guards on them!

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  20. I love your little skates. What a great find! Your mantel looks very pretty...especially that great chalkboard.

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  21. I like your take on simple and easy. It looks amazing, the wreath, the chalkboard, the deer - - love it all.

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  22. It is so fun! Just like all your décor, it's just perfectly unique.
    I love it.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  23. This is really cute! I love how it all comes together and works really well. I think my favorite touch is the ice skates - so cute!

    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things :)

    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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  24. This is lovely. I am hosting a Holiday Giveaway on my blog. I would love for you to enter :) Have a great day! Thanks Anu

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  25. really love your mantel. that huge chalkboard makes such a great "statement", and so fun that you have your skates back!

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  26. Love your chalkboard and skates! The wreath was a wonderful starting point.

    Judy

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  27. Susan I love it!! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo

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  28. Yes it's just perfect. The skates are such a cute touch, I do love to decorated with them. Isn't great to have boxes with this and that to add to each area! The gold deer are so cute.
    ann

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  29. Your mantel looks great and the skates add just the right touch. I bet you smile every time you look at them! I know I would!

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  30. So simple and sweet - love the skates, nice touch!

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  31. very simple and pretty...lovin the skates!

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