Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our Merry Little Mantel 2011

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Favorite, favorite.  I could just copy and paste that word into every post this month since nearly every THING in December is my favorite.    Ever since I was blessed with a fireplace, decorating it has become a holiday favorite of mine.  Fireplace mantels go with Christmas just like peanut butter goes with jelly.  

Last year I used a lot of recycled materials to create our mantel: Star of Wonder, Star of Light.  It was an interesting challenge and I so enjoyed it!

I used the same star that Chris and I made of scrap sticks last year for this year's decor.  

However, this year my mantel decor was focused around my most adorable new sign. It's a smile-everytime-you-read-it type of sign.  The sign is beautifully made by Barn Owl Primitives (I've shared my other sign from them in a past fitness post.)  I just adore their work.  

I really thought the colors were fun.  That rubbed green is just a tiny bit rebellious as it's not quite the traditional holiday green.  

The garland is little clusters of dried sage from the high desert.

I used all real, dried florals for our mantel.  The wreaths are made from real dried flowers.  I've used them in our Christmas decor often in the past.  I bought them a few years ago in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado.

This baby jar holds a cluster of matchsticks and the green is the same as the sign. perfect. 

Our stockings are paired together, all super snuggly of course. 

It's a cheerful little display 
for our merry little Christmas.
And we all need a little
good cheer.

So, grab a handful of your favorite holiday treasures
and get to work on those mantels or shelves.
Because even just a tiny bit of Christmas spruce-n'
makes life just sweet enough.

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{northern cottage} said...

i absolutely love this set up - so fresh! The green matches totally caught my eye! love em!

Ruffles and Relics said...

very cute mantle.. I love those stockings!!

Barbara F. said...

I so agree about mantles and Christmas, I do miss mine these last four years......yours is just beautiful! xo

Blondie's Journal said...

The sign is just perfect...I think that song is my favorite during this wonderful season! Your mantel is simple and beautiful, I am totally in love with that garland and your stick star!

Happy Holidays, Lisa!


Leslie said...

I love the use of naturals and you did a great job. Love that star too! Great job!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks wonderful Lisa! The new sign is fabulous! It just pops!

Miller Racing Family said...

This is so beautiful. I love the garland and the sign. Blessings

b. said...

i like it. it looks very fresh and simple. the sign is adorable.

Anonymous said...

I love your home and that sage garland is to die for..You have done it again..You never cease to amaze me with your decorating ability..It's just simply beautiful..

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Your Christmas mantel and decor is so simple and beautiful. I love your wreaths! Stopping by from A to Z.

aimee said...

i love your mantel its beautiful, i love the star xx

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a fun sign! Love the way your mantel looks this year. Thanks for sharing it! :)

Maggie said...

I’m so enjoying seeing how everyone decorates their homes during this special season.
Love the pair of wreaths on your mantle and the sign is a great touch.
The blue light coming in through the windows in the last photo is amazing. Great capture.

Ruth said...

Your mantle looks beautiful. I love the star and the garland.

Shan said...

Less is MORE! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing :) Merry Christmas!

Gina said...

I adore that sign too-it looks great, and your dried florals are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! :) And that sage, what a neat idea. I love green and white! Thanks for sharing! ~Frances

Barn Owl Primitives said...

lisa ~ it's so charming! i love the sage garland ~ what a fabulous idea! your sign looks so happy on your mantel ~ LOVE it! xo ~ kristi

Cassie Bustamante said...

that is so beautiful! i am in love with your gorgeous garland!

Chris said...

Hi Lisa, what a gorgeous mantlescape. You did a wonderful job. Thanks so much for sharing. Merry Christmas. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Julie said...

Very pretty and festive - love the addition of the sign for a touch of fun. Visiting from The Lettered Cottage link party. Happy holidays.
Julie at Simply Savvy @gosimplysavvy

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

Such a beautiful and creative mantel! I LOVE your herb garland- just beautiful!