Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I decorated the mantle for Christmas this year for the very first time. Usually I just hang the stockings on it, the fireplace is in the office so no one but Larry & I see it. A few weeks ago I put this together and we both love it! 

 I painted and glittered our monogram. I made another set of log candle holders, this time out of a birch log. 
Lots of mixed greens (cedar, pine, seeded eucalyptus, magnolia leaves, gold painted hydrangea, and spruce) with mini lights intertwined. The tea lights are battery operated for safety and they blink to look like real candles.  A cardinal peeks out from behind the pine, I have to have cardinals in my Christmas decor. 

 Another cardinal sits on top of a birch bark bird house.

 Birch bark pots hold a poinsettia, amaryllis and anthurium in front of the fireplace.

A rusty bowl holds Christmas pot pourri. A cardinal pot holds another poinsettia.

 The amaryllis is starting to come into bloom, just in time for Christmas. 

I decorated simple stockings with our initials and jingle bells. The frame above has a piece of wood that I painted with chalkboard paint and a message for the season. I just love how it turned out! I will be decorating the mantle more often now, especially when it gets it's facelift.

We are wishing all our family and friends a Very Merry Christmas and safe holiday season! Here's hoping Santa brings you everything you wish for! 
Merry Christmas :)


23 comments:

  1. As always, my friend, everything looks fantastic and so beautiful :)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  2. The mantle looks wonderful.
    Enjoy all the festivities of the holidays with your family.

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  3. Mantles scream "Decorate me for Christmas" Yours looks great!! Have the merriest Christmas,thank you for your friendship and sharing life's ride with me

    Carol

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  4. What gorgeous decorations! Merry Christmas! :)

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  5. Everything looks beautiful! Merry Christmas!!! Nancy

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  6. Its refreshing to see a mantelpiece decorated with flowers and your own unique creation. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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  7. Merry Christmas Debbie & family! :D

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  8. The mantel is gorgeous! Merry Christmas, Debbie!

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  9. Everything looks amazing! Hope you had a merry, merry Christmas!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  10. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas my friend. Happy almost 2013~ It's going to be a great one.

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  11. Looks great - love the cardinal! And I can never get my amaryllis to bloom in time for Christmas - still waiting!
    Kelly

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  12. Merry Belated Christmas!! I love the blingy B and all of the greens. Hopefully you have a wonderful New Year!!

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  13. It's beautiful! AND I'd have never remembered until I saw your photos but my grandfather had made a log candle holder similar to yours and now I could picture the "Setting" as my grandmother called it that she'd done with greenery around that log. It took me back....:)

    Happy New Year :)

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    1. Thanks Debra! Such sweet memories...glad I could help bring them back!
      Debbie :)

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  14. I love your beautifully layered mantel! I hope you had a merry Christmas. Happy new year!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! Yes, we had a lovely Christmas. All the best in the New Year to you! :)

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  15. Your mantle is so pretty! Thanks for visiting Marty's Musings Top 10 Projects and letting me know about the branch candle centerpiece. Thanks for the encouragement and I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine!
    Blessings,
    Marty

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    1. Oh you're welcome! I'm so glad I finally found your post again, it's been driving me crazy not remembering where I first saw this done. I make sure to pin or bookmark everything that I might do now!
      The first set of holders I made for Thanksgiving were such a hit my daughter borrowed them for her dinner, which was taking place the next day! Yes, we've been enjoying them.

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