Hi friends, hope your weekend was fantastic! I finally finished sewing our new stockings (come back tomorrow for all the deets) so I'm ready to show you our 2012 Christmas mantel. Come on in and have a look around...
The mantel top got a light dusting of snow, with a few white, natural, and silver accents. A prickly little reindeer, a white IKEA candlestick, Target stocking holders (2 years ago), white milk glass vase (thrifted) with silver sprigs (Hobby Lobby), and a birch candle (possibly my new favorite thing, from Target).
I used this tutorial to make some paper bag flowers. I only had enough bags to make 3 flowers, but as soon as I pick up some more, they will probably be popping up all over the place! It literally took less than 10 minutes to make each one and I think they are so darn cute.
I'm in a simplistic kind of mood this holiday season. I'm sticking with a burlap, silver and white theme in the living room and dining room (with a few dashes of red thrown in for good measure), and I have to say, I'm loving the more understated look. I've yet to get Steven on board with this less traditional color scheme, but that's okay because he has the basement for all of his red, green and gold needs.
Here was our more traditional Christmas mantel last year. I still love that lighted garland and our embroidered stockings so don't worry, they found a home (say it with me) in the basement.
Have you ever succumbed to a nontraditional color scheme? I had the same mantel (above) and Christmas tree for 5 years straight, so needless to say, I was ready for some change.
Coming up tomorrow: how I made our Burlap and Silver Bow Stockings.
Later this week: painted burlap pillow covers, an easy DIY gift idea, and our dining room tablescape. Yay Christmas!
Linking up with Layla...
I sometimes participate in these parties... Sunday: DIY Showoff, I Heart Naptime, Flamingo Toes, It's Overflowing; Monday: Sew Chatty, CRAFT, Sew Can Do, The Girl Creative, Today's Creative Blog, Craft-O-Maniac, Mad in Crafts, Skip to My Lou; Tuesday: Not Just a Housewife, The Kurtz Corner, A Bowl Full of Lemons; Wednesday: Someday Crafts, We Are THAT Family, Ginger Snap Crafts; Thursday: House of Hepworths, Seven Thirty Three, The CSI Project, A Glimpse Inside, Between U and Me; Friday: My Repurposed Life, Whipperberry, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Tatertots and Jello; Saturday: Funky Junk Interiors