30 Nov

I know I showed some more Christmas decorating pictures yesterday, but since today is Layla’s (from The Lettered Cottage, one of my most favorite blogs EVAH!) mantle link party, I figured I’d get in on the action and show more pictures, because I wasn’t kidding, I really, really love it! Here goes.

This is the whole view. I was going for a country Christmas kind of vibe, really organic, not at all fussy. Our fireplace has always reminded my of a lodge fireplace…not that I’ve ever been to or stayed in a lodge, but if I did, it’s how I imagine it would look.

My grandmother had these stockings hand made by a lady she knew. They were a gift for the kids on their first Christmas. They’ve been hung up every year, even when we didn’t have a fireplace! They’re probably my most favorite thing on the mantle. In fact, my brother and I have almost the same exact stockings that we used our whole lives growing up, his is a reindeer, mine is a snowman. They were made by the same lady, how’s that for awesome!

My $2 Goodwill stars and 40% off Michael’s greenery. Love.

A close up of the “Merry & Bright” garland I wrote about here.

I originally bought the vase for our bedroom, but I think it’s working here for now. The kids found me the “filler” of rocks and a cool looking stick.

Now this isn’t ON the mantle, but for us it’s part of the mantle/hearth of it all. My mom got this for me last Christmas. I always wanted a “grown up” Nativity scene, and as soon as I saw the Willow Tree set, I knew that was the one. And because my mom is awesome, she got it for me for Christmas. It was actually one of the only things we had up last year for decorations, and provided a constant reminder that even though we were so far away from “home”, and making our new home, we were never alone. So it’s doubly special to me. There was always just something about the neutral colors, the texture everywhere that I just gravitated to.

So there you have it! This mantle is one of my favorite things this year about Christmas. I love, love, love how it turned out. Thanks to Layla for hosting the link up party to get my lazy bum moving and actually finish decorating early this year and thanks for letting me share it with y’all!

The Lettered Cottage

4 Responses to “mantle”

  1. Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    I Love the organic and rustic theme you went for just like the saying goes "less is more" especially with the Special nativity from your mom. Makes everything warm and cozy πŸ™‚

  2. Amy Cunningham December 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    You're awesome…that's it πŸ™‚

  3. Layla February 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    LOVE the organic-ness of it all!
    And thank you for adding my button…you made me smile today!


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