Merry and Bright Mantel

December 4th, 2012

The Christmas mantel is all fancied up for the season!  Blue and green are back this year and I reused a lot of my old decor I’ve had for years, including the mirror, the pedestal table, the stockings, candlesticks, and mercury glass vases.  I also brought the rug from my office into the space to make it feel more wintery.  I’m habitual about rotating my rugs since they’re all the same size, can’t help it!

What’s new are the fresh evergreen trees, the reindeer in the middle of the mirror, and the ornament garland I made to add some color and sparkle. 

merry and bright mantel centsational girl

 

I ordered the white deer from Cardboard Safari on Etsy as a nod to Santa’s reindeer.   “It’s a little known fact” (10,000 points if you can name the character that always said that) that male reindeer lose their antlers in late fall but not females until January which leads to one conclusion, Santa’s reindeer must be female right?  It must be why they never need to ask for directions, ha!  

white deer and colorful garland

 

So we pretend this is a reindeer and we took up a vote in our house.  My son thinks it’s  Blitzen, my daughter thinks it’s Vixen, Matt thinks it’s Dancer and I like to think it’s Dasher, because with that satin bow, hello totally dashing!

white deer on mirror

 

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Best of November

December 3rd, 2012

Hello hello it’s the last month of the year!  Hard to believe, isn’t it?  Time for the monthly roundup of greatest hits from the previous, here are the top ten not to miss posts from November!

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I painted my old console table a shade of gray; 2.  we posed for the annual family picture; 3.  we gave our IKEA wood countertops an ogee edge then stained and installed them in the bathroom and 4.  I set a silver and gold tablescape that lasts from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. 

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5.  to bring color and fun to the kids’ space, we decorated a candy themed tree and I made them a scalloped felt tree skirt;   6.  I painted a favorite herringbone pattern for a pillow;   7.   a pretty table setting at Mom’s place for Thanksgiving;   8.  DIY sleigh bells ring, are ya listening?  9.  new ring top window panels hang in my daughter’s room,  10.  roasted garlic mashed potatoes with crème fraîche, oh my. 

Our holiday mantel is next… warning, it’s kinda sparkly.  :)

 

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