Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's Christmas Mantel Time!

I couldn't decide which to use so I used both!
They make my home smell great and I was able to use a cheap lit-up garland I had on hand with a fresh cedar garland and I was very happy with the results!
(Eddie Ross gave this great tip of mixing greenery here)
The fake garland makes a great backdrop filler for the fresh garland.
You gotta love those Costco wreaths! 
Not only are they pretty inexpensive but they are gorgeous!
I added some glitter and paint to the pine cones and berries and wove in a few fake boxwood sprigs here and there around the silver glass candlesticks and ornaments from Target.
 **Note to not use glass ornaments next time.  The fireplace is not shatterproof!**
 Running short of the fresh greenery...I grabbed some from my backyard...there's a bunch and it's free!
Remember all those mismatched frames from the Model Home furnishing sale?
  Can you believe this was in the unwanted/almost free section!? 
I don't think anyone could get past the urn pictures. 
After a quick trip to a glass shop I now have a new mirror. 
I was really happy with how it turned out plus it was much less than buying a new mirror of that size. 
Hanging that mirror was so hard!  It is definitely a two person job.
  I hope my husband doesn't peek behind there and see a dozen holes in the wall....oops!:)
I gotta keep moving on....I still have to put the tree up!
Nicole and I have a couple of fun Christmas projects to share soon...yay the two of us!
If only there were more hours in the day!

Sharing the mantel over at The Lettered Cottage....better late than never! :)
The Lettered Cottage


  1. It's beautiful! So glad you finally found a mirror (even though it didn't start out as a mirror)

  2. Ooo, it looks so pretty!! I love the smell of fresh greenery, but the fake stuff lasts so much longer. Good idea using both!

  3. looks great candance!! it's beautiful!

  4. I know right, I seriously need like at least 10 more hours in my day!!

    LOVE that you used the faux garland to fill in the fresh, great idea! And I would have never guessed that old frame was transformed into a fabulous new mirror.


    P.S. Can't wait to see your upcoming projects, goodie!

  5. Super classy! Oh how I love the hanging garland across the mantel...*sigh* Gorgeous!

  6. WOW! I love that mirror! Your mantle is GORGEOUS! Great job. (Now come over and help me! ;) lol)

  7. candace, it's totally beautiful! i love how simple and natural it looks...and that you used the real and the fake garland together. and that FRAME---what a total score. it's huge and gorgeous...good for you for having the vision to snag it.


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