Monday, December 5, 2011

My Christmas Mantel

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, it's time to show you my mantel. I have the hardest time with my mantel. I never know what I'm going to do until I start and then I just go with it.

I hung my garland first and started poking things into it. I was beginning to like it. I decided to go with pine cones and fruits!

Here's a very tall peep of my mantel. Well, it's short me snapping while I'm up on a ladder! :)

Lights. I just love little tiny Christmas lights.



I don't have a lot of space above my mantel so my very plain olden mirror hangs here all the time. I had these two large pretty picks and wired them together, tied a bow around them, twirled the tails and I was on a roll! ;)

Then I grabbed a glass cake stand and poked a big glass vase on top filled with pine cones, added a little pick and red berries.

Then I remembered I had a little wreath with pine cones and fruit on it. I put it around the base of the glass vase filled with pine cones.

I added these cute little candlesticks on each side with frosty looking green candles. I also added little pine cones and fruit candle rings. You would have thought I had planned all of this! I just amazed myself! :)



Then for the center of my lighted garland I began to poke in fruit picks and pine cone picks! :)

I kept poking things in, added some more berries and more little picks.



The center of my garland was getting pretty full. Hope it doesn't fall down! :)

I think I like it. Do you? Is it gawdy? I hope not.

Well, I just couldn't stop myself. I added some little glass red pine cone ornaments.



There you have it ~ my mantle ready for Christmas. I can't wait to see yours!




Be a bunch of Sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping on your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe,
Help to make the season bright.
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow,
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know that Santa's on his way;
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh.
And every mother's child is going to spy,
To see if reindeer really know how to fly.

And so I'm offering this simple phrase,
To kids from one to ninety-two,
Although its been said many times, many ways,
A very Merry Christmas to you

~ sung by Johnnie Mathis

71 comments:

  1. I love it Sheila! If you have seen mine, I don't have to tell you that I love a full mantle. I also love using fruit. I am going to do that again one day. It really is beautiful!

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  2. Hello Sheila,
    I love your Christmas Mantel is so beautiful! You did a wonderful job!
    Have a blessed day!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  3. It's beautiful..and I bet it really is gorgeous at night with all those lights..love it! :D

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  4. It's so beautiful, Shelia. I love how you do it all up so big. Gorgeous!

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  5. Now girl, that is magnificent!!! Full and lush with bounty of the season!!! hugs...cleo

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  6. I think your mantel looks wonderful, very full and elegant! You did a great job. Mine is the same evey year, as that is where I put one of my Nativities. Sometimes I think I will change it, but I never do!
    Have a good week. You look like you are all ready for Christmas so you can sit back and enjoy your lovely home.

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  7. It is absolutely beautiful Shelia. You did an amazing job. Love it!

    Much love,
    ♥Ana

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  8. Sheila, that is so pretty and lush. I love the added pine cones.

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  9. Okay, Sheila, you're a sweetie alright, because you just won the prize, First Prize, for mantel of the year!!! That thing is simply gorgeous, I mean from the tiny little white lights to the olden mirror to the pine cones and picks and fruit, to twisting two thingies together and making something beautiful with it. The Committee is on it's way to your place to bestow the prize, and I heard the media is coming to report this as well. I'm just serious, it is gorgeous, wish I was there to roast chestnuts with you on an open fire and talk about how to poke picks into the mantel garland. :)

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  10. Shelia! This is just stunning! So lush and full and I love the combo of pine cones and fruit. Absolutely beautiful! :-)
    Vanessa

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  11. Hi Shelia,
    It's over the top, abundantly beautiful. Love the greenery and the pinecones. It's so stunning.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  12. Gaudy? Certainly not, it's absolutely spectacular! Shelia, you are a mantel decorating genius, it's just beautifully done!

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  13. It's so pretty! It's full and lush and looks like a professional did it.

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  14. O'Miss Shelia, your mantel is absolutely gorgeous!

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  15. You amaze me too. It looks like a professional florist did it lovey. Just gorgeous.

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  16. Shelia, your mantle isn't gaudy at all - it's beautiful. I love the textures and colors. It reminds me of a Williamsburg design. Stick a gingerbread man in there and come to my party! --------- Shannon

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  17. Oh me .. Oh my! Words escape me this is so incredibly beautiful. What a talent, you cutie you!

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  18. I agree with everyone, your mantle is fantabulous! Not gaudy at all, just as gorgeous as it can be. I don't have a mantle, but if I did, I'd try to do something like it. Just love it.

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  19. Wow Sheila! Your mantel is gorgeous! Just love all the fruit picks and little lights. Have a great day!
    -Lynn

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  20. Sheila, did you see me just drop to the floor? Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the fullness and the use of fruits. Great job!!

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  21. Sheila,
    Your mantel is GORGEOUS!! You have added all the Christmas things I adore. So pretty!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  22. My friend, you have absolutely, teeetotally outdone yourself this year. I love every single aspect of it. I have a thing for fruit decorations at Christmas-time, and when combined with garland and pincones - well, its just magical! What a beauty you have created!

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  23. Just beautiful, Shelia. Such a pretty combination and so lush looking!!

    Barb ♥

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  24. Wow Shelia! Your mantel is amazing!

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  25. your mantle is beautiful! I love that it is deep enough for those pieces of glassware!

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  26. Wow! My eyes are wide open to every detail of your Christmas Mantel Shelia. I love it! It's a real work of art and art from the heart.

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  27. Now that is a gorgeous mantel! Looks like lots of work too.

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  28. Your mantle is beautiful! I love it, I really do. You did a fabulous job on it, but I would expect no less from you. :) I also love the Christmas Song, it's one of my favorites.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  29. Shelia all I can say is WOW!! Your mantel is simply gorgeous lady! Thanx for stopping by my party!

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  30. Wow! Sheila that is so pretty! I love how full your garland is. You did an absolutely beautiful job!

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  31. Your mantel is absolutely stunning, Shelia!..Christine

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  32. What a great mantle. It truly is gorgeous to infinity and beyond! highpointcircle.blogspot

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  33. Wow,Shelia! What a great mantel. It is just dripping with holiday cheer!

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  34. Beautiful mantel! I love all the fruits and lights and greenery. Gorgeous! hugs, Linda

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  35. Oh Sheila, You've really done it this time!!!!! Looks lucious!

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  36. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    You have been very busy working on that mantle. The fruit and lights sparkling are lovely. Great job. It must have taken quite some time Shelia...and you be careful on the ladder!
    have a great evening..
    Judi

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  37. Wow, you outdid yourself girl...it is like a professional decorator did it...

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  38. This is just stunning, Shelia! It looks wonderful and I love how you continued the theme up to the top of your mirror. Great idea using the vase and cake stand. I love white lights, too. I have them all over my house!

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  39. I'm back with the Committee, actually I *am* the Committee, and we've decided while we wait for your Award to arrive, we will pin your mantel garland picture to Pinterest. Just wanted you to know where it's going. Now get these reporters out of here ... let me through!!!

    :)

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  40. Your mantel is absolutely stunning, Shelia! You can tell that you put a lot of work into it. I know you will get lots of compliments on it!

    XO,
    Jane

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  41. Your mantel is beautiful and I love that it is lush! I wish I had lights in mine. Oh well, there's always next year. The Christmas Song is my husband's favorite holiday song.

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  42. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS Shelia!! I love the fullness and the jar full of pine cones in the middle! Martina

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  43. Shelia,
    What a beautiful decorated garland! The mantel is gorgeous. Pat

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  44. I so love your mantle!! Thanks for sharing!

    TableSetting

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  45. Sheila, There is no way your mantel is gawdy...it is GORGEOUS!!
    I love the fullness and elegance.
    Perfection!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  46. I love it Sheila! It is so creative and so pretty and just adds so much sparkle!
    You did good girl!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  47. Sheila, Thanks for the song and the beautiful mantel...it's perfect, not gaudy and all the poking paid off. It's a lush, sparkling beauty.
    Debbie

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  48. oh heavens no Sheila ! It is not gawdy. But then again I am a gawdy girl myself,hahahahaha !
    It's gorgeous !

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  49. I love this mantel! It's full and gorgeous! The lights and fruit picks just make it! Beautiful!

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  50. What an elegant design. I love the fullness and color.

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

    p.s.
    I can totally relate to the "short me on the ladder" :)

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  51. OH, MY! It is just gorgeous! So elegant! You did a great job!

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  52. Absolutley beautiful! You did a great job decorating your mantle for Christmas!
    Candy

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  53. Definitely NOT gawdy Shelia! It is gorgeous! I LOVE it!! The more picks the merrier I always say!

    You did a beautiful job!

    Lou Cinda

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  54. This is so stunning. Great job.

    Linking from: From My Front Porch to Yours

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  55. Preciosa chimenea, tienes buen gusto para la decoración. Saludos

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  56. Sheila,
    It looks beautiful! You did an amazing job and I am so impressed that you came up with that without a plan! It is so full and festive! I love the lights too!
    -Shelley

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  57. Shelia, I L.O.V.E. it. It looks grand and magnificent. You did very, very, very good.

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  58. Oh my dear Shelia, your mantel is totally stunning, you are sooo talented! I never know what to do much with the mantel and it just comes along, but yours is magazine worth! Thanks for sharing sweetie.
    Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  59. You can come poke around on my mantle or anywhere else in the house you like, Shelia. AWESOME! SPECTACULAR! Yours is the most beautiful I've seen.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

    PS Don't forget our GIVEAWAY

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  60. Beautiful mantle and the garland is A M A Z I N G and so full, I absolutely love it. XO ~Liz

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  61. Oh, wow! Now that is impressive. Thanks for sharing! Love it.

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  62. I love this mantel because it is LOADED! Very festive and traditionally Christmas! a new follower, andrea@townandprairie

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  63. Sheila, You have just outdone yourself! Your mantel is so lush and pretty. Great look with the vase and pinecones. Way to go Sheila.
    Babs

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  64. I love it! Winging it is generally the way to go, I think, once you have an idea of the color or motif that you want. It looks like you spent days!

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  65. Gorgeous, Shelia! I adore the lushness and abundance of your mantel. Very elegant!

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  66. Gorgeous, Shelia! I adore the lushness and abundance of your mantel. Very elegant!

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  67. Hi Sheila- I've seen you around blog land so many times and haven't stopped in until today. I love how your mantel turned out. You certainly did a lot of extensive work on it! It turned out quite beautiful! I know how it goes with those, once you start your mind really goes to down! Beautiful job! Liz

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  68. How do you do it? It's over the top but sooo tasteful! Love It!!! What a cheerful fireplace!

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  69. Shelia, your mantel is *stunning* !!!! You did an amazing job decorating it. I also like your header, too!

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