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,
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