Saturday, December 1, 2012

It's All About The "C"



Hello, Dear Ones!
I'm so excited as our daughter, son in law and little grand daughter, Carter, are coming for Christmas!
Now I know Christmas is all about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
So the "C" certainly stands for Christ.
The "C" can stand for Christmas too as this is the most wonderful time of the year.
But...
I'm talking about the "C" of grand baby Carter!

So, I wanted to decorate for my little wonderful "C"!
I want her to come to her grandmas and grandpas house and say "oooooo".
I've decorated my mantel with a little 2 1/2 year old in mind.

 Sparkly and child like. Oh, child, that's another "C"!

 Here's a whimsical little wreath I've made and will tell you about it in another post.

 Let's look at this side first.

 Santie Claus hopped up here because little children and my little Carter just love Santie Claus!
Claus! Another "C".
He has some little tinsel trees on each side of him that I found at The Dollar Store last year and poked one of them on a candle stick to vary the height.
There I go being creative again! :)
Creative! That's another "C"!

 Now on to the other side.

 I'm using that cute little red wagon I found and used in a Thanksgiving vignette here on the mantel.
Cute! Another "C".
It's just perfect for the snow globe and I think I'll add some candy canes.
Candy Canes! Two more "C"s!

 This little rocking horse has a windup on the bottom, rocks back and forth and plays Jingle Bells.
I bought this when my son was about 2 and now he's 42.
I still pull it out each year and marvel at how sweet it still looks and that it still works.

 Here I've poked down an olden carved wooden Santie.
Carved? Well, that's another "C"!
 
 Yep, there's an Elf on the Shelf.
Guess what? They've made girl elves this year.
See her little earrings and eyelashes!
I know she's going to be getting into mischief before Christmas gets here.
 
 I poked down a garland and wound wired ribbons all around and added Christmas balls.
The ribbons make it look so much fuller.

 The garland hangs down on both ends of the mantel just like little girl pigtails,
ribbons and Christmas balls.
I know these are called ornaments, 
but I've always called them Christmas balls 
and I'm too old to start changing my  lingo now! :)
Sorry, but I don't think changing works as a "C".

I know these Christmas balls look like little second graders all lined up to go to the bathroom 
but I just couldn't stop hanging them. 
So I have lined up Christmas balls! :)

Well, there you have my Christmas mantel all decked out with my little "C" in mind.
Do you think she'll like it?

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Holly Jolly Christmas

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
Well
I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Ho ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh, by golly
Have a holly jolly Christmas
This year

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh, by golly
Have a holly jolly Christmas 
~ sung by Burl Ives



69 comments:

  1. Shelia. Love your mantel. Yep, she'll be gazing at it. Merry Christmas to your family. ~Jen

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  2. Your little one will sure think she has dropped in to Wonderland! What a feast for the eyes of a youngster! A mantle with all the dreams of childhood - candy, Santa, Sugarplums, gingerbread men! And you know what? Adults are pretty awed by it too!

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  3. Your mantel is a wonderland for kids of all ages. I love it & I know Little Carter will too! I've been playing "I Spy" with Ethan. Your mantel will be perfect for that game with Carter.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  4. Shelia, you just make me smile when I visit! Little Carter will LOVE this mantel! This brings back all the memories and wonderment of when my girls were little! You have done a great job!! And, as an adult, I'm pretty smitten with it, too!

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  5. your mantle looks like a Christmas wonderland. all your family will love it especially Ms C..

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  6. Wow! Your mantel is just delightful, so colorful and fun! How wonderful you family is coming to visit during the holidays, enjoy your time with them, Laura

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  7. Your mantel is so beautiful and festive! I know that Carter will just love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. That mantel wins First Prize, I'm not kidding, and your little Carter is going to flip when she sees it! I didn't know they were coming for Christmas but I'm really thrilled to hear this great news - what fun you will have with your baby girl there! Now make that lady elf behave and watch your C's please. Hugs ~ Mary

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  9. Shelia, your precious little Carter will love your mantel! It is lovely!! Visiting your blog always makes me smile!!

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  10. Sheila, she will definitely say OH and Ah!! That is so cute. I hope you will share it at tonight's party, too. It starts soon.

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  11. Shelia, Carter is going to just love this Christmas mantel! It is gorgeous and full of colour and whimsy for a 2 year old's eyes. Lucky you that they are coming for Christmas! Hugs, Pamela

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  12. OoooHHH! I know she is going to be enchanted. I just love the cute gingerbread man, and the candy canes. What little one wouldn't love it!
    You are the best Grandma ever!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  13. Shelia, it looks FABULOUS! Carter is going to love it! And it's high enough so she can't pull it down - you are a smart Grandma!

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  14. I think Carter is going to LOVE all these adorable decorations! Your C's add up to a charming and cute Christmas (3 c's). I'm spending Christmas with my Tiger at his new home and I'm so excited!
    hugs, Linda

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  15. I'm thinking it is all pure Cuteness! I saw you little elf but I didn't know they made girls this year! Oh my...I know someone who will want one...ME! heehee! I have some of the old ones that I cherish! Sweet hugs!

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  16. Carter is going to enjoy it all. Her eyes will definitely be shining. Beautiful Christmas at your home, Shelia!

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  17. She is going to LOVE it and so do I!!!!! I love all the different ribbons, the Christmas balls all lined up and the cute elf! That wreath is terrific too. I bet there will be alot of OOOHing and AHHHHHing!!!! XO, Pinky

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  18. Oh my goodness, your mantle looks AMAZING! I am loving all your Christmasing! You've outdone yourself! XO ~Liz

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  19. Oh, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your mantel. I can only imagine seeing it thru a 2 year olds eyes. You did a fantastic job!

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  20. I love it all...the cute polka dot ribbon and the tinsel trees and the elf, your sweet C will love it all so much, just like she loves her grandma! :)

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  21. Well my name starts with C and I love it. It's a mantel to ooh and aah over. That loosely "braided"? mantel garland is fabulous. And Santa and several gingerbread men. It's awesome!

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  22. Super cute! The child in me LOVES it!

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  23. Shelia little "C" will definitely say oooooo! Your mantel looks FABULOUS!! LOVE that wreath!

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  24. Oh that is without a doubt perfect for the whimsy of childhood!
    It's fabulous dear Sheila, you should be proud!
    Carter will love it!!!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  25. You'll have to have your camera ready when little Miss C gets her first look at all of that Christmas finery. :)

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  26. Very cute!! I love the elf in the red wagon!! All kids big and small will delight in your mantel this Christmas!

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  27. Oh my friend you have absolutely outdone yourself this year. There are so many special and unique touches. I love the toys, it reminds me of how my Mama used to decorate her tree when she was able. Your grandlove will surely love it. You are such a good Grandma to decorate your house for your special baby. xxoo

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  28. Your Carter is going to love it, all of it! You did a great job and no those balls, I also call them that, don't look at all like a line of second graders! It did make me lol though at the thought! Enjoy your beautiful mantel - I enjoyed just getting to see it and will remember about doing that braid of ribbons!
    Love to you,
    Lily, WA, USA

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    1. Thank you so much, Lily! I'm thrilled you popped in to see me.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  29. I love it! What fun! Carter is going to love it too. It's definitely "oooooo" worthy.

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  30. I'm so sure she will love it. I think the adults will even gasp at this one Shelia. It is amazing. You really have a way with those swirly ribbons this year. xx

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  31. She will love it, may want to play with the horse and wagon.

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  32. What a wonderful Grandma to go to such lengths. Your mantle will surely put a smile on Carters face. So Cute!

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  33. Shelia.....you are so Cute!! Lucky Carter to have you as her gramma!!! Everything is adorable!!!

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  34. Your mantle is beautiful. It makes me wants to be a kid and stay a kid. I love it.

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  35. Your mantle is beautiful Shelia, Carter will just love it, I know I do! Wonderful!

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  36. Wow! You just have a really really merry home Shelia. Everyone who enters your home will surely catch that happy Christmas spirit.

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  37. Wow Shelia! She will be so excited at Grandma's! I am so happy that your family will be there, memories are going to be made.

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  38. Lucky you to have Carter with you this year. That will be a great time. She will never forget that mantel and you will never forget how long it probably took you to create it.

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  39. Just fabulous! I am oohing and ahhing along with everyone else; Carter will adore it!
    Nancy

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  40. Just beautiful, Shelia. Magical would be the word to describe it.

    xoBarb

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  41. Carter is not only going to like it, she is going to LOVE it! This is a masterpiece. SOOOOOOOOOO cute and fun! I love it!

    I'm trying to figure out what my St. Augustine cottage is saying to us. It wants to be decorated, but how? I have our house downpat, but the cottage doesn't know if it wants to be nautical, country, or whimsical. Maybe all three???

    I'm supposed to get a 'p;uter for Christmas, but my camera is giving me fits, too. What is a girl to do??? Anyhow, I hope to be back in the Land of Blog before too long.

    Love you,

    Sheila

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  42. I love your mantle and I know Carter will just squeal when she see's it! I am decorating the dining room for the grands! Hugs, Penny

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  43. Absolutely beautiful, Sheila! And, so glad your family will be with you!

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  44. I love a traditional Christmas and your mantel is just gorgeous, Sheila! Nothing more important family so enjoy!

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  45. Awwww, I know you must have loved every single second of creating this fun and festive mantel with Carter in mind. She's going to love it. It brings a smile to my face ... love how lush your greenery is ... the ribbons ... the fun wreath ... the sweet Santa and, of course, the Elf. What fun!

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  46. Shelia- That little Carter is going to be over the moon with all that you have done there. It is just so whimsical and fun-looking. You did a wonderful job-it looks like Toyland come to life.
    I bought all 4 adult kids Elf On A Shelf for Christmas this year. I just loved it. I had a hard time finding the boy ones but there were tons of the girl ones left- xo Diana

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  47. Hi Shelia,

    Your mantel is SO festive and cheerful!! I love it, and I'm sure granddaughter Carter will love it, too. Her eyes will be as round as saucers. :)

    I love it all, but my favorites are the amazing wreath and the polka dot ribbon. Beautiful!

    Have a wonderful day, Shelia. Visiting from Seasonal Sundays.

    Denise

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  48. I'm older than two, but I say Ooooooh too! So darling. I love that you still put up your son's rocking horse!

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  49. What a delightful Holiday mantel, Shelia! Just wonderful! I love it.
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  50. Cute, Cute, Cute!! Your decorating delights all children...young and old!!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  51. I think she will be enchanted by your magical mantel!

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  52. Ahhhh, "C"hildren of all ages will love that mantle!

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  53. Ooooh - so cute, Shelia!!!! I just love the all of the ribbon woven into your garland. Mine NEVER looks right when I try to do that. And your wreath is to die for! Congrats on the birth of Carter! Us grandma's can all understand how there's nothing quite like grandchildren. :o)

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    1. Oops! I meant to say congrats on having Carter come for Christmas!

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  54. Of course she will like it - she will be smiling from ear to ear and full of cheer (another "c") I also have a grandchild named Carter, but he's a little boy! Your mantle is so festive and makes me smile - well done!

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  55. The most important things that this beautiful, creative and "C" post reminded me is: the love for our grandchildren is so unique; and to never let the child within us all ever escape or go to sleep.

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  56. Shelia, you have done a wonderful job! I am sure your granddaughter will love it! :)
    ~Audra

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  57. Oh my, Shelia, your mantel is absolutely delightful; and I'm sure your little "C" is going to be so excited when she sees all your decorations!

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  58. She is gonna LOVE it, Shelia...it is so adorable and so the way I love to decorate for Christmas, too. My decorating has always been "for the grands"... having so many stockings is a prime example. :))
    Merry Christmas, dear heart.
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo, bj

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  59. Your mantel is gorgeous!!! Carter will love it! :)))

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  60. Hi Shelia,
    Oh...My! Just look at all that Red and Green! Your grandchild is going to be thrilled! I love all the little toys placed throughout.

    Thank you for sharing the reason for this blessed season, my sweet friend.
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xxx

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  61. Oh my gosh Shelia!! What a beautiful treat for Carter. Your mantel is wonderful. I'm sure Carter will be in awe of all of the things to look at.

    Judy

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  62. Shelia,
    This is Censational..."C"!!!
    I'm just beyond 2 1/2 and I would be oohing and ahhing over this Christmas Mantle!!! That Gingerbread Wreath post I certainly don't want to miss!!!
    Be sure to play Christmas Carols for Little Carter...Burl Ives is one of my favorites from my own childhood!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  63. Wow I love the mantle! Following your blog from Australia......
    Tracy

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  64. It is beautiful. I love the Elf and the pretty tinsel trees and the lined up ornamnents. Carter is going to think she's in Wonderland when she sees all this finery!

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  65. Simply Charming (another C), I love it and I am sure your Grandchild will too!!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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