Sunday, December 4, 2011

~~~My Christmas Mantle!!!~~~

Good Sunday Evening everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the process of decorating for the holidays! I am all finished and can finally RELAX and enjoy my efforts! I am joining some linky parties for the holidays and especially tonight the Mantle party over at From My Porch to yours. The button for the party is right on my left sidebar so click on there and see LOTS of beautiful mantles!!!! I have been collecting Santas for almost 30 years now so have quite an extensive collection. This first one I am showing you was handmade by a lady in Texas. She did this to put her daughter through college. We eventually bought 4 from her but this was our first. He is a Polish Santa, and she would research what they would have worn and included a typed page to explain everyting!
 Here is a shot of the entire mantle. I redid my wreath this year, added alot of picks and some gold swirly sticks (remember "ting ting"!!!!) The Santa on the left is another Polish Santa from Texas that we bought for Joe's parents. When they died we inherited it.
 The beads are new this year too. BUT, I only wanted the one simple strand of beads because I didn;t want to hide the beauty of the mantle and bamboo molding. Joe MADE the mantle and did the bamboo trim. That stuff was a BUGGER to stain!!!!
 My 2 dancing reindeeer are treasures of mine. I had them for 2 years when I got my copy of Southern Lady magazine, opened it up and there were MY reindeer in someones house!!!!! I was so excited to see them!:) The gold trees are narrow so perfect for the mantle. They sure SPARKLE at night with the lights.
 The wicker reindeer attached to the wreath with wire, we found many years ago in Intercourse, Pa. at a neat old hardware type shop! Joe attached the red ball to his nose.

 I used the same ribbons for the bows that I used for my tree toppwer since they are right next to each other.
 The Santa in the center is a Joyce Ditz santa. I have several of them now too, including a LIFE SIZED one that greets you as you come in the front door. I will share him soon!
 Some details of the mantle decorations

 You can see in this shot how narrow the trees are.
 Here is a shot of the hearth. The Santa in the center is another Ditz Santa. He is carrying trees in the basket on his bike.
 I love this guys plaid coat.

 This is the first Polish Santa I showed you. Both of them are carrying a doll made in Poland!
 Isn't she sweet!? There is writing on the bottom of theirs stands, in Polish, that says made in Krakow.

 I was trying to show the writing but it came out too blurry, sorry.

 "Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer"....

 Our velvet stockings. When I saw them I loved them and they really match the red and gold theme I have on here.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my mantle. I will also join in at some of these parties too:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Motivated Monday at Be Colorful
Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter
More the Merrier Monday at DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Savvy Homemade Monday at Home Savvy A to Z
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
It's A Party on Thursday at A Creative Princess
Show and Share on Thursday at Southern Lovely
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations
Hookin’ Up on Thursday with House of Hepworths
Addicts (not so) Anonymous on Friday at Addicted 2 Decorating
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Thanks once again for stopping by. I love to read your sweet comments so please let me know you were here! Happy Holidays to all!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky


  1. Your mantel is beautiful! The little lights are perfect to help Rudolph guide his sleigh! It's all very festive!

  2. Your mantel is very beautiful and the santa georgeous

  3. Pinky,
    What a lovely mantle all dressed with Santas for Christmas! Yes, my dear, you do have a wonderful collection! I adore the red & gold theme and how you've added embellishments to your wreaths and garlands to bring the theme together! Have a great week. We're celebrating On Crooked Creek tomorrow!

  4. Pinky, your mantel looks great. Love that large lighted wreath over the deer head.

  5. Pinky your mantle is so pretty! I love,love,love your Santas! I collect them too but did not put many out this year. Yours are so special and unique. I agree the one in the plaid coat is fabulous! I also love the idea of a Santa mantle, especially since you have such a great collection!

  6. Oh my stars, Pinky, your mantel is unbelievable - absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for stopping by and saying my wrapped package looks better than the magazine pics - I am saying that to so many of the party goers, because honestly, they outdo their inspiration!


  7. Pinky, what a gorgeous mantel! I love all of your Santas. I so enjoy seeing all of the collections out in blogland. Everything looks fabulous! So festive and inviting! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I love your festive decor, Pinky! Everything looks beautiful & fun!!

  9. The word that kept coming to my mind as I looked at your photos was "enchanting". I just love it. I think your Santas are wonderful, and I really like the reindeer inside your wreath.

  10. Beautiful Pinky! You have a fabulous Santa collection and I love the wicker reindeer in the center of your wreath!

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  12. Love all your festive holiday touches Pinky!! Rudolph is my favorite and I know my boys would love it! Thanx for linking back! Happy Holidays!

  13. Santa on the tricycle is just too cute... LOVE IT!

  14. Your Santa collection looks stunning against your pretty rock fireplace. I love how you added the wicker deer to your wreath. Clever!

  15. Hi Pinky! I love your Santa collection~ what wonderful detail your Polish ones have! I ADORE your dancing deer and your wreath above your handsome mantle. I'm sure you mentioned before your husband made it~ WOW, so impressive & beautiful with the trim. Yes I do remember ting-ting :)

  16. Love all your Santa's especially the one in tartan. You have quite the collection. Beautiful mantle.

  17. It's beautiful, Pinky! Very woodsy!
    I put my Nativity on my mantel, so I just surround it with greens and fresh flowers.
    I was so sorry to hear about our friend Yvonne. Maybe she will still post once in awhile!

    Have a great week, I envy that you are all finished!

  18. Pinky you are great to have it all done...well done! the mantel is de lovely and your collection of Sanas just looks magical.

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  19. You have quite a collection of Santas and I love all of them! They are very special, indeed. The mantel looks beautiful!


  20. Oh Pinky, your mantle, wreath and all the Santas are so pretty! You've done it again..... you've created beauty!!

  21. A beautiful fireplace and mantel, Pinky. Love all your sweet Santas.

    Barb ♥

  22. Hi Pinky! Oh, I adore your mantel! Love your lighted wreath with the little deer head popping out! Your Santies are so precious on the mantel and the hearth! You did good, girlfriend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  23. What a beautiful mantel!!! The huge wreath is amazing!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments. :-) You made my day!

  24. Hi Pinky!
    I love your mantel and especially the big wreath with rudolph!
    All your santas are cute and look great on the hearth.
    Looks like you're all ready!

  25. So pretty! I'm finished with all of my decorating but I keep forgetting to take pics so I can join the parties!

  26. Your mantle is gorgeous, Pinky! I love all of the Santas, especially the one with the plaid coat. I need to give you my address so you can ship that wicker deer "trophy" to me after Christmas! HA!

  27. What a gorgeous mantel...beautiful wreath, and I love your Santa's...You just did a great job. Mona

  28. Absolutely beautiful! I just love all of the lights!

  29. Such a lovely Christmas fireplace.

    Hopping over from the Christmas in July blog hop - #57.


  30. Hi Pinky~ I'm revisiting your festive Christmas mantle and wonderful Santa collection! I'm already wishing for a White Christmas in this July heat! Stay cool :)

  31. Pinky....beautiful mantel!....I am trying to design my mantels this are giving me inspiration!


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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