Monday, December 3, 2012

~~~My Christmas Mantle, 2012!!!!

Good morning my friends! I ahve decked these halls and am having so much fun decorating this new house! When it came to the mantle I have to say I do kinda miss my old mantle, that Joe built. It was 9 feet wide so LOTS of room to decorate. However, I have adjusted:):) I AM going to experiment a little next year with attaching a garland to go drape down from the mantle too. But this year I kept it simpler, well simple for me:)  I just LOOOOVE my "dancing deer". I found them several years ago and don't think I will ever tire of them I even saw them in Southern Woman magazine!
 The grapevine deer that lives in the center of my wreath is still here. I love him too.

 The 2 Santas on each end are handmade by a woman in Texas. They are both "Polish Santas". She researches what they would have worn and sends you a copy of her findings explaining why she dressed them as she did. They are both holding a real doll from Krakow! The writing on the bottom of each doll tells you. Priceless....to me!
 See his little doll???
 I used red and gold accents in the garland; pinecones, berries, etc.
 Pretty gold picks accent the ends.
 On the hearth I have 2 gold trees and 2 gold reindeer.
 In the center is a Joyce Ditz Santa riding a 3 wheeled bicycle and carrying some Christmas trees.

 I added some gold "ting ting" (remember that), to the wreath for a subtle wow staement.
 Spray painted gold pods and dried hydrangeas from my old yard. These will be replaced nest year, probably.

 On each side of the hearth I placed a Santa too.

 Here we are with everything all lit up!



 I llove to sit in here at night and just enjoy the lights. I also love that I can see all this from my kithen sink or table too!!!!! I LOVE this open area!




I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Christmas mantle. I will be linking to these parties:
Metamorphosis Monday-BNOTP
Motivated Monday at Be Colorful
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Cowgirl Up on Tuesday



Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
DIY by Design on Wednesday
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits on Thursday at Stone Gable
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations

Potpourri Friday at 2805
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com/2012/12/fmfpty-2nd-annual-holiday-mantle-party.html

26 comments:

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I love your fireplace! I wish I had a nice stone one like that! Love the gold and red accents and the stories behind the Santas. So nice! Very special! Beautiful!!
Karen

Jane Bowley said...

I LOVE your fireplace and mantle! It's just beautiful!

Shelia said...

Hi Pinky! Oh, I'm so enjoying seeing the progress of your decorating your new beautiful home! Your mantel is gorgeous and those are beautiful Santies! The entire stone work is so beautiful.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Dolores said...

Oh ....WOW, your stairway and mantle look fabulous!!! You must be having so much fun decorating your beautiful new home. I'm loving looking at your pictures!!
Hugs,

On Crooked Creek said...

Pinky,
WoW!!! What a beautiful fireplace and your Mantle decor is stunning!!! The Santas are precious...love the info on their origin! My favorite has to be the Santa on the three~wheeler...too cute!!! I can only imagine the effect at night...a vision of loveliness to behold, I'm sure! Thanks for sharing, dear friend!!!
Fondly,
Pat

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very pretty! I love your new stone fireplace and your natural Christmas decor looks just perfect with it too. Your willow deer has stolen my heart! I love him!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Pinky. It's always so much fun to decorate for Christmas, but to have a new house must be the ultimate. The fireplace is so pretty and the mantle looks wonderful..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Brooke said...

Very cute! Loving the deer!

=)Brooke

Musli Power extra online said...

Happy christmas WoW!!! What a beautiful fireplace .


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it's gorgeous, I love it. Your Santa collection is fabulous. I love to look at each one. That deer is a real keeper too. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

It's so beautiful and wow your whole blog is binged out for Christmas.

Traci said...

It's soooo pretty! My mantle is very simple this year. I just haven't had it in me to go all out like I normally do.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Your mantle is beautiful and I love your dancing deer. My favorite Christmas item is an old papier mache deer I bought years ago at an antique shop. The paint on him is totally worn off and his antlers are in bad shape but I love him so. This year he is on the front porch.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Everything is beautiful! I love your dancing deer too! I really miss having a mantle. We finally did get an electric fireplace, but no real mantle to decorate. I love all the stonework on your fireplace!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh, Pinky! What a masterpiece! I love your new mantle!!! I remember Rudolph... he's my favorite!!!
You are a pro, for sure!!! Everything is beautiful!

bj said...

OMYGOODNESS, you outdid yourself here, Pinky. This is a breathtaking Christmas mantel. Just beautiful.

Robin said...

Pinky it's beautiful! I love the moss deer!!! And so many adorable Santas :)
Your new home just sings welcome!
xoxo

Mary said...

Beautiful Pinky! I adore your dancing deer and deer studded wreath over your mantle! It's wonderful that you can see everything from your kitchen!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Gorgeous Pinky....loving all of your beautiful items...you always do such a wonderful job with florals.and I am really loving the grapevine deer!!...Perfect!!

Emma Kaufmann said...

What a gorgeous and inspirational mantle you have created Pinky! The deer is so cute.

Popping over from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop. Come and say hi when you get a moment

Salmagundi said...

Thanks for coming by my blog today. I enjoyed perusing yours to see your great Santas - I love ones with different clothing. Yours are wonderful. Sally

Patty said...

So beautiful, I love the look you have created here. I adore all the Santa's, they are my favorite. Patty

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Pinky, how did I miss this post?! Your mantel is spectacular! Love those Santas, too! I can tell that you are enjoying your new home.

Pamela said...

Pinky it looks fab! I love Rudolph to pieces. Your fireplace is amazing to decorate. Glad you are enjoying your new home. It is always so much fun to be in a new home and decorate. Thanx for joining the mantle party.

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Pinky your stone fireplace is so nice and I love all the different Santa's. Everything looks fantastic. Happy Holidays.

Richella Parham said...

Just beautiful, Pinky! How wonderful that you can see all this from your kitchen, too! Lovely.

I love a raised hearth. I don't have one, but I surely admire them! Yours is so pretty.

I'm glad you're enjoying your new home!