After a VERY busy week I am happy to say my Christmas decorations are finally neatly packed in their boxes and are in their home in the garage. Whew! What an undertaking! For the past week my house looked like a tornado ripped through my entire first floor with boxes and things lying all over the place! As much as I love the Holidays I am happy to have a sense of normalcy and a regular routine back in my life. I am a creature of habit and when my daily routine gets awry I feel like a fish out of water!
This past week I finally got the chance to dive into my bucket list of projects for 2012. I was able to find some time to straighten up my garage abit which allowed me to work on a “Pantry” for the kitchen. I started it months ago but it has been sitting on the back burner since October. It felt SO GOOD to turn on the music and pick up a paintbrush. More on my “Upcycled Pantry” in a near future post.
Today I want to share with you my Winter Inspired Mantel. You may remember my adorable Bethany Lowe Snowmen I purchased from Marshall’s?
Well I was really reluctant to pack these cuties up yet. I began thinking….”Who says Snowmen only have to be displayed at Christmas????” I mean, Snowmen are made all winter long aren’t they? Well, as long as there is SNOW on the ground they are! Even though we have not seen one snowflake this year yet in Eastern NC, that’s beside the point.
I decided to keep my snowmen and my winter cottages out for just a wee bit longer…..
The small glittered Bethany house was a Marshall’s “After Christmas” clearance purchase. I got this baby for a mere $4! I had my eye on it before the Holidays but decided to splurge on a few other things instead. I was tickled when I found it on the clearance table! My cute little Snow bird tealight holders are perched in my living room year round. They were a drab brown Dollar Tree find that I painted white and sprinkled with glitter. (an idea I “Borrowed” from another blogger)
A few new mercury glass purchases were added. I found this gorgeous aqua blue piece at Home Goods. (Gosh I love that store!!!) The small embelished candle holder was another Marshall’s find…..
Along with this silver beauty! I’ve noticed mercury glass popping up all over the place and I’m lovin’ it.
A few white snowflakes and snow covered pine cones complete the look. Here’s a crafter’s tip for you. To create “Snow” covered pinecones, just dip a found pinecone in some spackle and let dry. It’s so easy!
On the mirror I hung one of my newest book page wreath creations. I love my Christmas ones so much I wanted to create one that could stay out all year ’round.
And this is my Winter Inspired Mantel for 2012. What do you think???????