I was inspired by a picture in Southern Living magazine.
Southern Living Mag
I had fun gathering stuff I had already to create my version. I made these stockings from dropcloth and vintage lace, I picked up in Cape May, NJ
Some fluffy white snow
A bit of white tulle fabric with silver stars.
Filled the top with greens picked from the yard and white decorations I normally stick in the tree, silver balls and pine cones.
And although I don't have access to paper whites, like the magazine shot, I love how mine turned out.
The Southern Living shot, top left.
My Mantel, top left..
These little pails are the only thing I didn't already have in the house, and I found them at target for 1 dollar each. So I spent 4 bucks.
I have a deep dark desire to paint my entire mantel white, but no time this year, so when I found a picture I loved of a wood mantel I made a note of it, and planned on doing something as similar as possible.
The bottom area on the left in Southern Living Mag..
My final version after a few tweeks. I like the addition of the large jingle bells.
I moved some of the bottom items to something a bit more agreeable for us.
I will probably change the center to a manger scene in a few days.
I have a great old pure white manger scene from avon that my mom bought me many years ago and I traditionally always use that. Unless I decide to go elsewhere with it.
This one will do until I get to more boxes in the basement though.
So this is my christmas mantel for 2011
And this is the Inspiration Photo
Well, I don't have those wonderful built ins next to my fireplace, but I used what I had.
I am participating in the Holiday Copy Cat challenge
there's a party all week long