Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Christmas Mantel 2011

Today I finally got my Christmas mantel together. Yippee Skippee I am so excited!

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.
 Love the fluffy white and silver.

 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..
and my version..
I was going to wrap a real gift with some brown paper but I couldn't resist these cute bags at Target, I know I will use for $ 1.00

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 









Lot's of great parties I will be joining:
Met Monday
Show off your cottage
Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Mantel Link Party 
White Wendesday

17 comments:

  1. Great job. I love the little silver colored buckets. What a deal. I am partial to the fluffy snow,cause we never see snow. The additional of the bells put you over the top. Way better than the inspiration. Kudos! Blessings, Ginger

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  2. Oh WOW, it's total dreaminess!!! I adore the white--it's gorgeous!!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  3. Came out great! Love your interpretation of the images. Love the fluffy snow.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and the nice comments on my copy cat makeover.
    I love how yours turned out. The white, silver, and green is gorgeous.
    I'm your newest follower.
    Barb

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  5. Your mantel looks great! Love your silver snow combo! I hope we get to see your white Nativity scene.
    Debbie

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  6. Your Mantle looks so pretty, I love the inspiration pic. You did a great job with your copy cat. Cape May is one of my favorite places to visit, I love those Victorian houses. It's always so fun to run into another Jersey girl. I'm a new follower.

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  7. Eileen, you did a great job! I love the fluffy snow with the silver! Great copycat!

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  8. I love that inspiration photo! You did a great job recreating it on your own too. I love the romantic feel to it.

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  9. Morning, Eileen! Oh, I love your version of the copy cat and love your 'snow' much better! So sparkly and festive. The silver just screams "we're beautiful"! :)
    thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Very pretty -- it has a very dreamy quality...

    I am still trying to figure out what to do with mine.

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  11. How pretty. You did a great copy cat for sure, with your own fun twist. Thanks for joining me.

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  12. Gorgeous copy cat! I am linking from Debbiedoos.

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  13. This is great! You did an amazing job on your copycat mantel! The white is elegant and timeless! Love it! I'm a new follower!

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  14. I love your mantel copycat inspiration. So pretty.

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  15. I love your version of the mantel - just gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by and I am happy to hear you got a laugh from my "light comment"! Have a nice weekend!
    -Shelley

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