Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rustic Christmas Mantel

Here's a peak at my Christmas mantel montage this year:I'm going with a rustic theme in this house. The fireplace kind of calls for that, doncha think?
I have to highlight my woodland St. Nicholas for you:He is the creation of the MOST talented artist I know, Darlene Bushmaker, my high school art teacher. She paints wildlife and nature scenes like you wouldn't believe. Actually, she can paint anything and it'll knock your socks off, but in her retirement got into doing these Santa figures. I just adore his plaid jacket and the hat with the ear flaps!

So, back to my mantle. The Nester's doing a garland extravaganza show and tell ... and I really don't do big garland, but I wanted to encourage others like me who have NO time to do a fancy shmansy garland ... that sometimes simple is OK, right? .... right? Maybe? (note: After a little shopping, I fill in this display with several small wrapped packages.)

I also want to point out I used DaySpring's "Jesus is the Gift" ribbon again to decorate my little tree. This time I used the 3" wide kind. Easy peasy and has a message, too! More IDEA posts coming up!!

21 comments:

sassy seamstress said...

love the stockings. and yes, i agree, the mantel does call for a rustic look :)

Erika said...

How perfect! I love it and your sleigh looks so familiar, I think I have one that looks almost exactly the same!

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

So simple and elegant!

Kristi said...

Now, that is perfection. The santa, the sleigh, the mantle, the stockings...wow!

Girly Stuff said...

Simple is good! Very cute! The fireplace doesn't need much since it is so great!

edie said...

It turned out beautiful!

Laurel MacD said...

Love, love, love it! You have an awesome blog - I'm off to read more.

The Nester said...

Simply WONDERFUL!

Thanks for the encouragement!

Heather said...

I always love your creative ideas & decor!!!

Holly said...

It's gorgeous! I love your fireplace and the rustic display is perfect!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I absolutely adore it!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

You have a beautiful fireplace and that simple garland is just perfect for it. I don't think it needs anything else!
Thanks for your comment on my blog!

Amydeanne said...

very cute. i love it!

The Busy Blaine's said...

Thanks for the commment! I love your blog and your mantel. Merry Christmas!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love your fireplace and what you have done really works well. Love it.

Paula said...

I like simple myself! Love the ribbon! I will be back to visit your blog for ideas. Thanks

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love this rustic look! So cute!

XO,

Sheila

Christina said...

Oh, yay. I love Christmas, and I LOVE your ideas! ; ) Your mantle is beautiful.

Astrid said...

I totally agree- rustic and simple is the way to go with that mantel. It's a LOVELY garland!

new every morning said...

I LOVE the rustic look. I think it is perfect with your beautiful fireplace!

Miss Sandy said...

Sweet, simple, and beautiful!

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