there will be no lack of creativity so go over and have a look if you are
needing some inspiration for your own christmas mantel.
i kept it pretty simple this year. no garland or lights, just a
few things gathered from around the house.
on each end i have a small frazier fur (fake) wrapped in burlap and
i threw a couple of empty white frames i had laying around, along with a lone
white candle, next to one fake frazier fur.
i once swore, by the way, that a fake christmas tree would never
cross the threshold of any home in which i lived. never say never, right?
that changed this year. not only are these little cuties on the mantel
fake but our tree is fake. i think it pains pastor j more than me. like me, he loves
the scent of a freshly cut tree.
anyway, more on that later! back to the topic at hand. . .
on the other end three more candles, all wrapped in burlap and twine
to add a bit more texture and interest, along with a more natural
the candle holder i picked up from ikea when
i went for my butcher block. it was shiny and white so i
distressed it, of course, and rubbed my fave walnut
stain over the whole thing.
i picked up the letters for the JOY sign at hobby lobby for pennies
on the dollar, painted and distressed them, and hot glued
them to some jute.
beneath the mirror. . . three simple, tattered, green books.
the course of the 11 months they sit in a plastic bin
in the attic?) and then it'll be done.