Today the sun pop its gorgeous head out after several day of gloomy frigid weather! The temperature reach a heat wave of 39° and Ginger and I headed out for a long walk. We also took her to PetSmart to give her a bath. Its great there, the provide large step into bath tubs, shampoo, towels, and blow dryers all for $10.
There wasn’t a separate post on my word for the 2016, but, I did decide on “simplify”. My goal is incorporating it into every sector of my life, even my decor. Whenever decorating the living area the common place to start is the mantel, and I’m sharing my Winter Mantel.
The mantel was covered with a beautiful piece of linen from a thrift store for $2. It measures over 10′ long.
You might not be able to see it but it has a lovely damask like pattern on it.. Can you see the lines on the left, about 1/3 inside the left side? That pattern and repeats 7 times across the length and made me wonder if it is a placemat run, but seemed to long for that. It seems like it should be cut inside the two lines….
Draped the linen over the mantel and added three vintage mirrors. The large one, in the back, was a freebie from someone who didn’t value it and tossed it in the alley. Thank you! Pulled two others from the dungeon and stacked in front of each other. It might be just me but soon as I place them I felt a sense of calm. The wall sheet music (removing soon) added character.
Oh, by the way, the two other mirrors were thrift store finds…actually everything used is a thrift store find except the white fur tree that I made.
The woodland theme was carried over from Christmas and a few of the cloches were rearranged.
A few more of the paper houses clearance at JoAnne’s. Just found out they light up and look so pretty at night. Now I know this isn’t the cutest lamb in the world..but one of the few I’ve found thrifting.
The church picture is always used at Christmas and forgot this year so I put it out…I love looking at it.
In the center I hung two of my knitted stars from the mirror. The stars are for sale in my shop. A pair of two stars is selling or $14.95. Knitting is much slower that crochet, each star takes about 6 hours to knit. If you are interested click on the link knitted stars.
The lamb under cloche was place in the center too. I just couldn’t put this cutie away. Its actually part of my nativity set. Look at that face!
On the other side a white yarn tree is the center of this vignette.
A fur like yarn (JoAnn’s) was wrapped around a thrift store styrofoam form. It took me less than 15 minutes to make it.. Love projects like this…This may sound funny that the tree reminds me of our Ginger’s coat?
Another cute deer under glass and Mr. C just picked up four hyacinth bulbs from Aldi’s’ this week, each were $2.99 and the glass holders are reusable.
Another white paper house.
Decorating the mantel is always something I enjoy doing…and this was no exception. Simple and elegant with a cottage charm.