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Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter Mantel

Winter has decided to visit us again this week in SoCal. Last week was Summer weather, this week Winter.

I love when it actually feels like Winter here. I'd much rather it be cold than hot.

Don't get me wrong. I like the warmer weather too. I just like it in the Summer, not the Winter. Since we only seem to get either Summer or Winter temps where I live, I want it to be at the specific time of year those temps were meant for.

Since the weather has turned colder, I decided to dress up my mantel in celebration.

I love the neutral colors.

This is the closest I'm getting to snowflakes here.

I reused my mason jars from the Anthropologie knock off snow globes I made for Christmas. I didn't glue my bottle brush trees to the lid. I just used some "sticky" stuff to keep them in place. So when I took them apart, I thought, why not just turn over the jars and put some candles in them. So I did.

This mantle cost me "nothing" as I already had everything on hand.

I've been collecting "snowflakes" for years.

Reused my "Winter" garland from last year.

The only new purchase this year are the battery operated votive candles. They came from Costco in the fall when they had their coupon for $4.00 off.

Time to turn on the candles.

I think real candles give a better ambiance. But then, you can't beat the safety of the battery operated ones. And since I've had a couple of close calls with real candles, I'm sticking with the battery operated ones.

I made this "Winter" garland last year. I have these fancy letters on my computer that I have no idea now where they came from. I printed them out, cut them out, punched some holes, strung some twine and wa la I have me a garland.

I'll probably only leave it this way for a week or so. Time to start thinking of this years Valentine mantel. Techinically, I should have had it up for a couple of weeks already. But I'm the procrastinator, remember. I just barely took down my Christmas mantel yesterday. Still need to put the boxes up in the attic though. Hopefully tonight.

But then, The Bachelor is on, and then there is the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to watch.

I guess there is always tomorrow.

Is it just me? Or can you hear Little Orphan Annie singing as well.

Do you decorate for winter? Are you a procrastinator like me? And is it to soon to decorate for Valentine's Day? I don't procrastinate the dreaming, or planning part. Just the execution part.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


The Calendar says it is January.

Last time I checked, January was smack dab in the middle of.....

I should be saying.....

And seeing.....

Not angels silly. Snowflakes.

But wait......

I live in southern California. We don't get snowflakes here. Well a couple of times we did.

But not this week. As Mother Nature has her calendar messed up, or at least her hemispheres.

As she is making the weather here seem more like....

As in 88 degrees.

The warm temps are making me long for the......

Or a.......

Don't get me wrong. I love Summer. I just don't like it in the middle of Winter.

Even if.....

Is a snowflake too much to ask for this time of year?