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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Snowflakes and Silver Trees-Christmas Mantel 2012

I've decided it's finally time to decorate for Christmas.

Christmas is only 2 weeks away.  Yikes!

Are you ready?  I am not.

I did finally get my mantel and china hutch decorated this weekend.  But I've only take photos of my mantel. And it was this morning before I left for work.  So the light wasn't the greatest.  But hey, it's done.  Yipee!

I decided to go with a neutral color scheme this year.  As much as I love traditional Christmas colors,  I think I love neutral colors even more.

My theme this year is snowflakes and silver trees.   I only had to purchase a few things this year.  And not because I needed them, but because I wanted them.  Heaven knows, I don't need another Christmas item.  But I'm a Christmas junkie.  So I just keep on buying.

The giant snowflakes are a new purchase this year.  Found them at Hobby Lobby at 50% off.  I have been so happy to finally have a Hobby Lobby in California.  And one that is only 20 minutes from my house.  Hubby, he is not too happy.  But I am.    The glittery snowflake on the pickle jar is also new this year.  It was an ornament from Target.

I'm still in love with my chenille snowflake.  I purchased a couple of them online a few years back.  I'm now wishing I had purchased about 10 of them.

The silver mercury glass tree on the right was a new purchase from Kohl's.  I stood in line for 2 hours on Black Friday to purchase it.   That and quite a few other items.   I told you that shopping for Christmas decor is a sickness I have.  I'm willing to wait in line for 2 hours and something I don't even need.  Tell me that I'm not the only one with this sickness.  PLEASE!

I love my snowflake lights.  I've had them for almost 20 years.  And they are still going strong.  Well, they are now after hubby fixed them.  I had them all arranged, plugged them in and..... nothing.  They wouldn't work!  UGH!   But lucky for me, I have a handy, dandy hubby who can fix almost anything.

I had planned on making a fabulous banner for my mantel this year.  I have the same plan every year.  And every year, it never gets done.  Being a procrastinator and a lazy one at that sure puts a cramp in my plans.  But I did have this JOY banner in my stash.  I'm happy with it.  At least for now.

The larger mercury glass votive candle holders came from Target a few years ago.  The smaller two in front I found at a fabulous store in Temecula called the Western Eagle Bargain Store.  I love that store.  You never know what treasures you will find there.  And for cheap!  My kind of store.

I can't remember where I got the tree on the right as I've had it so long.  But the tree on the left came from Dollar Tree about 2-4 years ago.  It was a disco mirror tree.  Much to bright for my taste.  So I used some watered down brown craft paint on it & wiped it off.  Made it look more like mercury glass.  Much better.

I put some Epsom salt in a couple of large pickle jars (the kind you get at Costco or Sam's Club).  Placed a battery operated candle inside.  Tied some jute twine at the top to hold my new glittery snowflake ornament from Target.  I love it!

I love real candles more than battery operated ones.  But I've almost burnt my house down a couple of times using real candles.  So fake it is!

I'm so glad that mercury glass is still in fashion.  Can you ever have too much mercury glass?

Well, I hope that you have enjoyed this years Christmas mantel.  Hopefully I'll get photos of my china hutch soon.  The lighting in my family room isn't the best.  I might have to wait until the weekend when I will be home during daylight hours.

I'm hoping to get my Christmas tree decorated by this weekend as well.  I just need someone to help me take down 6 boxes that are in the way up in my attic.  Hopefully this year, I'll actually get it done.  Last year was the first time in my 50 something years that I didn't have a Christmas tree.  

Linking to:

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


  1. Your mantel looks like a winter wonderland, even if it is in sunny California! I love that chenille snowflake, too.

  2. Your mantel is beautiful. I love all the sparkle and snowflakes.

  3. The mantel is lovely. You are such a "crafty" lady I bet you could make more chenille stars yourself.

  4. I'm with you - flameless candles are the only way to go. Love the mantel.

  5. I love everything you do! You are one of my FAVs!!! Please post a little more often as I miss you!!! Donna K.

  6. What a gorgeous mantel! Every detail I love, the snowflakes are my favorite! New Follower!


  7. Blue and silver are my favorite Christmas colors. :) I love your decorations, especially those pretty silver trees!

  8. Your mantel looks great! I have the same affliction. Might have even been known to hide something in a store on Christmas Eve in order to get it 50% off the day after.

  9. Beautiful! I love the wintery feel! You could even leave some of it up in January.

  10. Very pretty! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' We've also got an exciting giveaway going on now that includes a chance to win a BlendTec. Hope to see you there!

  11. Nope! Can't have too much mercury glass! I LOVE it, you did a beautiful job!