Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Tour 2014


Well, despite the fact that I still have a Halloween post in my drafts, I thought I better get on the ball and share a few pictures of my Christmas decor. I like going back and looking at my previous years' photos while I'm decorating; otherwise, I can never remember where I put everything. 
You'll see lots of plaid and pops of red throughout the house this year- I found the red tartan ribbon at Michael's before Thanksgiving and bought out their stock because it sold out last year at my local store. I waited and missed out before, but not this time!
I didn't change too much on my mantel- just a new message, the garland and stockings (hung with care, of course).
I finally found a tree skirt that I love. Mine was a TJ Maxx score, but it is identical to a much spendier one featured in this season's Ballard catalog.
The "Happy Holidays" ribbon is also from Michael's. 

Even though it doesn't quite "go" with the look I'm after, my son's musical Pooh Bear figurine is always displayed front and center at Christmas time. What are traditions for, after all?
On to the kitchen...
My burlap wreath is once again looking festive for a new season. This time I added red ribbon, a big antler, and a few natural elements to compliment the snowy woodland scene on the mantel.
Caitlin painted a little snow-scene watercolor and it was the perfect backdrop to our Trader Joe gingerbread chalets. **check out my phony gingerbread man… I hadn't baked any yet, so I added him in PicMonkey!
I hope your Christmas is ...
and the season is full of magic.
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My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life
French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design
Between Naps on the Porch
 Under the Table and Dreaming
The Nester
Dixie Delights

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Simple Autumn Mantel


 In the past, I've waxed poetic about the glorious abundance of fall and decorated my mantels in a suitably festive fashion. They were swagged and festooned within an inch of their lives, and I loved them in all their harvest glory. But, as you can see, I went in a different direction for this mantel.


It's bit more simple, even {comparatively} understated. Without miles of garland to distract the eye, the chalkboard pumpkin takes center-stage and it's simple message will remind me to count my blessings, right through Thanksgiving.



Tolkien and Lewis, my literary lions, had to have their autumnal crowns, of course. No amount of simplification would keep me from bedecking their noble brows. {I like to think they tolerate my seasonal shenanigans with quiet dignity.}


Of course, there are a lot of days between now and November. I don't know if I'll be able to resist bedecking the mantel with banners and bunting forever. For now though, I am satisfied with its simplicity.
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I'm linking up here:
My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life
French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design
Between Naps on the Porch DIY Showoff
Jennifer Rizzo Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School Mantel

I know for many kids it is already back to school time, but in our neck of the woods school doesn't begin until after Labor Day. Even though we are savoring the last few days of summer, I thought a fun back to school mantel would help all of us get back in the mood for learning.

I'm not quite ready to break out the pumpkins for fall yet, but my summer mantel needed to go. Since this is our kitchen mantel and we homeschool at the kitchen table, it seemed only right to decorate our "classroom" with an education theme.


I had to include a copy of the homeschooling guide that has so influenced our curriculum-- "The Well-Trained Mind." 

 Is anyone else a pencil snob like me? I love these Ticonderoga pencils… all other pencils are dead to me.

The illustrations in "Dick and Jane" books are so sweet; I love the nostalgic depiction of childhood. Plus, Hunter learned to read with this book, so I get a bit misty-eyed too thinking of his lispy little voice sounding out the simple stories.

I've wanted a vintage kitchen scale forever, and I finally found this fun jadeite green one on a Facebook  group I belong to. It fits perfectly on the mantel, yay!

The chalkboard displays our lighthearted motto for the upcoming school year: it's Latin for "Learn or Leave." I thought it set an appropriately encouraging tone for the upcoming year. If that doesn't work, I can always grab that ruler and whack some knuckles. ;)

Happy "Back to School" time!
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I'm linking up here:
My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life
French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design
Between Naps on the Porch DIY Showoff
Jennifer Rizzo Under the Table and Dreaming