Christmas Mantel in our Nest

I absolutely love this time of year: the decorations, the colors, the music, the lights, the cookies, the smells, the gifts wrapped so perfectly.  Aside from the potential chaos it can cause, for me, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

It was finally time for the Halloween mantel decorations to come down.  Gee, ya think?  Because I was so sick during the month of November, I completely skipped over any sort of Thanksgiving decorating.  I guess I’ll have to make up for that next year.  But when I started feeling better, I jumped right into the spirit of Christmas, starting with our mantel.

Once the vintage white, black and orange from Halloween were removed, I was left, once again, with a clean slate:

My in-laws live on 80 acres in the country, and my awesome mother-in-law was nice enough to ship two large boxes of fresh greenery directly to our door.  I’ve been putting it to good use in many places throughout our house.

But here is how I used it on our mantel all decked out for the season:

Of course I had to make one of the glitter letter banners that I love so much:

The whole glitter thing I’ve been into lately amuses me because I used to throw away Christmas cards that I’d receive if they had glitter on them.  Shame on me.  I know.  I loathed them because they’d get glitter everywhere and on every thing.  Now look at me!!

I found these gorgeous, antique, glass, silver and white ornaments when I went antiquing a few weeks ago.  They say “Made in Austria” around the base of the hook.  I only have four of them and they’re bee-u-tiful.

Now I’m off to tackle more Christmas decorating projects around the house.  One by one they’re getting done . . .
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  1. It’s beautiful, love the ornaments!

  2. Well done!

  3. Love it!!! It was so nice of your mother in law to send you all the greenery! How thoughtful! I love your sign, as well. Stopping by from SYS.

  4. I love that! So classy!

  5. Love your mantle! The silver is so beautiful, and the banner is stunning!

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