Monday, November 29, 2010

Our Christmas Mantel

I was on a roll once I made the twine letters to spell the word JOY and just had to decorate the mantel for Christmas.  

I went for a simple paired-back look to match the simplicity of the twine letters.  Here's how it looks,

and how it used to look just last week and for all the past weeks of the year.

We took down the etching and put up the pinecone wreath.  In past years we've had a red plaid ribbon on the wreath, but it never went very well with the browns and golds of the sofa that is nearby so this year I switched out the bow for a new one.

I made these twine letters recently which you can read about here.

I put the spindle Santas on the mantel.  I know some of you have asked about how and why I bought them and I've just written the post.  Come back tomorrow for details.

The only thing I haven't added yet are the stockings.  It seemed a bit early to get them out (not to mention I'm not sure what box they are in).  Here's a photo of them from last year, so you'll just have to imagine them hung by the fire with care.

We still have a lot more Christmas decorating to do, which is a little bit daunting and a whole lot of fun.

Linked to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
A Bavarian Christmas at Doberman's by the Sea
Holiday Home Linky Party at The Lettered Cottage 
Countdown to Christmas Party at Domestically Speaking


  1. I finished decorating yesterday... my stockings are sitting in a chair because I thought the same thing (too early??).. but then I said... Naaaaaah. The kids love the anticipation of seeing them filled..even now when they are "mature". Ahem.

    Happy Holidays, Grace.. looking forward to the Spindle Santa post :-)

  2. Beautiful, it is the perfect combination. I love your letters, you have inspired me to try something like them (after Christmas).

    Hope you have a great week,
    Cha Cha

  3. Looks great! Love those Santas.

  4. Wow, Grace, it looks lovely!!! I really love the spindle Santa's...someone is very artistic!! Can't wait to hear the story!
    Never too soon to put stockings out!!!!
    Margaret B

  5. I love the spindle santas Grace!

  6. WOW everything looks great! I love "JOY" and how you did it. Thanks for your visit and leaving such a sweet comment about the sweater ornaments. I've enjoy my visit here and have become one of your newest followers.

    Enjoy your evening,

  7. Joy, Oh Joy! I love these festive letters, Grace.
    And I love your mantel. My mantel is always the first thing in my house that I decorate. You are very inspiring!

  8. I haven't even started yet. We got the tree out yesterday and that's about it. Those letters look great there and love the spindle santas. They're very different and interesting. I like things you just don't see everyday.

  9. Your pinecone wreath perfectly compliments the twine JOY letters. Very cool.

  10. I like the bow, and those letters are so cute!
    I started decorating today. I'm really glad my kids had a snow day so they could help.

  11. Grace, I love the spindle Santas. Never seen those before.

  12. Grace, I like the simplicity of your mantel. The Santas are so unique. I have never seen anything like them. They have so much personality! I also like the texture of your wreath and JOY letters.

  13. Love the Spindle Santas! Just too creative!!

  14. Your spindle Santa's are wonderful. I love how they are each different and different colors. Great idea to group them together on you mantle.

  15. Simple and clean. I can study everything you have up there individually and it is all wonderful.
    Pam @ Becolorful