I've always been a little stumped when it comes to decorating an L shaped mantel with a little stove. While I'm pleased with how it turned out, it's not "perfect" and it's actually not what I'd first envisioned, but I really like it, and I think I could get away with leaving it up during January and not feel like it's a Christmas leftover. A great BONUS is that I spent $0 this year, I already had everything I needed, I just hadn't put it together before, so it feels new. That's how most of my projects go and I am finally learning to be happy with that. For years I never did anything, because I would start something and it would not be turning out as I had envisioned, so I would get mad and throw it away. Yep, more sewing projects started than finished by far and same goes for crafting and decorating. I think I am finally getting a grasp on doing what is necessary or even what I want and being happy with unexpected results. I am finding that often if I finish the project instead of giving up and tossing it, it turns out better than I had imagined in the beginning, not always, but often enough to make it worth doing.
Here's a list of what I used:
- Old windows, ~ my attic
- 2 Feather Boas ~ $1 each clearance previous year.
- Feather picks ~ Joanne clearance 20 cents each, previous year.
- Votive holders, glasses, cream and sugars, overturned glass cylinder bowl/vase ~ on hand.
- Silver plastic ornaments ~ from a previous "child-proof" Christmas.
- Clear beaded snowflake ornaments (hanging from the ceiling) ~ Handmade by us.
- Crochet snowflakes ~ previous Christmas.
- Silver picture frame ~ thrifted.
- White silhouette "tree" ~ S-bucks day after Christmas clearance.
- Large 2 wick candle with glass tray ~ on hand.
- Candles ~ bag of tea-lights from Ikea
- White lights with a white cord ~ previous Christmas.
- Scotch tape and dental floss for hanging ornaments, we have a plaster ceiling so no thumbtacks.
- The tree art piece, an encaustic paining by Nancy Donaldson of All Pulped Out shows a leafless tree silhouette with lacy curtains, lots of texture and translucent wax. I love it. :-) Oh and I won it during the OWOH in February. :-)