Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Coconut Flakes, Turkey Feathers and Pink Window Panes

I had so much fun decking my Christmas mantle this year. It was fun to play around with different things I had around the house to make it all come together.

I'm sure you can deduce that coconut flakes mentioned in the title is what I used for the fake snow sprinkles. The letter N came from my picture gallery in the master bedroom and the other "letters" I just gathered from around my house.

Here is my pink window pane. Which started out as white. Then I painted red. Then I painted gold. Then I distressed it. Pink is what became of it.

I was trying to make it like this from PB...
You can't see them in the pictures, but their are strings of twine in between each pane that I nailed in to clip card on. These are just some of my favorite vintage-y ones I've received or collected over the years.

Stockings hung by the chimney with care. The garland came from the cypress trees in my backyard. I made some for the windows too in the living room. They were a cinch to make, but a week later they are crumbling under the slightest touch!

Some bottles I recently numbered from 1-6 with glass paint. The 2 and the 5 were perfect to use as we prepare for the 25th of December. Can you spot my turkey feather in the vase? The other day I looked out my back window to find 5 or 6 wild turkeys in my backyard! I was so excited to find proof of their visit!

Those giant stars are gigantic versions of what my Aunt Ramona taught me how to make while she visited a few weeks ago. I have 7 dangling above my head as I type away in the living room right now. I thought I was making snowflakes, but everyone that sees them talks about how they love my stars. So stars they are.

Maybe one day we'll have our fireplace wired up for gas logs (the chimney is capped off so it can't be wood burning) but in the mean time we can simulate a roasting hot fire with a bunch of tapered candles.

Merry Christmas! I'll be linking up to The Lettered Cottage "Merry Mantle Party" today so if you need any ideas, these girls are the ones to check out!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. I know your fireplace and mantel look so cozy in your LR....the mantel looks great.....and those snowflakes, i'm happy to see them... r

  2. You are right after me at Layla's party. I love what you were going with for your cards. I really love how you infuse such character and sentiment with your mantel. Fabulous job.


  3. It looks great! I love your huge fireplace and your house is so quaint and cute. Merry Christmas!

  4. Love it Nat, you should put a mirror in your fireplace behind the candles....would be gorgeous! :)


  5. Hi! I found your blog by that big sign outside your house...I was driving by the other day. I LOVE your house. Everytime we drive by I think whomever lives there is so lucky. But are you selling it?

  6. Love that fireplace and love what you've done with it! Really like the candles inside. Good job!

  7. Your fireplace is really giant. I love your work.I have also decorated my fireplace on Christmas day. But I missed to hang stock on fireplace.

  8. I love this fireplace design and it looking really very nice and great. I am so impressed by that.

  9. I like your fireplace design and it looking so pretty and beautiful. I want to make this type of fireplace.