Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Old Fashioned Belsnickle Santa Christmas Mantle

The Lettered Cottage

Here is our mantle for this year! I decided to go with my belsnickle santa collection again. I guess I am a sucker for snickles! In fact, I think my next post will be about my ever growing belsnickle santa collection! The wool striped stockings I found on ebay a few years ago. They remind me of a very old book my mother has from her childhood of " 'Twas the night before Christmas". I always loved the old fashioned illustrations in that book. Without realizing it, I think that is where my mantle inspiration came from.

The pre lit wreath and garland came from QVC, I added red berries and rusty sleigh bells for extra color and texture. To elevate the santas in the back row, I hid some wooden blocks behind the garland for them to stand on.

The old sled and antique childrens chair were both flea market finds. The santa was made by folk artist Stacee Droit, from Arnett's Country Store. I am a big fan of Stacee's work!

The fireboard was a very easy $20.00 project. I also found a great deal on greens at Michaels to fill the crock with. The pinecones were FREE! My kids love to collect them outside. I spritzed some scented oil on them to add a nice cinnamon and evergreen scent to the room.

Luke thinks it's a cozy spot for a nap. I will return soon with more Christmas!

God Bless,

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Time Is Here!

Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer. Fun for all, that children call, their favorite time of the year. Snowflakes in the air, carols everywhere. Olden times and ancient rhymes, of love and dreams to share. Sleigh bells in the air. Beauty everywhere. Yuletide by the fireside, and joyful memories there. Christmas time is here, we'll be drawing near. Oh, that we could always see, such spirit through the year. Oh, that we could always see, such spirit through the year...

More Christmas to come...... deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la laaaaa!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween & Happy November!

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Here are a few more pics of some Halloween around our home.

And Happy November, the weather has FINALLY cooled off to really feel like fall around here. I am looking forward to this month of preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hear all my santas and snowmen calling me from the attic! I will probably start next week. I have a monster garage to tackle this week! :)

God Bless,