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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Mantle





Hello again from The French Hen's Nest





The Nest is a buzz of Christmas activity! I want to show you my 2012 fireplace mantle decorations.








I wanted to do things differently this year than in years past.  I picked up the glass domes (cloches?) from Goodwill during the year.  They were the domes over cheap anniversary clocksI paid about $3.00 for each.  Inside I have place little bottle brush trees with Epsom salts for snow.





My favorite things on the mantle are the two artificial amaryllis I have centered in front of the blue transferware plates.  I picked these up at Belk Dept Store last week for 50% off- $8.00 each!


The silver candlesticks I also bought during the year at Goodwill for $4.00 each.  They were black when I bought them but I knew they were shiny underneath.




 

I completely changed the wreath from last year after seeing the beautiful ornament wreaths on so many blogs. The wreath  I originally hung had gold fruit and a gold bow but you could hardly see it against the gold framed mirror.  I took it down and stripped it and added the ornaments and the gold bow.  

I hung the wreath over the mirror but it didn't look right so I removed the mirror.  Then I realized I like the mirror alone without the wreath so I took the wreath down and re-hung the mirror. 


  

My garland is artificial and I have twisted two together to make it thicker.  I used the trimmings from the bottom of our Christmas tree and other greenery from the yard to tuck in here and there for added  realism and scent.  I have white miniature lights running through the garland and it is very beautiful lit up after dark.



Just wanted to show you some acorns I painted gold and silver and am displaying in silver candy dishes on my coffee table.  Aren't they pretty?  






Well, that is my mantle and I am pleased with it for now.  I never leave things alone in the weeks before Christmas, do you?

I would love to hear what you think about my Christmas mantle.

Thank you for visiting the French Hens and have a beautiful day!




Be blessed,
Linda

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21 comments:

  1. Linda you did a fantastic job on your mantel! It's beautiful.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

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    1. Thank you Leslie. You are so encouraging!

      Linda

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  2. I really mean it when I say I love your mantle. I've never seen one quite like that (with the plates). I love the blue accents with that gold mirror. STUNNING.

    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith! I was so unsure and finally Jeannie said "I'm publishing!"

      Linda @ The French Hen's Nest

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  3. Hi Linda,
    What a beautiful mantel! Love the plates and all the elements you have displayed. The wreath was pretty too. Where did you hang it? It's always a treat to visit and see what you have been up to. Enjoy your weekend.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thank you Sandi! I was going to hang the wreath in the dining room but after I took photos my sweet husband said he really liked the wreath so I hung it back on the mirror! It didn't photograph well on the mirror but we are enjoying it! What we do (& re-do) for blogging!

      Linda

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  4. oooohh, so pretty, LOVE all your gorgeous plates above the mantel!! and the amaryllis, just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Such sweet comments! Have a beautiful blessed day!

      Linda

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  5. Oh, I'm a fool for blue and white! Your mantle has me weak in the knees, just gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Thank you Patti! So glad you like my mantle!

      Have a beautiful blessed day!

      Linda

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  6. What a beautiful mantel! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love your plate collection and decorations you've displayed beautifully! Have A Happy Holiday Week!

    Jody

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    1. Thank you Jody for letting me display my mantle at your great party! So glad you like it.

      Have a beautiful blessed day!

      Linda

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  7. Good Evening Linda, What a beautiful mantlepiece. I was surprised when you mentioned that your garland was not real as it certainly looked as if it was. The Amarylis looks beautifully positioned. Silver is always a winner at Christmas time and I love the painted acorns they look very pretty....and you know how I love blue and white...perfection. Have a lovely evening. Best Wishes Daphne

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    1. Thank you Daphne for such sweet compliments! This is the first year I added live greenery to the garland and it made such a difference. Next year I may just make my own garland!
      We have so enjoyed getting to know you. I hope one day we can have tea with you!
      Have a wonderful day and a Happy Christmas (as you Brits say!)

      Linda

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  8. Hello, my sweet friends,
    Your Christmas mantel is absolutely wonderful! How I love all your blue and white! Thank you for sharing your lovely home!
    Merry Christmas!
    Carolynn xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Carolynn! I knew I wasn't moving all those plates so I decorated with them. So glad you like them and my mantle!

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

      Linda

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  9. Beautiful mantle and LOVE the wreath! I collect blue transferware dishes too!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie! So glad you checked us out. I wasn't about to remove all those plates for Christmas! I would love to see your transferware. I look around your site now for plates!

      Linda @ The French Hens Nest

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  10. this is gorgeous, what a wonderful idea to use your plates over the mantel! I need to remember this.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I really enjoyed exploring your blog today. Have a wonderful Christmas!

      Linda

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  11. Your mantel looks fantastic! I love that you explained us all your hesitations about the wreath and I think it's great you kept the mirror to reflect the lights at night.

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