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 clocks. I 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!
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