My "Merry and Bright Mantel" was inspired by my current obsession with metallics. A couple ideas from Pinterest got me thinking about a simple, modern way to decorate this year. The idea for silver and gold "snow" on canvases came from this pin, and the thought of using lights poked through a canvas came from here.
I probably should have used a stencil for the "Merry and Bright" lettering, but I got impatient and just drew with pencil before using metallic paint pens to trace over it. (If you look closely, you'll see some things are a bit off. Oh well, adds to the homemade charm right? At least that's what I'm telling myself.)The find of the season was these amazing ornaments I scored for $3 each at Wal Mart, of all places. I snatched up every last one. The snowflakes below were also a WM find, $2 a piece. I need to remember to start my hunt at good ole' Wal Mart then pick up the fancy, more costly stuff at craft stores later. I spent less than $100 on everything for my mantel this year. Which means, more money to buy stocking stuffers. The little wooden village above is one of my most precious possessions. My mother bought the set on a family vacation to Germany when my brother and I were very little. For as long as I can remember, mine and my brother's part in helping to "decorate for Christmas" was to set up the village. We took great care to arrange and rearrange everything until we felt confident it was the "best Christmas village ever".
This was my first year to set the village up at my house. The feeling of nostalgia was almost tangible as I set up each little house and tree. It was the highlight of my decorating process. Each familiar piece brought back a flood of memories and made me miss my brother terribly. (By the way, isn't the Volkswagen genius?!?)
Next week, I'll be posting gift wrap ideas, a DIY stocking stuffer, and my trees. Yes, that's plural. No worries, I only have two. How's your decorating going? What is one of your holiday traditions that bring back memories of Christmases past?
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