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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas mantel

Took me here and there of every day for a week to finish my Christmas Mantel.  I decided after featuring some inspiration pictures, and seeing some mantels out here in blogland, I really wanted to do some fresh greens. Remember I could not move the clock. So this is what I came up with, Mike like's it, I like it, kids don't care and we are all happy!
If you are wondering what I am using to enhance my pictures, I am using PICNIK, so much fun!

My first two pieces of mercury glass, very pretty!

As you can see my Pottery Barn knock off tags are here and there as well. I also wrapped my books in Christmas paper.

Fresh cut greenery from my own back yard. I sprayed a little snow on it as well. You also notice I used some scrabble words.

I also brought in some fresh wood and added it to my copper tub.

Last year has nothing on this year. Of course, I learned a lot this past year from so many inspiring women, YES that means you!
HEY you better get on in the CSN GIVEWAY $60.00 
I will be joining a few partays today.
Layla from the Lettered cottage
Kim's Boring to Better party
Allison from A Glimpse inside
My romantic home  

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Blogger Karen said...

Debbie, love your mantel! The scrabble words are too cute. I'm trying to get inspired - haven't started yet!!!!

November 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Well done Debbie! I think it looks marvelous! Love the fresh greens, candles and those PB knockoff tags are so cute!! Great job!

November 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Beautiful job on the mantle. It looks awesome.

November 30, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Lavender and Linen said...

It looks beautiful! Love all the naturals!

November 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous! Isn't that a great relief!!!


November 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks fabulous Debbie! I love the clock and glad you left it in the center of your Christmas decorated mantel and fireplace!

November 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's beautiful, Debbie!

November 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger KLM said...

Looks fabulous! Very Christmasy' and really makes the Mantel seem very warm and welcoming! :)

November 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

That is very beautiful! I like your Picnik photos. Especially the snow one.

November 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Debbie, Your mantel looks so cute, love that you added the scrabble words and wrapped books!

November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Wow Debbie, that looks gorgeous!!! Very classy! I see you have some Christmas crackers in a bowl, I just love mom used to put them in the tree and we weren't allowed to touch them til Xmas day:)

November 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks great Debbie. I was tweaking for days. I think we try to hard. Love the greenery added.

November 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

wow wow and wow one more time.. It all looks Fantabulous~!! I cant choose my fav thing among so many pretties and the way you put them together is stunning...

Holiday Hugs

November 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Velvet Over Steel said...

It looks Great, Debbie! Love it! & the clock fits right in perfectly!! I still need to decorate my mantel. I want it to be more 'classy' this year instead of 'full'! ha.. We'll see! :-) ~Coreen

November 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely! Beautiful pieces:)

November 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

Looks great Deb as usual...I love fresh greens! I still havent decided what Im doing with the top of our mantle due to hubbys tv and the components that sit ontop. Your knock off tags are fantastic. Cant wait to see the tree.

November 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie, you silly girl. You did have it in you all along. I'm so proud of you!!!!!!

Love your entire creation. Every inch of your mantle is stunning and gorgeous. Love every detail!

November 30, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger The Charm of Home said...

This is gorgeous! I think you nailed it. Really beautiful job. Love everything.

November 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Love it looks fantastic! So elegant!!

November 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Love it Debbie - it all came together just beautifully. You were right about using fresh greens - the perfect touch!

November 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

Your mantel looks so so pretty. I love what you've done. You are so creative!!!

November 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very pretty! I love the real greenery, I bet it smells wonderful too. Very cute idea with the scrabble words as well. I like that first photo that looks like it is snowing alot, that looks so Christmasy!

November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Very pretty Debbie. I love the fresh greens. Took my whole mantle apart after spending hours working on it. Still nothing on it. Don't know what to do! I know you are glad it is done.

November 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Wow Debbie! your fireplace looks awesome!!!!!! I love how you used the scrabble pieces in the design.
Your place looks elegant with all the rich colors for the holidays.
you must love sitting in that room in the evening with candles glowing.

November 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

Love the wreath on the screen and the fresh greens. ♥O

November 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

It is very homey and comfortable looking. I love the Scrabble tile words but then, I am that way!! :)

November 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Debbie!! That is unbelievably gorgeous! Is that a chandelier hanging above the mantel? When the photo popped up I thought it was your inspiration from a magazine and then I realized it was your own mantel! So beautiful with all of the carefully thought out details. Great job!

November 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I already commented once but just had to come back and share this. I was going back to my first post wondering when I started blogging, I knew my 1 year blog-a-versary was coming up and guess what...not only were you my first follower but you were also my very FIRST comment!!! Awwww, you were so sweet and encouraging:) Just had to share that!

November 30, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks gorgeous and green and sooo Christmas-y!! I love the snow, the wrapping paper, the tags and the candle!

November 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Debbie! Your mantle looks great--so much different from last year. Don't you love all that we learn from each other here...and how our tastes change and evolve? It is beautiful!

What did your Mom say about the soup tureen? By the way, the cord that goes with it is one of those old fabric wrapped ones and dangerous as a kid with matches!

Have a great rest of the week...I am off to work tomorrow! Hugs- Diana

November 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

I need to doo my mantle and everthing else, ugh!
(I am staging and de-cluttering, too!)
Dumb timing, I guess.
Well, it's fun looking at your decor, anyway!
So merry and bright!

November 30, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Richella Parham said...

It looks beautiful, Debbie! I used greenery from my yard on mine, too--hard to beat the price, isn't it? Your mantel looks very festive!

November 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Our Hopeful Home said...

I always use fresh greens from the yard and I'm never disappointed! Your mantel is beautiful, wanna come and decorate mine lol? You've given me the kick I've needed to get mine done, thanks!

November 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great job - Very pretty!

November 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You've done it now. Off I go to see what new in PicNik. I so need a new background and holiday banner.

Great job on the mantle.

Decorate On,

November 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

Hi again, try specialty gift stores for really good looking snow globles for your gift. The big box store ones are fair but not great.

November 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Its all very beautiful.. worth the wait. I love fresh greens.. and they smell so good! Nice job!

November 30, 2010 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Gorgeous. Love that photo manipulation in the top one. It is just magical. The scrabble ties are perfect!

November 30, 2010 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty, Debbie. I love the fresh greenery. The scrabble letters are SO cute and I love the simple stockings!


November 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks Debbie for linking up this week!

November 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger La said...

Debbie, I like what you did with your mantel. I knew it would be spectacular! La

November 30, 2010 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

The scrabble words are such a cute touch!

November 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Debbie, you really stepped it up this year! I love how you added the wreath down low! But the tree on the coffee table has me swooning...what is made of? It's fabulous :D

November 30, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

That looks incredible! Anything I attempt pales in comparison.

November 30, 2010 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

How beautiful!!! You did an awesome job. I love the scrabble words... how clever :)

November 30, 2010 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Carrie that tree was given to me many years ago. I know the under layer is twig and then it just looks like glitter is all over it...I like it too. Thanks:)

November 30, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful decorations! I really need to get my Christmas decor out!!

I followed you over from DIY Showoff!


November 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Your mantle is stunning! And your photo's are amazing. I love the black and white photo with the red wreath. Wow!!
But the best part is the whole family is happy! That is a good day :)

November 30, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love your mantle and the pictures, well maybe not the one with dandruff, but I love the picture where all is back and white except the poinsettia! I hope you know I like to tease you! XXOOX


November 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Your mantel looks just great! I love all the greenery. Very nice!

November 30, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Beautiful mantel!! I like the idea of adding fresh greens too and think I'm going to have to add some to mine.

November 30, 2010 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger {oc cottage} said...

What a feast for the eyes!

m ^..^

November 30, 2010 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Gorgeous! I love all the greens and really think the scrabble letters are awesome! I also love your header! Too cute! I knew you would rock it!

November 30, 2010 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love it Debbie!
It sparkles! and the greenery and copper tub are such great additions!
I love how it snows right inside your house!

December 1, 2010 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger said...

Love your mantel. I have been fiddling with mine for a week also-still not happy.I think the clock looks great in the arrangement.

December 1, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

You did a beautiful job, Debbie!! I'm hoping to get some decorating done this week. :)

December 1, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

The mantle fits the style of decorating for your home!! I just love it! I see you have been working on those photography skills too! I love the b&w with just the red of the wreath! Great job and better than last year!

December 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger René said...

I'm so jealous! Your house looks great and I really need to get busy. Maybe stepping away from the computer would be a great start :)


December 1, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Ok this is spectacular and at the top of my list for favorite all time mantels....really Deb so talented you could have a business doing that from all us who can't even imagine what to do!

December 1, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Life in Rehab said...

I was hoping you'd share that gorgeous house all done up for the holidays! Love the header too, I actually laughed out loud at the photo shopped decorations.

December 1, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Gina Alfani said...

Hey Debbie . . . awesome Christmas decorating!!! I love the mercury glass . . .

Thanks for following my blog . . . I'm following you back. Look forward to checking out your painting projects in particular . . . painting is one of my passions!

Have an awesome day . . . Gina

December 1, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following me!
What gorgeous decorations!
I'm following you now.

December 1, 2010 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger HollyC said...

Hi Debbie,
I love your decorations! I want to use fresh greens this year, but I've got to get myself in gear!! Thanks for sharing.

December 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Looks beautiful Debbie! The clock fits in really well. I so wish I had a mantle to decorate!

Thanks for linking up to my Holiday Open House.

December 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is so pretty, Debbie...I love all your creative elements and your photos are so charming! So nice you have those lacy greens you can cut from your yard! The room looks beautiful!

December 1, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

Hey Deb, quick question for you. I already told you how much I love the mantel. Ironically im noticing the bowl on the coffee table. What are those things called. Im making some by hand for the kids party on Friday and they keep asking me what they are but I cant think of the name. Any idea?

December 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Debbie, your mantel is gorgeous. I love the fresh greens and also love the use of scrabble words!

Enjoy your day,

December 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady just Beautiful !!!
I love your mantel you did lots for work for this one Debbie. lol

December 1, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Debbie...your mantle is absolutely PERFECT!!! Considering the size of your room, anything smaller would have been dwarfed! Fantastic job!!!

December 1, 2010 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I love your mantel Debbie! Gorgeous!!! The fresh greens are a great touch!! I really love the Scrabble tiles, too cute! I use Picnik all the time too.

December 1, 2010 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

It looks beautiful!

December 1, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

You have on your party hats...How did you do that! OK, I am blonde so you have to give me a break. You said you took train trips with your grandfather and hence the name Debbiedoos, so what does the name Debbiedoo have to do with grandpa and trains?

The blonde in Orlando...Carol

December 1, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for stopping by My Whimsical Way! I enjoyed your mantel pics today and have given me an boost of inspiration! I look forward to following you.

December 1, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

Thanks Debbie for your sweet comments! I love the fireplace. It is stunning~

December 1, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Diann said...

Hi Debbie!

Your mantel turned out wonderufl! It really looks great. Don't ya just love stealing a great idea and not only doing it yourself but, for so much less!
Okay girly girl, I gotta "re-add" your blog back to my sidebar. Since you are still blogging with us and I am SOOOOO happy you are!!

December 1, 2010 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

HI Deb! YES, I am so glad I have a blog now. I wouldn't if it hadn't been for Linda Primmer who set the whole thing up for me!!!!!!!! I am CLUELESS!!!!!!!! I love being able to share what I am doing now with everyone!!!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I so appreciate it! I am trying:):)

December 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Debbie, what beautiful pics, so pretty and festive. These are perfect for vignettes, so glad you linked up. and yes, I have definitely been by here to visit you. i thought for sure I've left you a note before, so if I have not, please forgive me! It's gotten so hard to keep up with ALL the inspiring blogs out there. I'm so happy you joined the party. Merry Christmas!!

Love the Peace scrabble words too! so cute!

December 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Savannah Granny said...

Oh, Debbie, I loooove the mantel. It amazing what fresh greens do for any decor. You have a beautiful home and a beautiful spirit. I love your posts. Ginger

December 2, 2010 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

My friend, your mantel turned out beautifully! I love all the fresh greenery but have a question for you. I would love to use fresh but worry that sap, etc. may ruin the finish on my mantel. What did you do...or do you have any suggestions? Anyway, it's all it!!! Thanks for sharing it with inspirational!

Warmest Christmas wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

December 2, 2010 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Your mantel is beautiful, and I know you would do something gorgeous. Wrapping up the books was a great idea.

December 2, 2010 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Its Beautiful!!!

December 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Hootin Anni said...

Oh my gosh...that idea of using the scrabble tiles among all the greenery is just super perfect!!

My Show n Tell is a Holiday post. Something my Husband made and I painted; Last Year! Here is the Link for you. Do stop by if you get a chance.

December 3, 2010 at 5:06 AM  
Blogger Becca Bertotti said...

Your mantel is beautiful !!! And, check out all of the elements you've used ... from the mercury to the scrabble letters. Love it! And, fresh greenery ... fabulous! And, I also love the wreath hanging on your fireplace screen. I just want to come hang out in this warm and gorgeous room !! *Becca*

December 3, 2010 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

The mantel looks gorgeous!!! ;)

December 3, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Looks smashing!!!! You did such an awesome job, and here you were doubting yourself, pshaw!!!

December 4, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Hey, Miss Deb! Your mantel looks delish! Love all the fullness in the greenery. Don't ya think using Scrabble tiles is genius and fun? Yeah, I know you probably saw mine last fall... Just kidding.... Everyone has been doing it for a while. I wonder who I borrowed the idea from? LOL Sorry I haven't been visiting- I am SO far behind trying to get my house done. I have cut back significantly this year but still can't get going. It's the over-achiever in me saying I MUST do everything I've always done before! I should seek help.... We should enjoy the holidays not stress about them, right? I'm trying.....
Holiday Hugs~ Sue

December 6, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Historical sites with charmine said...

Beautiful,fab!Love your Christmas decor and your you tube video is fun.Happy holidays.

December 7, 2010 at 12:47 AM  

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