Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter's Mantel

Guess what?

My basement is almost clean. I mopped yesterday, so technically it's done, but I think I will tinker around for one more day before the big photo shoot. I think you will notice a difference.

It really hasn't been that bad. Kinda like taking medicine. I hardly got rid of anything - just found a place for it. 

Anyway. Before I got buried in all that I put away my Christmas trees. Except I wanted to keep some of them out - because I like looking at them. They are really just trees after all. 

I put them on my mantel. They are perfect for winter. And it will be winter here for a long, long time.

This is also the debut of my first cloche. I feel so grown up. Holy moly!! I'm looking at the picture now and can see the piece of paper I tucked in because that rough hewn oak fake mantle top thing is very rough and things tend to lean forward or backward, depending on where they are sitting.

Anyway. I used the cloche at Christmas as a centerpiece on the dining room table. It promptly got put aside for the realities of living in my house. Putting a centerpiece or table scape on my dining room table might be a little bit like you putting a centerpiece and table scape on your breakfast bar or island in your kitchen.

I love this tree that I bought at Target this year. It's so winter fresh!  

I get one new tree a year. That's it.

Can you hear the basement calling my name? I've been ignoring it but it's getting louder. I don't like it when it yells at me.

Make something wonderful today!


This week you can find me and lots of other great projects and ideas at these parties:

Savvy Southern Style
I Gotta Create!
Common Ground
French Country Cottage 


Rita said...

I totally agree that Christmas decorations shouldn't have to go away at Christmas. Winter is such a dark season, I've always thought the twinkly lights should stay out longer. I like all your trees, too.

Tamara said...

Very pretty. I am a lover of lights! and the rough barn wood framing the fireplace...the mirror and scroll pieces.. All of it goes together so nicely. Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing.


Bliss said...

You must be a master at organization if you were able to carve out new homes for stuff. I tend to stuff and run, hoping it doesn't fall back out of the spot I stuff stuff in.


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your mantle is so lovely!! I leave a LOT of my Christmas trees out!!


Little Miss Maggie said...

I love your mantle and the Target tree? How did I miss that? LOVE it, plus all your pinecone trees that I am not patient enough to create for myself. Looks great, Karen. Can't wait to see the reveal. I know I will be totally jealous as I trip over the path of junk in my work room. I hope I get inspired by your progress. If I don't there is certainly something wrong with me.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this mantel vignette!

Audrey said...

Cute post ... The mantel looks great ... I love your Target tree along with all the others. Good luck with getting the basement just where you want it. I am getting ready to face a HUGE organizing/moving/purging stuff from the Garage to a storage room we are adding.
Audrey z.
Timeless Treasures

Unknown said...

I am SOOOOOOOO jealous of your mantel, I cant even tell you! But at least I can admit it! You've inspired me to start working on it though! You should come by to my linky party (going on through Friday evening) and link these amazing posts! Here is the URL:

have a lovely day!


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