Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Mantel

Mr. Bill said I could paint the mantel.
I didn’t waste anytime pulling out the paint in case he changed his mind.
The project turned into a mantel surround.
You can read about it here. 
I couldn't wait to decorate it for Christmas.
I wanted white and green with a little silver sparkle.
I found this darling white stocking at the thrift store for just a dollar.
I knew that I had a couple of white stockings for my white mantel when we lived in Lubbock.
I searched this house for them, but I guess at some point I gave them away. 
This year I wanted to use greenery from the grocery store or cut from the yard.
My Christmas picks were all pretty old and I didn't want to replace them.
 I am trying to dial it back this year. The last two years I have gone overboard with the decor buying. 
I didn't want to buy anymore new stuff and
my only caveat to that, has been my junky finds. 

I kept my main elements the same.
I added a mirrored cone and a celluloid reindeer. 
Celluloid was the precursor to plastic.  It was used back in the late 1800's.
I think this darling reindeer is from the 1930's.


Vintage Celluloid Reindeer


Love it!
 His eye glints in the light.
 I got 4 of them from my Mother-in-law. They came attached to Santa pulling his sleigh but the reindeer were gigantic next to Santa.
 I thought for sure that at some point the two sets were "married" to create a vignette, but I have since seen them on e-bay as one. I guess the reindeer would have had to be huge to pull all those gifts in Santa's sleigh. 
:)
 For my purposes Santa is hanging out in the tree this year.












 It looks cozy and festive with the fireplace lit.
We are having a really warm fall. I hope that there will be more opportunities to have a cozy fire this Christmas. 
Today it was 80!
Sprinkled with a warm and white,
Katie
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5 comments :

  1. Katie your family room is so pretty! That gate looks perfect in front of your fireplace! LOVE that sweet vintage santa sleigh!And your tree is gorgeous too!
    xx
    Anne

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  2. Oh, everything is so pretty! I love the olden Santie and the big reindeer! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  3. Your mantle is so beautiful! Thanx for coming to THT and sharing with us all.

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