December 6, 2011

My Christmas Mantel

I feel so very behind on my Christmas decorating. Which is silly because we can't really be behind on something that is entirely optional and has no real deadline, right?



But I do have my Christmas mantel decorated.  I'm sure I'm going to be tweaking it some more over the season, but today I am quite happy with it.






And because I'm easily distracted I tied a bell to a nearby lamp and it is by far my favourite touch so far.


I wrote a post this time last year about stress at Christmas time. Back then nobody actually read my blog except my mom and my mother-in-law and half a dozen people that I'm fairly certain know either my mom or my mother-in-law.  Anyways, It's called "A Stress Free Christmas?".

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{I'm linking up with  THE HOLIDAY HOME MANTEL LINK PARTY at Southern Hospitality}

22 comments:

  1. I LA LA LLLOOOVVEEE that chalk board!

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  2. I love it! Clean and simple, yet beautiful.

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I hope you don't mind if I link to it from my blog :)

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  4. Your mantel is truly beautiful. I love the rustic touches and it's simplicity. The pinecone garland is lovely!

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  5. I love the blackboard idea - very versatile for other events and holidays!

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  6. I love the simplistic, clean, elegance. Ok, I'm going to get my decor out right now!!!

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  7. fshh - it's barely December, right? You're not behind! BTW - you make me laugh!

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  8. So simple. I love it. And I think my favorite touch is the bell too. Sweet.

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  9. Very classic. I adore the simplicity and LOVE the bell! Can't wait to read last year's post!!

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  10. I love it! Totally looks like my style.

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  11. Oh Kelly! I love it! I also read your "Stress Free Christmas" post! Love it too! After making a list Thanksgiving weekend of key areas I wanted to decorate for Christmas, which Christmas treats I would bake (gathered all the ingredients) and completing the Christmas menus (several events) well ahead of time, I broke my foot. Yep! A long recovery ahead and suddenly that to-do list isn't important. I decided while sitting at the orthopaedic office that I was not going to stress over any of it. It will come together without all the fluff! Thanks for sharing your decorations!!! Beautiful!!

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  12. I love how it looks! I just did some decorating over the weekend and there is still more to do...not to mention shopping which I have barely made a dent in.

    I'd love for you to link up and share your decorations: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-link-party-week-sixteen.html

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  13. Yes He has!!! Very pretty and I love the simplicity. Heather

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  14. I love how you point out that you feel "behind" on something that is purely optional. That's how I feel about Christmas cards this year. Your mantel looks lovely...I love the clean, natural look.

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  15. Love it! Especially the Garland :)
    What exactly is in your fireplace? It looks like something I need to do to mine!

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  16. Very pretty. I love the natural elements.

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  17. Your Christmas mantle is beautiful. Love it!

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  18. I love how simple and sweet your mantel is! The pinecones, greenery and sweet chalkboard message are perfect. Great job! Thanks for linking up : )

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  19. It IS totally optional, so there's really no pressure, but you did a lovely job! I love your chalk board on the mantel.

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  20. It looks very lovely.

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  21. I really enjoy the pictures of your decorating. I especially appreciated your comments at the end about the people reading your blog at this time last year. I am starting to blog and it is nice to see someone who I enjoy reading starting out with mainly just family reading what she wrote. You have done a great job with your blog. Keep up the great work, in your imperfect housekeeping and blogging.

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