Thank you for stopping by to see my vacation on the mantel. Is this what is meant by a “staycation”? I can tell you right now, I’d rather BE there! Laurie
You have the most unusual pieces!! Your mantle has all my favorite things on vacation, shells, sand, weather-beaten structures. Reminds me of home (Florida)!!
Your mantle looks wonderful, Laurie! I love all of your things! Have I told you that before? I think I have! :)]Be a sweetie,Shelia ;)
Oh, I can hear the sound of the surf and feel the sand between my toes. Wonderful getaway, Laurie.those plates are gorgeous! ~ Sarah
Very pretty! We're having a staycation this summer. My sisters are visiting in August for a little fun.Smiles,Carol
That's some great decor for a staycation! Very nice Laurie!
Oh Laurie, this is so pretty and I would love to be there too. Your plates are stunning and all the sand and shells just make it perfect. Hope you are having a super weekend. Hugs, Marty
Maybe I should try something like that on my mantel. I was supposed to go to Destin yesterday, but instead I'm having a staycation. Too much to do before hosting a bridal tea next Sunday. Thanks for reminding me where I should be.
Laurie, your mantle is a sandcation staycation. The plates are especially lovely. Enjoy your 'cation each time you see your artistic work.
Staycations can be fun also !Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
It's very pretty.
How pretty Laurie -- love those dishes -- they look like waves on your mantle. Love a beach vacation -- we're just an hour away from the river and our boat .....always nice to be on the water this time of year.
You have beautiful things to display and enjoy! It would be fun to be at the ocean looking for one more perfect shell! ♥
I would rather be at the beach also...but your mantel is a lot of fun! hugs, Lindah
Hi Laurie,Just love your display. It really is inspirational for vacation. Your decor is always so much fun and unique. Your talents are awesome.Thank you for a little summer dreaming. I'd rather be there too.Hugs, Celestina Marie
Oh Laurie, this mantelscape (dont ya love being able to tack on the word "scape" to just about anything these days? LOL) looks just perfect. You really captured the beach feel wonderfully!
Smile, smile, SMILE! :)Love it.Can almost smell the salt air!
Cool pics! Make me wanna go back to the Caribbean....Christine
Well if you can't go to the beach? You've certainly done a wonderful job of bringing the beach to you! Love your vignette (as always( Laurie! Ya know I only live a little more than one block from the beach and I've never done anything "beachy" at my house. I think it's high time because I LOVE beach vignettes so much at everyone elses house! Did you get inspired by blogville Laurie? *winks* Vanna
Oh Laurie,That is soooo pretty! I love those plates they just gleam! And your shells and the tassel! What a great mantel!But I know what you mean, I would rather be sitting on a beach too!Hugs,Cindy
Laurie, I love your mantel. So crisp and cool looking. We've had temps in the 100's, the soft breeze of the ocean or water is pretty appealing to me right now.hugs ~lynne~
Laurie:Your mantel never fails to please. I love it! It's so full of the spirit of SUMMER! I'd love to have you join us at Seasonal Sundays one of these days.- The Tablescaper
I just this morning saw this, Laurie.I don't know if I have mentioned it before, but you were the inspiration for me trying to mix up things on my mantel. Before I found this blog, I just left it the same all the time.I love those two wooden lantern thingies flanking each end. They're perfect with the shell dishes. How do you hide your cords to the lamps? I'd like to try lamps since I'm such a copycat.
Laurie, your pictures have added enjoyment (and inspiration)to my staycation. Your mantle decor is beautiful!Thanks for sharing.
Hi Laurie!It was great to hear from you!In response to your question, chocolate pot sets came about because hot chocolate was a delicacy and very expensive in the 18th and 19th centuries. It had to be imported and was considered quite a treat! I found that Marie Therese (King Louis XIV's wife) had a servant whose sole responsibility was to supply the queen and her ladies with daily cups of chocolate! Now I'd like to get my little paws on one of those sets! *winks* Vanna
Those plates are wonderful! Since my trip to Florida I am obsessed with sea items...
Hi Laurie,Wanted to stop by and say hello and revisit your awesome mantel. I am so inpsired that I am in the process of painting a seaside scene in a larger beach shell. Thank you for sharing and giving such inspiration.SO nice to see you thanks for visiting my tea time Tuesday.Blessing be yours!Celestina Marie
Sorry I am late! Love the mantel. Such pretty plates!
A pretty staycation on the mantle Laurie! I love the glass plates in front of the shells! I can almost hear the waves!
Your plat collections are wonderful. Also shells and the tassel. Your mantle decoration is such a beautiful. Your pictures have added enjoyment and inspiration to me.
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