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Monday, November 30, 2015

CHRISTMAS ON THE MANTEL

Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I'm calling the Christmas mantel done. I have struggled with the d├ęcor on this mantel this year. I normally use our Fontanini nativity on the mantel (last year's mantel-here), but I decided to try something different this year. Next year, I'll probably go back to the Fontanini set.


Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I bought these large figures several years ago at a seasonal Christmas store (only open from November 1 through December 31). They were on sale after Christmas, and I thought they needed to come home with me.


Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

 
Of course, the figure of Mary is what sold me on the set. I love her sweet face and beautiful dress.
 
 
Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Although he's not as pretty, Joseph came along with Mary.
 
 
Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie


The sweet baby Jesus on his bed of hay.

Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I've had these wooden trees with tarnished bells for a number of years I really like their rustic look.


Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Aren't these little straw-covered sheep sweet? I recently bought them at a wholesale store. They are supposed to be tree ornaments.


Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie


I wrapped these battery powered timer candles in a piece of the red plaid ribbon I used in the garland.


Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

There really is a reason that the blue fabric is hanging behind the nativity figures. I wanted to put twinkling stars behind them.


Before-Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Here is the ugly "before" of my mother's old fireplace screen. I just wired lights to the back of the screen. I didn't have a piece of blue fabric that was sheer enough to allow the lights to shine through. I was thinking about going out to buy some when I remembered an old blue maxi dress that I had put into the box to take to the mission. I cut the skirt off of the dress, and secured it to the screen with magnets.

Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie


The lights are twinkling, so some of them were off when I took this picture.

Christmas Mantel-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
UPDATE: I changed the mantel! Yep, the one I was calling "done".

Thank you for coming by to see our Christmas mantel. 




This post is partying with Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch,  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House, Table It at Rustic and Refined, and You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E.

4 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful.....

Ginger said...

I love it

Joy said...

So pretty! I love your twinkling star backdrop. Thank you for the inspiration.

Shelia said...

Laurie this is beautiful! What a wonderful Nativity! Their faces are so real. You've done such a pretty job on your mantel!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)