Friday, January 8, 2010

A Winter Fireplace Mantel

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Hi everyone! Winter has come to Georgia! Brrr…..it’s 10 degrees today and it snowed yesterday.
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I went to Hobby Lobby last weekend and was pleasantly surprised that they still had a few Christmas items left.  I bought this beautiful garland that looks like branches covered with icicles for $5. I thought it would be perfect for a winter time look on my fireplace.
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That garland is pretty but boy is it messy! The minute you touch it about a thousand little beads fall to the ground!
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I like to put some of my Mercury Glass on the fireplace in the winter. Since we don’t have the twinkly lights of the Christmas tree anymore, it’s nice to have the sparkle and shine of these candlesticks instead.
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I made this burlap banner! I used the tutorial from Bridget at Everyday Chaos and I won’t repeat how I did because I pretty much followed what she said to do.  The only thing I did different was I made each pennant and then assembled it. I used silver craft paint because I didn’t have any fabric paint and it worked just fine. I also added the silver Martha Stewart glitter while the paint was still wet. I made a little snowflake stencil to use on the bottom of each pennant.
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All I can say is the freezer paper stencils rock! I had read about them last year on Apartment Therapy (can’t remember the project) but I hadn’t used them until now.
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You’ve got try that technique! It works so well that I can see myself monogramming all sorts of pillows, runners, napkins etc. using freezer paper stencils
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I love it! That banner was soooo inexpensive to make and I think it really looks great on my fireplace. It did take me several hours to make so it does take  an investment in time - but not money (isn’t that always the way).

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Well I'm staying inside and cleaning my house today. It's too cold to venture outside! Thanks so much for stopping by!




74 comments:

Nancy said...

Absolutely beautiful. If it is not too much trouble would you tell me how you create freezer paper stencils? There are a lot of projects that I would like to do, but I thought the only way was w/ a Cricut. I just love your blog and al of your ideas!

Angie said...

It all looks so beautiful and I may have to try my hand at one of those cute banners. Have a great day and stay warm!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Nancy - use the link in my post. She tells you exactly how to do it.

Manuela

Karen Hargett said...

Everything is beautiful.

You and I have the same cement bench! I actually have 2 and on one I put stained glass on the seat. It's a pattern that I designed with a hummingbird and vine. I keep intending to do the other one but since they are in different parts of the yard I don't think it matters any more.

Stay warm!

Love the Decor! said...

Your mantel is beautiful!!
Great job on the banner too!
Stay warm and have a great weekend.

Jillian, Inc said...

I have a bare mantel staring me down on this cold wintry GA day. This was perfect for giving me some ideas. Wish I'd picked me up some of that wonderful icy garland.

Michelle Hoad said...

Your mantle looks gorgeous. Mine is so plain right now and I don't know where to start. I thought of you yesterday because a store had some of your cute cone trees on clearance.

Linda said...

Beautiful. I love the black and pale yellow in this room. I'm thinking one reason I feel I have to add color is because I don't have any color on my walls.

Amy Kinser said...

Your mantel is just beautiful. Simply elegant, in my opinion.

Thanks for sharing and God bless.

Adrienne said...

I love your mantel! And your banner is perfect - absolutely perfect! ~Adrienne~

Laurie Anne said...

I LOVE your beautiful icy decor Manuela...so cold themed yet so warm and inviting :)

Jennifer said...

What a great idea to keep your mantle sparkley for the winter! It looks really pretty and the banner is so adorable. Hope that you are keeping warm. Living out in the country our roads are the last to be cleaned, so we are pretty much iced in today.

Have a great weekend!
Jennifer

Ally's Corner said...

I love the banner, I have been wanting to do one for a while.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

It looks beautiful! A really nice way to transition from the Christmas things - I always think everything looks so bare when it all comes down, even when it isn't.... thanks for sharing!

Vee said...

Lovely! I'm so glad that more people are paying attention to decorating for winter. Do stay warm down there in freezing Georgia!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

I love this! So pretty with the candlesticks!

Nadine said...

Your banner and fireplace mantel are so pretty! The perfect look for winter. I have been thinking about making a banner...perhaps I shall give it a try!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Terri and Bob said...

So pretty! Don't you wish a camera was invented that captured "sparkle?"

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh, I love those branches. The banner is adorable! It all looks so great together!

Shilo said...

Stunning, as usual!
Have a great weekend, Manuela!
Shilo

Sandra said...

Lovely wintery mantel and super fun banner.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty! I have not been to HL in a while now. It is 15 here now.:( Tired of the cold. You would think I would be getting a lot down around the house since can't get out, but can't get motivated.
Stay warm

christine's cottage garden home said...

Very nice! I love the sparkle. I'm looking forward to spring though. If I start putting winter stuff up I'll be changing and rearranging all over again. I like the break between Christmas and Spring - to just chill.
Christine

Donna said...

Beautiful mantle! Stay warm it is soo cold outside here too!
Blessings,
Donna

ClassiclyAmber said...

That is a beautiful mantle for winter time! Great work~! =-D

Anny said...

How beautiful and you can't beat the price tag :)

Rhondi said...

Your mantle adds a lovely winter feeling to your room. I especially like the banner!

The Good Life in Virginia said...

i have to say you do inspire me...wishing i could find some more mercury glass items. have not had much luck. a piece here and two little candle votives later.
the banner is great! like your glittery snowflakes at each end...fab.
have a most wonderful weekend.
hugs

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love, love, love your wintery mantel. And I know what you mean about the garland. I have some & mine does the same things. Little beads everywhere. And I want to make a "winter" banner. I've yet to make any banner, so I might just have to give that one a try. I love it!!!

Bridget said...

Your mantle is beautiful, I love the sparkly garland! Your banner is amazing.

jenjen said...

So cute Manuela. I love the mercury glass and the sparkle of the garland. And the banner too. Very fun and festive!

I redid mine this week too - it just felt so bare after all of the Christmas festivity. Beth at Stories of A to Z has a fireplace mantle party going on today if you want to check it out.

Have a great weekend!

XOXO
Jen

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love the mantle girl...and what the hey is freezer paper stencils....I need to find this one out...love your banner you are always so clever....Happy week-end to you girl....hugs and smies Gl♥ria

The Working Home Keeper said...

Very beautiful! Aside from a picture of Our Lady, our mantel is looking quite bear at the moment! Thanks for the inspiration!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

It snowed in Georgia? Wow! Your winter mantle is beautiful.

Lorrie said...

Just stunning! I love the banner and will be checking out the link. Candlelight in January is a beautiful thing!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Manuela, your mantel looks stunning! Perfect winter mantel scape. love your banner. Everything just sparkles. I'm interested in reading about the freezer stencils. Thanks for all of the inspiration. laurie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it looks fabulous. I love the banner, that is just perfect and the mercury glass is just gorgeous. Such a pretty vignette. Did you know that Barb is having a table/mantel or any surface vignette party on Tues. Check out my post. You really should post this. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Gloria said...

Hi Manuela. My friend Diva Mom who lives in Texas also shops at Hobby Lobby. She too said she got some great leftover Christmas deals. Very nice and cozy as always. Enjoy your stay inside. Take time for yourself too.

Crystal said...

Manuela,
Everything looks lovely. Your mercury glass is beautiful and what a great job on the banner. I have a garland that falls to pieces too, but they are very pretty.
I really enjoyed catching up on your blog.
Blessings in 2010!

9405018--Pat said...

Absolutely beautiful....I just love your blog....thanks for sharing...Pat H

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Manuela,
What a fantastic coincidence that you posted about your gorgeous mantel today! I love it, and I'm thrilled that you linked up to my party. I hope you'll join the fun again.

Blessings,
Beth

Cha Cha said...

That is the perfect winter time decor. I love it, It looks like it snowed inside. Great job and thanks for sharing.
Cha Cha

Auntie Cake said...

Beautiful banner. My fireplace looks awful lonely and bare compared to your lovely one. I need to get crafting! Thanks for sharing.
Kate

Darlene said...

OOOoooo Manuela your icy mantle with the Mercury glass looks gorgeous and I LOVE the Winter banner. You ALWAYS do the most elegant decorating and it ALWAYS looks so wonderful. Hope you are staying warm. We are in that arctic grip too and I just feel like I can't stay warm right now!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh beautiful....

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

How beautiful and simple. I love the silver and the banner. Thank you for the inspiration!
Carrie

matty said...

So pretty! I am in the mood for some winter time decorations and this inspires me to do something different!

I thought of you yesterday when I saw on The Weather Channel that you had s-n-o-w there.

Sit by the fire and do something fun!

Stay warm,

M

Stacey said...

Everything is gorgeous! I have always wanted to make a banner but they look so intimidating to me. We are at 10 degrees here in KC too. I am counting down the days until spring! XOXO

The Decorated House said...

So pretty Manuela!
Brrr.... look at your snow! We "might" get a flurry tomorrow, but less likely as the days go on.
I'll just sit and enjoy yours along with the lovely mantel.
Donna

Connie said...

Wow! I'm inspired to do something wintery to my mantle! That's beautiful!
Does it really get cold in Georgia?

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

wow simply unbelievable!

Julie said...

That is so beautiful! And what a cute banner! I has been so cold this winter and it sounds like everyone is getting it!

Grandma Nina said...

This is so pretty. I love your mercury glass candle holders. You have such great ideas and implement them so well.

salmagundi said...

That garland is a keeper even if it is messy. It looks wonderful on your mantle. Sally

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW!!!! Manuela this is such dreamy elegance. I just adore it!

Stay warm and toasty...:)
I am officially jealous of your lovely snow. We got nada.

Kathleen Grace said...

Yum, sparkly! It's gorgeous and the banner adds a wonderful touch:>) Freezer paper monograms hmmm? Wonder what I could use that on?

Jenglamgirl said...

BEAUTIFUL Manuela, you did a great job!

Charlotte said...

oh so beautiful, so lovely...my absolute favorite winter mantle posted in Blogsville!
xo

Julie Harward said...

OH WOW...THAT IS ALL SO PRETTY! AND PERFECT FOR THE REMAINING COLD WINTER MONTHS! I JUST LOVE IT, VERY CLASSY! I HAVE ADDED LIGHTS TO MY MANTEL TOO, JUST A FEW WITH A BIT OF FADED GREENERY..IT'S PRETTY! :D

Ideas to Simplify and Manage Your Finances. said...

It's looking awesome :)

Victoria said...

Love the winter mantel! It is beautiful. I thought of you the other day when I found 1 mercury glass candlestick on clearance at Target for 75% off! I hope to have a similar mantel next year.

I haven't ever used freezer paper stencils. I'll have to look that up.

burlap + blue said...

This is so, so pretty. Especially love the mercury glass and banner! I have seen several sweet Winter banners lately, will have to add to my to-craft list! Thanks for sharing.

ellie said...

I love the juxtoposition of the raw burlap and the glittery letters. perfect. I did not decorate at all for the winter thought it best to put it all away since my condition. but I love your mantel. love it!

sp4rk1e.com said...

Oh wow, i'd want to keep this fireplace all year round if it were mine..i wouldnt be able to stop looking at it! its truly gorgeous :)

debs x

::cottage instincts:: said...

That is just gorgeousness Manuela! Love the mercury glass and 'iced' branch combo. Lovely and wintry and just right. :)

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

It's absolutely elegantly beautiful, Manuela! Of course you always manage to do that. I can see in my mind's eye those gorgeous trees you had across there just a month ago. And now this looks just as pretty. I didn't think you could get prettier than that was! Cold here too!
Brenda

Storybook Woods said...

Beautiful photos Manuela,
Love the banner xoxoxox Clarice

Barb~Bella Vista said...

So pretty...I love the Mercury glass.

Barb

fiberdoodles said...

It's beautiful! I just love it!!

Betsy said...

Manuela ~ I really like the glasses that are holding your votive candles! Are they old or new and where did you get them?

Sue said...

Hi Manuela....well you mantle looks like my driveway....The one that I fell smack on my butt today while going down to the mailbox....Isn't this weather just the worst....By 3:30 the roads up by me still weren't free of ice....I am staying inside the rest of the weekend....sitting on and ice-pack!
Happy New Year!!
Oh...and my friend Joyce sent you an E-Vite to the Atlanta Bloggers Valentines Party....I hope you can make it....

Lisa said...

Now THAT'S a reason to love winter! What a beautiful mantel! I have peeked in your blog a number of times and enjoy visiting here. This is exquisitely beautiful! Thanks!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

This is absolutely sunning. SO beautiful and everything is perfect. You couldn't have done any better than this! Beautiful.

Kim said...

I just love the glittery letters on the burlap. Too pretty!