So the blogging Christmas tours have begun, and I feel totally behind the curve. I stumbled upon the post at Thrifty Decor Chick (even though I follow her blog, I'm way behind in my reading) sharing about the upcoming linky parties. I'm just going to do the ones that I can do and not stress about the others. I'll for sure be joining in on The Nester's tour on December 13 and whenever Kelly does hers. Those are so fun!
Layla is featuring mantles, so without further ado, MY MANTLE.
I used a garland from Ballard, put some ribbon in it, and just put gold fluff on the mantle itself. I made the angel wings (more on that in a minute). For those who are new to my blog, I love neutrals in my decorating. They're the most soothing to me and I just gravitate toward them. This is our first Christmas in this house, and I've been able to experiment with white/cream/neutral Christmas decorations, and I really love it!
I designed the stockings and my amazing mother in law made them!
I made the angel wings out of nothing but cardboard and hot glue. I saw a similar project on the blog Let It Shine, but mine don't look like hers! I have no idea how she made her wings, but they're so pretty and inspiring. I saw that post forever ago, and I finally made myself sit down and make a pair of wings! All I did was cut individual shapes out of cardboard and hot glue them. I used several shades of paint and just blended it all together.
They look primitive and kind of rough, and I like that about them. It's rare that I use my own art or projects in my house, so these are special.
For those who read my blog regularly, I haven't posted house updates in ages. This is how the living room looks now---new sofas, a reupholstered antique chair, a rug, and a tufted ottoman. You can't see them in any of these pictures, but we also got two small rocking chairs. Everything seems to be coming together slowly!