"Christmas in the Woodlands" Fireplace Mantel Revisit

 Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
hI hope that you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.  My step-children were
 here from Iowa to help us celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  We had a great time
 visiting with the kids!  We had our traditional Thanksgiving meal on Saturday.  I'm
 still trying to clean up the holiday "aftermath".
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to start thinking about Christmas.  Whew...
I think I'm tired already!  Hehe!  Today I am revisiting my 2010 Christmas fireplace
 mantel called "Christmas in the Woodlands".   I hope that you enjoy!

~Christmas in the Woodlands~
2010 Christmas Mantel
Here we are in my living room...all dressed
 up and ready for Christmas.
 Last year honey and I built this faux fireplace...just in time for
 Christmas 2009.  I have had sooo much fun having a mantel to decorate!
 The mantel itself came from JC Penneys...I got a great deal on it. Honey built
 the tile surround and I did a faux paint treatment on it...he also built the hearth
 that the mantel is sitting on. I really wanted the fireplace to look as real as
 possible...I am very pleased with the results! As you can see, my living room
 is done in an olive green, burgandy, and gold color scheme...which
 makes Christmas decorating a cinch! Hehe!
Last year I used creamy white and gold for an elegant Christmas
 mantel.  It turned out really pretty but I wanted to do something a
 little different this Christmas. Sooo...I decided on a Christmas
 Woodlands theme.
Dark woodland greens, burgandy, and a touch of gold for a little
 Christmas magic...make up the color scheme for this Christmas in
 the Woodlands mantel!
A view from the opposite direction.
~ Christmas Woodlands Garland~
My Woodlands Santa was the inspiration for this year's Christmas mantel. A little
 more about Santa later...but I wanted to show you what I did with the mantel garland.
 I found this beautiful woodsy looking garland last year at GW. In fact, I found two of
 these beautiful garlands in a bag for just $2.00...yeeehawww! I love the long needle
 pine greenery...and the winter berries and pinecones! I used the second garland to drape
 over the art above the mantel. A large gold mesh ribbon is woven in and out of
 the garland for a bit of whimsy...with large bows on either end.
~Woodlands Santa~
I started collecting these "Old World" Santas several years ago...this one is my favorite!
 I love Santa's fur trimmed, burgandy colored cordoroy robe and hat. He has a woodlands
 staff in one hand...just look at that sweet little red cardinal that is resting in the tree boughs!
 Santa is carrying a large burgandy velvet bag full of sugared fruit, nuts, and pine
 over his shoulder...another bag full of Christmas goodies is sitting at his feet.
~French Wire Cloche~
I decided to use my frenchy wire cloche on this Christmas mantel. I love the
 old, distressed gray finish...it looks like of "woodsy" to me! Hehe! This wire cloche
 stands a stately 30 ins. in height and it looks kind of like a Christmas tree...it has the
 same shape of a tree. I filled it...very carefully...with various colors of gold
 ornaments. Ahhh...Christmas magic!!!
 I love how detailed Santa's face is...he has
 such kind eyes!
And of course...Santa has to have his reindeer!
 I found this pair of reindeer last year at Hobby Lobby. I love the
 burnished gold finish and that beautiful cut-work design on the sides
 of the deer...ohhh sooo pretty!
 A Christmas Woodlands Hearth
 Last year I found these beautiful Christmas hat boxes at Hobby Lobby
 during their 90% off sale...they were nearly "free"! I love Hobby Lobby! I
 took the lid off of the top box and filled it with pinecones and more
 gold ornaments.
New Christmas Urns with Lit Branches...
Okay...more great Hobby Lobby treasure finds. I found two of these masonary
 urns (50% off) and decided to make Christmas arrangements for either side of
 the hearth. The tall branches with lights were found at TJ Maxx for just $12 ea.
 With a bit of pine greenery, red and green winter berries, and pinecones...and the
 tall lit branches...I created an arrangement that goes along nicely with the
 Christmas Woodlands theme.
Christmas Magic...Sparkly Lights
 And Voila...here are the Christmas urns...all lit up!
More Christmas magic...
 A "Christmas in the Woodlands" fireplace mantel...
Christmas 2010!

I am joining these fabulous parties...
Metamorphosis Monday...hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
*Table Top Tuesday...hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.
Thank you Susan and Marty...for hosting these fun filled parties for us!

Well my friends, thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my
 2010 Christmas fireplace mantel!  I hope to have my 2011 Christmas mantel photos
 to share with you very soon!  Sooo...stay tuned!

 Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here.  I would love
 to visit with you!
Warmest Christmas Wishes...


Sonny G said...

Oh my goodness. This is almost too beautiful.. It brought a tear to my eye. Its like walking into a wonderful Christmas Dream where peace joy and love abide and wishes could come true..

Thank you for all the work and creativity I know it took to make something so etherial..
You are amazingly talented and I so enjoy every visit.


Unknown said...

Wow....this is beautiful. Looks really upscale and expensive! :) Good job!!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Absolutely beautiful my friend!! That first shot with the sun coming in is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do this year. Martina

Anonymous said...

Trying to get a little Decorating for Christas done today - Love your pretty mantel Chari! I know this years decor will be just as fabulous!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Went to NM and had a great time!

bee blessed

The enchanted home said...

Wow you did such a BEAUTIFUL job!! It so belongs in a magazine or on a front cover. Just breathtaking......enjoy it, keep it up after New Years, its too pretty to take down:)


Gorgeous mantel! Everything else is so pretty and such fabulous winter wonderful. You're so talented my dear Chari, you're a natural decorator. Thanks for sharing this loveliness. Lots of hugs and have a wonderful week. Love, FABBY

Barb said...

Chari, this is so, so beautiful! The colors just make my heart skip a beat. The Santa is just to die for and I love the all the wonderful and rich elements. You did a great job on this mantel. It is truly gorgeous!

Hugs, Barb

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Very nice, my friend. I really like your deer and the lighted branches in the urns. Lovely touches, Chari! Thanks for sharing it with us and enjoy your week.


On Crooked Creek said...

Exquisite!I adore your swags and garland around the mirror and the mantle!!!Thank you for sharing your talents with us, dear friend!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks so pretty, Chari, especially with the lights on! Looking forward to seeing how you decorate your mantel this year!

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a fabulous job on your fireplace, Chari! I love the woodlands theme!! I collect Old World Santas, too, but the statue kind. It really is about the look in their eyes!

I love ribbon and mesh...I think I am going to look for some mesh this year, it looks so pretty and sparkles, too. Also love the urns and lights! Oh, heck, I love it all, Chari!! :-)

Happy Holidays!


Theresa said...

Beautiful dear Chari! Leaves me gasping for breath... in a good way:) Have a blessed evening my friend, HUGS!

Gloria said...

Looks gorgeous and magical! Love how you used that mesh ribbon/garland. You and your hubby did a fabulous job on that fireplace too. I also love your French Wire Cloche!!!!

Richard Cottrell said...

You're fireplace looks very inviting. Richard from My old Historic House.

Unknown said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely home. You are great!JoAnn

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh my! Your Christmas in the woodlands is truly magical! I love your mantle Santa --- he's beautiful.

Unknown said...

love the colors of the balls in the vase thingy. sorry don't know the name of it. :)

Honey at 2805 said...

It's spectacular! You are so creative!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Just gorgeous Chari! I love the atmosphere!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. My mantel is very difficult to decorate so I enjoy looking at the wonderful things others do with a little more space.

A Perfect Setting said...

Hi Chari! Not sure how I missed that last year, but wow is it beautiful--right out of the pages of an upscale decorating magazine! Ok, where to begin--the cloche shaped like a tree with the balls gives just the right heighth, oh heck everything is perfectly balanced and proportions are just right! I love the Santa and reindeer, and your arrangements beside the hearth are magnificent!! I love your decorations, can't wait to see more!! Beautiful!

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
Would you like to come to my house and do your magic with the ribbon? I cannot make it look beautiful and sumptuous like you can.
Gorgeous mantle, lady, just gorgeous!
I set a little table in front of my fireplace kind of like yours, it feels so elegant!
Hugs, Cindy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ohhh..yes..I remember it well! I nearly swooned when I saw it...
You are one of the best decorators I've ever seen. Simply lovely!!
How I wish I could create things like that...I loved it Chari.

I, also, can't wait to see this years display! *wiggle wiggle* :)

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