Winter “mantle”

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Growing up my mom would read us a book called “Warm in Winter” by Erica Silverman. It is a wonderful book about two friends: Rabbit and Badger. Rabbit spends the entirety of the book trying to convince Badger that you really can be warm in winter. I remember sitting on the couch before bed curled up with my mom and sisters under the afghan my great- grandmother had made and listening to my mom read to us. The fire was crackling in the fireplace and and despite the wind howling and snow falling outside the window I had no doubt that you really could be warm in winter. That feeling has stuck with me. Winter has always been one of my favorite seasons, partially because I love the holidays, but also because I love the idea of being cozy and warm with the ones I love in the midst of a cold, winter storm. There are some cold winter nights I still wish I was sitting with my mom and sisters next to my parents’ wood burning stove and reading this beautiful book. My mom still has it and I just bought my own copy to read with Hayleigh and Braxton.

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It was the idea of winter warmth that inspired my winter “mantle”, really wall shelves. I wanted to bring in the beauty of winter but make our living room feel cozy at the same time. I didn’t want to make it about Christmas because, as with my wreath, I plan to leave it up all winter. Don’t worry, there are lots of other Christmas decorations which are either up or in the process of going up as well!

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I converted the frame I used for my Fall shelves to be a “Let it snow” winter frame. I punched snowflakes out of a paper doily and used alpha stickers. I also used some bulb ornaments resembling snow balls. I found the beautiful white tree (in the above picture) at Hobby Lobby for $5 and I just love it.

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The frame contains a collage I made on Picnik, nothing professional but it does the trick. The lantern I found at Savers and thought it fit my “theme” well. As finishing touches I dusted some pinecones with spray paint and used some Spanish moss to make a nest for my book page bird ornament.

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For the third shelf I used a tea pot that I also found at Savers for $2. It was a lovely shade of pink so I spray painted it with metallic spray paint. I brought in a little nature by hot gluing some sticks to a glass candle holder. I re-used one of my stockings from my stocking-wrapped pumpkins to wrap another candle holder. The idea was to make it resemble a sweater.

I really enjoy the warm in winter feel that the shelves give to our living room!

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Here they are one more time because I am a little obsessed.

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These took up a bit more time that I had budgeted over the Holiday weekend so I am a bit behind on other Christmas decorating but hopefully I can catch up on that (and neglected procrastinated school work) this week! Happy (almost) winter!



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6 comments:

  1. what a fabulous little corner. and i LOVE the winter shelves, they really will go for the whole season. being in a two religion household, i much rather stick with neutral winter items.

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  2. I love the whites!! This is really lovely!!

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  3. The hanging letters in the frame is wonderful. I LOVE that! I'd love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party
    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/search/label/feature%20friday

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  4. very pretty - so calm and collected - well done girlie!

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    Do you have a tutorial on how you made your shelves?

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  5. Such cute shelves and I love they are affordable!! I had to do a shelf 'mantle' this year too.

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  6. So cute! I love the 'let it snow' frame!!!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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