Thursday, December 1, 2011

CHRISTMAS MANTEL


Twas the day after Black Friday, and the mantel was bare. The fall decor was tucked away for another year, and traditional nutcrackers were dancing through my head. After a quick trip to Joann Fabrics, and loading up the shopping cart to the BRIM with nutcrackers in ALL sizes, I started decorating the mantel.  I am not the decorating guru when it comes to mantels, but when you know what you like, it makes it MUCH easier. Last year, I fell in love with the nutcrackers on the mantle at a blog Adventures in Decorating so I knew in advance what I was going to do.


After laying greenery on the mantel, I added some lights, sparkly ornaments and JOY.



Beads, bows and snowflakes too.


Placed some mixed nuts in a candle holder, and topped it with a sweet little guy. I was inspired by this idea on a blog last year and tucked the idea away for this year.


I bought the snowflakes on sale last year, and spray painted them gold for the display.


"Planted" a nutcracker in a Les Fleurs box that I brought in from the garden, and he's hanging out on the shelf next to the mantel.



Lastly, two large nutcrackers guarding the fireplace. Don't worry....we move the Christmas stockings when we use the fireplace to cozy up the room ;o)




Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here

Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of Home

Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper


Mantel Party @ From My Front Porch To Yours

Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense

Holiday Highlights @  DIY Showoff

Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House

Thank you for stopping by! 
Debbie


Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

38 comments:

  1. Your mantel is beautiful! I have always loved the nut crackers, but have never owned one.

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  2. Gorgeous mantel! Looking forward to more. xo

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  3. Debbie, your mantel looks full of sparkle and joy. For years I enjoyed a collection of nutcrackers that others had given me through the years. Once we moved into our current home, I really didn't have a spot for them. I gifted them to a niece who now has them. Your guys are really cute! ~ Sarah

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  4. Beautiful mantel, Debbie. I'm anxious to see the salad plates!

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  5. So festive and colorful - love it. My husband want to take me to Skaneateles for my Birthday dinner this sunday...then tonight he said "we probably should go to Aurora to see the MC farmhouse all decorated for dinner"! Was I surprised....this will cost him LOL

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  6. Debbie...This is just beautiful!! I love nutcrackers and your new collection is great!! Love your fireplace itself and with your mantle decorated, it's stunning!!! Can't wait to see the new dishes...

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  7. Gorgeous mantel. So colorful. Love it.

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  8. Beautiful Debbie - nice lines and the whimsy was perfect! Love nutcrackers..they look great on the mantle

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  9. You’re so incredibly merry....it’s really inspiring me, so much so I'm hyperventilating!

    I've never owned a Nut Cracker but I feel I may need to remedy that very soon!

    You've done a fantastic display and you and your family look like they're in for an exquisite time
    ... ;D

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  10. SO very pretty, Debbie--loving your nutcracker collection!

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  11. Gorgeous mantel, looks fabulous! Looking forward to seeing the plates :)

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  12. This is gorgeous.. I love the nutcrackers (my theme for next week's table!) Your mantel is certainly a wonderful focal point.. can't wait to the new plates! xo marlis

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  13. Every year at Christmas-time I wish I had a mantel. Our fireplace is a ceiling to floor Lannon stone wall which wraps around a corner with stone shelves. Sort of contemporary (for the 50s, I guess).

    Love what you did with your mantel, Debbie!

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  14. Your mantel is so magical! I love it and you have done a wonderful job on it! YOu have the most fab collection of nutcrackers! :) It should be in a magazine.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. Gorgeous mantel, I love the nutcrackers, I have two and are one of my fav C'mas figurines. Can't wait to see the salad plates. Hugs,
    FABBY

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  16. Beautiful mantel! I love all the nutcrackers you have used in your Christmas decor.

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  17. Love your mantle, I too have many, many nut crackers and love each one. Thanks for your kind comments on my owls. I love the C/B ones and have had so much fun making mine. My kids also love they they are personalized just for them.

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  18. hi Debbie
    Lovley Mantel :)
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  19. Your mantel is just beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  20. Beautiful! I love all of the greenery and lights that you have tucked in here and there! Perfect! ♥

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  21. What a gorgeous mantle! I love all the beautiful decorations. Blessings, Pamela

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  22. Very pretty...your nutcracker collection is amazing!

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  23. Beautiful collection of Nutcrackers. Mantle is stunning, great job.

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  24. Cheery and bright! The mantel looks great and it looks as if you had fun doing it.

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  25. Wow, your mantel looks terrific. I've always thought nutcrackers would be a fun thing to collect, and I do have several but the collection has never gone very far. Yours are great.

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  26. Your mantel looks so festive and lovely! What great ideas you have there. The nutcrackers are my favorite. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

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  27. Love your nutcracker mantel ... it looks so much like my nutcracker mantel from the last two years ... from the little nutcrackers perched on the nuts ... the "JOY" in the middle ... the fun, big bows ... gold snowflakes and the gold beaded garland! What fun ... I'm truly flattered! *Becca* from Adventures in Decorating

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  28. @ Becca, I fell head over heels over nutcrackers when you showed yours!

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  29. Is is looking like a Nutcracker kind of Christmas cheer~

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  30. Debbie it looks beautiful! I love all your nutcrackers! Thanx for coming to the party.

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  31. Your mantel is so pretty !! You have a great collection of nutcrackers. I have seen so many great ones out there, but I DO NOT need another collection.:D
    Thanks for stopping by. I may go back and see if they have another display this year.

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  32. Wow - your mantle looks so impressive! Fabulous!
    Cindy

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  33. Debbie, Your mantel is beautiful and I love your collection of nutcrackers. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this at the Open House Party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  34. Your mantel looks beautiful, Debbie! I love the nutcrackers. I love the way you added the stockings, too.

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  35. It looks great Debbie! I haven't done mine yet, still doing outside.
    I guess you will now be a nutcracker collector! I have salt and pepper shakers and mugs, but I never got into the nutcrackers. That's a good thing, I need to purge the decorations!
    Hope you had a good Seasonal Sunday! :)

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  36. You found all the nutcrackers at JOANNE!!!! Wow, I will remember that for next year:) Your mantle looks fabulous! XO, Pinky

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  37. Your mantel looks fabulous.

    - The Tablescaper

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