Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Mantel- Let it Snow!

 My Christmas Mantel - Let it Snow!
Welcome to the start of my Christmas decorating! 
I have a snowflake theme going on in my family room with my mantel.
It all started when my girlfriend Alicia and I were shopping in Amish Country and we stumbled upon these red shutters.  They called out to us!  Just like the honey graham pretzels they sell at the bulk food store!
Next it was the bolt of red plaid burlap ribbon that spoke to us!

I used these giant snowflakes that I had hanging in my foyer last year as my big statement on the shutters which kind of created the theme.

I decided since I had just bought new stockings last year - I had to use them again, but I wanted a little bit different look.  So I used some of that plaid ribbon along with two other ribbon trims I found at Michaels.
Using my sewing machine I layered the three ribbons to make a wide band for the cuffs.  Then I just hand basted them onto the fur trim.  This way if I want to change them out for something different next year it will not be difficult to remove this trim.

All of my greenery is fake stuff.  I tried to layer it with different types of needles to make it look a little more real.  I tucked some in smaller snowflakes, pine cones, berries, a little ribbon and then also sprinkled everything with fake snow when I was done.

The wood trees are from Pat Catans, 

and the two big red lanterns anchoring the ends are from Kohl's.  

Now that I have started this room with a bold red and white theme, I will go from here to decorate the rest of this room.  Watch for more to come!

In the mean time I am linking this one up to:
Saturday Night Special @Saturday Night Special
A Homespun Christmas @ Savvy Southern Style
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Holiday Home Christmas Mantel Party @The Lettered Cottage
Christmas Mantel Link Party @52 Mantels
Tis the Season Party @Embracing Change
Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley

In the past few years my interests have grown from fabric to paper and now to dishes too! I just love prints, polkadots, plaids and paisleys- hence the blog name.


  1. Ann, this is great! I love the red shutters and lanterns! It looks wonderful! :)

  2. Ann, just looking at all the red popping out all over on your mantel made me smile. The shutters and snowflakes and lanterns are just so Christmasy! All my stuff is in storage and maybe this weekend I will get it out. Love it! Joni

  3. Very pretty! Love the red shutters!

  4. The red is beautiful and so festive. I totally love all of the stockings.

    Such a nice visit.

  5. Ann,
    Love how you used those cute red shutters...GREAT LOOK!!


  6. LOVE your mantel!The red shutters as a backdrop are really nice! I am your latest follower! Hope you come check out my blog too!

  7. I love it!! A gal after my own heart!
    A truly festive and beautiful mantel with all the things I love~
    New follower.

  8. The amount of Red you used is festive and
    just lovely... I'm impressed!
    Happy Holidays

  9. Too cute. Love the traditional colors. Thanks for linking up.

  10. Ann - what a fabulous, festive mantel! Love the monogrammed stockings!

  11. Oh thats is such a wonderful idea with the shutters. The red looks so festive with the white snowflakes!!! Love the way you tied it all together with the lanters. Lovely.

  12. I love the red shutters and the giant snowflakes! So pretty!

  13. Love it! Everything ties together perfectly. Love the trim on the stockings and the red shutters.

  14. Ann I always love to see what you do with the treasures we find on our shopping trips you never fail to do something unique and wonderful. This is one of my favorites.

  15. Nice job! Love the shutters and snowflakes - and those trees. so cute!

  16. Your mantel is so pretty! I would love if you stopped by the BIG Christmas Mantel party to link it up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  17. O my goodness! This is so pretty! Love the shutter with the snowflakes! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  18. The red is so pretty and festive!
    Thanks for linking up to the Christmas Mantel Linky Party at Embracing Change!