Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Mantel - Winter Nutcracker Theme

Wow!!  I am way behind in everything these days!!  I attribute that to -  Too much work and not enough play!  I just love decorating my house for Christmas, after all it is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! 

 So I was glad I had some time too get this far with my Mantel, which has a Winter Nutcracker theme this year.
 I fell in love with these three guys when I found them at Homegoods!

Since our family room is painted in a variegated muted green - I thought this green color would look good on our mantel.   I am so glad I snatched these up the first time I saw them, because when I went back to buy one as a gift - they were all gone.
Once I purchased the new Nutcrackers, I started collecting lighter green Christmas picks to use with the garland I already had so that it would match better with the nutcrackers.  Layering the light green foliage with the dark green garland changed up the look from last year quite a bit.

 Just adding more and more greenery until I was happy with its fullness.

  I used all my snowflakes again.  Since we have snow on the ground now - It just seemed like a natural!
I also pulled some candles and pillar holders I already had out of the cupboard.  I figured the more I can reuse some of the things I already had, the more money I can drop in the Salvation Army bucket on my way out of the stores this year.

Do you notice something missing??  
Yep!!  The stockings!  I was going to dish out some bucks to buy some white knit stockings I saw at Hobby Lobby - and of course when I went back - they were all gone!  I bet you thought I had learned my lesson with the Nutcrackers - but apparently not :)  I am going to try to make some - but we they probably won't be done until Christmas Eve the rate I am going this year!!

I hope you are finding the time you need to prepare for 
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!

I am linking up at the following parties:
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Wow Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style
Fall into Fall @ DIY by Design
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
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. Your Mantle is looking marvelous, simply marvelous!!! Love the green on the nutcrackers, that shade of green goes very nicely with the wall color. The candle holders look great in the arrangement you did. Very nice. I bought a couple of aqua nutcrackers at the Home Goods store last month. I still have not done anything with them, so you are miles ahead of me. I have to get going now so I can get the furniture moved so I can put up the trees.


  2. I love the lime nutcrackers and your mantel looks dreamy ! My shopping motto is buy it, try it, and then return it if you change your mind! White knit stockings will look wonderful, especially if they're hand done by you...

  3. Very beautiful. I love the green nutcrackers too.

  4. Ooh those are a fun color- I love nutcrackers! You did a beautiful job on the mantel. I found some of that glitter garland too and love it. The snowflakes are a perfect touch!

  5. Gorgeous mantle....I love the silvery green colors you used and those nutcrackers are adorable!

  6. Pretty! Love the green nutcrackers, snowflakes, and silver and green foliage. The snowy green ribbon garland is so nice. I've seen a lot of that ribbon this year. Now I wish I had gotten some. :)

  7. Your mantle is just perfect. I love how you thought through the color accents and created a just right vignette.

  8. Your mantel is beautiful. I saw those at Home Goods and now I regret not buying them. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Fall into Fall party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  9. Love your mantel. Thanks for linking up to DIYbyDesign. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  10. love the nutcrackers and how lovely they guard your mantle it turned out lovely

  11. I like how you take the simple and make a very beautiful touch for your room!! Very talented....

  12. We never learn, do we? I have done the same bonehead thing this year, and I regret it to the core! I'm so glad, though, that you were able to get those 3 beautiful nutcrackers the 1st go round! I love their green coloring!!!

    Your mantel looks absolutely fantabulous!!! The layering process really paid off!!! It's perfect! I really like those puffy white snowflakes "floating" above it, too!

    I hope things get a little less crazy for you soon! Take care, and have a wonderful weekend!!! Oh...for some reason I no longer get an email alert every time you post. That seems to be the case with several bloggers. I just don't get all the email alerts anymore. :-( I'm going to try re-subscribing to see if that works.

  13. I like your green nutcrackers...they're much nicer than my over sized ones. LOL! The snowflakes are a nice touch too. I would love to have a white Christmas sometime. :)