Can I tell you something?
Just between you and me.
Before I had a blog….I never decorated my mantel.
I never had any mantel decorating ideas.
Can you even believe it?
Okay….I did hang the occasional stocking…..
….next to a sad little grouping of Charlie Brown Christmas trees.
And there was the year I lined up all the Fisher Price people.
I think I saw someone else do it in a magazine.
But for the most part?
Truly? Just between us?
I think I was never sure what to put there.
All that blank space was a little intimidating and nothing ever looked right. It looked like a whole lot of lopsided.
Hydrangea and Milkglass Mantel
I was always a little embarrassed of all those blank empty mantels.
And then one day…..I started a blog.
And what’s a blog without a mantel?
Everywhere….all over the place in blog land I saw all these amazing mantels.
Barn Door and Mercury Glass Mantel
I took the plunge and found this barn door.
And made a glass mercury pumpkin.
And random candle stick holders from the yard.
And all of a sudden….my mantel was holding its head up high.
Spring Burlap and Barnwood Mantel
And I then oddly….. I discovered I loved decorating mantels.
Maybe it’s the challenge.
Maybe it’s because you have to think vertically.
Maybe it’s that I have a collection of milk glass and pink hydrangea’s and empty vases from the dollar store calling my mane.
All I know is that the other day….
…I think I heard a relieved cheer from all the Fisher Price people. 🙂
PS If you want some more mantel inspiration and some easy tips on how to create one….be sure to check out my mantel post today over at the Lamps Plus blog.
PPS I’m not sure about the whole mantel/mantle thing….does anyone know officially which one it is?
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