Two things I wanted most for my family room mantel were 1. keep it simple and non-fussy (totally not like me) and 2. it needed to have some sentimental value (like Christmas should, right?)
So, that being the case I set off to find what I wanted to
cram strategically place up there to meet my goals and to wow you all and to make it into the next Better Homes and Gardens magazine (giggling).
The pinecone wreath has been stored away for a while. My mother and I made it when I was in High School. We wired all of the pinecones to a straw wreath base and hot glued other dried pods to add a little more texture. I have always loved the wreath and since my mother passed 10 years ago from pancreatic cancer, I have had a hard time enjoying it in the Christmas decor without feeling a little sad. BUT this year, I decided the wreath deserved to be placed in view...for all of our family to enjoy. The frame surrounding it is one that my MIL shared with me and I have always loved its detailed corners.
Now for the little angels made from burlap cloth...I have always adored these. We have had these in my family since I was a very little girl. My sister and I used to play with them at Christmas and we would say that the biggest angel was my mother and the two little angels were me and my sister. No, we weren't always little angels...but it was fun to pretend, right? lol
I pulled all of the greenery and topiaries from other rooms where I
crammed strategically placed other Christmas decor (that I will share later). I wanted to keep the focus on these family treasures that I have dearly loved throughout the years.
Do you have some family treasures that you like to decorate with?
I am looking forward to seeing the other mantels out there in blogland. I know there are going to be some REALLY fabulous ones.