Blah, blah, blah. Truth be told, I'll probably do it, but I sure don't feel like it right now.
I'm actually kind of struggling with this mantel. The tv is brand new -- it's the family Christmas gift, and we LOVE it. I never, ever, ever was going to have a tv over the fireplace (form over function every time for me!) but I finally gave in. The old tv had been in the back corner of the room. Behind the sofa. Stupid, I know. So, I finally gave in. I love the way it is bringing us together. For example, I showed my son "Lord of the Rings" in 3D high definition last night, and it was awesome! BUT, I don't have any ideas on how to decorate the mantel for everyday use. Doesn't it look really plain? I can't make a vignette, obviously, so all I can do is a couple of things under the sconces (and fix the walls!) But that seems boring. Anyone have a solution? What it really needs is a wall of built-ins all around the fireplace and windows, but that's not happening any time soon.
Ok, point number two on how I'm lazy: My "Christmas" table:
Embarrassing. But let me show what what I have done. The tree:
Also, I made the kids' stockings when I was pregnant with each of them. Simple needlepoint, but I especially love the green one because I drew the design myself on the canvas, whereas the blue one was drawn by an artist:
I also started a tradition when my first child was a baby. I bought him a beautiful snow globe and wrote his initials and the year on the bottom. Then I continued doing it each year, and now they are old enough to choose their own and they really look forward to it. We now have 19 globes between the two kids, with only one broken (!) I'll probably stop when they are 18. Well, maybe I'll stop. Here is the collection:
So, that's all I've done. BUT, look at what my sweet little girl has done:
A red scrapbooking paper "ornament":
Glitter name ornament, below, and one for her brother in the photo above:
A Nutcracker - isn't she good at drawing for only 6 years old? I'm totally impressed:
And a star made out of paper and markers:
As much as I'll treasure these forever, this is the one that really stole my heart:
See the four blue and white circles cut out of glitter foam and strung together on the white twine? In the middle of each one, she cut out a letter (not easy!) -- they spell "Mimi" -- the name she called me as a baby. Aaaaawwwww, love her to death!
So even if I don't get to the rest of my decorating, Christmas is most definitely where it belongs, in my heart.
xo Stacy Thanks for reading!!
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