Warm and Cozy....




Here a few pictures of my mantel. This year, I did more of a "warm" and "cozy" mantel. Last year, I was all into the glitter and the "glow". I have a plaid ribbon intertwined with the lit garland. I bought these cute felt "mitten" ornaments and hung them on with berry balls on both ends.

Are you like me? I have been around the blogsphere looking at some AWESOME garlands and I want to sell all of mine on Ebay and start a new. However, that is not possible, so I change up just a few things and it feels new!!!New ribbon, a couple new ornaments....woila..a different look!

Do you want an EASY craft to do with your kids? Make snowflakes..they are so festive and fun!!! All you need are paper and scissors. Add a little glitter and your windows can be a winter wonderland!!! So fun...I made a few, too!!!


55 comments:

Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

Your mantle is beautiful! I so hope our next house has a fireplace! It looks so warm and cozy!

Preppy 101 said...

Very cute mantle. Looks so inviting!! Love those mittens...Thanks for the reminder about snowflakes - they are so fun to make. I used to let my students make them as a treat - for winter - we would tape them on the windows :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Warm and cozy indeed!!! And thanks for the great link.

Jessica said...

Love the mantel! That is very similar to the style that I decorated my den in.

Liz said...

I love your mantel. It does look warm & cozy! :o)

The Muse said...

I believe you have given just the right Christmas zip...Cozy it is!

Heather said...

Your house definitely looks warm and cozy!
I just love this time of year! I wish that we could stay decorated for a lot longer!

Julia said...

Aww so sweet! I need to listen to some Christmas music now.

Rachel said...

I wish I had a mantle to decorate! Well that and a chandelier as well! ;)

Rachel said...

Sorry I mean to add that your decor looks fab I love it... Okay NOW I'm done. :)

Chris said...

I love your mantle, I wish I had one. There so many ways to decorate them. Your's is beautiful.


Hugs,
Chris

April said...

Yep, you just never cease to amaze me...you've done a great job, again! Your mantel looks so pretty!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How adorable, Sandy! I love those little mittens and the NOEL and the snowflakes. Thanks for the tips in making these. Someone was talking about these the other day to me, and now I can tell them where they can go and find them!

XO,

Sheila... who has gotten no decorating done, but today is the day! :-)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

The mantel looks beautiful....I like what you did...especially the holly berry balls on the ends....creative!!

Happy Monday:)

Lisa

Darlene said...

I LOVE your mantle. So pretty! I need to make some snowflakes....good idea!

coco said...

Your mantle is so warm and cozy...the perfect place to curl up with a book and some hot chocolate!

edie said...

Sandy,
Thanks for the snowflake link....we'll get right on that today! Your mantel is beautiful!

Kelly said...

It looks great! I love the NOEL sign. Have a great day!

squawmama said...

What a beautiful mantle.... I use to have 2 fireplaces in my house before we sold it to our daughter... now she has them... LOL LOL anyways decorating the mantles was always my favorite part of the holidays... you did great... I loved it... Have a wonderful Monday

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Busy Bee Suz said...

So beautiful. Love the mantle look....no mantle here, cause we have no need for a fireplace....shucks, that would be nice at this time of year though. My little one was making snowflakes just yesterday....still picking up the paper off the kitchen floor. :)
Suz

Sarah said...

Warm and cozy is the way to go! I am working on decorations today. This is the first year we have a mantle as we just moved this summer. It is so fun to decorate!

Jan said...

Lovely images Sandy. And that link will be so handy for a night of cutting fun. So cozy and nice over there.

Jboo said...

Ahhh - your mantle looks so beautiful!! Love it! And the snowflakes -- great idea.

Hope you have a fun week!

Janet

duchess said...

Your mantle is lovely, so warm & welcoming. Let's have some hot chocolate & make snowflakes.

Jillene said...

It looks BEAUTIFUL!!

blessedmomto7 said...

Looks GREAT! Just finished my decorating yesterday myself! Would love to make the snowflakes! THANKS~HAPPY MONDAY!

mommaof4wife2r said...

super cute! and now, send some sand for my toes! i want the beach soooo bad! thx for stopping by my blog today!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Love your mantle-it is warm and cozy...I want to be sitting by the fire!

AJ said...

Oh how I'd love to have a fireplace! Yours looks so warm and cozy:) I'm going to check out the snowflake website. Thanks!

Debbie said...

I can just feel the warmth of the fire, taste the hot coffee (maybe because that’s what I’m drinking now) and hear the sound of laughter coming from that room. It does look very inviting.

TL said...

Found you through SITS.

Love the mantel pics. I would like to have some of those snowflakes... maybe I will put my wild indians to work making some for our windows!

At Home In Georgia said...

My kids will love the snowflake idea!

You place looks very warm and cozy.

AndreaLeigh said...

I so wish I had a mantle, because these gorgeous garlands I see are making me jealous!

Joanna said...

It looks great! Oh and I want to make some of those snowflakes...I love where you have hung them!

jennykate77 said...

Love all your Christmas decor! Your mantel looks great!

Hope you're having a great Monday☺

Montee said...

Your mantle and the fire look so nice. We have a fireplace but no mantle. I am always on the lookout for something unusual to use as a mantle so that I'll have one to decorate.

Anna K. said...

I just wanna sit in front of that fireplace and enjoy the warmth and coziness that you've created!

Liz said...

Your home looks so wonderful and cozy.

Erin said...

Way cute decorations! I love your mantle. Thanks for the heads up on the website for the snowflakes!

RosyRose said...

Cute..I love homey things. They make me feel cozy and warm!
Sometimes the homemade things are the best!

The Muse said...

I had to let you know, the grandchildren and I made snowflakes...! You inspired me :)

Mari said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your decorations - they look beautiful and homey at the same time!

Becky said...

I love the cute little mittens. All warm and cozy indeed. :-)

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love your mantel decorations! It definitely looks warm and cozy! :)
You did a great job!

And you're right! Snowflakes ARE a wonderful way for kids to get in the decorating action~ our kids have been going crazy with the paper and scissors! :)

I hope you have a great night! :)

Ashley Griffin said...

ugh, would i ever like to start all over with my garland!! i would love to have some that looks more like FRESH greenery. but i love your mantel.

Katy said...

I love warm and cozy......I love our fireplace. It is SOOO past due for us to put a mantle up. Oh, yesss indeedy! Have a wonderful week.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Your mantel looks great. I will be changing mine up a little to. Can't by a bunch of new stuff either. It will be fun to see what I can come up with. Jackie

Kacey R. said...

Oh so pretty! I love yoru cute mittens and ribbon on the garland. And a REAL fireplace? *SIGH* That is REALLY the best part!

The snowflakes look great - thanks for the tutorial. :o)

Montee said...

Sandy Toes, I got those little trees from Home Depot. The good thing is that they are little rosemaries so I can replant them.

Carrie said...

everything looks great! Love the snowflakes!

Devita said...

That's beautiful! Love it!~

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love your garland and mantle..it is just my type...homey and Christmasy. I am not big on really elegant formal looks myself. I would love to sit by yours and drink some cocao! cherry

Lisa & Gerald said...

I love what you did!

Daphine said...

Your mantle is simply beautiful! I love it!

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