Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Cute Project and a Mantel Still in Progress

Here is a cute project that I can't take credit for because it was given to me by my old boss many years ago. She made it and I don't think it would be hard at all to do. It is a piece of scrap wood with a Santa face painted on and Believe written at the bottom. There's a little piece of greenery and a bell glued at the top and a wire hanger attached. I'm not sure how she made the hair look kinda thick and textured. I was thinking you could probably use spackle and then paint over it to achieve the same results. I have always loved this piece and have 2 other cute things she made I'll show next week.


Well, I think my mantel is improving, but I still have more to do to it like adding lights and other stuff to the greenery. I added a berry wreath to the window and put my two toile lamps on either side. The topiaries just looked too dark. I got some great suggestions from y'all and am going to go back and reread them and write them down in case I decide to use them. Right now I put stuff up there I already had so I didn't have to go out and buy anything. I'll probably be working on this Christmas decorating for weeks to come, but hey, that's why I started so early. I love it!!!

29 comments:

Stacey said...

It's all cute. You must have a deep mantel. Isn't that the hardest part of the house to decorate? Honestly, I think I ignore mine.

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Your mantle is really looking good...as I knew it would!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love what you've done!!

Heather said...

looks great. i love the lamps!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

That Santa is adorable! I love it, and your Mantle is coming along great too! The lamps look so pretty and that wreath looks great on top of the window frame too!

Have fun :)!!

~ Cynthia ~

Julie said...

Angie looks great!!! love the santa:) I have an award for ya come on over!!!!!
julie

Tricia Anne said...

I really like the window frame and wreath!! Especially with the red fireplace. It all looks so pretty and I am enjoying watching as you decorate, so I can get some ideas for when we start pulling our items down!
Have a super day!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Betsy said...

Love the Santa and your mantel really is strating to look great. Very pottery barn!

Christy said...

That looks so pretty! The lamps add a nice touch and the wreath looks perfect hanging on the window. Nice job! You are giving me some ideas:)

Shannon said...

The mantel is coming along! Its looking great! I love that santa she painted! So cute!

squawmama said...

Good Morning Angie... I love that santa board and think your right... it would be easy to do... great little gift for those last minute people... and you mantle is looking stunning... Love it... can't wait to see the finished project.. Have a great day

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Sandy Toes said...

Oh my ...I love the wreath on the window..that is great!!!
-sandy toes

coco said...

It is looking great...love the wreath on the window, that is a keeper!

Erin said...

I love the wreath on the window. I am going to have to use that on one of mine this year! That santa is so cute and such a great idea! Your lamps on each side look great! Isn't it fun to transform a house to Christmas! Have a great day!

ThriftyDecorChick said...

The wreath is PERFECT.

Wendy said...

Cute Santa! And the mantel looks great!

Janie said...

I just recently found your blog and LOVE it!! Love how you decorate. I can't wait to see the mantle when it is finished. So far so good, janie

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Hi Angie! Your mantel looks great! I really like the matching lamps and the wreath. Two thumbs up!

Thanks for sharing the Santa project! There is a product called white Model Magic by Crayola that makes the bumpiness of Santa's beard. I think there is another product like it as well...sold with the glues and mod podges at a craft store. My mom used it to make snowmen head Christmas ortaments.

Sharon said...

The Santa is just darling and the mantel is really coming on. The wreath looks really great on the window. Added that touch that the window needed. Can't wait to see what else you will think of. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Tracey said...

I'm liking the mantel!!!!

joelandbecca said...

I love it all! My lack of fireplace envy begins all over again! I love the window!

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Aww! The santa is so cute! My kids are on the brink - well the older two anyway but they still kind of play along with "Santa". I still believe!! I love the lamps by the mantle. That looks beautiful, really brings a soft glow. And that purse/basket makeover is just so darn cute! Now you are going to get me scoping out one for me to makeover. Great job! :)

Becki said...

Wow. I think that I actually had to catch my breath. The old window behind the wreath makes such an impact. Beautiful!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

It's all so beautiful! I love the lamps on the mantle, and the window there is perfect! Everything you've done so far is gorgeous! :)

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Pretty mantle, I have to admit I am jealous that you have one to decorate. I love the lamps on there!
Carrie

Kristens Creations said...

Lookin good so far!! Love the wreath and lamps!

Ann said...

That Santa thing looks so great, and I love the 'Believe' part of it too. I'm itching to try and do something like that. Thanks for the inspiration:)

Ms. Tee said...

I really like what you did with your mantel - it's so pretty and cozy! Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

Daphine said...

WOW! It already looks BEAUTIFUL! Love it!