Tugging on my hearth strings

Farmhouse Christmas mantel

Christmas decorating … silver and gold, the holly and the ivy, silver bells — oh Christmas tree! Is there anything better than time to deck the halls? It’s the most wonderful time of the year and o holy night when the stars are brightly shining! And you can bet I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, too. I want to take a sleigh ride, after all!

Christmas decorations fill me with joy (as do the songs of the season, apparently!) This year’s mantel looks a bit different than Christmases past. I dipped into my basket of antlers and used found and natural items from the hubby’s hunting pursuits. I love the natural look and it fits in our rustic farmhouse setting.

Farmhouse Christmas mantel

Please pretend I use real greenery. Our house is surrounded by lovely evergreens and towering spruce trees and I’ve used their abundant luxuries. It’s just that I like to decorate the day after Thanksgiving. It’s also so very dry in our house this time of year. The dry heat sucks the life out of every living thing, including people. Hello, moisturizer.

Farmhouse Christmas mantel with labs

To make the mantel: My great-grandfather’s trumpet (or is it a coronet?!) is hanging from cotton ribbon. A pine garland and white lights were layered on the mantel. Next we “fluffed it up” with real pine cones, shed antlers collected in the woods and a vase of pheasant feathers. A few thrift store candlesticks, a giant jingle bell and we’re in business … the business of making me feel extremely merry & bright! And of course it helps to have two chestnuts mutts roasting by the open fire!

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    Kris December 4, 2012 (7:37 am)

    I had to comment on your mantle. It looks gorgeous. Great work! It’s so cozy and inviting. Of course, your mutts help create the perfect picture.

    I look forward to your blog.

    Have a great day!

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      Farmgirl December 4, 2012 (12:45 pm)

      The dogs do add an ambiance that would be impossible to create otherwise — sometimes that’s good and then there are the other times … lol! Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy holidays! 🙂

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    Nancy December 4, 2012 (9:07 am)


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      Farmgirl December 4, 2012 (12:44 pm)

      Oh, Nancy, thank you so much!

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    Carla S. December 4, 2012 (12:24 pm)

    I just found your site through Layla and would like to subscribe via email. I didn’t see a place to do that. Is it possible ? Love your mantle !

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      Farmgirl December 4, 2012 (12:43 pm)

      Thanks for visiting, Carla! I do not currently have an e-mail subscribe, but I love the idea. Great suggestion! Please look for this option in the coming days. 🙂

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    Melissa Wells December 5, 2012 (8:11 pm)

    Beautiful… so simple and primitive yet well beautiful! I would absolutely suggest that you make a print and frame either of those photos.. with the labs.. oh my heart just melts!