Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kreativ Blogger

 

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The lovely Jeanne from Snuggle Bunny's Journey has awarded me the Kreativ Blogger award!  Thank you Jeanne!!  It really means a lot to me to be recognized by another blogger.  Go stop by Jeanne’s blog and take a peek around.  She has the cutest little boy!

For this award I am to tell you 7 things about myself and then pass on the award to 10 other bloggers.  However, I don’t really have 10 other bloggers to give it to!  I’m the worst, I swear!  But here are the 7 things…

1. I’m married to my love, Nick, and we’ve been married for 2 and a half years.

2. I’m one of the biggest home bodies I know.  I just love being at home.  I’ve always loved being home and with my family.

3. Nick and I have 2 dogs, a Golden Retriever named Peanut and a Husky named Jacobe.

4. I am a magazine addict.  I love almost all magazines, even some of the trashy gossip ones, but my favorites are Glamour and People.

5. I love foods that other people think are gross or weird.  These include, but are not limited to, green olives, corned beef hash, feta cheese, and cauliflower just to name a few.

6. One of my favorite things to do is snuggle up on the couch on a rainy day and watch movies I’ve seen a thousand times while eating delicious take-out .  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

7. I love to paint my nails.  I also have an unhealthy obsession with makeup and am a fashionista at heart.

Once I have 10 bloggers I will pass the love along!

Festive Mantel of White

I generally love all things Christmas, especially decorations.  My particular taste in Christmas decorations tends to be white and silver.  I think it’s because I love snow…and shiny things.  Which is why my collection of mercury glass and mirrors is never complete.  So this year I went all out with the white theme.  As I mentioned in this post, I have been eagerly awaiting the time of year when I could decorate my mantle for Christmas!  I hadn’t really sat down and thought much about what I was going to do with the mantle, I just started doing it!  I started with some thrift store mirrors and candlesticks and the whole thing just took off from there.  I knew it had to be white and silver and it had to glow at night.  I gathered my supplies and an hour later I had this…
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I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how in love with this mantle I am!  It turned out so perfectly and I am so happy every time I look at it.  I could seriously stare at it all day and especially when it’s all lit up at night.  It ended up being a few DIY crafty-type projects that came together to make up one big DIY project.  I’ll break down a couple of the little projects in later posts, but they’re pretty basic. 
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Once again, my mom came through with the natural element for this mantle. She handpicked the pine cones from her backyard and brought me a big ol’ bag of them.  They’re all so perfect and I wish I had about a million more of them to string up all over the house! 
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I love the little “tree” I assembled from random branches.  The night I brought this huge branch home with me, Nick looked at me like I was crazy.  I told him to just wait and see how fabulous it was going to be!  It gives the mantle such great height and interest.  I’m really glad I didn’t paint the branches white, like I almost did. 
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These two trees are another favorite little project I did.  I about gave up on the dang feathers I used, but it turned out alright.  And here it is all lit up at night…
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I just love it and I hope you do too. Let me know what you think!  Anyone else do any fun mantle activities lately??  I’d love to hear all about it.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of my Christmas d├ęcor.
Merry Christmas, ya’ll!  It really is the most wonderful time of the year. 
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