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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Christmas Mantel

I'm seeing beautiful Christmas mantels everywhere in Blog-land, so I may as well join the party, so to speak.
I should be at my sewing machine making Christmas gifts, but I don't have what it takes today... so here I am, showing you my mantel.

It's a very basic, natural one this year. No sparkly lights, only candlesand lamp light to brighten the manger scene.

Simple vintage turquoise ornaments, old bottles, and spruce branches.

Norman Rockwell prints and fuzzy stockings, pinecones and antlers and my dear father-in-laws tiny tree that my husband inherited when he passed away. 
These truly are a few of my favourite things.

I found the antlers in this charming little town on the I-90.
Wallace, Idaho, is a Silver mining town and is lovingly preserved for visitors and residents alike, to enjoy today.
It's surrounded by beautiful mountains, and as you can see in the photos below, they are right at the peoples doorstep.
The people were very friendly and welcoming.

My  husband and I spent a couple of very enjoyable hours there.
We found several antique stores. Some carried truly antique items and some carried vintage items that I had not seen anywhere else. We will definitely visit Wallace the next time we are in that vicinity. It was lots of fun!

I hope you're enjoying your week!



Millie said...

A very pretty mantel!'ve done well! The town is so picturesque....nice pictures..

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your mantel looks so pretty Cindy! I love the little lamps you have on both sides!

It's me said...

Oh lovely...21 days to

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, Everything looks so pretty for Christmas.

What a charming, picturesque town to visit.

poppilinnstudios said...

Lovely mantel, Cindy. Love all your special pieces and the spruce branches.
Thanks for sharing your trip-I love exploring new places.

Faye Henry said...

It looks wonderful, Cindy.. I always dread doing the fireplace mantels for some reason..
Always glad when they are done..
God bless...

Vintage Gal said...

Cindy ~ your mantel is just beautiful and as it is so sentimental to you all the more charming and means so much ~ THAT is the spirit of Christmas

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Cindy! Your mantel looks very pretty with the natural greens, antlers and the focus on the your figurine of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. The town you visited is really nice. I love the old buildings. Really quaint. Enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs, Pamela

Michelle said...

I love your mantel. My favorite decorating pieces are the one that mean something to me. I love looking at them and remembering the people, places, and events from the past. It always cheers me up.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Your mantel is perfect! I love the sweet nativity... I also love decorating with touches of whimsy along side trinkets that have great sentiment or bring nice reminders of loved ones.

So special. Pat

Pondside said...

Your mantel would suit my taste, Cindy. I love the combination of the sacred, the traditional, the natural and the just-plain-cheery!

Betty said...

Your mantlepiece looks lovely, as always. I love your beautiful wood candle holders, balanced nicely with the sweet and sentimental little tree.
Wallace is a charming town. Would look lovely covered in snow.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I'd love to visit Wallace. :o) Your mantel is perfect. I'm trying to keep it simple this year as well. It just seems right some how. Have a lovely rest of the week. It's going so fast!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Cindy,
I love all your Christmas touches...very pretty and perfectly done. The little tree is my favorite in the white pitcher. I haven't even began to decorate. I don't know why...I just feel kinda lost this year without my sister. I was just telling Gary that maybe on Sunday we would bring just a few things out to be festive for the kids. I have loved seeing your home decorated, it made me smile..
Sending love and hugs, Elizabeth

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! Your mantel is lovely! What a sweet figurine of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the little lamb is darling1 Love all that you've added. Now looks like a sweet little town in Idaho. We were in Idaho last year and spent the night but I can't remember the name of the town. Olden age, you know. Thanks for popping in to see my little Glitter houses.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Gail said...

Oh Cindy, your mantel is beautiful! I love the old bottles with the candles in them!! Hope you are having a wonderful day my friend. Hugs, Gail

•♥ Ally ♥• said...

how nice your mantel, Cindy! is simple, essential. I like the crib and the sheep. all the details are very nice, also written that keep the socks :). once I also had a house with an elegant fireplace. what I would like to have him back. hug

Ana said...

What a quaint little town...And your mantle is very sweet my friend. Wishing you a wonderful day.


Shabby soul said...

Hello my sweet friend! I like your mantel. Thank you for share your tour photos, I always enjoy, is so interesting for me to see pics of real life out there in the word.
Hope you are well! A big hug

Karen said...

I especially like the mantle arrangement! I enjoyed scrolling through your pics! Thanks for visiting my blog.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Sometimes simple is the best, isn't it? Lovely.
Wallace is my kind of town! Goodness, I absolutely love little towns like this but, unfortunately, it's just a tad too far for me to visit :(