Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mantle Times are Here!

Over the weekend I primped and picked at my fireplace mantle. I love the added glow the lights give off to the living room, it makes it feel so warm! Every year the decor gets tweaked slightly and I think I'm finally done with it for this December 2010! I did the same blueish, greenish, greyish, and silver color scheme as last year's mantle.

Here is the before every day mantle: cluttered with stuff collecting dust all year-

I first removed all the clutter and added the greenery (which had the key still tied in it from last year's Christmas-ized mantle, whoopsie!)

I then added my mercury glass tree, felt snow flakes in browns, blues, and greens. Also a key plaque that I made from an old canvas:

I added air plants this year in tall vases. They are a greenish grey color that I love! I love that I can add stuff I had laying around the house too!

Our sage green snowflake stockings were hung with care, and by care I mean cream colored ribbon.

I added cut out kraft paper initials to each stocking to represent who they belonged to. This way Santa will know which one to put coal in... Riann's.

Here is the boring before, again:

And the festive after:

In the words of Riann: "Holiday [and mantle] Times are here!!"

The Lettered Cottage

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Flour Sack It!

I've been eyeing these flour/feed sack pillows for some time now from Wisteria. I want to use them as chair cushions for my new dining room chairs. (I got them for my birthday!! Thanks Mom!!)

The lumbar, smaller size, pillow is exactly what I want, but I cannot bring myself to pay for the insanity. They originally cost $149.00 EACH!! They are now on sale at $74.50 each. Still ridiculous!

So I'm on a mission to make these things for a fraction of that... Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I've been in love with succulent plants for forever. They are so cute and mini plus easy to maintain. This summer I planted all my outdoor pots with succulents and before they get put up for the winter I wanted to revisit how good they once looked!

Aloe, chick and hens, and jade plants are among the plants I used.

The picture below is the arrangement on the front porch.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake!

Hope you had a great day Mom!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Hope you have a great day!!! I love you!!

Grama and Mom- Summer 2009 in Penticton