12.05.2011

Christmas Mantel........days gone by

I loved the way I decorated the mantel last year, but I also like to change things up. I wasn't sure what direction I would go until I saw a couple of cute new things in a Christmas shop. So let's take a look.



I found these vintage style figures at a Christmas shop and just had to have them. I just love the vintage scooter and sled and the cute hand sewn clothes on them. They look like they represent the thirties or forties maybe.

I added candle hurricanes and glass candle pillars with red candles for traditional colors. I had the hurricanes from PB and the pillars are new from the PB outlet. Used garland I had and then tucked in some green sprigs from the Christmas shop.

The Christmas tree candles were also found at the PB outlet. They carry these in the regular stores to this year, but a few dollars cheaper at the outlet.

Same stockings come out each year. I tucked real candy canes from Cracker Barrel in them.

Added back one of my Santa faces. Last year I hung the one that is all white here. This time I used the red hat one.

The rest are some closeups that I took.






 The look at night with the candles lit.




Now I just need a good snowfall outside, the fire lit, and a mug of hot cocoa.
In reality it was 70 degrees today. Doesn't feel much like Christmas.

See you Tuesday evening for Wow Us Wednesdays. Bring all your Christmas cheer!

Joining the following:
Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Holiday Mantels
From My Front Porch to Yours Mantel party
Southern Hospitality Merry Mantels
Ten June  mantel party
Common Ground  blogger block party vintage Christmas
Stories A to Z  mantels
Funky Junk Interiors SNS  mantels

60 comments:

  1. Love. Love. Love the little 'vintage' figurines. They are precious!

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  2. Love your mantle Kim, But as always you out do yourself.. I love the Santa on the mirror.Happy Holidays

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  3. Your mantel is lovely! I love the use of the vintage figurines and the Santa on the mirror is my favorite! It's so pretty!

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  4. What a beautiful mantel, Kim! I love the vintage feel!

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  5. What sweet, innocent faces your vintage looking girls and boy have! They are precious and make your mantel unique. Santa, of course, is looking good, too!

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  6. I love it,Kim! I think those vintage looking kids are just beautiful. I love their faces AND their clothes. Good pick! The whole mantle looks great! xo Diana

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  7. Love it Kim and your vintage looking Santa is the icing on the cake!

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  8. Reminds me of being a kid, Kim, and that's a nice thing! Looks beautiful and like an honest home celebrating Christmas. :)

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  9. I love your mantle kim!! The figurines are so adorable.I love your santa too!

    Kathy

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  10. They are so cute. I, too shop at Cracker Barrel i love that place your Santa so cute too.
    Merry Christmas.

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  11. How pretty, Kim! I love those vintage figurines...perfect for Christmas! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  12. Simple and Elegant...and your picture taking is really good, I'm impressed

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  13. I wasn't around to see your decorations last year...so seeing it all this year is so fun. Love the little figurines of course...so unique. What a find. Have a good week. It rained the entire day here. What a Monday!

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  14. Those little figurines are ADORABLE!!! I just love them and would have grabbed them too! They have such sweet faces! The whole mantle looks beautiful. I love the Santa face too! I posted my mantle too a,d will bring it to WUW, tomorrow. XO, Pinky

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  15. I love the vintage feel you have Kim! It all looks so amazing in the evening light. Warm and cozy! Thanx so very much for coming to party!

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  16. Those little girls are so cute!! Love them and your mantel is so charming! hugs, Linda

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  17. Beautiful memories and vintage items. Santa will definately love your mantle in all its beauty.

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  18. I LOVE the figures, Kim! They are just adorable and I would have fallen for them, too. Love all the red; I'm feeling red this year a bit more, too. I think I've added some in each area.

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  19. Those vintage figures are really cute. Very pretty mantel Kim.

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  20. Beautiful Kim! I love the vintage figurines and the night shot is so pretty!! Martina

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  21. Pretty PRETTY pictures!!!!
    Everything is just beautiful!!

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  22. Love those little figurines! I worked on my mantle today but still not sure what I want. As for warm weather, we finally got cold today so now all my summer flowers will die, as well as the Azaleas that just started to bloom and the trees look like fall! Crazy Texas weather!!!!

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  23. Love the Santa in the mirror. I would love to find one of those! So pretty.

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  24. I love your new figurines! They look perfectly at home on the mantel!

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  25. Hi Kim,

    I love that Santa!!
    Great mantel, lovely figurines!
    So sweet...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  26. LOVE it!! All ready for Santa!! Oh, Kim, the temperature has been dropping all day here... supposed to get down to 27 tomorrow night! brrrr! We are getting rain, blessed rain! And, I'm so very grateful. Hope you have a good evening. blessings ~ Tanna

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  27. I love your mantel - the santa face really draws your attention to it. It's funny, but I used red this year on my sideboard - it just seems like the Christmas colour of the year.

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  28. Kim, Your mantel is beautiful and I love the new additions. The children figures are adorable.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  29. Beautiful mantel! I like your vintage looking figurines! My favorite:)

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  30. Such a beautiful mantel! Love the vintage figures and the Santa on the mirror. You're lucky to have a PB outlet...they closed ours a year ago before I even got a chance to visit! :(

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  31. I love things of old and times gone by...just the sweetness of memories and a simpler time! That Santa is awesome! As always, just beautiful! Christie

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  32. That it definitely one of the prettiest mantles I have ever seen. Great job :)

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  33. Looks absolutely beautiful, Kim! I love, love, love the vintage figurines ... they truly add such a special charm to your mantelscape. The cranberry filled hurricanes are yummy and, of course, I love Santa on your mirror!

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  34. Hello Kim,

    Your mantel is lovely and very festive!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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  35. Kim, it is beautiful! I love your figurines. So pretty!

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  36. Lovely, Kim, and so cozy. Your vintage figurines are real treasures-- so unique!
    Enjoy your day!

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  37. Kim I love the vintage children at play. I love everything vintage. Your mantle looks Christmas perfect. I understand the warm temps. We are getting a cold front through today and it should feel more like Christmas time.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  38. Those little vintage children are sweet looking! Your mantel is very old fashioned and charming.

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  39. This mantle is precious because of the vintage figures and is reminiscent of Christmases past - cute figures.

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  40. I love the figurines, they do have that vintage feel, almost like the "Saturday Evening Post" drawings.
    The mantle has become almost as fun to decorate as the tree. I hope you get some cooler weather soon, it has finally dipped in Texas and the fires in the fireplace have been nice.

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  41. Looks so pretty, Kim! Can't wait for more pictures.

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  42. Sweet! The Santa on the mirror is so cute. Love it all! I know what you mean about the weather. Another warm day here but it's looking cloudy. Have a wonderful day!

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  43. Love your mantel Kim. The Santa on the mirror is great!

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  44. Kim you have such a beautiful room and the mantel befits it. I love the little children with the old style sled and scooter. I loved the Santa face from before but I think I like this one better. Everything is so pretty, I can't wait to see the rest. Blessing,Ginger

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  45. Kim, this is beautiful! I love the vintage figures! They are gorgeous and can be an heirloom to pass down through the years....love them. We are rocking the birds this year...love your red birds...and those stockings!!

    It is supposed to be colder today and the rest of the week, so you over in Georgia and me in Alabama, will start to "feel" it a little more I hope!

    Lou Cinda

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  46. Very pretty! I just LOVE the cinnamon candy canes from Cracker Barrel--oh and the cherry ones! Yummmmm....

    How did you get the santa to stick to the mirror?

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  47. labbie, I used a command strip. Gotta love them.

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  48. Love the vintage Santa. So cute!! Could you pretty please tell me where you bought the mirror? I went though most of your mantle posts, to see if you mentioned it. I LOVE it and it is exactly what I need in my half bathroom....

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  49. The mirror was bought many years ago at Home Expo before it went out of business. This mirror is HUGE and very heavy.

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  50. Gorgeous Kim!
    I can see why December is going to be my most favorite time of year to blog.
    So many inspirational posts.... ;ike THIS one!

    xox
    Alison

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  51. Kim--command strips huh? Very clever! :)

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  52. Your mantle is so pretty, Kim. Those vintage figurines are perfect!

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  53. These mantel displays are gorgeous! I will definitely be sharing the above displays with my mom. Here's to hoping that ours turns out just as beautifully. :)

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  54. Darn! Is there any info on the back (that you can recall ) about the manufacturer??

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  55. Tina, not that I know of and it is too hard to get to and look at.

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  56. Kim, the face on that one girl elf is too cute! I love them! andrea@townandprairie

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  57. I love the change up. It's magical! I can see why you love those figurines. They are absolutely precious! Everything looks sensational!

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  58. Hey Kim, these little children are just adorable. The detail is really sweet, and your Santa face in the mirror is a wonderful touch! thanks so much for linking to the party! xo

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