The Christmas Tree is down and all the decorations have been boxed and stored. That doesn’t mean that I can’t keep a winter theme going. I love snowmen and snowflakes so I pulled out some of my winter items and went to work on my Let It Snow theme. I used a bag of cotton/fluff that I purchased from the Dollar Store on clearance last year and created a snowy effect on the mantel. I wanted to add some height to the display so I headed outside and picked a few twigs from my Dogwood tree and painted them white. I love to display branches in their natural state as well, but I wanted a snowy feel for the mantel so they received a coat of white craft paint. I purchased the vintage pie crust table years ago. It’s housing painted pine cones on an antique milk glass cake stand. I found the Let it Snow chalkboard sign in the clearance isle at Big Lots for $4.00.
I placed the painted twigs in two glass vases that I purchased from Michaels. I love that store. I had white gravel that I purchased from the Dollar Tree so I used it to hold the painted branches in place. I added a painted pine cones to each vase for affect. I’m a collector of snowmen. I purchased the two wooden snowmen years ago at a craft fair. I love those little guys. The reindeer was purchased from the clearance isle at Walgreens. I snatched him up. They had a clear glass reindeer that I passed up, now I’m sorry I didn’t get it too.
I’m also a collector of quilts. I purchased this antique quilt and pillow at an auction on a Mennonite farm. I spotted it and my heart skipped a beat. There was history behind, but without the owners I would never know what it was. I do know that it was made with love and care. It was made in the crazy quilt pattern and has a matching pillow. The pillow is dated 1897, so I’m assuming the quilt was made during the same time period. It is unbelievable how heavy this quilt is and the stitching is impeccable. I love pulling the quilt out during the winter and sitting by the fire reading a good book. It is not only heavy, but the backing is made from fleece making it warm and cozy.
I purchased the oil lamp, dough bowl and miniature chair at various antique auctions years ago. The lamp has the original wick, it was never used. I love the shape of this dough bowl. I actually have 3, the other 2 are round.
I hope my winter mantel has inspired you. Do you decorate your mantel or accessorize rooms according to the holiday or seasons? Leave me a comment, I’ll stop by and gather a few ideas.