Monday, November 29, 2010


So, I've been busy getting things ready for the holidays around here! Between my crazy shifts at the hospital, I've managed somehow to get it together. I really didn't have a concrete plan of what I wanted to do, and this is what I came up with when all was said and done!
I am pleased!
I found this burlap banner on ETSY. ( my favourite online shopping place ever! )

I went with silvers, creams and blacks.... These little birds are the sweetest accents!

The " M " I had as is my last name initial, and have been collecting these vintage ornaments for a few yrs now, and added the beads.

I really like the feel, different from the usual! I may add some mini lights and possibly fresh garland, not sure yet! I like it as is and it's pretty with the votives lit at night!

So, there it is......
What do you think? Is it too unusual or a nice fresh take on holiday decor? I'd love to hear what you think.
I'll be linking to some holiday parties, so be sure to come back and see this week!
Here is where all the inspiration is people.....Check it out!!!!


  1. Hi Cindy!
    I LOVE what you've done..
    your mantel looks so festive, yet so natural!
    Your banner is beautiful and all your treasures on top of the mantel are lovely!
    The silver, creams and blacks are very lovely together...

    Lots of love,
    Deborah xoxo

  2. Love the banner...I just made one but it isn't nearly as cute as yours!! I love the scroll designs on each piece!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. I love your mantel. Love the color combo. And the banner is fabulous.

  4. Love the banner and messsage!


  5. Looking at all the far this is my FAV!!!

  6. Simply beautiful!!! I came over here from Layla's. Love this....definitely bookmarking this beautiful inspiration.


  7. I love how different your mantle is. I think it is absolutely beautiful. Nice job all around. I linked over from the lettered cottage mantle party. If you get a chance I would love for you to stop by my blog at Thanks.

  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Just beautiful! Love the burlap sign and all the sparkles.

  9. I love that banner! You did a great job :D Your color palette is freshing...I wished I had it me to control my use of color. But I don't! Thank you for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

  10. Wow I really love the look of this! The banner, the M, the vintage ornaments, all of it! :) (hopped over from Layla's)

  11. Just found your blog...I am not a fan of burlap (shock) but when I saw your banner just may have changed my mind.

    I think that is the perfect, texture on a banner! Well done.

  12. I BELIEVE ... that your mantle is GORGEOUS! You've done such a beautiful job! LOVE THAT BANNER and I'm a huge fan of Etsy too! Guess you're gearing up for Christmas? Bet your girls are getting excited ~ it's fun when you have younger children around! Good luck with all your holiday prep., especially with those hosptial shifts! xox

  13. Your mantle is simply beautiful! You seem to really know how to layer items. I always struggle with that. I love the rustic burlap and neutrals paired with sparkle.

  14. Hi Cynthia - I love all your mantel Christmas decor...not unusual at fact it's really beautiful and very calm.

    Stopping by from Courtney's Holiday Feathered Nest party!

  15. The entire display is phenomenal. The banner adds to perfect touch!

    Take care,

  16. Your mantel looks splendid! I like the mix of textures.

  17. Hi there Cynthia~ Love your banner~ sooo cute with the beads and so glad to see a link up from you this week! Your fireplace looks very charming~ I love it! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  18. Your burlap banner may be the first burlap thing I have admired! It looks terrific!

  19. Cynthia - So pretty! I love the corks in the jar too! Thanks so much for linking to the party - I greatly appreciate it! I featured these today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a lovely week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  20. Your burlap runner is so stinkin cute! Love the idea and the way it looks with all your decor on the mantel. I adore burlap. Just made a runner the other day. Beautiful!

  21. Hey Cynthia...I Believe you just inspired me! I went with a muted color scheme this year of whites,cream, silve & gold. I like it but feel that its been missing something. My FR is normally filled w/ patterns & textures in a tropical theme. Now I wasnt going to do a tropical christmas. lol But I think Im inspired by your use of black. I have alot of black and iron in my LR and maybe thats what its missing. Thanks so much for inspiring. Believe in yourself, your blog is awesome (Im fairly new myself). See you soon


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