My Christmas Mantel

Welcome to the Fern Creek Cottage mantel for Christmas 2010!
"Ho, Ho, Ho" :)

Last years mantel was traditional red and green.
This year....... a winter wonderland.
Almost everything on the mantel I bought at after Christmas clearance sales last year.

Silver, white, snowy evergreens, metal and glitter.
These are a few of my favorite things!

I knew that our usual stocking of red and green wouldn't work with this mantel and yet I didn't want to spend bucko bucks on new stockings.
I was really thrilled when I saw a a cool stocking make-over at Boogie Board Cottage. She took white stockings from the dollar store and embellished them.

I don't sew, so I glued on burlap style trim, silver ribbon and a glittery silver snowflake ornament.

I have two big green tin pieces.
 I decided to paint one white and used gray to highlight the raised areas on the piece.
 On top of the tin piece I put a white and silver jingle bell wreath.
The ribbon holding the wreath is secured to a nail behind the tin piece.

Super sparkly NOEL piece.

I raised up the deer, trees and noel by placing them on baby blocks.
The greenery hid most of the blocks and the silver ornaments help hide them even more.

I know it is a blogging "sin" to use your flash when you take pictures.
But I used the flash just this once so you could see the wonderful raised detail on the deer and the sparkles on the metal trees.

My mantel is super narrow so It is just about impossible to layer things on it.
 In fact I had to use nails to keep the greenery from falling off the mantel.
Hiding the nails with ornaments.

Thanks for visiting........

Merry Christmas!

The Lettered Cottage

My Christmas Time Entry Way

I have one whole spot in my house decorated for Christmas, yeah!

I have fallen in love with many of the beautiful Scandinavian blogs out there.
They usually have lots of white and natural elements.
Those blogs are where I have taken my inspiration for the entry way.

I wanted to have fresh greenery. I found these little trees at Walmart.
They came in different pots than these. I hope they live through Christmas!

I painted two terra cotta pots white, then sanded off some of the paint.
 I added a simple ribbon and filled around the top of the top with some crinkly paper from the craft store.

On my magnetic memo board I used this wonderful rustic deer picture from Graphics Fairy.
I also hung a Noel ornament.

I found this very rough wooden box at the thrift store. I stenciled on Joyeux Noel and then sanded off a bit of the paint once it dried. I filled the box with these amazing mercury glass looking acorns from Walmart. Thank you Michelle from Emerald Cove for telling us about them on your blog! The white candles are from the dollar store. I added a bit of ribbon to them.

I added some green books to the shelf for Christmas.

The look is very simple.

It's calm and peaceful.

It makes me happy. :)

Next up....finishing the fireplace mantle!

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
From the Fern Creek family to yours.

Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you.

Craft Closet questions answered

I got some questions on the part of my laundry room I'm calling my craft closet.
I'm going to try to answer them here and show you more detail on how I organized this area.

Very embarrassing "before" photo. Super messy and disorganized.

Step 1: Store large pots and urns on the top shelf.
Add baskets to hide away craft supplies. (crafts supplies are still a mess at this point.)

I found these cute little containers at Target. They are inside the baskets to help keep my supplies organized. To be honest I'm still working on getting this just the way I want it so I can find things easily.

I keep board games on the bottom shelves and a garbage can on the floor (not shown).
The games were not cute so I decided to make a skirt out of a coffee sack to cover them up.

I folded over the top of the sack so I could slip a spring rod inside.
 I covered up the seam with this brown ribbon.

I had to cut the sack so the printing was centered.
 I covered up the cut areas with this trim I found at Walmart.

There were some holes in my coffee sack :(

I covered them up with buttons.

I added this adorable ruffle to the bottom.
I purposely made the skirt a little short. I felt it would get too dusty if it brushed the floor.

Did you know you can get ruffle on a roll?
I bought mine in white and then dyed a piece in coffee before adding it to the burlap skirt.
I don't sew, so this whole skirt was put together with fabric glue and hot glue.

Next up: Adding cute tags to the baskets.

I was asked where the baskets came from. I got them from Costco a couple of years ago.

A couple of people wanted more details on how I made the tags.

Here's all my supplies.
Step 1: Rub distress ink all around the edges of the tags.
Both ink and tags are from the craft store.
Step 2: See the things that look like travel stickers? Well they aren't stickers, you use a popsicle stick to rub them onto paper. I purposely didn't line mine up and only rubbed half of an image on some of the tags. I think it has more interest that way. I got my rub-ons on clearance at Michael's craft store.
Step 3: Add the number stickers. These are not scrap book stickers. They are heavy duty vinyl stickers. I found them in Walmart with garage sale signs and address plaques.
Step 4: I used twine to tie the tags to the baskets.

I hope I've answered all your questions.
If not drop me a comment and I'll go back and edit the post to answer it. :)

Q & A for Laundry Room, tutorials too

I received some questions about my laundry room make-over so I am going to attempt to answer them here, plus give you tutorials on my laundry room projects.
The question that really made me smile was "Is your laundry room always so clean?"
No it is not always so clean.
 But having cabinets to hide stuff away helps. I am very guilty of leaving detergent, the iron etc sitting out on my dryer, but I'm trying to get better about putting stuff away after I use it.
You can find a tutorial for this washboard make over HERE.

A tutorial for making the " Wash Dry Press Fold Repeat" sign can be found HERE.

You can find the Good Will Soap image from Graphics Fairy HERE.
This memo board is a made over thrift store find.

I bought this clip with a big magnet on the back, painted it white and tied a little twine around it.

Here's what the memo board looked like when I brought it home from the thrift store.
 It was kind of yellow and orange.
 I painted it white and then dry brushed some charcoal paint on the raised areas.

This was another thrift store make-over.

This frame was only $1.50. There was no backing and no glass.

It was also ugly and dirty.
Perfect for a make-over!

A while back I had purchased this cute basket.
It was too big for my laundry room so I ripped the fabric piece embroidered with Laundry off of the basket.

I glued a wooden #2 on the basket and it sits in my entryway.

For this artwork I simply wrapped a piece of cardboard with fabric and hot glued the laundry fabric piece on. I painted the frame white and then sanded it like a crazy woman to shabby it up.

I was asked where this basket and pillows came from. The basket is from TJ Maxx. I won the beautiful pillow you see in front from a giveaway that Flea Market Trixie had. Her Etsy shop is HERE. I don't see the pillow listed right now, but perhaps you could email her and she may be willing to make you one. The pillow in the back is from Victorian Trading Co. Click the name of the company and it will take you right to the pillow listing.

My French street sign is from Ebay, you can find a listing HERE.

I also got some questions regarding this storage area in my laundry room. Please forgive me but I'm going to put this in another post. This one is already on the long side. I promise I'll tell you all about my craft "closet" very soon!
Craft Closet post is HERE.