Thursday, January 17, 2013

Snowy White Winter Mantel

Craftiments:  Snowy White Winter Mantel


It's easy to forget the beauty of a fresh blanket of pure white snow in the rush of day to day activity.  After a recent snowfall I took the girls outside to play, and for a good ten minutes I just sat and took it all in.  Watching the girls I reminisced about the winters of my childhood.....snow ball fights, building snow forts, sledding, ice skating, making snow angels, playing king of the mountain on the snow drifts, building snowmen, catching snowflakes on my tongue, and eating fresh snow with maple syrup drizzled on top!  This was the inspiration for my winter mantel.

Craftiments:  Snowy White Winter Mantel

Starting on the left, I have a yarn wrapped bottle containing a sprig of gold berries and a collage of  snowflake photographs taken under a microscope by a farmer in the year 1900.  I added a few pine cones and glittery bird in a milk glass candy dish.

Craftiments:  Yarn wrapped bottle and collage of snowflake photographs
Craftiments:  Bird in milk glass candy dish

At the center I placed a pair of ice skates that I wore as a kid......

Craftiments:  Ice skates on mantel

.....and three snowballs created from Styrofoam balls coated with glue and rolled in Epsom salt and glitter.

Craftiments:  Faux snowballs made from Styrofoam, glue, Epsom salt and glitter

On the right, two more yarn wrapped bottles with berries and a large milk glass pedestal bowl filled with pine cones.

Craftiments:  Yarn wrapped bottles and milk glass pedestal bowl filled with pinecones

A snowflake garland hangs across the top of the mirror.  I bought the wood snowflakes on clearance after Christmas, then painted and glued glitter onto them.

Craftiments:  Snowflake garland

The mantel from a couple more angles.....

Craftiments:  Snowy White Winter Mantel
Craftiments:  Snowy White Winter Mantel

I lived near Chicago when I was kid and the snow cover seemed to last the entire winter.  Here in St. Louis the snow rarely accumulates.  When it does, it melts within a couple days.  I really do miss it.  If I can't have snow outside, then I am bringing it indoors this winter!


16 comments :

  1. Very pretty and classy! I just pinned it :). Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  2. Pretty! I especially love the white ice skates. I've done a similar, all white, mantle in my home for winter and I'm really enjoying it.
    {came over from the Funky Junk Interiors linky party}

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  3. Beautiful!! I love the snowflake collage. Great job!!
    Ruth

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  4. I love the snowflake collage and the ice skates--very whimsical touch!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous-featuring your mantel tomorrow from Pinworthy Projects.

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  6. Thanks for linking up at the Tuesday Time Out Party! You are featured on the sidebar all week!

    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

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  7. love it! i love the frame with the different snow flakes in it! you're giving my creative wheels a spin!
    thank you!
    stopping by from the gyb hop!

     trish @ tales from ...

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  8. That is gorgeous! I love the all white look....it looks so Wintery! hanks so much for sharing it at Saturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! I hope to see you at the next party!

    {HUGS}
    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com

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  9. Saw this on Flamingo Toes Crush of the Week, totally love the photo collage of the snowflakes. So pretty.

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  10. I think your winter mantel is very special and would love to have you link up to What to do Weekends Party. Take care, Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-to-do-weekends-3.html

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  11. Beautiful! You did a fabulous job. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  12. So Pretty! every time I see someone's mantel makeovers, I deeply regret having put our flatscreen above our fireplace... it took away my decorating space. Your's looks so nice.

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  14. I have that big pedestal, and I never know what to do with it. Thanks for the cute idea!

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  15. Love the snowballs, will have to totally try it.

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