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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Mantel ... Joy to the World ... Nativity inspired. HOPE.

Merry Christmas ...

My header picture of a manger scene was just a teaser for my Christmas Mantel decoration.

This very primitive, hand made, wood Nativity set with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in a manger, was on sale at half-price at Finds Thrift store, and just kept jumping out at me ... I passed it by several times and finally just had to have it regardless of how naive it was.

It sat on the mantel for a day or two before I could get a grasp on what to do with it since I would not be dragging out decoration this year ...

Not really well made ... but has "the charm" and I LOVE it.

I added this vintage window with three glass panes ... just perfect for ... 
JOY ... like JOY to the World ...

 hope you enJOY and are blessed and inspired.

I lined the back of the antique window with old flour sack fabric 
and draped a string of lights behind it in the shape of a Christmas tree. The letters are from the Craft store and left natural. 
I just hot-glued them to the old wreaths.

(Some of the pictures were taken before I got the letters up)

My old green sap bucket with the curly willow limbs add height ... rustic wooden star and rusty bells just add to the primitive theme. 

and on the hearth and display shelves ... 

There is always HOPE ....
Santa's socks, my vintage bird bath figure and more ... 

our tree is just to the right ... 

Faux boxwood wreath is just perched on the fireplace screen just below the mantel.


 The trees are two-part wooden trees and I love how the light reflects off them.

Hope you have a wonderful, happy and 
God Blessed Merry Christmas.

Audrey Z.

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  1. It all looks so pretty.
    Hope you have a God Blessed merry Christmas too.

  2. It looks lovely, Audrey! I love your stone fireplace! Hope you have a blessed Christmas.

  3. I hope you had a lovely Christmas Audrey! Your Christmas decor is beautiful!!

    I wish you every joy in the new year xox

  4. It all looks wonderful, Audrey...I do love the whole thing.
    Hope your Christmas was merry and bright. :)

  5. You are always so creative in your decorating and give it so much thought. Your house looks very nice for Christmas and I like your HOPE sign! Nancy

  6. Your mantel looks great! Thanks so much for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! I hope you join us again with our new hop tomorrow night!

  7. Somehow I missed this post. I love the window and the manger scene. You really made some beautiful vignettes - especially for someone dealing with a plumbing disaster! Happy New Year!


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