Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Little More Decorating

Yesterday I took a walk in the woods around our home with my trusty garden clippers and a tote. I filled the tote with pine cones, evergreen branches and holly branches.



After adding a few more touches, like the red ornaments, candles and bronze birds, my back to nature Christmas mantel was complete.


I hope all of you Christmas decorating brings your comfort and joy....
Welcome Home,
Penny

40 comments:

  1. Oh Penny, this is SO beautiful!!! Will you show us a wider shot so that we can wee the whole fireplace? Please????
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  2. Penny, I love the nature you've brought into your home for Christmas. You are awesome at decorating. Your blog looks beautiful!! Hugs, Terrie

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  3. Your mantle looks lovely! I love the birds' nest and evergreen boughs.

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  4. Loving the back to nature look. I thought this post was wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Lorri

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  5. So so beautiful, Penny...I sure would love to see a complete shot of your fireplace and mantle. How I wish I lived in the woods but all I can find out here in W. Texas is tumbleweeds and they aren't nearly as pretty as the things you found!! ;O)

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  6. Your mantle is beautiful! I love your nature theme.

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  7. Penny, this is so beautiful! Love the birds! Nancy

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  8. Penny,
    Your blog is just beautiful. I love how you used nature to decorate,the mantle is lovely, thank you for sharing.

    Hugs~Michelle

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  9. It is perfect! Lucky you to have holly where you can cut it. I love how this looks:>)

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  10. I love that you used all things from nature to create this lovely mantel for the Holidays...

    Nice touch

    HUGS

    JO

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  11. Hi Penny,
    I love your nature inspired mantle!

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  12. Penny, your mantle looks great!

    Cathy

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  13. I love the look of back to nature
    for Christmas...your fireplace looks wonderful..

    we did one of our trees a few years ago all in natural things...
    I made simple tiny wool felt elves and placed than through out the tree.
    Any child that came to our house was welcome to pick a little elf to take home..
    It was fun…

    Louise

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  14. Very pretty Penny. There's nothing better than what comes naturally out in your yard. :)

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  15. I can smell the fresh pine right now! Fabulous christmas decor w/ nature's gifts!

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  16. Very pretty Penny! I love that it's so simple and elegant!

    Manuela

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  17. stopped by to say hello and how lovely your mantle place looks..

    I am a designer who licenses her artwork to manufacturers. Hope you will stop by sometime to see my blog.

    best,
    carol

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  18. LOVE the greens Penny! Sooo pretty and organic. Thank-you so much for the tip on the blank spaces....I will def. use it. cherry

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  19. Very pretty! Did you see any bittersweet in the woods? I need to clip some evergreen branches, too. They smell so wonderful!

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  20. I just love the reds in this new blog Penny and the green boughs on your mantle along with the bronze birds makes everything so Christmas-y!

    Hugs, Pat

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  21. Penny it looks so homey and warm. I have a lot of pine cones in my yard. I have to use them. Thanks Penny, awesome job.

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  22. It's looking so pretty!! I too have 2 little birds on my mantel. :) Vanessa

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  23. I am yearning to get outside Penny, and to clip here and there...walking softly about the woods, gathering pine cones...

    I just feel your warmth of spirit radiating from your lovely vignettes!

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  24. Penny, this is exactly the kind of decorating I love. Using what you can "glean" I don't live in the country, but I still get lots of cuttings from our own yards and also the trees on our street! What a sweet mantel, love it.
    xo Lidy

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  25. Ohhhh girl it is looking pretty up in here! I love everything I am seeing from you new colors and the header pic and the mantle is just gorgeous!!!! I would love to see the whole room! lol lol I love this Penny!

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  26. This is so beautiful! ♥ Diane

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  27. Penny,

    I can't imagine walking out my door and returning with all of those natural goodies! Your mantel looks beautiful. I would need to settle for palm frawns ;)

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  28. Love your Christmas mantle!
    Barbara Jean

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  29. Love bringing the outside in...that nest is adorable!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

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  30. This is soo beautiful..I found your blog visiting Posted from Home..Greets from Holland:)

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  31. There is nothing I like better in the cold months of winter than a long walk in the woods. I noticed Thanksgiving during our walk that the wild hollies are loaded with berries this year. Last year there were none. Wonder if that means we're in for a long cold snowy winter? Your mantle looks beautiful. ~ Lynn

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  32. Pat, I love the rustic natural touches you've incorporated into your Christmas decorating. They're really perfect for where you live, too.

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  33. Such a warm natural look. Yesterday I got an evergreen wreath but haven't started decorating really.

    Darla

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  34. The mantel is gorgeous! I miss all my evergreens at our other house that I could take clippings from. Now I'm back to using the fake evergreen and losing the aromatic scent.
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  35. Such a beautiful mantle Penny! I love anything to do with birds/nests/nature & love your mantle's nature theme!
    Deb

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  36. Penny, what a beautiful mantel. I've got a natural look going on mine this year too, which I'll be posting later. Love your header pic too! So pretty.

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  37. Oh Penny! This is so beautiful!!
    Your home is always such a pretty, warm and special place to be...

    Love,
    Sue

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  38. So lovely, and bringing nature in to celebrate Christmas is so nice. When I lived in Ontario, there was this wonderful place where they taught you how to create boxwood and hydrangea wreaths and wonderful arrangements tucked in antique troths. I love the way your arrangement turned out.
    Karen

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  39. It looks great, Penny.

    I am experiencing a bit of mantel dissatisfaction at my house. I can't get it to quite suit me yet.

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  40. Hi Penny :)

    Your mantle looks beautiful! I love the fresh greenery mixed in :)

    Oh and my brother Kent was named after his dad. Your husband is only the 2nd person I've ever heard of with that name :)

    hugs,
    rue

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