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:

Mary said...

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

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

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

TattingChic said...

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

Lorri said...

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

bj said...

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)

Donna said...

Your mantle is beautiful! I love your nature theme.

Nancy said...

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

Petit Coterie said...

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

Hugs~Michelle

Kathleen Grace said...

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

NeereAnDear said...

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

Nice touch

HUGS

JO

Simply Dandy said...

Hi Penny,
I love your nature inspired mantle!

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Cathy said...

Penny, your mantle looks great!

Cathy

LW said...

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

Stacey said...

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

Shellmo said...

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

the pleasures of homemaking said...

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

Manuela

carol eldridge said...

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

Cherry's Jubilee said...

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

Lavender Dreamer said...

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

Pat said...

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

glorv1 said...

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.

Vanilla Lavender said...

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

The Muse said...

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!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

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

Picket said...

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!

Diane said...

This is so beautiful! ♥ Diane

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

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

Barb said...

Love your Christmas mantle!
Barbara Jean

kari and kijsa said...

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

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

The Dutchess said...

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

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

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

sandra/tx said...

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

see you there! said...

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

Darla

Catherine Holman said...

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

Deb said...

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

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

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.

Susie Q said...

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

Love,
Sue

KarenHarveyCox said...

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

Beverly said...

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.

Rue said...

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