December 04, 2012

2012 Christmas Mantel Reveal!!!


It's a mere three weeks away from Christmas and it has me a little bit freaked out!!!
Add that to the fact that we have had 70 degree weather the past few days and it's kind of, crazy hard to believe!

Are you sad that I haven't been around much? 
Don't worry...I plan on changing that very soon :) 

There's been a MILLION things going on in my crazy little life...
the main thing being that 
I finally finished my graduate level classes!!
But I still have six months of clinicals to finish before graduation hits. 
Still incredibly exciting though :)

I've got a bunch more news that I can't wait to share but it'll have to wait just a tad bit longer....
I know, I know, I'm a tease. But it's worth it. Pinky promise.

For now, I thought I'd pop in and share some Christmas fabulousness.
You know I can't have a new season without a fun new mantel.
I shared a sneak on my Facebook page the other day and I"m here to deliver!!

If you weren't around here last Christmas you can check out last year's mantel here
And crazy bonus- my mantel from last year was recently featured on Better Homes and Garden's Mantel Decor Ideas this year :) 
Eeekk. That was a huge moment for me!!
You can see that little bit of awesomeness here!!

Are you ready for some 2012 Christmas eye candy??
I can't wait to show you!!!!
Check it out: 

You know my blue walls make me super happy when Christmas rolls around.
Blue & red were just made for each other! 

I added a little burlap, jingle bells, DIY trees & a distressed handmade sign to create a fun & festive display! 

I'm in love with the over-sized 'JOY' sign. 
I used a couple pieces of scrap wood, paint & then free-handed the letters. 
I can give a full tutorial if you really want :)
They were super easy- you wouldn't believe it! 

And of course, a little jute & jingle bells added the perfect touch! 

One thing I knew I wanted this year was a fun array of Christmas trees.
But those styrofoam forms get insanely expensive!

There was no way I could dish out the money for them so I found an amazing tutorial from The Creativity Exchange that showed the 'how-to' for super easy poster board trees!
I literally made them for .50 a tree and then embellished them with ribbon & fabric. 
LOVE them. 

My red quilted stockings are back up and they make me just as happy this year as they have the past three! 
And, yes, we have stockings for the cat & the dog. 
They are loved :)

My favorite part is how gorgeous the burlap garland is when the lights glow through it! 
It's soft & romantic.
Love the sweet touch it gives. 

To make your own burlap & bells garland, check out my tutorial from last year here
So fun and easy! 

I mean, isn't the glowing burlap gorgeous?
Or am I just a burlap fanatic???
I think I'm okay with that :) 

One last look at the whole thing: 

What do you think?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!!! 

If you have any Christmas eye candy to share, 
I'd love for you to share it on my Facebook page! 
Head here to join in the fun!!

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  1. Your mantle looks beautiful. Congrats on finishing up your courses. Megan

  2. SUPER CUTE!!!!
    I am still not finished with mine, but here are some semi finished pictures of it in this post on my blog.

  3. LOVE.IT.!

    Good to have you back!

  4. first your mantle is freaking AWESOME. blue and red and sooooooo perfect and it's so chic but fun!!!! Great job! second, yay on finishing your classes! I know it feels amazing!

  5. Very bright and colorful - I love it! The burlap garland with the lights is so pretty.

  6. Congrats on finishing your graduate level classes~good for you!! The mantel is absolutely gorgeous, so colorful and unique~ Love it !

  7. O my goodness. This is beautiful. Everything looks goes nicely together! And congrats on finishing your classes!

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

  8. This brings warmth and joy to your home.

  9. You have a great blog Kelsey!!! Come link to my parties on Tuesdays- Would love to have you! Email me if you are interested in doing a guest post-

  10. I love it! It's very festive and not over crowded looking!

    Great job!

  11. i've missed you! i love that mantle and i may just need to make some of those poster board trees- a much cheaper alternative!!!

  12. Hi Kelsey! Your Mantel is adorable and I love your cone trees.

    I'm having a FACEBOOK social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your facebook.

    Have a crazy beautiful week!

  13. wow.. Love the colors.. Thanks for linking up. :)

  14. Love it, love it! I think it's my favorite mantle you've done. The sign is perfect!!

  15. Super cute. I really like the red against the blue wall. Merry Christmas!

  16. Its such a busy time of year isnt it. So much to do so little time!
    I love your JOY sign the whole layout looks so bright and cheery just as Xmas should be :)

  17. Very cool! I feel this is one of the best mantles I've seen for combining beauty and originality! Thanks for the inspiration...


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