Monday, November 29, 2010

There's Birds on my Christmas Mantel!




 Oh, thank goodness -- my Christmas mantel is done.  Call 911 because, of course, the rest of the house looks like a glitter bomb went off.  But, the mantel is done and I'm hooking up with sweet Layla @ *The Lettered Cottage* for a party!


My friend, Paula, gave me the bird cage and adorable ornaments for Christmas.  She has great taste.

I was so excited I decided to do my mantel a little different this year using her gift and birds I gathered from around the house.  




I popped the painting out of its frame ("popped" really makes it sound easier than it actually was) and hung letters I made from 
cardboard and glitter on the wire. 



I threw some "snow" on the logs in the fireplace.






















It was fun doing something a little different this year!






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79 comments:

  1. It looks BEYOND gorgeous! I want a fireplace sooooo bad but it's way down at the bottom of the DIY list, lol!

    S
    xo

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  2. Lindy- It looks beautiful. It is absolutely gorgeous and I LOVE all your birds! Especially the one with the long tailfeathers. Hugs- Diana

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  3. Creative, unique and oh so beautiful! Love the JOY letters hanging from the gold frame.

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  4. Very pretty I love little birds at Christmas...I used them on my Woodland tree this year. The way you hung the ornaments in the cage is really neat!

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  5. Your mantel looks gorgeous!! I love the adorable birds.

    Kathy

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  6. Lindy,
    What a gorgeous mantel! I love the draped strung beads. Just beautful. And the JOY is very festive and creative!!!!
    There is something so graceful about the birds and the birdhouse. I love the combination. It makes a dreamy Christmas manel!
    Yvonne

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  7. I love the natural look of your mantel. The birds are so cute!

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  8. Dear Lindy ... As one who adores our wee feathered friends, your 'nature' inspired mantel totally makes me 'swoon'! LOVE IT!

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  9. I can't tell you enough how much I love your mantel!! I like the natural look, and its not a traditional mantel with all the glitter and reds and greens. Beautiful@!

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  10. As you know, I love the woodsy theme. Your birds look so cute. By the way, how did you make those beautiful glittered letters!

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  11. What a fun idea for a mantel display. It looks beautiful and festive.
    Jane

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  12. So pretty Lindy! The colors are so soft and wonderful. Love the snow in the firebox.

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  13. Lindy, your holiday mantel is just gorgeous!

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  14. Your mantle is absolutely lovely! I love the birds and birdcage. Beautiful.

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  15. Lindy, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Your "popped out" picture frame is similar to my "no glass, wooden window" thingy I put on my mantel for part of my Christmas decor. I'll have to take a photo of it and send you! I don't have it completed yet, though...It's coming along in stages! I totally relate to your "Call 911" statment!! :)

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  16. Such a creative mantel! The bird cage is really neat and I love your JOY letters!

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  17. Lindy, this is so befitting your beautiful cottage home. Simple and classic. Pat yourself on the back, girlfriend!

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  18. Hello Lindy... truly I am waiting for your mental and I am sure yours will be the different.... it looks lovely .... Love the arrangement on the blank frame very much and your idea of this also very great
    Can you please spare a little bit of your time for my new post, its something different I hope you enjoyed
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  19. Beautiful, Lindy.
    I love the acorns in the birdcage... and great idea to 'pop' out the pic and hang things on the wire. Just lovely!

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  20. Had to come and comment. This is such a sophisticated Christmas vignette. I'm going to bookmark this post for next year...

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  21. This is a lovely mantel! I really like how it has a vintagey feel. Would you come over to my Tell Me Tuesday Link Party at Vintage Pollyanna and share it? http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/2010/11/tell-me-tuesday-3-sweet-fabric-rosette.html

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  22. Very pretty-not over done like so many I have seen.

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  23. Everything, but everything, you do looks fabulous! My favorite thing other than the overall richness of the look is the small mirror inside of the big frame. One day you're going to have to do a "bloppers" post so we know you're human! Blessings, friend.

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  24. Oops, that would be "bloopers" - ha, do you see the irony there???

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  25. @Kim

    To Kim, (who has created a fabulous mantel herself -- and doesn't HAVE a fireplace! How creative is that!?!) Thank you!

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  26. Birds!!!! My fave :) Soooo pretty. Great job!

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  27. Gorgeous...absolutely gorgeous mantel!

    Pat@Back Porch Musings

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  28. Love how everything is off balance but then it all balances out! Love the gold, love the birds! Thanks for sharing!

    Laura

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  29. SO beautiful! I love birds and you displayed them perfectly! Love the snow on the logs too! Nice touch! :)

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  30. That is just gorgeous. I love the light green, browns and gold all mixed together. It looks very classy. Oh, and the birdcage with ornaments hanging in it is great. Love it all!

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  31. So beautiful ~ it reminds me of a lovely oil painting! The colors are so pretty!

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  32. I am a sucker for everything birds and now I really want birds on my mantel too! Love all the little touches you added.

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  33. So very lovely, I love the pine cones...Your Christmas mantel is glorious..I haven't even began..I just put away the Thanksgiving pumpkins LOL...This coming weekend we will decorate for Christmas..
    Have a sweet day, hugs-Elizabeth

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  34. I love your decoration, so beautiful:))
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you can switch to English my blog. I have translate button on right sidebar.
    Have a great day, hugs Biljana

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  35. Love the birdcage - your mantle looks so elegant!

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  36. Your mantel is stunning! I love the bird theme, it's beyond elegant.

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  37. Lindy, it's all beautiful! Love the birds and how you layered everything. That birdcage with the hanging ornaments is so cute too. Wonderful job with your mantel. Love it!

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  38. I love the mix of greens, metalics, and natural elements. And the birds just make it sing!

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  39. I think your mantle is unique and VERY beautiful. I love the word Joy on the wire, the cluster of acorn ornaments in the birdcage and the gorgeous garland. I need to find something like that. Very, very nice!

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  40. I really like your mantel. It's different and elegant. The bird theme is great and that little cage with the ornaments is a great idea.

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  41. Would love to know how you made the J & Y Joy letters. Lovely room!

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  42. I've had several questions about the letters and how to make them. Tune in next week and I'll show you how I did it. It's a super simple project!!!

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  43. Your mantel is charming, Lindy~ love the cage and birds...and the snow on the logs...pure whimsy!

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  44. Unique and beautiful! I love creative minds!! :)

    Hoping to have mine done and pics posted tomorrow... still finishing up the room so I can take photos!! ;)

    Have a blessed Christmas! <><

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  45. This is so classic & beautiful!

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  46. Darling! I especially love the "snow" on the logs. :)

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  47. Love the bird with the long fancy tail!!

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  48. So pretty! I love that you can just decorate your mantle so uniquely then share it with the rest of us on your blog... Thank you for letting us all peek into your lovely room through your photos.
    blessings
    deborah

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  49. Beautiful! Love the beaded garland, too! What an inspiration ... thanks for sharing!

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  50. Wow! Your mantle is simply stunning! I love the bird theme, and I also really love your gold frame with the letters, too! And the beaded garland is just perfect. Love it all!

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  51. Your mantel is beautiful! I'll be featuring it on Friday on BCD! Thanks for linking!

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  52. Hi Lindy...

    Oooh...your Christmas mantel turned out beautifully, my friend! Of course, I love ALL sweet birds! I also love that pretty birdcage and how you hung the pinecone and acorn ornaments inside it...that's awesome! I'm going to have to remember that idea...love that! Well my friend, thank you for sharing your beautiful mantel with us today...it's fabulous!!!

    Warmest Christmas wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  53. LOVE how you strung the word joy up on that frame!

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  54. I love it, Lindy! This is so simple and elegant.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  55. It's beautiful. Everything is just right!

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  56. You mantle is beautiful! Love everything you do. I am a new blogger (just a month old) and your newest follower.

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  57. That is soooooooooo very beautiful!!!

    My show n tell is something my husband cut out for me and I painted. For the Holidays! Here is the link for you. I do hope you'll come visit.

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  58. I love this! It's so beautiful! And I totally know what you mean about the house looking like a glitter bomb went off ; )

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  59. love what you did, especially with the frame. i have one just like that. holding on to it thinking we'd put a mirror in it...someday. thanks for sharing, looks great!

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  60. what a gorgeous mantle! we don't have a mantle but I'm totally inspired to turn my antique bookcase into one now. thanks ;)

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  61. I love it! What an elegant and fun mantel. The empty frame is genius! It's all gorgeous--great job!
    Hope you can enter my Cutting Edge Stencil giveaway going on now! Have a wonderful night! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaway-with-cutting-edge-stencils.html

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  62. I love the bird theme mantel for Christmas. The big gold frame framing the twig frame and "JOY" - so unusual and very pretty. I love an unexpected use of materials for Christmas. Really inspired.

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  63. Beautiful--it looks so natural or not forced, a lot there, yet simple. Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Party.

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  64. Your mantel is wonderful. I love using birds to decorate with and yours are especially nice the way you have them displayed. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Beautiful! I did birds as my wedding theme and I'm LOVING those two little white ones! I'm also a sucker for purple at Christmastime and the empty frame holding the "joy". I featured you in my Christmas mantel roundup today.

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  66. I love your mantel! Gorgeous! And those birds are so sweet, too. I know what you mean about the glitter--I can't seem to get it all off my hands, face, and clothes. That's how you know it's the holidays, right? :)

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  67. It's gorgeous!! I put a vintage birdcage under my tree this year- with little ornaments in a nest and what not too! Loving your bird mantle!!

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  68. Gorgeous!!! Not sure what my fav part is, although I LOVE the "joy" hanging from the frame, and using the ornament was brilliant. Thanks so much for linking to the Christmas SFS!! -shaunna :)

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  69. Really, really like the mirror w/in the fra me. Very, very nice!

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  70. So very pretty, Lindy, as is everything you do. Love the JOY!

    Reminds me of "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart...where?...down in my heart..." Ok, how weird do I sound? That's a songs my kids used to sing when they were little.

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  71. You have such a wonderful sense of styling! It looks so well-done. O live it!

    Diane

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  72. Lindy, everything looks so "tweet"! I love what you did with the mantelscape. But then, anything having to do with birds always gets my attention.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  73. Your mantle is beautiful. Love the frame idea!

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