A New Winter Mantel...

The Christmas decorations are still coming down, and I'm having fun putting the house back together!  Today I re-did the mantel in our entryway for winter... you might recognize some of the pieces from other vignettes...

 I used many white tones here~ a wood candleholder and a vintage clock...

I love the look of the old jewelry decorating the candlestick holder...look at the sweet little child's ring...

and the engraved heart...

I always love old skates~ especially with cute laces and a little trophy...

A charming little old chippy chalkware dog statue on old books makes me smile...

I re-used this old baby photo, layered against the mirror, with a jar of dice, and used an old tarnished silverplate trophy to hold a chippy old metal French Fleur-de-Lis...

 A large bottle full of pearly white buttons sits next to a vintage bingo cage filled with wood bingo balls...

and my glittered  "SNOW" letters are hung over the mirror...

for a simple, fun mantel vignette for winter!

I am linking to Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday Party
French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday

Until next time...wishing you all the happiest of New Years!



  1. Love the mantel. What wonderful items you have displayed on your mantel.

    Thanks for prayers for my DH.

    Happy New year.

  2. Hi Linda,
    Love you mantle and I may "copy" some of you ideas :) Okay??!
    I am putting up some valentines on my mantle..
    Happy New Years!
    deb :)

  3. Very pretty. Love the doggies! Happy New Year!

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  5. Linda
    What a beautiful vignette on the mantel. Very very charming. Happy New year and many blessings to you in 2011.


  6. Beautiful! I have all my Christmas down and most put away. I'm enjoying changing up some things too. I like your layered picture/mirror look so I may borrow that;-) Hope you have a wonderful New Year! Vicki

  7. Just Wonderful Linda! Love the Jar of Dice and Buttons! And the old books too...What am I saying? I Like all of it!
    Happy New Year Friend! May you find many Blessings and Endless Creativity in this Brand New Year!

  8. So winterish and adorable. Hope you have a wonderful 2011. Mimi

  9. Looks great! I have been taking down Christmas for the past two days! Hope to finish tomorrow, then I can steel some of your ideas! Thanks for sharing, Vicky

  10. The layers just look so creamy and warm...Love that baby picture and the Fleur de lis...the vintage clock has such a wonderful look...all of it...the trophies and skates...great job!


  11. Your winter mantel looks great Linda...I just love your candle holder! Happy New Year to you and your family! ~Deb~

  12. Hey Linda! Thank you for your sweet comments, I love my island too! :)
    I LOVE your mantel, you always have the best vintage stuff...makes me want to come shop your house! :) I have been trying to find a pair of old white skates myself, but they're getting harder and harder to find! My mom had some black ones, we spray painted the leather on them a pretty pink and I painted some pink and white roses on the sides...oh did they turn out beautiful! I think I'll take some time this year and do some blogging on my mom's house..it's lovely!
    Hope you have a wonderful and blessed new year my friend, and I pray God gives you the desires of your heart!
    Love you!
    PS...I'm so glad we're friends too! :)

  13. So beautful, Linda. I love all the pieces on you mantel. I love the dice, especially!

  14. Love the new look of your mantel! I especially love the chalk dogs!

    Have a Happy New Year!


  15. What a pretty vignette! I love the vintage photo of the child, the button jar and the ice skates. So sweet!

  16. Hi Linda, Your mantel is beautiful and I love every single thing you have displayed on it. Perfect!!
    I hope you have a fabulous 2011.

  17. Linda, you have the best itsy bits and pieces and know just how to put them all together! You've inspired me today!

    Blizzard here today so there will be no merriment for New Year's Eve for us! Might just uncork a bottle of bubbly and drink it my jammies!

    Wishing you the best for 2011! Thank you for being my friend!

    Hugs ~~ Connie

  18. I LOVE IT!

    I have no clue what I am going to do with my mantel. I still have the Christmas poinsettias up there right now.

    Happy New Year! La

  19. Love your vintage mantel. Mine is bare at the moment waiting to be adorned. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Now I must get to work on my mantel :).
    Have a safe and Happy New Year's Eve!
    ~ Julie

  20. Beautiful mantel Linda, I love the whites! The vintage looking dice in the jar is my favorite, what a neat idea! Happy New Year!

  21. I love your mantel, vintage items say so much! I love it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  22. I love it all, you did such a nice job displaying all these wonderful treasures. I especially like the little dog statue....it's all gorgeous.
    Thanks so much for visiting with me. Have a Very Happy New Year.

  23. Happy New Year Linda and I love your winter mantel! I've put Christmas away and now I'm working on some winter displays.

    Enjoy your evening and be safe,

  24. What a fun mantel! Great mix of vintage decor. I love the baby photo and dice! Very charming vignette.

    Happy New Year!

  25. love your mantel -you just always have the finishing touch in your details -you even thought to put a trophy by the ice skates. Your home is so welcoming

  26. I love the chippy fleur de lis, and the jar of buttons!!! So great.


  27. Oh, this all looks so precious!!! I love it!!!
    Happy New Year!!!

  28. I love everything about your mantel vignette....especially the bling around your candle!
    Have a very happy & warm new year!

  29. So many pretty things here, Linda! I am in love with those cute little doggies, and the fleur des lis as well. And I also love your wooden candlestick. Did you make it? We are taking the tree down tomorrow, I am so ready to put it all away! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!

  30. Linda,
    Hi girl, hope you had a Merry Christmas. I love your winter mantel & decorations. I love the idea of keeping some of the decorations up after Christmas. It's just too sad to take it all down. I think I'll have to copy your 'snow' banner, even tho it's 70 degrees here! Happy NY, Lisa

  31. Love the mantel. Many fun whimsy items.
    Happy new year

  32. Happy New Year Linda! I am laughing because I redid my mantle too, just today as I took down the Christmas decor! Yours looks amazing!

  33. Linda, I love everything that you do, it all has so much personality to it. Your home is just so cozy and lovely!
    Have a Happy Happy New Year!

  34. Hi Linda,
    I love your mantel! What's not to love....jar of buttons...jar of dice...old books...and of course, my favorite, the old clock. You have such a talent for putting together beautiful vignettes.
    Happy New Year!!

  35. Hi Linda, Well you are way ahead of me in taking your Christmas stuff down! We had our last family gathering today, so I intend on starting my undecorating next week! Your mantel looks so fresh and fun-love it! Hugs, Julie

  36. You have done a fabulous job! Each treasure is beautiful unto itself but all together...sigh!!

    Happy New Year!

  37. Hi there Linda~ Love it-the vintage photo and the frenchy details- everything is beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday~ Happy New Year!

  38. Beautiful vignette! Love snow babies, especially real ones! ~ Angela

  39. Such a dreamy creamy mantel. I love the different shades of white and textures that you used. Thanks for sharing an inspirational post.

  40. I am hoping some of your displaying genius will rub off on me through the magic of internet. Your mantel looks gorgeous. I especially like the dice and the skates. There is such a story behind skates I think!


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