Monthly Archives: November 2017

Simple and Sweet: How to Decorate Your Mantle for Christmas

Merry Mantle

Your fireplace mantle is likely the focal point in your room.  Here are some easy ways to keep your design simple and sweet as you decorate it for Christmas 2017!  And BTW, I cheated a little bit by adding candles instead of a real fire.  Lefty is the only one who knows how to turn the thing on!

 

Farmhouse Chic

Some say that Farmhouse Chic is on its way out. I say, “No way, Dudette!”  Even if you’re not into the farmhouse style, try to add different textural elements to your display such as wood, stone, metal, and fabric.  My favorite part of my display is how the straight lines on the picture frames come together with the organic texture of the swag that I bought from Hobby Lobby.  I’ll let you in on a little secret:  home decor trends may come and go, but this farm-raised girl from rural Alabama is always going to be about distressed, flea market-esque, farmhouse chic!

 


Simple farmhouse design Christmas mantle.

Have Yourself an Earthy Little Christmas

What would Sweetgum Life be without the sweetgum balls? For my natural elements, I went out back and filled a cylinder with sweetgum balls and twigs from the sweetgum trees. To keep the twigs upright, I cut open a Gatorade bottle and stuck the twigs inside.

 

Mad for Christmas Plaid

Princess Buttercup thought that my display looked too earthy. She suggested that I add a pop of red. Plaid is trending like crazy in north Alabama! From Pottery Barn to my beloved Hobby Lobby, I’m seeing plaid everywhere. Like I said, I’m not really a trend-follower, but this red plaid ribbon speaks to my Scottish roots. BTW again, I bought the ribbon and the swag at Hobby Lobby. I probably got some of my Santas there, too.

 

Simple farmhouse design Christmas mantle with Great-Grandmother's rocking chair.

Add a Little Traditional Christmas Decor

I’m not much of a collector, in general, but I do love my Santa and Snowman collections. I’ve had these little guys for years. Here’s something critical to keep in mind–only display the ornaments that bring you joy. If your late Aunt Dossie gave you an ornament back in the 80’s but it’s not your favorite, let it go. Or at least pack it up to give your kids one day.

 

My Santa Matryoshka Family

 

Lefty and I bought these little Santa matryoshka dolls in Germany one year, so they’re pretty special. When she was little, Princess Buttercup used to play with them so much that they rarely stayed put as a display.

 

Baby Santa Matryoshka

So what do you think?  Is this a perfect-for-Pinterest Christmas Mantle?  Pin or Pitch?  I love hearing from you guys, so please post in the comments.  I promise I’m not selling your email address to a 3rd party.  I don’t even know a 3rd party! 😉

Iron Bowl 2017, Roll Tide Roll!

Today is Iron Bowl 2017–Get ready to Roll Tide Roll!     Lee Corso picks Alabama Lefty and I love ESPN Gameday for the most part. We typically don’t like their guest prognosticators, but last week they had Craig T. Nelson, which was pretty cool. Almost all the ESPN Gameday guys picked Alabama to win…but… Continue Reading

The Fall Tag

Hello Everyone, and welcome to The Fall Tag!  I got the idea of The Fall Tag from fellow Creative, Yara, at Little DIY Projects. Be sure to visit her blog for some sweet and creative ideas!   The Fall Tag Rules: Put the tag badge and rules in your post and link to the person who… Continue Reading

eCo Creates a Sweet Holiday Tablescape!

It’s the holiday season and Erma Sampson of eCompany (eCo) can help get your holiday tablescape ready for the festivities!  Erma owns eCo, a booth at Funky Monkey Vintage Market in Madison, Alabama.  She has enjoyed a sweet life with Funky Monkey since September 2014—practically since it opened its doors to customers who love to shop creative… Continue Reading

Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

This morning my friend Kibbs and I took a hike to see the fall leaves on Rainbow Mountain. Kibbs is a Christian wife and mom, a writer, and a very close friend.  Not only do I enjoy hiking for exercise, I love to see the beautiful fall leaves all over the ground. What the Fall Leaves… Continue Reading

Shelby’s Thanksgiving Intervention — A Short Story

Today I wrote a short story from a Thanksgiving writer’s prompt at Writer’s Digest:  Shelby’s Thanksgiving Intervention — Short Story.  I found the turkey craft here at 11 Best Turkey Crafts for Kids. Hope you enjoy! Shelby’s Thanksgiving Intervention (Or, Now Who’s the Turkey??) By: Stephanie L. Robertson Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year… Continue Reading

Coping with the Horror of Mass Shootings

How do we deal with mass shootings such as yesterday’s Texas church massacre? Like countless other Christians, yesterday I dressed up and went to church to worship God. With no thought to my safety, I went to offer thanks for Jesus’ saving grace and for everything that God has blessed me with. So did the… Continue Reading

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain

My Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain   Hi Everyone! Yesterday I took my little Nikon d7000 out when I was hiking on the Rainbow Mountain trails. My purpose was 3-fold: Get exercise doing something fun–hiking Gather photos for a blogging about the trail Learn how to use my camera better The exercise is pretty obvious. … Continue Reading