Christmas Mantel 2015

I’ve been wanting to share my gold and silver themed mantel forever, so the evening of the last day of the year is as good a day as any I guess.
Mantel December 2015

After removing the letterpress shelf wall, I immediately put up the Stockholm mirror from Ikea. It has a ledge where you can place¬†tchotchkes and we all know how much I love tchotchkes. After I take this mantel down, I think I’m going to the move the mirror to our foyer, so it is at a more focal height. Right now it’s high enough that you can’t really see yourself in it.

Mantelpiece Christmas 2015

The idea of having gold and silver mantel wasn’t really a holiday theme to begin with, I have been wanting to make a display with my gold and silver circle garlands for a long time. Normally when the season hits, I’m making garlands as fast as I’m selling them and I think to myself “if only I could hang some up” Well, this year I finally made it happen. Then, a couple of years ago I had the idea that I wanted a tassel garland in gold and silver as well, finally one day this fall I ran to the nearby dollar store and lo and behold they had gold and silver tissue paper and I made it all in one night. The two paired together¬† and then draped over the mirror are just as beautiful as I had envisioned.

The wool and mylar pom poms were a craft I designed and then made a set for myself last year and then never took down.

Mantelpiece Christmas 2015

The garlands weren’t enough though, so I had to add more gold and silver items to really drive home the theme. I saw this felt tree at Target and I liked how it had gold threaded accents. I have a lot of felt at home so I thought I might attempt making my own, but I wanted to change it up and make it my own. Then I saw this on pinterest, and that last little tree had a mini gold and silver bunting draped over it and boom, the plan was made. The Silver ball is a mercury garden ball I bought at a local nursery, and the Home Sweet Home sign is a piece I commissioned from Jessee at Art School Dropout a few years ago.

Matt’s mom gave all of us gifts in little tiny jewelry boxes with gold bows on the top and I paired them with larger gold and silver bows to put in the mirror base.

A gold and silver pinwheel painting for our mantel. I'm still working on holiday decorations, the boxes have just been sitting in our living room. You know that part in Elf where he tells his dad they'll make snow angels, go ice skating, eat Cookie dough

For the other side of the wall, I painted this gold and silver pinwheel painting and I really like it a lot. There are sections of gold and silver metallic, as well as gray and gold flat sections and then a couple of sections with texture where I used pencil and pens. The rest of the mantel is just filled with bobajillions of candles.

Mantel and chalkboard

Lastly, I have to document the fall chalkboard wall. I think I must have missed a lot of things because this is one of the shortest lists since I first started doing this.

More Chalkboard Calendar posts right here!

Happy New Year!

robayre

Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at flickr.com/photos/robayre and on my own personal website http://www.robayre.com. I also have an online shop http://www.robayre.etsy.com where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (artomat.org).

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