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.
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.
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.
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.
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!