Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Fussy" Christmas Mantle

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I admit it...I have a problem...I'm a "fussy" decorator.  I just can't leave well enough alone.  I fuss and fuss until I've wasted 2 days on one area!

Here's how my fireplace looked yesterday...



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"Good enough" but...

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Then I remembered these little numbered "whatchamacallit's" I got at Haupt Antiek last week.  I decided a garland would be nice...

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No hooks?  That's ok...a couple of rusty goodies will do the trick here...

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And here.

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And then I thought the sock stretcher "thingy" could use a little "Love".

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And here's how it looks today.  Too much?  Oh well...it's Christmas!!!  I'll work on "simplifying" my decorating the rest of the year :)

Here's a peek at a few of the other "fussy" details...

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Bed spring tree toppers...I "borrowed" this idea from my friend Traci...cute right?

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A fish bowl full of styrofoam "snowballs" and a little "joy".

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And yet another simple wreath...made from a metal vent cover and a sweet little button ornament I received many years ago from my sister-in-law Heidi.  Very special...

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So how about you?  Are you a "fusser" too?

Well, I think I'll move on to my centerpiece now...see you in a couple days ;)

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Blessings,

36 comments:

  1. Very pretty mantel! I tend to be a fussy decorator also. I have found recently, however, that when I am done with something, I take one thing off and see if it looks better. Normally, for me it does look better.

    I have tried to do that with jewelry also.

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  2. I'm definitely a fusser! The problem is, I can fuss over one little spot in my house, while the rest of the house is a disaster.

    That's what I love about taking photos for my blog - I can look at just the cleaned, fussed-over spots and not see the mess!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

    By the way, good luck in the Canvas Photo Print drawing - thanks for entering!

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  3. Hello, I'm Vicki, and I'm a fusser. One of the first steps to recovery is admitting the problem, right? I tend to pull all of my decorating stuff out and scatter it allover just to work on one spot for hours, days or in the case of my dining table...weeks. I shift, remove and then put back...argggh! It is sooo much fun though!!! Love your mantle. those numbered whatchamacallits are dreamy! Enjoy this time!

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  4. I'm not much of a fusser - once I'm done - but I do tend to put a lot in a vignette. So in that way I'm fussy! But if you're having fun - who cares? Merry Christmas to you.

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  5. Your mantel is just lovely. I am kindof a fussy decorator. I guess I am ~ add a little of this and that, stand back and add more ;-)

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  6. I think it looks perfect, Laural! You have so many different elements yet, it all works together. I move my pieces around constantly, each year I get a different feeling about my mantel and it changes a lot from the year before!

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. I love it! Please share over at Dumpster Diva! I'm hosting my Linky Party #5, and would be honored to have you join!

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  8. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Then I get to discover yours. :) I love your style and creations, so pretty! Your mantel looks perfect for the season. And I love those wreaths you create out of 'junk' circles. The vent cover is wonderful!
    I'm you newest follower!

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  9. Fussy works for you. Your fireplace is so wintery, and just perfect.

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  10. Your mantle is amazing!!! I am completely in love with it :)

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  11. You are always so uniquely creative, Lauren! Love the crystal with the springs, the & crumpled music garland. It's all adorable!

    Thank you for linking this creative post to Potpourri Friday!

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  12. Hi Laurel...

    I just laughed when I read your post, my friend! I sooo know where you are at with all the fussing. I don't think that I ever stop...hehe! But...all of your fussing sure paid off! Your Christmas mantel is AWESOME!!! I love each and every detail...like the wreath that you made out of the stove pipe vent and pretty buttons! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE how you draped the pretty paper chain garland in and out of the trees and over your mantel! Soooo very pretty, my friend! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas with us!

    Warmest Christmas Wishes,
    Chari

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  13. LOL Laurel! I am so with you on the "fussing"! I'm in a constant state of tweaking and my hubby always says,"didn't you already finish that?" :-) I think your mantel is just absolutely beautiful though and no more fussing is needed on it! It is full of so many lovely details and they are all layered together so nicely. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  14. I'm right there with ya seesta!

    I drive myself bonkers messin' with things. Step back, look, re-adjust...

    Like the queen size mattress I tore apart. I must have spent eight hours slicing & cutting layer after layer of padding & wires just to salvage the metal.

    Now I have a ton of bed springs just waiting for a brilliant idea.
    I've been tinkering with wine bottles, center pieces & runners... but I just can't seem to create that show stopping idea.

    So... I'll tinker on and off with them until one day... I can step back and say "now THATS what I'm talking about!"

    Your mantel is very festive and upbeat. Love it!!

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  15. Love your Mantel! I do the same thing...trying to get it just right! I'm your newest follower from the at the picket face party. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!
    Sally
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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  16. Love your mantel, Laurel!
    I'd forgotten all about that little ornament - what a great spot for it!
    Happy December :o)
    Heidi

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  17. You bet I am...fusser I am!!! Looks great...love the garland.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  18. Oh yes, totally a fusser! Once I get it just right I can tell if anybody breathed on it (LOL) Love your mantle--it is perfect!

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  19. I love all the details you used in your mantel decorating-the sock stretcher, the button ornament, the wreath made from a vent cover, etc. I love how you repurpose things like that cute tree topper made from mattress springs. I'm going to follow you and your wonderful ideas!

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  20. everything looks
    white
    lovely
    sweet
    vintage-y

    i especially adore
    the paper chains

    thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    alison

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  21. The mantel is awesome! It's a very festive look and the paper chains are my favorite! Great job!

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  22. Hi-I found you through Inspiration Friday! Lovely mantle. I am also, most definitely, a fusser when it comes to decorating.

    Have a great day!

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  23. I think you fussed just enough; it looks lovely.

    Enjoy!
    Jess

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  24. Hi I'm Kerry and I'm a fusser too! lol. Seriously,I do love what you've done with your mantel and especially the love sign on the sock stretcher - perfect fussing!!

    I'd love for you to pop over and share this project at my Inspiration Party for Simply Christmas at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday.html

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  25. Looks great to me! So glad you stopped by and left your kind comment. Thanks!

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  26. Very pretty! Yes, I am a fusser. I sort of just start grabbing things I have around the house and start arranging.

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  27. Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  28. No such thing as "too much" when it comes to Christmas! It looks great! I am a "fusser" too, it takes me forever to get a look I like, and no one is allowed to help because they will do it all wrong!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  29. Lauren you mantel is soo pretty! I love your music paper links! Thanx for coming to the party and Happy Holidays!

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  30. Laurel, your mantel looks wonderful. Love the garland and all the creative touches!

    Barb

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  31. I think your mantel is adorable. Not too much at all.

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  32. I love your mantel, so pretty! No more fussing:)
    Thanks for linking
    XO

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  33. Being fuzzy isn't a bad thing. It means you have standards in your creativity and art.

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  34. Paper chairs? Interesting ...... but where?

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