November 29, 2010

White, White...And For Good Measure...More White


I'm feeling very "make due with what you have" this Christmas.
Although I have to admit this revelation just struck me recently.




I already did this at Walmart...
and I needed another glittery ornament like I needed 2 inches added
to each thigh!
Note to self: less sugar before shopping!




But as I pondered my mantlescape for this year, I just kept thinking,
'if I only had...'
'maybe I need some...'
'I bet Michael's has...'




What is wrong with me!
I already have!
And Lord knows I don't need!





So, I just slapped myself!
A real good one, right on the chop!
And I knocked some sense right into me!




I have a lot of things!
Too darn many things!





There has to be something I can use, something I
already have right under my nose!







Vintage ornaments! I have vintage ornaments!





And vintage frames...uh, I have one or two or ten or so...





It's very simple...
no feathers, no glitter, no marching band!




But right now, it's working for me...and I didn't spend one thin dime!





Don't worry...I'm sure feathers and a marching band will show up
somewhere else in my Christmas decor! ;}
{we call this tight angle a "mercy crop"...sometimes it takes off half your
thigh...or some of the junk in your trunk...this time it was all the "props"
that are littering my steps! ;}

Join Beverly for PINK SATURDAY !!

Christmas Mantel Party @ THE LETTERED COTTAGE






89 comments:

  1. I know how you feel! Your mantel looks beautiful!

    XO,
    Jane

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  2. It looks absolutely PERFECT!
    You have some beautiful frames and why not show them off at this wonderful time of year.
    I LOVE this look. I am trying so so hard to get away from all the "traditional" looks....but...that's all I have....FOR NOW. :)
    I, too, am going to use vintage things to decorate with.And I have a text on my sidebar that says I'm not going to buy one single new thing this year to decorate with...:))

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  3. TOTALLY AWESOME! I mean...so very stunning in its simplicity. J'adore!

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  4. I love the look. It is so pretty. And you are right about the whole " I have, I need" thing. I'm with you:) Have a great week.
    ~Debra
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  5. Since when has not needing ever stopped any of us? We're women, it's what we do. Don't beat yourself up - it all looks beautiful!!!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  6. Oh my gosh I enjoyed your post and your mantle is just stunning and it's your own.... Love it...love it... I took the same aproach this year and I have caused myself not one bit of stress.... Waiting to see more... You go girl...

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  7. I love it love it love it! I mean it. You have the best little frames. Simple is good.

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  8. Oooh it is just beautiful... I LOVE vintage Christmas ornaments, and am using all of mine as well... love the gorgeous white frames with yours... xoxo (your walmart ticket was too funny!)...

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  9. I just love it. Loving those pink ornaments!

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  10. That is beautiful and really makes a statement!

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  11. I LOVE this! Soooo different and so cool! LOVE the receipt! LOL Hilarous...

    Donna

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  12. I love the look of your mantle though I have to admit I'm a simple kind of gal. I just love how the frames make the ornaments show up so much better. Have a great day.

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  13. Well, I'd call that perfection. Right there. sah-weet.

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  14. I love your mantel!!! And I can so totally relate. Except that I did go shopping & buy stuff that I did not need. I'm glad to hear that someone has some sort of self control. Heaven knows, it's not me. Anyhoo, I just adore all the white vintage frames (they are an obsession for me as well) and the vintage pink ornaments. Now that is something I don't have but wouldn't mind having. So if you feel the need to get rid of some of your stuff, send it my way. Just don't tell my hubby. He already thinks we are hoarders. Well, maybe a closet hoarders.

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  15. Looks really great, love all the white with the pink pops! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I'm so there with ya sista. Less is more!
    Found you through the Lettered Cottage link up! :)

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  17. I love the vintage ornaments!!! Your mantel looks very pretty. I had to stop myself from going to JoAnn Fabrics for the third day in a row today. Really, I have ten boxes of Christmas stuff in the basement that I am not using this year, so why am I buying more?

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  18. i love the vintage pinks. You just can't find new ornaments with that kind of color!

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  19. It looks great to me. I like white...and more white...and more white! And..I love the scattering of vintage ornaments. You did good, girl, you did good! Hugs- Diana

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  20. Looks great! I love all your vintage frames and those beautiful pink baubles. You've inspired me to look out for nice frames to paint white!

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  21. LOL No glitter! Outrageous but your mantel is definitely winning the prize for the most original one. I love it!

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  22. Simply perfect and sweet. I love the unusual pink and white. Great attitude too, I loved reading this one. Sometimes it just takes a fresh approach to make something pretty.

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  23. Love your mantel, It's beautiful.

    hugs,
    Penny

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  24. The mercy crop, haha! I did one of those today. I love all of your white frames. So pretty! They look perfect with the vintage ornaments.

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  25. You are an inspiration to all of us - less is more - use what you have! This is drop dead gorgeous - great job!

    Really - this is stunning!

    Vicki

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  26. bless you, you always make me laugh and smile. I love it sometimes simple works the best and it looks fab ;-)) Dee x

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  27. I am loving this pink and vintage and white and simple and shabby mix! Your mantle stands out!!

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  28. It's beautiful! And i LOVE an empty frame!! Thanks for your sweet comment on my mantle! -shaunna :)

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  29. What a beautiful mantel! I am in love with your vintage white frames and they look fabulous with just a touch of pink!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  30. Heaven knows I love a mercy crop like that. I fell prey to those $1 ornaments also. I stopped at $3...how, I have no clue. All that glitter was so tempting. I decided to make do with what I had this year for the most part. My wallet is very happy about that.

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  31. I love, love, love your mantel. It's like nothing I've ever seen and yet simply perfect!

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  32. Love, love, love it! Merry Christmas! La

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  33. This looks so beautiful that I would keep it up after Christmas.

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  34. Love the simplicity and of course all the beautiful old frames.

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  35. I love white frames and I have lots of them. Yours look good and they are perfect on the mantel.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  36. I think it looks just awesome like it is...I'm also into use-what-you have-simple Christmas!

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  37. LOL! I refused to buy anything too and went through the house throwing things out left and right. I suffer from too much stuff. I think most of us bloggers do! But I am loving your simple mantel as much as I loved your marching band mantel last year. It's beautiful!

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  38. That is simple but beautiful!! I love it!!

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  39. Good job! I think it's simply beautiful!

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  40. That's so funny, because that's exactly how my Michael's receipts always look! Beautiful mantel....Marcia

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  41. Your mantle looks wonderful! And I was doing the same thing today. Trying to stay away from buying more stuff. My attic is so full already, I can't possibly use it all!

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  42. I love it, i think it would be great for year round!! I just can't buy holiday stuff unless it is vintage or at the thrift store. I don't think I have bought any Christmas stuff for years!

    Carol

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  43. This is gorgeous! I really love the vintage ornaments! And oh my goodness, the mercy crop thing made me snort. Honest. :) haha

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  44. I LOVE your sweet simple mantel! I love vintage ornies, too. Somehow I DO feel the glitter will appear soon, tho! :0)

    I'd die for your sweet arch topped frame!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  45. LOVE the frames and pink mercury glass ornaments. Beauteous! :)

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  46. That is really neat. You really were creative and clever on this one. Keep me out of Walmart!

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  47. Love it! My goal this year is to buy no more Christmas decor. It's just SO hard to avoid all the shiny! Anything glitter just screams-buy me. The mantle is beautiful.

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  48. It is just Gorgeous!! Clean, Fresh Look. Just add some wonderful scented Pot~Pourri like Bountiful Balsam from PatriciaRose-apotpourri.com She has the Best!!

    Huggs, Nancy
    coeurdalenegifts.blogspot.com

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  49. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog !! you have a wonderful blog !! i come back later......lovely day love Ria...

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  50. Less is more...very delicate and pretty!

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  51. Your mantle is simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  52. Your mantel is lovely! Sometimes I think less is more! And yours is perfect!
    Theresa
    aka:TOT

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  53. I love your mantel. The frames are so pretty with just a touch of vintage pink.

    Definitely know what you mean about having too much stuff but....walmart does have some nice ornaments this year.
    Thanks so much for stoping by my blog and your nice comment....appreciate that!

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  54. Love it!
    Very simple yet makes a big statement!

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  55. Simple is sometimes just what Santa ordered and your mantel is just so perfectly simple, perfectly beautiful and perfectly interesting. I too did frames on my mantel...check it out! Terry

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  56. I LOVE your mantel...and the pink adds the perfect touch! :)

    ~ Found you through Faded charm

    ~ Have a Happy White wednesday!

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  57. Marching band....teehee. Too funny! I like the simplicity. You have some great frames! I haven't started my Christmas decorating this year. I'm taking it easy and going simply. I always feel like rush, rush, rush every year. This year, I just want to take my time.

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  58. That mantel is sooo beautiful!
    Restrained elegance you could say.
    Love the white frames.

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  59. oh my this is so stunning, omg can I have some of those great frames?
    visit me sometimes
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  60. I love the beauty and simplicity of this...just plain lovely! This would be awesome to link to for Pink Saturday! :)

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  61. I love it! It's perfect and works for me, too!

    Guess what? I found out that I can come to town, get on the internet,pull up your blog and then read it when I get home! Duh! I'm sure everyone else already knew to do this... I can't comment from home but I can look at your pics and read your words and then i don't feel so isolated from blog land! ♥

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  62. Stunning!
    You are very talented!
    I.LOVE.IT!!
    Happy WW
    Roselle

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  63. A lot of gals are simplifying their decor this year from what I see. Nothing wrong with that! Your mantel looks beautiful, elegant and your frames are awesome!!!! Wonderful job! Happy WW!

    xoxo laurie

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  64. (actually, I guess elrond was probably more elfish than fairy . . ., although, having not yet met, it's hard to tell for sure.)

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  65. I'm so glad you didn't spend one thin dime and that you shared with us! It looks absolutely FABULOUS!!

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  66. Oh my goodness..I adore your mantel..I have many mirrors on mine but all frames is such a lovely idea.

    Oh I can relate...I think we all can...those Christmas lovelies call our name...I am always packing something new home. Happy December. oxxoxo

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  67. It looks great, simply unique... with a touch of pure delicacy in it... A beautiful creativity with what you have in your hand and how your mind plays with it... Perfect...

    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  68. Your simple mantel is lovely. And I got a kick out of your receipt because I think I have several around here that look just like it. I can't stop buying Christmas ornaments! :)

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  69. At least you can get SO much more bang for your buck. I just can't believe how poor I am since moving here.

    PS Would you decorate for Christmas even if you knew you'd be traveling during the holidays for 3 whole weeks?

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  70. Lovely assortment of beautiful frames. Very pretty and simple.

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  71. Awesome decor! I am going to be looking for frames now! What an elegant yet simple way to decorate & create such a beautiful presentation for all seasons. LOVE IT!

    Pop by for our (3) giveaways ~
    Have a beautiful winter day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  72. LOL!! Your mantel looks beautiful! Off to snicker some more :)

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  73. Absolutely gorgeous ~ well done! It is so classy...I'm very impressed.

    Happy Holidays & Pink Saturday to you

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  74. Your mantle is ever so elegant and yet so fem. Maybe those dimes would be better spent on those who dimes are ever so much thinner????

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  75. This answers the question..."Can you have too many white frames?" Absolutely not! I think this looks just great. Who would think a bunch of white frames could look so festive!

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  76. I love it! I'm still visiting around for Pink Saturday. Have a wonderful week.

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  77. Your mantel is lovely. Simple and white - 2 of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing.

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  78. I relate completely!! I love your frames and ornaments...so pretty. thanks for sharing, stephanie

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  79. I LOVE this mantel!!! This is, like, my favorite mantel ever! Totally going on my inspiration wall.

    ~Angela :-)

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  80. Yep. I was doing so well and not buying any ornaments this year... until yesterday.

    You are a better and stronger woman than I. Those frames are gorgeous. Bet that took lots of hunting to get that collection. Your simplicity is poignant. Just a few vintage ornaments here and there. Forgotten remnants? Whimsy. Easter bunny?


    I purchased some vintage glass ornaments on Ebay a few years ago. So much fun to work with and just too darn interesting to be lost upon a tree.

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  81. I love all the white frames! I have a few of those, too. :) Now, I can buy more at garage sales next summer with a clean conscience. :)

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