mantle 1

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mantle 4

I finished both of my mantle's yesterday.  I gave it a go this weekend but trying to do it while the kids ran around left me with some seriously lacking results.  I tried the hang a wreath on the gold mirror approach with lots of tea lights but it didn't sit right.  I kept trying to like it and thought if maybe I added a bow to the wreath I may like it but no.  I knew all along I wanted a garland and had my heart set on this faux one from Lowes that I saw on Cityline last Thursday.  I searched for it but it was gone.  I decided to just go with the real deal and bought a white pine garland instead and I must say I do love it.  I also found the faux wood and gold "merry christmas" garland that I have hanging from Chapters for 40% off on Monday.  I kept it simple with LED candles and some restoration hardware battery operated twinkle lights.  Mike actually threw the gold ornaments in the garland as he said "it ties it all together with the gold mirror" with his fake Amanda voice.  I told him I actually agree and left them in.  I will post my other mantle once I "dewrinkle" my stockings but I must say the above one is my favourite.  I love, love, love turning all my twinkle lights on in the morning when it's still dark out.  It makes it a little less painful to wake up.

-Amanda

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