Monday, November 12, 2012

Sparkle and Shine

Though it may seem early to some people, I have to start my Christmas decorating now...or I won't have it done in time for the holidays!


Yesterday I was able to get my mantle done. It is very much like last years mantle with just a few small changes.


I just love all the sparkle and shine. Looking at it fills my spirit with the  magic of Christmas.


Last year this sweet Santa was on the windowsill. This year he is part of the mantle decore in hopes that our kittens can't get to him :)


I had to put the kittens in a bedroom while I decorated. As I got the pearls and things out they were trying to attack them. Hanging pearls are just too tempting to them. Since they didn't see me hanging them I am hoping they won't notice them. So far so good. Wish me luck :)


The mantle does kind of look like a kitty wonderland :)





The jean stockings I have for the boys I got when I was still pregnant with them. The girls' stocking are from Simply Shabby Chic. I have been thinking about making some pretty lace white stockings for them ..meant to make them this summer but never got to it. So we shall see if I get them done before Christmas this year. I do think that white would look better with the mantle. The boys on the other hand will have to keep their Wrangler jean stockings...they really don't want frilly white ones :)



So happy to be started on my decorating. I will get to enjoy this for almost 2 months! By the time it is time to take it down I will be so over it...love the pretty decorating during the season but always look forward to going back to my more uncluttered "regular" look. :)


Have you started your decorating yet?


Thanks for visiting!

48 comments:

Penny Phillips said...

Beautiful mantle! I have to start early too if I want to get everything done! Hugs, Penny

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow, you're good! I just put my Halloween stuff away!:) I love the white, blue and silver, so pretty. You've inspired me to do a bit of early decorating planning this year!

Deb said...

I haven't done too much but you sure have put me in the mood. Looks wonderful. Deb

jeanetteann said...

It's lovely Sandy. I have just started sorting through my Christmas goodies. I have only unpacked the ones that are not red or green. I've made up my mind to decorate like you this year,it is so pretty.
I have just made a lace stocking and heart which I will post this week. I think the stocking turned out nice but a bit bigger than I wanted though. still it will have to go up because it took me ages.
I have just been fiddling today with my glue gun and white handmade roses on a little wreath.
I visited Janae and loved her tree.
xx

The Old Dairy said...

Christmas decor.love it, I havn't started mine yet, but I sure am inspired to get going..
Love your mantle...
Mandy

Lucille said...

Very striking! I love the combination of white, blue, silver, and I love those pearls. But, I'm wondering how you will keep your cats out of there!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, your mantle is beautiful!!! Sparkly and gorgeous!

Carol

Deb said...

I'm sorry to hear one of your kittens is so sick. I really have never experienced living with a cat with FIP but I know how serious it is. I expect that you have the kitten under veterinarian care. I wish you all the luck with fighting this disease. I'm sure it is breaking your heart as we learn to love them so much. Hugs, Deb

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Deb--It is actually my daughters cat who is sick--we are hoping for the best. Yes, he is of course under a vets care. We keep hoping we will find some miracle cure!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Gorgeous mantel! I love the glass Santa with bottle brush tree!

LC said...

Hi Sandy!

I'm a new follower to your blog! Your mantelpiece looks gorgeous! I have to say..... I'm in love with those cute denim stockings!

Looking forward to see more of your decorations as you go along!
Suzé

lynn said...

it all is so pretty, sandy! love the boys denim stockings and the sweet banner on the mirror:)

Tracy ~ If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Baked A Cake said...

Sandy it looks oh so pretty I love dear santa and the cherubs on your mantel piece. Very shabby chic roll on Christmas. Tracy x

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hi Sandy,
Beautiful mantle, of course I love it, JOY in blue letters, what's not to love. I will never be organized enough to not be decorating the week before Christmas.
enJOY a lovely day,
Kimberly

Melanie said...

Love the mantel!! It is an experience decorating with kittens around! My Atticus does not want to discuss the Christmas tree incident of 2010! LOL!!

Grandma Carolee said...

The mantle is beautiful, Sandy. I love being able to see your decorations after we do our walking together. Since I don't have the fun of little children in my home anymore, it makes me happy to see & experience the enthusiasm of grandchildren when I visit with you.

Cynthia said...

Beautiful! Love the whimsy of the mantel.

Cynthia

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Sandy, this is gorgeous! I love every inch! The Santa , pearls and feather trees are fabulous! I know all about kittens! Fingers crossed they won't find the pearls!

Trisha said...

I absolutely LOVE your mantel! The colors are my favorite and all the sparkles, pearls and feathers are perfect!!

~Trisha

Janet said...

So mantle looks so pretty, Sandy! I really love the colors you used! I'm really beginning to think maybe I should start some of my Christmas decorating now!
Blessings,
Janet

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Sandy it is all so beautiful and sparkly. You're putting me in the Christmas mood girlfriend...and I love it. That beautiful little soft blue butterfly is so gorgeous with her all dressed up for the occassion and all the white...the deer, santa and all with the silver and blue is just stunning. I'm coming to your house for Christmas!!

Nann

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

PS I forgot to say that when we had our precious kitty she would do the same thing. Your kittens are always so cute. Love 'em. N.

Cindy said...

It's so pretty! And... it totally looks like kitty heaven. I will be surprised if they don't try to fling their bodies up there to get to it all!

Cindy

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beautiful mantel, Sandy! The mix of soft colors and textures is just stunning! Never thought of adding pearls to my Christmas decor, but I think I just might this year! :)

xoxo laurie

Janae said...

Your mantle looks so gorgeous! I love it! I can't wait to come see it in person. I am glad to hear the cats are not attacking it. LOL

W. Latane Barton said...

Those kittens are gonna find those pearls. I just feel it. I have a new kitten... right now she has jumped up into a section of my computer desk... surprised she isn't in my lap. Uh oh, she's found the 'swinging' door handle on the desk.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your mantel looks so pretty, Sandy! I love all the white! The pearl garland you have draped makes it look so romantic, too.

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

Hi, Sandy! Your mantle is gorgeous and dreamy! It reminds me of a Christmas wonderland. =)

Lynn Stevens said...

I can see how your Kitties would find this to be a play land. All the beads and feather trees must be quite the temptation. LOL
Its all so beautiful, Love the whites, especially at Christmas.
hugs Lynn

Mary Ellen said...

Such a pretty Mantle you created!! Love the pretty Joy banner.

I have started also but not on the house yet though I should. I am trying to get the antique store all ready for Christmas as the Friday after Thanksgiving is Parade of lights open house. goodness it is coming too fast already!

bee blessed
mary

must love junk said...

Your mantel looks so pretty and festive! I love the banner, and the pop of blue! :)
Susan

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Your mantle is beautiful. I love the colors, they are the colors I use on my tree. I have a link party and would love to have you share this and any other posts. It is called Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html
I hope to see you there.
Have a great week.
Debi @ Adorned From Above

Bella said...

Hi Sandy,
Well I am jealous, I am dying to start my Christmas decor! Your mantle is darling, I LOVE those white feather trees!
Hugs,
Bella

chateau chic said...

Your pretty mantel looks full of whimsy and magic! I'm one of those who holds out until after Thanksgiving.
Mary Alice

Ana said...

Oh Sandy,
Your mantel looks soooo dreamy. I love it. I can't wait to start decorating. Traditionally, I begin my decorating the weekend right after Thanksgiving...It's just around the corner. Yay!

❤Ana

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Your styling is great ! Love the santa the stockings ! Love the magical and the dreamy look.
xoxo from PARIS
Joëlle

Cottage and Broome said...

Your mantle is just beautiful, I love the white with the splash of blue. I can't quite get into holiday decorating until the thanks giving dinner is over. Then I get busy. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

Robin said...

Simply gorgeous! I love how you used the white feather too! I use them for holiday decorating too and I just love the look.

Carolyn Robbins said...

I love your beautiful mantle! I think these colors have become my favorite for Christmas and the winter season!

Marissa said...

Your mantle is beautiful!! I love all the colors you are amazing at decorating..

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh it does look like a kitties play-land for sure.I bet they would be allover your pretties!

It's fabulously Beautiful! I haven't decorated much the last few years with a 2 year old around it kinda puts a damper on things.Now we have a new puppy Beagle and oh boy my Grandson and puppy together are simply trouble. Lol Love them both though.

Love all the white with a splash of color~Cheers Kim

20 North Ora said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty. Love all of the white with the accents of blue.

Judy

Sweet Melanie said...

Everything looks so beautiful...I cannot wait to see your tree and all of the white frames! I know it'll be amazing!

Jann Olson said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! I can see why those pearls are so tempting to your kitties. Hey, they make me want to play with them too! Love all your vintage touches! I would love this if you would link this with my party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It opens Weds. at 4 MST. Now following you.
Hugs,
Jann

Shirley said...

Dear Sandy,
I want to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving..I sure hope the day is spent together and is the best day ever...Enjoy my friend..

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love your gorgeous mantle! Not only is it a kitty wonderland, but I'd love to play there, too.
Makes me want to get out the decorations and play.
Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Patti

Suzy said...

Beautiful! I agree that it does look like a kitty wonderland. We once had a full grown cat that climbed the tree and pulled it over, crashing into (and breaking) a glass coffee table. Loved seeing the Wrangler stockings! I retired from there a few years ago after 30+ years. Thank you so much for linking up to the Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations bloghop.

Dixie n Dottie said...

Your decorations are lovely! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_11_archive.html