Of course, the execution part is what took the longest to actually get done. 😉 Here’s what it looked like last year. The whole thing was pretty much let’s take things I had leftover from Christmas and make it winter. Oh, but I did make the clothespin snowflakes.
I loved the use of the winter tree photo I took with my dad a few years ago and wanted to use it in a much larger scale.
And while I love the palette backdrop and use it often, there really isn’t as much contrast between the wall color and the raw wood. Actually, there’s probably more in real life, but as I always say, this is a challenging space to photograph because of the wall of windows around the mantle. And not to worry, I moved the snowflake wreath to the front door. It’s too cute not to use somewhere.
Here’s this year’s version.
I sent the photograph I had used on a small scale last year to Staples and printed a 24×30 engineer print. Cost all of $3.50 I believe. Of course it’s black and white, but that’s exactly what I wanted. I had the frame in my collection of things I rotate around the house. I just needed to darken the frame a little with some dark wax. Do other people do this sort of thing? Move decorative items around their home with the change of seasons?
The new additions also include the bottle brush trees I picked up while antiquing with my friend in West Monroe last Christmas. And I tried my hand at the white duck tape leaved branches Nester made.
Luckily for me, my daughter is quite the duck tape collector so she kindly let me borrow some. At first, I couldn’t figure out what kind of branches I was going to snag from the backyard. The ones I used last year were from the stems of the flowers of my day lilies, which were fine as just sticks, but I felt like they were too vertical and not “branchy” enough for the addition of leaves. 😉
I almost decided not to make them because I couldn’t find any branches in my yard that were wispy enough. And honestly, I wasn’t going to sacrifice other bushes in my yard to make a temporary display on my mantle.
Then, I noticed these sticks from the dahlias that finally bloomed in the fall instead of the spring. Crazy things! I think they work pretty well, obviously not as pretty as Nesters, but we have to work with what God gives us. And so I did. Here’s how she used her branches.
|the Nesting Place|
I simply adore the vignette she’s created here. Not a fan of heads or the ceramic horned creature phase everyone is into really, but the arrangement of elements is stellar in my opinion. Love it!!
Here’s another look at my mantle.
I think next time I will finally be ready to share some of the other projects I worked on this fall. 😉 See you soon!
Beyond the Picket Fence
The Charm of Home
Cassie B.January 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm
Beautiful mantle, Leslie! What do you think of the quality of the Staples engineered print? I am thinking of doing something with a song Cainan, my husband, wrote but I am curious about last-ability.<br /><br />PS. This is Cassie, as in Tara's baby sister!
Leslie DavisJanuary 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Hey Cassie!! Well I think the quality as far as image is pretty sweet. And I can be very picky about image quality. My only problem, if I'm stretching to create one, is that the paper is extremely thin. The girl at Staples told me that her printer won't print on heavier paper, but maybe some other locations have that option. I think for 3:50 it's a steal. She said she could print it
Leslie DavisJanuary 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm
Oh, and to really answer your question, I think it will hold up fine. I have a smaller engineer print in my new studio, which I haven't shared yet, but hope to soon. It's also framed and I've had it for several months now. I think that some type of protection is necessary. I haven't tried decoupaging it so can't attest to that.