Cottage8: Our Holiday Mantel

Hello Friends. December’s been a blur of warm, home cooked meals and holiday lit drives, late night snuggling under hand knit blankets and cider by the warm crackling fire, recovering from the worst ever 3-week flu, and moving into a retail store. What? Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve moved into a brick and mortar store, where I have my own booth in a small corner spot with a window. More details on that later.

Over the weekend, I decided it was time to pull down our Fall decorated mantel, and bring in some winter inspired holiday festiveness to this place. Of all the seasons, I think winter feels most at home here. I love gathering things I already have, repurposing, and decorating with natural, found materials.

The warmest seat in the house on these super cold nights, I love our fireplace and the comfort it provides…

Brown paper packages wrapped up in green ribbon and vintage ruffled music sheet paper ribbon…

A simple pair of burlap stockings, made by my dear friend Laurie, and some gathered logs…

Cotton branches seem to make their way into everything I do. This time of year, it reminds me of fluffy white, billowy snow…

I recently found three old Sabbath gospel song books, dated December 1887, over 125 years old. I was thrilled to find a perfect spot to display them…

I recently got these hand painted plaid ornaments from my friend Sandi…

All of the greenery was courtesy of the tree farm down the road, where they’ll happily give you free fresh cuttings. The flocked pinecone branches I’ve had for several years, and the branchlers I’ll be carrying in my new space ; )

I want to wish each of you a warm, safe and peaceful holiday season.


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27 Responses to Cottage8: Our Holiday Mantel

  1. KATHY says:

    Your mantle looks so pretty and cozy!


  2. Jennifer,
    So pretty. Love those cute ruffle stockings. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Cozy! and cute! Love a warm fire!

  4. Warm and wonderful mantel decor, Jennifer! And WHAT? Which brick and mortar are you in? I must visit, for sure!

    To hear you’ve been ill with the flu is very familiar to me. Most of my family, including me, have had a bug all week. We’re supposed to celebrate Christmas with friends today, so I’m hoping all goes well.

    Haven’t been blogging much, but if you visit my blog, you’ll see why!

    Merry Christmas!


  5. Always enjoy your style! Congrats on the Store that’s exciting news for you.Merry Christmas~Blessings Kim

  6. OOh! I love it! My family’s roots are in cotton farming, so I’m thinking cotton branches for the Christmas mantle for us next year! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Diane Mars says:

    Merry Christmas… hope you are feeling better.. cannot wait to visit your new Store~ Hugs & Kisses, Diane

  8. Cindy says:

    As always your home looks beautiful and comfy cozy. I love all the natural elements you used to bring in the season. The cotton branches are wonderful, what in the world is better than real cotton? You have opened your own booth now! Cool! I’m sure it will be a total success with your amazing eye, and your creative mind so filled with ideas… Can’t wait to hear more about it!!!


  9. looking forward to seeing your new spot in the B&M! I’m sure it’s as gorgeous as your home.

  10. Merry Christmas Jennifer and thank you for your lovely blog.

  11. kathee says:

    Jen..the mantle is gorgeous! C’mon spill the beans girl….we want to visit you!!!! :)

  12. Merry Christmas to my “bestie” and how talented you are. What a beautiful mantel, and just love the introduction of plaid to your Holiday collection!!!

    Happy New Year blessings,
    Love Laurie

  13. I LOVE your mantel! VERY cozy! Makes me sleepy! LOL! Our next project…trying to make an electric fireplace look as cozy as yours! Mel

  14. Anything is possible, Mel! Our is gas, and we have a faux log set. Maybe not as romantic as real firewood, but I think it works!



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