Tuesday, 6 January 2015

January Mantel

You know that I love to change up the things on my fireplace mantel through the year, and this year I have decided to try and do something different each month.  Last year I changed it seasonally, but not monthly, so I thought this would be a new way to approach it.  I expect that I will incorporate some of the garlands that I made last year and perhaps add some new crafted or found items too.  My aim is that I will try, as far as possible, to use things that I already have by shopping the house or finding natural items in the garden and so on.

As I didn't really start changing my mantel around until Valentines last year, I didn't have anything from January 2014 to incorporate so I had to start from nothing.  However, being the proud owner of some new pom pom makers (yes, you guessed correctly on that one!), and being desperate to make some pom poms, it seemed to be the ideal opportunity to make some little round balls of fluff.


I decided to go for a snow and ice theme as I didn't want anything that was, to me, remotely Christmassy and I didn't want to start being too pink or flowery and get confused with Valentines next month.  I used the pom pom makers and some yarn that I already had - leftover from my Nordic Shawl - to make some icy snowballs as a garland.  The snowballs were so easy to make, much much easier than the old fashioned way of two rings of cardboard to make pom poms.


After stringing the snowballs I needed some other things, so I shopped around the house as I was putting everything back after taking the Christmas decorations down.  I was looking for things that had an icy or snowy look.  As the mantle is only a couple of inches wide care has to be taken to find things that aren't too big as otherwise they don't fit. 

Everything came from around the house.  The picture was a giveaway win last year from the lovely Jooles.  It normally lives in the office, but it has made appearances on the mantel before, so I borrowed it again for January as the turquoise colours went with the icy theme.  The "pinecones" are rather large compared to everything else and are brown(!), but I thought the snowy edges meant they went with the theme and it needed something darker to sort of anchor everything.  They are candles bought for Christmas 2013 and not burned.  They lived to light another day after this Christmas as well!  Perhaps I will put a match to them someday, or more likely just keep them as ornaments.



When I was moving the Nativity Crib into the hallway - where it will stay now until Candlemass on 2nd February - I noticed that the little battery lights that I had added to the stable were still in place.  So I decided that if the decorations were coming down everywhere else, they needed to come down on the stable too.  That meant that I could borrow those for the mantel as well, just to add a bit of sparkle.  I assume of course that everyone strings up twinkle lights for the occupants of their Nativity Crib?  Or is it just me!

I added a few more icy things with some candle holders, a little cut glass vase and a diamante candle holder and this very large glass "diamond" that was hubby's prize once on a team building event at work.




Once everything was arranged, the January Mantel was complete. 


I will take some time to enjoy it before thinking about what to do for February...

Amy

63 comments:

  1. What a great idea to change it monthly. Am jealous of your pompon maker too.

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  2. Hi Amy and Happy New Year! Oh, your mantel looks wonderful! Isn't it something how we start changing things around when we enter blogland? love that huge cup and saucer.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  3. I don't have a mantel, but I've wanted to do a twig tree with monthly crocheted ornaments. Granted, I already missed out on Christmas. So, was thinking icy snowflakes for January, which I do have, but I haven't put the twig tree in a container yet. Maybe I'll get that one by February when it will be time for hearts. Ha! I do like the idea of changing things up. Your mantel looks great. Best wishes, Tammy

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  4. What a great idea changing the mantel each month, I usually just do it seasonally. It looks amazing, the pom poms are a real delight.

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  5. All look beautiful Amy!
    You are so creative!
    xo

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  6. Hi Amy,

    Love the new mantle display, the pom poms are so cute, and I love the pine cone candlesxx

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  7. Hello Amy

    What a brilliant idea, and even more so using bits and bobs from around the house.
    Your matel is beautiful, and I can't wait to see February.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  8. Hey Amy,
    I don't have a mantel, but I have a sideboard, and this tends to display different things during the year. I do like the pom pom garland very much. I have fond memories of making them with circles of cardboard when I was a Brownie!
    Leanne xx

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  9. Why doesn't your snow and ice fill me with dread like mine does?
    Jane x

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  10. What a lovely display. Aren't pom pom makers fun! :) Although I got a bit carried away and used pom poms with tags for Christmas present wrapping! So much quicker than the old fashioned way. I'm sure mum would get me to make a pom pom in the school holidays with scraps of wool, and two pieces of cardboard and it would take me a week to make one!! x

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  11. I never change my mantel, I am too fond of the things on it to tidy them away.... the mantel seems to be a popular place for monthly or seasonal changes, I have seen quite a few last year. It is a nice idea. I love pompons and must search for my pompon maker this evening, for a bit of fun.

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  12. A winter wonderland! By the way, that cup should definitely last you at tea time! And the long cat is cute.

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  13. so beautiful! I like how January brings more light into my house each day. I have my focal point across from where I sit and I get to look at some personal gifts given by my family. Makes me happy!

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  14. Well now you've put me to shame, I thought about doing this with my new shelf that displayed my xmas tin houses, trees etc but, it's still loaded with xmas items waiting to be packed away only because my storage boxes gave up and I need new ones! I love your pom pom garland and other decor! x

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  15. Happy New Year Amy! I would go for that frosty look anytime. I have glass candlesticks almost like yours on my kitchen table to add a little wintry touch. Anna x

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  16. It's fun to change out the decor on a focal point like a fireplace or cabinet each month or for the seasons. I don't have a fireplace but I do have a large bookshelf between the living room and front stairwell that I love to decorate along with my china hutch in the dining room. I always shop the house as I have lots of trinkets. :) Your pom pom garland is cute. I think you should burn the pinecone candles. They'd be pretty on a large plate on a table in the evening. :) Have a great day!

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  17. I love your icy-cold january mantel !! It is indeed a bit too soon to get valentine or spring in, so this is just perfect for winter, without being christmassy !!

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  18. Your mantel looks so nice with all the icy decorations. You've made it look nice and wintry, but not Christmassy. My mantel is in the basement family room, and I don't spend much time in there, so I never change the mantel pieces. I tend to fuss with the display on my buffet instead. Wendy x

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  19. Loving the new mantel adornment Amy - and great minds must think alike as I am making a pom pom garland too at the moment !
    Wishing you health and good wished for you and yours in 2015, Kate xx

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  20. Very pretty, Amy - I love the pom-poms:)

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  21. Lovely January look! I love to change out the mantel, too - being such a small space, it is easy to tackle, but gives so much seasonal satisfaction as the center of the room everyone gathers in. Happy New Year!

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  22. It looks very nice. We gave our daughter a kit for Christmas to make a pom pom scarf for herself and a doll. I don't know if she's ready for making pom poms but I'm looking forward to giving it a try. :) I don't know anything about putting lights in a Nativity crib but I had a roommate in school who put them all over the headboard of her bed. I never understood how she could sleep with all those Christmas lights blazing through the night but she did!

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  23. It's a great idea. Why should we limit ourselves just to Christmas decorating our mantels? The possibilities are endless. You could do heart shapes next month for Valentine's Day

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  24. Fabulous. I do miss having a mantel so I'll enjoy watching how you decorate yours throughout the year.

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  25. It is beautiful Amy! The Pom poms are the perfect focal point for your January mantle! And I love the idea of changing the mantle every month! Keeps things fresh and inspiring!!! Thanks for inspiring me buddy!! Nicole xo

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  26. I love it Amy, and also something to look forward to each month-hugs Kathy

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  27. I love those pom poms! Way to go!

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  28. I remember making pom poms at school, that wasn't that long ago you know..........cough cough lol x

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  29. Very nice :-) I always find the mantelpiece so bare after Christmas; in some ways it's a relief after all the clutter of decorations, but at other times I want something there to be a focal point. You've got me thinking.....xx

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  30. Happy New Year, Amy!
    For New Year's Eve a couple years back, I got together with a friend and we made pom-pom animals. It was quite fun. I love your idea of decorating that mantel - so pretty!

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  31. What a fantastic idea to get us through the cold wintery months. Your mantel looks awesome! I wish I had a mantel to decorate. A fireplace would help beat the cold too come to think of it! I think I'll build a faux fireplace just so I can have a mantel to decorate! I'm going to pull out my pom pom maker as well.

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  32. It looks very pretty, I would never have thought of using pom poms and twinkly lights, I love the crystal trinkets. I have a pom pom maker, they are really quick to make :-) x

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  33. Your mantle looks lovely, it is always good to make changes. Sarah x

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  34. Brilliant Amy......looks perfect for January! :) xxx

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  35. Well I thin your mantle looks oh so pretty Amy and perfect for this time of year! I am loving catching up with all your posts.. Happy New Year my dear! Hazel x

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  36. A lovely idea Amy, snow for January....maybe hearts for February?

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  37. What a lovely idea. It looks beautiful Amy.

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  38. You are clearly a dab hand with the pompom makers, unlike me, my pompoms fall apart soon as look at them.

    I missed most of your lovely holiday posts Amy while I was taking a little blogging break, so somewhat belatedly may I wish you a Happy New Year and only good things in 2015 x

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  39. The colours of the Pom poems are perfect for this time of year!
    And I love the way the crystal adds extra sparkle with the lights!

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  40. The pom poms are inspired! I love the colours.... and please tell me I'm not the only one humming songs from Frozen?

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  41. Just lovely Amy! Very wintery and perfect for this time of year!! Those pom poms snowballs are just adorable! xo

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  42. Beautiful and elegant mantle! Love the pom poms.

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  43. That looks good, I'll enjoy seeing your monthly mantle makeovers this year :) I love the pompom 'bunting' - they look great and perfect for January.

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  44. Your mantelpiece looks gorgeous. All wintery and jewel like and such a simple and thrifty idea x

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  45. Gorgeous Pom poms! Fantastic that you have put to use one of your Christmas presents already :-) xx

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  46. Perfect for a snowy, icy scene! The pom poms are very cute. Bee xx

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  47. Hey Amy, your mantel looks so pretty and I love the Pom poms!

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  48. I can't imagine how a pompom maker works, I only know the old way of making them with the cardboard - you really are very creative Amy

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  49. I love the butterfly on the wrapping gift! I like the idea of the pom poms!!

    Sandra

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  50. Oh gee...I must get a Pom Pom maker....what a pain in the a$$ making them!
    Unwrap those cute pinecones candles! Go crazy, Amy♥️
    Enjoy your evening
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  51. Ooooh I love those pinecone candles, they are amazing!
    Jillxo

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  52. what a lovely idea! pom pom makers are such fun and you're right, so much easier than the traditional cardboard rings! I love those pinecone candles too! my mantle is looking decidedly bare… I'm waiting for some inspiration to strike! x

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  53. What a fun idea!!! I can't wait to see what you come up with each month!

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  54. I do have a mantel in the "so-called" formal lounge which I use as my quilting room. I think yours is beautiful and could use the same idea as you and change it on a regular basis. I do have some lovely sentimental things on it, but sometimes a change is as good as holiday. Maybe we could have a Monthly Mantel showing? Take care.

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  55. I love the pom pom mantel! I think I will leave my woodland decor on the mantel for a while yet...the Christmas stuff is down, but I really don't know what to put on the mantel right now either. Great winter theme you have incorporated though! Have a great evening!

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  56. Oh Amy I completely LOVE this mantel - all your homemade touches are gorgeous. I love the crystal type decorations too. The collection of all the items together works beautifully. I may well do a post soon inspired by your monthly mantel changes!! J9 x

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  57. How inspiring! I love what you've chosen to display and look forward to seeing your mantle thoughout the year! x

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  58. Happy New Year, Amy!

    What a lovely way to welcome January, with a wonderful winter mantel, complete with your own pretty pom pom snowflakes, fairy lights and pine cones. A beautiful presentation!

    xx
    Poppy

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  59. A beautiful display! It's one of lifes' pleasures for me, changing my mantel! It can totally change my mood. Once a month is a great idea, I might try that too! xxx

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  60. Hello, I was thinking of making a pompom garland for the Christmas tree for next year - shush am I already making for next year????? What have you threaded them onto and how do you make them stay in the same place? I must start making my mantel look pretty.

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    1. Hi Sally, after making the pom poms, I threaded a piece of the same yarn I had been using onto the very large needle that I use for sewing in the ends on my crochet work and then just poked the needle into the middle of the pom pom and out of the other side and kept on doing the same. When I was done I stuck either end of the yarn to the mantel with blutak and then just moved the pompoms along to where I wanted them to be, the tension just holds them in place. I don't know how it would work if you were using a smooth thread though, but for wool/yarn, it works just fine. I hope that you enjoy your making! xx

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  61. I finally got around to catching up on your lovely blog, Amy, and it is so funny to me how much we have going on the same at the moment! Pompom makers, reading piles, getting organised, finishing WIPs! I really enjoyed reading and feel extra motivated now as well, so thank you xx

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