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...