Simple and Sweet: How to Decorate Your Mantle for Christmas

Merry Mantle

Your fireplace mantle is likely the focal point in your room.  Here are some easy ways to keep your design simple and sweet as you decorate it for Christmas 2017!  And BTW, I cheated a little bit by adding candles instead of a real fire.  Lefty is the only one who knows how to turn the thing on!

Farmhouse Chic

Some say that Farmhouse Chic is on its way out. I say, “No way, Dudette!”  Even if you’re not into the farmhouse style, try to add different textural elements to your display such as wood, stone, metal, and fabric.  My favorite part of my display is how the straight lines on the picture frames come together with the organic texture of the swag that I bought from Hobby Lobby.  I’ll let you in on a little secret:  home decor trends may come and go, but this farm-raised girl from rural Alabama is always going to be about distressed, flea market-esque, farmhouse chic!


Simple farmhouse design Christmas mantle.

 Have Yourself an Earthy Little Christmas

What would Sweetgum Life be without the sweetgum balls? For my natural elements, I went out back and filled a cylinder with sweetgum balls and twigs from the sweetgum trees. To keep the twigs upright, I cut open a Gatorade bottle and stuck the twigs inside.

Mad for Christmas Plaid

Princess Buttercup thought that my display looked too earthy. She suggested that I add a pop of red. Plaid is trending like crazy in north Alabama! From Pottery Barn to my beloved Hobby Lobby, I’m seeing plaid everywhere. Like I said, I’m not really a trend-follower, but this red plaid ribbon speaks to my Scottish roots. BTW again, I bought the ribbon and the swag at Hobby Lobby. I probably got some of my Santas there, too.

 

Simple farmhouse design Christmas mantle with Great-Grandmother's rocking chair.

Add a Little Traditional Christmas Decor

I’m not much of a collector, in general, but I do love my Santa and Snowman collections. I’ve had these little guys for years. Here’s something critical to keep in mind–only display the ornaments that bring you joy. If your late Aunt Dossie gave you an ornament back in the 80’s but it’s not your favorite, let it go. Or at least pack it up to give your kids one day.

My Santa Matryoshka Family

Lefty and I bought these little Santa matryoshka dolls in Germany one year, so they’re pretty special. When she was little, Princess Buttercup used to play with them so much that they rarely stayed put as a display.

Baby Santa Matryoshka

So what do you think?  Is this a perfect-for-Pinterest Christmas Mantle?  Pin or Pitch?  I love hearing from you guys, so please post in the comments.  I promise I’m not selling your email address to a 3rd party.  I don’t even know a 3rd party! 😉

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Iron Bowl 2017, Roll Tide Roll!

Today is Iron Bowl 2017–Get ready to Roll Tide Roll!

Hound's tooth hat

Alabama icon–a Bear Bryant hound’s tooth hat.

Lee Corso picks Alabama

Lefty and I love ESPN Gameday for the most part. We typically don’t like their guest prognosticators, but last week they had Craig T. Nelson, which was pretty cool.

Almost all the ESPN Gameday guys picked Alabama to win…but Lee Corso is the one who counts the most!  Unfortunately, I forgot while running around town trying to find the type of Christmas ornament holders that I like.  Didn’t find them. Fortunately, Lefty recorded it for me!

I say “Roll,” You say “Tide!” Roll Tide, Roll Tide!

But folks are all ready for The Game in their orange and blue or crimson (not red and white, thank you very much) and white.

You go past any random stranger in a crimson shirt and greet them cordially, “Roll Tide.”

In return, they say back in complete agreement, “Roll Tide.”

 

Translation:

“Roll Tide” is to say: Alabama is going to beat Auburn, right?

The other person reciprocates, “Roll Tide!”  This means:  Absolutely!!!

 

Roll Tide t-shirt

Alabama vs. Auburn Rivalry

As always, the University of Alabama vs. Auburn University rivalry will be one of the most unforgettable game of the year.  Yes, the Crimson Tide is #1 in the NCAA.  But you just never can bet on the Iron Bowl–the name of the ageless rivalry.

Roll Tide?

Roll Tide!

Bama sweatshirt

Okay, marketing people at Walmart…The school colors are Crimson and White…Not black and red. :-p

#RTR
#IronBowl2017
#AlabamaAuburn
#collegefootball
#rivalry

The Fall Tag

Hello Everyone, and welcome to The Fall Tag!  I got the idea of The Fall Tag from fellow Creative, Yara, at Little DIY Projects. Be sure to visit her blog for some sweet and creative ideas!

The Fall Tag Badge

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The Fall Tag Rules:

  • Put the tag badge and rules in your post and link to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 10 fall-related questions.
  • Tag at least 5 other bloggers to join the fun!

The Fall Tag Questions:

What’s your favorite fall outfit?

I spend most of my daily life in jeans and a thick Bama sweatshirt. For dressing up, I usually pick one of my long skirts with whatever blouse that happens to be clean.

Your favorite drink to have in the fall?
Pumpkin Spice Latte…m-m-m! It is both sweet and cinnamony. (Is that a word?)

Does your family have any fall traditions? If so, what are they?

Thanksgiving with the extended family at Mom’s.

What’s your favorite fall-scented candle?

Gold Canyon’s Banana Nut Bread candle. Yum!

Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories.
Playing hide-in-seek on the big hay bales with my brother and cousins. Grandmother Lindsey’s amazing cornbread dressing. One year, Princess Buttercup and I contracted mono, so we 3 (Lefty, PB, and I) stayed home while everyone else in my family went to Birmingham. We had a wonderful time, in spite of everything, because I cooked Stovetop Stuffing, and it was the first Thanksgiving meal put on only by me and my husband.

What are some fall movies you enjoy watching? It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

What’s your favorite fall treat? Pumpkin Pie Spice anything.

My nominees:

These are the people I nominate. Of course, you don’t have to do the tag, only do it if you want to!

Southern Kissed

Our Little Red House

DIY Home Decor

Intelligent Domestications

Nanahood

My New Happy

Katherine’s Corner

Love My Big Happy Family

If you want me to tag you, just comment: ‘Can you tag me?’ and I’ll add you! 🙂

Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that!

Note: The Fall Tag Badge and almost all of the content was from Yara at Little DIY Projects. Thank you for sharing, Yara!!!

eCo Creates a Sweet Holiday Tablescape!

Erma's red, white, and black holiday tablescape.

Erma’s talent in putting together a holiday tablescape is evident in this black, white, and red tableau.

It’s the holiday season and Erma Sampson of eCompany (eCo) can help get your holiday tablescape ready for the festivities!

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Erma Sampson is the proprietor of one of Funky Monkey’s very popular booths.

Erma owns eCo, a booth at Funky Monkey Vintage Market in Madison, Alabama.

She has enjoyed a sweet life with Funky Monkey since September 2014—practically since it opened its doors to customers who love to shop creative resale stores.

 Greenery for festive holiday tablescape

 

eCo Friendly

The E in eCo mainly stands for the first letter in Erma’s name. It also stands for her value of caring for the environment.

“Watching what we put in our land fields is a passion of mine…” said Erma, who has a booth full of upcycled and new items.

Natural elements and fine China

Incorporate natural elements with something formal like your fine China.

Beautiful Home Décor

Walk into Erma’s booth, and you can see right away that she has a knack for putting together a beautiful holiday tablescape.

“I am really passionate about things looking their best,” said Erma, “and I’m also passionate about home décor. I love dining tables and chairs and basically anything that catches my eyes. I pretty much invest in [an item] to reclaim it, upcycle it, and put it back into circulation.”

Beautiful white pitchers

I’ll bet these pretty pitchers will go fast…I love them!

Customer Service

Erma is an incredibly sweet person and a very helpful vendor.

While I was visiting eCo, a customer came in to shop and to introduce herself and her 21-year-old daughter to Erma.  “Thank you for being a part of our home!” the customer said as she showed  her daughter where she’d purchased several eCo items for their home.

“I pour a lot of love into what I do, and I hope that people appreciate it—and they do. That’s evident by the purchases that are made,” said Erma.

Plants and pops of color

Try incorporating fun succulents and punches of color like this pretty floral napkin to your holiday tablescape.

Erma’s Tips for Upcycling:

“Always invest in something that you really love. If you have a piece that’s sentimental to you or you’re tired of a piece, you can always upcycle that piece—maybe its color. Sometimes people get rid of things that just need a little TLC. It may need a little putty, a little sanding, or a good cleaning, and it can be new again with a new color,” said Erma.

Your local landfill will thank you!

Happy Holidays!

Erma said, “Being Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all of those who have supported my business, whether it was a sweet compliment or they actually used their resources to invest in a piece from eCo. I am certainly grateful for that, and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope this whole holiday season is filled with family, friends, food, and festivities that truly warm hearts!”

The completed holiday tablescape

Note from Stephanie: I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this piece. I was just glad to get some more photography practice and help support this super-nice lady as well as our local economy!

Photo credit for first holiday tablescape picture:  Erma Sampson.  I took the others with my sweet little Nikon!