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Friendship Features Christmas Mantle

A fireplace is a cozy feature for a home. If you are blessed with a fireplace and have a mantle, perhaps you long to have just the right Christmas decor that reflects your style. Today’s friendship feature is about my builder friend and her success with creating a beautiful woods themed Christmas mantle.

Woods Inspired Christmas Mantle

Woods inspired Christmas mantle and close up of Christmas tree with handmade ornaments. The purposeful and decorative woodbox with custom paint finish is also a diy project.

 The mission started with a girls trip to Hobby Lobby and the quest to find the perfect foundation. She settled on a garland that suited her and a few decor pieces to pair with it. With so many options available, the task could have been overwhelming, but not for this purpose driven lady. She knew what she wanted, and scored on a few pieces. The trip was short, sweet and memorable. Laughter filled the car and chocolate and specialty coffee may have been consumed.

A few days later, travel buddies learned the decorations were exactly what she was looking for, except for one element. She envisioned a little wooden church, and promptly went to work to make one! I think you will be impressed with Ms. Builder’s work. I am wowed by what she creates, and the short amount of time it takes her to complete it!

Little Wooden Church

Handmade wooden church is perfect accessory for this woods inspired mantle.

The finished mantle looks fit to be in a decorator magazine! Her vintage inspired folk art church is charming with an abundance of detail. Note the chimney crafted by small pebbles and rock frosted with snow.  These photographs were taken last Christmas. I don’t think she has had time to decorate for Christmas (as of this morning) as she is in the middle of building a house for a client. But that could change by this afternoon. See more of C’s Christmas designs and read about the vintage inspired glitter houses hereTo see some of the life-size homes she is building or to contact her about a design project, view her contact info here.

Woods Inspired Christmas Mantle

Woods inspired Christmas Mantle must look extra beautiful by candlelight and a wood fire.

The lovely photograph over the mantle is of a historic bridge in our area, known as Silver Bridge. It’s one of C’s photographs that she framed herself while owning an art and photography studio. Have I mentioned the fireplace itself is a C. Powell original designed and built by her.  Their lovely hard  wood floor was a labor of love by husband and wife working together. Thankfully, they survived that  strenuous project and recently celebrated their 19th anniversary.

The Powell's

The Powell’s stop to pose for me as I dropped in on them while they were working on their property before breaking ground a few days later. This was in July and they were complete within a few months.  The East wall of their home is lined with windows that looks at this view of the woods.

I was trying to remember if Ms. Builder celebrated Christmas that first year in their new home and found this photograph in my files to confirm that they did. I can’t imagine making accessories to decorate with after a whirlwind major house building project! But this young lady dreamed it and made it! Don’t you love the detail of the handle and her custom paint finishing techniques?

 

DIY Handmade Wooden Box

DIY Red Wooden Box makes a lovely centerpiece or mantle display.

I hope this post made you smile and inspired you. I can’t wait to share the kitchen remodel that C. Powell completed for us right before they built their home and tell you the story of how it came to be.

There is so much more I want to share with you: snips of fresh flowers and fall colors in the dining room and gardens that were late bloomers this year, worn copies of Christmas books by favorite authors, our Jesse Tree and ornaments that correlate to the Christmas devotional by Anne Voscamp, my piano Christmas Tea invitations, ideas on fresh flower centerpieces for your Christmas table, and Christmas tours of a governor’s mansion, are among the few at the top of the list. The struggle is real about what I want to do, what I should do and what gets done!

As I pen these last few words, the sun is breaking into a glorious sunrise and I have tears in my eyes as I witness glorious splendor and reflect on words from this morning’s reading of my advent devotional. “The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God.”

In today’s reading, Voscamp reflects John Calvin’s words that every human being is “formed to be a spectator of the created world and given eyes that he might be led to its author…first {to} cast our eyes upon the very beautiful fabric of the world in which {God} wishes to be seen by us…. As soon as we acknowledge God to be the supreme architect, who has erected the beauteous fabric of the universe, our minds must necessarily be ravished with wonder at His infinite goodness, wisdom and power.”

Let’s walk through this season ravished with wonder and deep adoration of the Giver and the Gift of Christmas. Let His love make you glad. We have much to be in awe about!

Sharing inspiration with Amaze Me Monday, The Scoop, Wow Us Wednesdays and French Country Cottage.

Grace to you

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6 Responses to Friendship Features Christmas Mantle

  1. Rhonda December 2, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    Oh, so rich! I’m much richer for sharing these morning moments with you! All I can do is “sigh” over this post and ponder the richness of all you shared. Thankful for you…..so thankful!

    • withendlessgrace December 12, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      You are precious for sharing your gracious words. We do share a love for Anne’s writings, don’t we? I had tears over my reading this morning.
      I’m thankful for you, sweet sister!

  2. autumn December 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Yay! Christmas eye candy. Although…..there’s a shocking lack of glitter. Sunrises affect me the same way 🙂

    • withendlessgrace December 12, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      Ha,ha! I think the lack of glitter was intentional. Perhaps you should suggest you could bring some on your next visit?
      I didn’t know you felt that way about sunrises. It was truly a special moment, as I had just finished reading that quote about adoring God as the antidote for anxiety. I will need to draw on that remedy on a daily basis during this lovely and busy season!

  3. Janet Bamesberger December 3, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Incredible talent! It is such a joy to read about your talented friends, and your talent to write about them!

    • withendlessgrace December 12, 2016 at 10:46 am #

      Mom, you are such an encourager and my biggest cheerleader. Thanks for blessing me with your sweet comments!

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