No trip to the store for extra paint.
No money spent within the past year for this particular project.
Hell, I didn’t even break a sweat creating it.
Not that I have a sweating problem.
Because I don’t.
No that’s a lie.
The TV is the centerpiece of our family room.
And you are lying if you are shaming me at your computer.
Because in most homes, the couch in the family room is facing the television.
Not the mantel.
Not the window.
Go and check.
I will wait.
But lately, I just haven’t been in a decorating mood.
Painting, yes, but decorating, no.
So I was looking for something simple this holiday season for our mantel.
Something true to us.
Not over the top.
And definitely not fashioned specifically for the blog.
Meaning, would I create this mantel if I didn’t have a blog?
Yes, I would.
I used real greenery instead of my Target pre-lit fake pine strand I have used for years and I like this so much more.
The smell is amazing and it looks so much better than the fake pine.
And it only cost me $4.99 to do this whole mantel.
The greenery I used was from the grocery store in the floral department.
The little ball ornaments on the end are from Dollar Tree last Christmas season.
This is not real candlelight either.
I got the larger candle at Kmart three years ago as part of a set of four flameless candles after Christmas on sale for around 10 bucks.
The mercury glass votive holders were from Pottery Barn, last year, for around $3.50 each.
The “joy” ornament?
Dollar Tree last year.
I see the stocking turned around.
Life isn’t perfect and neither are my stockings.
That and I was too lazy to go back and re-create the picture with all the stockings turned perfectly in the right direction.
But then that wouldn’t make me a real blogger, would it?
The snowflake stockings were a hand me down from my mama.
I think she got them at Target years ago.
The plaid stockings were from Kohl’s a few years ago and I just added iron-on letters to personalize it.
The PRAY sign I got at Hobby Lobby years ago and I know they still have them on the shelves today.
I love that sign.
Because sometimes we need a reminder.
So this year, the only thing I needed to buy to create our mantel was the greenery and this only took me 10 minutes to create.
Then I could spend more time on important things.
Like making Rolo cookies.
Oh yes, and spending time with my family.
I meant to say that first.