I can’t help myself. I love to decorate for the seasons. I find myself wanting mostly white for Winter and the month of January. I think it helps brighten my mood and I don’t focus so much on the dreary weather outside. Luckily I just happen to have a few snowmen, snowflakes and white and silver accessories laying around. Okay, they’re not actually laying around, they’re really in totes marked Winter. I haven’t put them all out yet , but I thought I’d start with showing you my fireplace mantel. Ahhh, so white and cheery.


I bought these snowflake tea light holders for 80% off at Hobby Lobby. Which means I spent a whopping $1.80 for each one. They look kind of silver in the picture but they’re really brown.


I think snowflakes should be white not brown, so I painted them heirloom white. I like them much better and they match the sleigh now.


I’ve had the sleigh for years and love it. All the faux mercury glass was at Hobby Lobby for 80% off also. They were such a deal that I couldn’t pass them up, plus they’re just beautiful. 


I’ve had the wreath for years. Chunks of glitter are starting to fall off of it because it’s so old but I love how it looks over the fireplace. Don’t worry, the picture of Christ is still in the living room, I just moved him to a different wall.   


Remember, these letter cards I bought at Joann’s and used to spell out Give Thanks? They’re back, spelling Winter now.  I love that I can keep reusing them. Just slide the cards between the binding tape and use clothespins to hold them in place. 


Ta-Da! That’s the mantel. There’s more Winter decor coming tomorrow. 

And stay tuned for an awesome giveaway guaranteed to keep you warm.

I’m linking to:

Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented

DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Strut Your Stuff  Thursday at Somewhat Simple

Mantel Party at The Stories of A to Z

Winter Home Transition Pieces at The Inspired Room

Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts

Show and Tell Week at The DIY Showoff

Make Your Monday at Twice Remembered

Decorate For Winter at Someday Crafts

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heidi @ wonder woman wannabe January 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Looks great! Love the banner!

Someday Crafts January 4, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I love those snowflakes! Wish I could find two for $1.80!!!

Treasia Stepp January 5, 2010 at 3:51 am

A very pretty winter mantle. I love those snowflakes and Hobby Lobby is my favorite store on earth. I could get lost in there for hours. LOL.

Kimm at Reinvented January 5, 2010 at 7:13 am

Fabulous! I love the garland, and those metal snowflake tea light holders are really cool, especially with a coat of my favorite color! Thanks for linking up your great ideas Leanne.

Beth Grasteit January 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

It’s fun how you’re not afraid to alter something you just bought. I’ve painted frames lots of colors, but objects are a fun idea. The snowflakes look great! I am excited about your class tonight!

Kara January 5, 2010 at 9:20 am

It looks just beautiful!! Love those snowflake tealights, and I agree with you, they look much better white. :)

Connie January 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

You are so right, snowflakes should be white (or heirloom white in you case). Those turned out beautiful. So wish we had a Hobby Lobby in our neck of the woods, so jealous.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions January 5, 2010 at 11:53 am

Great price! I like them much better white, too!

Mandi January 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

How pretty! I’m still taking down my Christmas decor. Maybe just maybe I may leave a few things up now. I’m so inpsired!

Dawn January 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Wow, what an amazing transformation with the snow flakes, very nice! The mantle looks perfect!!

Steffany January 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

I love everything, what a fabulous idea to re-use the letters with the binding tape.

I love your blog.

Heidi January 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Your mantel looks great, I like the soothing white – it’s clean and fresh and still wintery. I am looking forward to redecorating for winter once we finally finish getting everything Christmasy out of the house. I agree that it feels good to start the new year with a fresh new look!
Stop by and say hello sometime!
Heidi – Heart and Home

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage January 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Great job! Thanks for posting! I love winter white!

gail January 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I love the look of your mantel, even though we got snow today and it is very cold! :)
Spring is my favorite time of year…. patiently waiting.


Liz@HoosierHomemade January 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Love it! Beautiful! I included your post on my Friday Favorites list!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z January 8, 2010 at 8:30 am

I love it! I’m especially in love with your little winter banner. So cute. Thanks for linking up to my party!

Jen January 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

Really simple & fresh. Love it!

Cha Cha January 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Just like everything you do, I love this. The snow flakes are just amazing, I need to find some. Thanks for sharing.
Cha Cha

jenjen January 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I love your mantle. So pretty and I love the banner too. Adorable!


pj January 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

looks gorgeous… i love everything about it!

Carmen January 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Very pretty! I like the letter cards. Neat idea.

Yvette January 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Wonderufl!! I am going to JoAnn’s and look for these letters! So cute!

Linda January 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

LOVE this mantel! The colors are perfect, and I love the banner! Also like the symmetry–it’s very appealing to the eye. thanks for sharing!!

Carey January 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Love the snowflakes great idea to paint them and what a bargain!


Funky Junk Interiors January 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Boy those white snowflakes were meant to look just like that! They really pop off your wall. Pretty mantel!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Lynette January 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

How pretty and why were they brown to start with – I think your color choice was a great improvement!

Your entire mantel looks great – love the banner!

The Tablescaper January 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Looks great! Fresh and wintery.

– The Tablescaper

Lana Austin January 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Wonderful! I think it’s wonderful to utilize the same pieces in myriad ways!
Hugs, Lana Austin

Cheri Peoples January 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Very pretty.

This post wasn’t working properly but I fixed it. I just noticed you don';t have its so very cheri listed–I just need to get you to add it


kathysue January 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

Love your wintry mantle it looks great and how fun for all that visit your home to see the new changes you make. Great Job! Kathysue

Shannon January 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

I really like the tealight snow flakes! I like them painted better… I’m with you.. snowflakes need to be white, not brown :)
I’m always interested to see how others decorate their mantles. Mine always seems to be in limbo.

pk @ Room Remix January 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

You’re right. Snowflakes should be white! :-) Your mantle looks really cute.

julie January 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm

very cute! i am lovin those letters! great job!

Roeshel @ The DIY Show Off January 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I love it! Perfect for winter and what a great deal. I love your fireplace mantel. Great job!

Thanks for linking up to the DIY Show & Tell!


Donnamarie January 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I love your mantle. I googled Mantle winter decorations and your site did not come up.In fact, there were very few ideas. I am so glad I found this from another blog site with mantle ideas. I have marked this site as one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Your mantle is beautiful. Wish we had a Hobby Lobby here in Sacramento.

Someday Crafts January 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for linking up! YOu have such a great style for decorating!

Deborah January 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I love your mantle, especially the banner! I enjoyed looking through your blog this evening and will be returning.

Veronica April 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I love this mantle.

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