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10 January, 2012

My Winter Mantel...Deer, Moss and Mercury Glass

018 Christmas has ended, but I still couldn’t quite part with a few of the elements I had used, so I decided to incorporate them into my winter mantel! Some of them are new to me, but still along the natural theme I used during the  holidays.

067 Among them are deer, moss and mercury glass with a few pinecones thrown in for good measure! I started out with the idea of tying pinecones and mercury glass acorns to twine to create a garland. It has a simple, stark wintery look, I think.

005 At the center of it all, my favorite new find…a fabulous deer head pedestal bowl! It came with two big candle holders, one of which you can see in the background. And best of all, the price…$18 for all three pieces! And they are heavy, too! Woo hoo!

062 You’ve got to love this guy! Isn’t he (as well as all of his siblings) a handsome fellow? I love the addition of deer to decor this season…as long as nobody got hurt. What can I say…I never recovered from seeing Bambi’s mommy get killed!

063 Inside the bowl…moss rocks from Dollar Tree (at five for $1.00…you read that right!), more pinecones from my yard and my mercury glass acorns from Walmart last year. I love a little bling with natural elements…a fun contrast!

008 On either side, the over-sized candle holders sport mossy ‘brains” since I didn’t want to use the huge candles they would require. I like the look of more moss on the mantel and I have other plans in the candle department!

010And here they are…my $3.00 bargain faux birch wood candles! I bet you think I finally broke down and bought the ones I have been drooling over at Pottery Barn for the last two years…no indeedy! I happened upon these at Kohl’s for 75% off plus I had a 20% off coupon! A real steal so I bought the last four! Start the car! They are perched on my mercury glass candle holders from last year…lovin’ me some mercury glass!

066 To top it all off, a simple twiggy wreath from Hobby Lobby…bought with a 40% off coupon, of course! They had several sizes and this one came the closest to what I needed. I just had to give it a little hair cut so it wouldn’t overwhelm the mirror.

043 And where is the staff?…you ask. Our scheduled co-hostess Miss Kitty found a spot of sun on the painted chest on the other side of the room and is in her usual Who me? I am a part of this vignette pose. Who can blame her…it’s been a pretty day after several days of cold weather.

067 And there you have it…my mossy, deer populated, sparkly winter mantel! I hope you like it. I am going to enjoy another couple of months of wintery weather (yes, I am one of those weird people) as the fire in the fireplace sparkles in the mercury glass! Won’t you join me in some hot cocoa? Ahhh!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my mantel! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Gloria at Potentially Beautiful for the Winter Mantel Party
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for the Winter Blues Party

Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

83 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful! Love those moss balls and your candles. Great deals!

    Would love for you to come over and link up at my Winter Mantle party tomorrow.

    Have a great day!

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  2. You are too funny today! "Moss Brains", "start the car", and giving your wreath a haircut! Like the wintery look for the mantel, but I got to say, I'm one of those that is ready for spring/summer. At least the staff is enjoying the sun! ;o)

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  3. Debbie, you have met your match where plates are concerned. If I give a set away, I buy another set. And I have them hanging in my living room, guest bath, and you get the picture! I confess to being "a plate addict" like you. LOL! Great post...and I had an avocado refrigerator!! It and harvest gold will be newsmakers any day now announcing their return!!!

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  4. I love your mantel. Perfect wintery look. The mercury glass really sets it off. Your kitty looks just like my Fiona =)
    MaryAnn

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  5. Debbie...everything looks wonderful...really winterized! I love the deer and {brainy} moss and your new birch candles. And I really love the garland with the pine cones, it's so cute! Great job!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. I think of all the mantels you have done, this might be my most favorite! What a steal on the bowl and candleholders, umm, moss brain holders, not to mention the candles.

    Beautifully put together.

    I think you need to rename your blog: "Get The Pottery Barn Look Without The Pottery Barn Price!"

    ETS

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  7. What a gorgeous mantel! Love the deer! What a great find! I have been looking for those moss rocks...and all I had to do was try Dollar Tree? Thanks for the tip! I love the look that you have created! Awesome!

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  8. Winter just began, so it's wonderful that you can enjoy it, but who wouldn't with such a gorgeous mantle?
    You've inspired me so I became a follower, and yesterday I began to decorate my mantle. I found some lovely things and will post a photo on my blog when it's complete. I adore your blog!

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  9. Wow! I love your winter mantle. I haven't been able to take down my winter tablescape (candles & pinecones) off the dining table either. Now I'm going to smile and leave it for a few more weeks!

    And I'm going to dollar tree today....

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  10. That is just gorgeous. The colours are stunning together. Miss Kitty looks pretty 'stunning' herself today.

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  11. Your winter mantel is fresh and pretty! love the birch candles and great you got them at a margin price. Laura

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  12. All the deer goodies are gorgeous, and of course the moss brains!! Maybe that's what's happening to me...moss brains. anyhoo, love the mantle. looks like winter! xoxo

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  13. I thoroughly love winter, and will enjoy it as long as it lasts. Good thing I live in Colorado. Your mantel looks great!! Sally

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  14. Your mantel looks gorgeous. I love your new deer pieces. They really are stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  15. What a pretty mantel. Love those deer pieces. Hugs, Linda

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  16. Your mantel is stunning. I love the bright green & silver combination. So pretty! I cannot believe you purchased all three deer pieces for $18. What a deal!

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  17. Love it ! So so cool. Love moss ! And your kitty is super cute too.

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  18. ive been looking for an idea for after the holidays. this looks good!

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  19. Hi Debbie, Just found your blog. Beautiful pictures! I too am a plate addict...didn't know there were others out there! I recently wrote a post on Beachnutlane.blogspot.com about using plates as wall art.

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  20. Great look and so "organic". I gotta get those moss rocks at DT. Love your deer head containers. You find the best things...I know I've said that before, but it's true. :)
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  21. I love it! I have a deer urn and candleholers I used on my hunt themed mantel. Aren't those moss rocks great-so many uses for them! Those birch bark candles are to die for-haven't seen any around here.

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  22. Loving that handsome deer (urn) and his sidekicks!!! :) The finish is beautiful! And the moss brains and touches of mercury glass are perfect additions to the mantel vignette!

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  23. What a beautiful winter mantel, Debbie! I love it, especially how you mixed so many fun elements together! I have those same mercury candlesticks (from Michael's) and just used them to do my Valentine mantel.

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  24. Oh what a wonderful array of textures.
    I wonder if our dollarama here carries moss stones....
    LOVE ALL YOUR MERCURY.

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  25. Three of my favorite things Debbie!! Your winter mantel looks beautiful and I love those deer!

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  26. That dear bowl is really different and pretty....great find and buy...your kitty is so sweet!

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  27. I love your Deer Urn! With the moss it is really beautiful and "wintery"! XO Cindy

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  28. The deer head pedestal bowl really makes the mantel...gorgeous!

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  29. That is so pretty Debbie. I really love the bowl, very unique!

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  30. Ooh...I love your mantle as well.

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  31. Very pretty look after the Christmas stuff is packed away!

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  32. Everything about your mantle decor is perfect--including the price. The deer are wonderful and mercury glass is one of my favorite decorating elements. The mercury glass pinecones are really special. Love it, love it, love it!

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  33. Debbie,
    How perfect! I just finished some hot cocoa and this post was the "crowning" touch, dear friend! Love the deer! As I viewed your new candle holders this thought came to mind...had you tried a glass cloche atop them? Miss Kitty look ever so lovely basking in the sunlight! I, too, am ready for winter weather and snuggling up with "Mr. Ed" in front of the fireplace after a game of checkers!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  34. Oh Deb! Where in the world did you find those beauties??? What finds! they are perfect for a Winter Mantle, and look how much fun they will be next Christmas. I love them. The moss rocks are another great find. You always amaze me and what you are able to find. I just love your mantle. You make me very excited to finish my own now. :) Love you, my friend. Miss you. :(

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  35. Debbie, I just know you are wanting change your blog title to Confessions of a Bargain Hunting Plate Addict. You find THE best bargains. That deer head bowl and candle holders are so great looking and what a deal you got! Not to mention the deal on this great candels. I love the way you put it all together for such a pretty winter mantel. laurie

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  36. Great job! I love the pedestal bowl with the deer heads! Very cool- and so are the moss brains! LOL Love the combo with the mercury glass...gotta have some glalm! Those are great candles too (yay Kohls)!

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  37. Your winter mantle speaks the feeling of all things winter. What great finds!!..Waiting for the birch candles was just meant to be..what a bargain!..

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  38. Hi Debbie,

    Your mantel is so very pretty and winter like. Your faux birch candles are the coolest. I love all the mercury glass.

    Dee

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  39. Looks fabulous, Debbie. Love all the elements - and the deer decor is just perfect! Linda

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  40. Your mantle looks GREAT- I love those candles you found at Kohls...but gotta tell you my favorite picture is the one with Kitty in it! xo Diana

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  41. So pretty. I love the green with the candles. The mantel is just beautiful.

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  42. That deer bowl is just amazing Debbie! What a cool and unusual find! And I love the birch candles and the whole look, very stunning!
    Cindy

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  43. Your winter mantel is beautiful Debbie! I just love all the different textures you used.

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  44. This is so very pretty and serene. I love how you mixed the different elements and textures to create your mantle display.. You have magic in those hands..

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  45. Great score on the deer goodies! Mercury glass is an all time fave of mine and I love the woodsy candles you have in them.

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  46. Debbie,
    I love your winter themed mantel! The dear head pedestal is so unique...what a find. I love the candles from Kohls too. I buy mass quantities of them at the end of every Christamas season.

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  47. Debbie, your winter mantel is reason enough to draw me to the cozy fire, but offer me hot chocolate and the deal is sealed. Love the new look, especially that handsome piece front and center. What a find! I've got some moss balls, but will now look for the moss rocks. I doubt our $ Store has them. They don't ever seem to have fun things like your store offers.
    Thanks for sharing the beauty, and stay warm and cozy. ~ sarah

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  48. I love your mantle! The urn and candle holders were such a great deal!
    I'm going to have to check out the Dollar Tree for those moss bowls. Love their versatility!

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  49. What a fun way to get through the winter. Richard from My Old Historic House

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  50. Debbie, I love your winter mantle. I think it is a great fit for January with your fabulous pedestal bowl. I like the way you filled the bowl with a little green moss and keeping the mercury glass. We need a little sparkle for the cold wet days like I'm having here. I just finished my January mantle and it needs a little something, now I know what. I'm going to add a little green moss too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  51. Love, love your mantle! The mercury glass looks gorgeous with the moss. Beautiful winter mantle!

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  52. Your mantel looks so good- I love the contrast of the mercury glass with the natural look of the pinecones and moss thingies. I've probably been called moss-brain a time or two....

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  53. Deer.Head.Pedestal.Bowl...Gaaaaa, I want one of those!!! Love it, actually love the entire mantle. My mantle has not recovered from Christmas. The moss is so refreshing in the midst of all the dreary weather outside. Great idea! Deb

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  54. Very pretty! And, oh, that Miss Kitty is so cute. I wish she was here so I could give her a cuddle! :-)

    Hugs,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  55. Hi Debbie, Your mantel is beautiful with the nature inspired theme. Love the deer urn.
    xo, Sherry

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  56. Debbie, Your mantle looks wonderful! I especially love the pine cone garland. Everything looks so natural & perfect!!

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  57. Me again, Deb. Could you pop over to my blog and take a look at a dish I found. Need your expert advise.

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  58. I love all the elements of your mantel; it is beautiful. One of my favorite things is mercury glass anything!

    Samara

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  59. You are the best bargain finder!! I love your pine cone garland with the sparkle of the mercury glass, so pretty, xo Kathysue

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  60. Looks gorgeous, Debbie! Everything ties in beautifully, and what great finds! Love your expression, "start the car"! I've never heard that before! And Miss Kitty just adds the final touch!

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  61. What a fabulous look! Your mossy, deer populated, sparkly winter mantel is truly awesome!

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  62. Your Winter mantel is beautiful! You are so funny, moss brains, huh?

    Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

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  63. Yes please on the hot cocoa. So glad to see that you staff was helping you with this project. They often seem to just watch you do all of the work. So typical!!

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  64. Your mantel is so pretty. I love it.

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  65. What a Beautiful mantel, it looks like a high end vignette, You sure know how to get the bargains, I love the photo with the reflection in the mirror, I see Blue plates hanging behind, so Pretty... My Elliott (Cat) could be Miss Kitties Twin!
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Cheryl

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  66. I love the whole natural look you have going there! You have inspired me to do something with my mantel which has been looking quite plain since Christmas ended! Oh - and Miss Kitty looks precious!
    -Shelley

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  67. Debbie,
    I love this look! I love the deer bowl and matching candle holders. I am dying here over the deal you got on the birch candles! I have admired those and then put them back! What a steal! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  68. Looks super. I've been eyeing those moss rocks at Dollar Tree for some time now. Every time I go I pick them up and leave without them. You did a great thing!

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  69. Love the mix of textures and the mercury glass you used on mantel. I never know quite what to do after the holidays with my mantel. Thanks for the ideas.

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  70. Thanks for sharing your Winter mantel. Love, love the deer bowl and all your finds. what a bargin you got on the "wood" look candles..best to you
    kate

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  71. The 2 birch candles I own came from Kohls a couple of years ago. Great bargain like yours! Your mantel looks so pretty- luv the addition of the green w/the mercury glass. Fresh and clean... Stay warm- it's downright freezing here in OH.
    hugs, Sue

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  72. Debbie, lovely winter mantel! I too love the winter months, unfortunately my part of No. Indiana is shy of snow this year! beautiful Kitty!! Lori

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  73. This is really beautiful, Debbie! There's just something about mercury glass, isn't there? Love it.

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  74. This is so pretty Debbie! You're just amazing at making your home so beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  75. It's all so lovely, I don't know what to comment on first! Well, yes I do! The acorns! How did I miss those at Walmart? Well, I'm happy to see yours.

    The mantle is a delight...

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  76. Very nice, I'm loving that pop of bright green! Happy winter...

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  77. OMG!!! while I browsed down, I keep drooling with your finds.

    You are such a lucky lady.

    HAPPY TTT,
    /chie

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  78. Beautiful! Love Miss Kitty picture too.Thanks for sharing JoAnn

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  79. Thanks for adding this gorgous post to my first ever Wild About Mother Nature party and being such a supportive friend. Love you! :)

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  80. You have hi-lighted two of my favorites items. Mercury glass and reindeer moss. I bought those same moss balls at the dollar store. SAWEEEEET deal! Everything looks lovely. Now me, I'm hoping for Spring. Although I have nothing to complain about. We have hardly had a Winter this year.

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  81. I laughed out loud at your "Moss Brains" comment ... too funny. I love them and the rest of the elements you used to create a beautiful winter mantel! Your deer head pedestal bowl is awesome, and I love that you mixed
    "woodsy" candles with your mercury holders. As always, amazing job! Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie