Tuesday, December 9, 2008

And Here...we...go!

It may not be Nester's, but I'm pretty doggone stinkin' proud of it! I posted lots of pictures--more than I should have--but I like to look at it! AND if you're anything like me, there's no such thing as too many pictures!

Who knows what's going on with that big frame up there. I didn't want the mantle to be too busy since the garland was to be the focal point. I'd like a mirror, but I'm not in the mood to spend money. Did I just say that out loud?


How did I do it, you ask? Let's just pretend you asked. I used three cheap garlands (one was double the length, so I guess four to be technical). I bought one at Michaels for a few bucks, but the others were purchased at consignment shops. Hooray for consignment shops!

I followed Nester's advice, laid them out on the floor, and started tying them together. Next up--the lights. I strung a few strands on there. Luckily, I had them put an outlet into the top of my mantle when we had the house built, so I don't have to worry about cord issues.

I've been raiding Hobby Lobby's floral section for months (since April to be clear), and I ended up with a BUTT-load of pics (I said butt). I used dried, silk, rubber, plastic, ceramic, steel...you name it, and I just made it fuller and fuller and fuller.


I've professed my love for all things natural before, so that was my ultimate goal. I wanted the neutrals of the feathers and the natural essence of the birds nests. Throwing some red berries in there helped it tie in with the rest of the Christmas decor--I think!
So there you have it. The garland. I can't wait for Nester's garland party, so I can continue to steal ideas from other people!

Stay tuned! My next post will be the Christmas tree. And the garland up the staircase! So many Christmas posts! Oh, the fun!

98 comments:

Amber said...

That looks absolutely awesome. Can't wait to see your tree and other garland!! I need to start collecting greenery now for next year so I'll have such a huge stash. :-)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

It is so pretty! I tried to create one to 'copy' Nester, and now you...but mine just didn't come together like yours did. I'll post it anyway! LOL

Astrid said...

Just gorgeous! Truly it is fabulouso! Now...did you make sure that it's secured and won't fall down???? (just checking). Can't wait to see photos of your tree!

Rachel said...

It looks so AMAZING!! You don't need to be the Nester, you just need to be You!! Your pretty fabulous, be we already knew that!

:)Rachel

coco said...

Chris,

Your mantle garland is beautiful...looking forward to seeing even more pictures!

~Coco

Stacy said...

I have no words. That is STUNNING. Speechless. Love it. Really... I have no words.

~Stacy

Jana said...

Looks absolutely beautiful! And not too many pictures! :) Makes me wish I had a mantel to decorate. Maybe one day...

Thanks for sharing yours!

Kelly said...

So beautiful! You have every right to take dozens of pictures and sit and gaze for as long as you like. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Mindy said...

Oh la la la!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Your garland is stunning!!! Mine isn't even close to that but there is always next year...:)
I can't wait to see whatelse you've done.
Have a wonderful evening,
Tam

Hillcrest Acres said...
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Hillcrest Acres said...

Wow, it looks amazing. I love it.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Your garland is beautiful. I have had a little setback, but hope to have mine up tomorrow. You have given me many ideas. Jackie

AJ said...

It's so purdy:) You said butt;)

Julie said...

Chris wow the garland looks wonderful I love it. I haven't tried the big garland yet maybe next year when I have a stash to add to it.
have a great day
julie

Sheila said...

That is incredible! It is absolutely gorgeous!

I would love to try to make one myself, but yours has already put anything I might come up with to shame.

monica said...

Totally totally cute!!

Windy said...

Beautiful!

T Lyn said...

Oh how I miss my fireplace. sigh. You did a great job. I've seen the nesters and your's is great. I'd take lots of pic. too.

Seasons Greetings

Natalie said...

Freaking beautiful.



I want it. It is amazing.

Tricia said...

I've been drooling over all these garlands! I've been inspired to start a stash and hopefully I'll have one up next year. Where do you hang your stockings with that garland up?

AndreaLeigh said...

I love it! It is beautiful!

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

That look fabulous! You should be proud!!!

Ho,Ho,
Cathleen

Nicole said...

It is absolutely darling and you can never have too many photos.

As much as I would love o decorate this house more especially our entry way, Ican't use any nails and the tape just doesn't hold up. Someday we have our own place.

Amy said...

LOVE it!! I just got my garland posted. I had so much fun finding things to stick in.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Stunnnnnnnnnning! cherry

Jessica said...

GORG!!!!!!!!

Kris said...

That.Is.Gorgeous!! I love the artichokes in it too. And great thinking of the outlet in the mantle...my LuLu has pulled the light cord 2 times now and the whole thing has come crashing down. I said something worse than "butt" when that happened! Once again, great job Chris, you have outdone yourself!

Simple Life of Me said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

WOW - that is so amazing! Great job!!

Shilo said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Absolutely STUNNING! I'd say Nester has a little competition on the garland front. You did a fantabulous job. Love it!

Nancy said...

Beautiful!!!

Janice Lois said...

It's just fabulous!! Too have done shopping for home appliances through Absolute Home for Christmas.

Paige said...

whoa, this is beautiful. No other words to describe it!!

The Graves' House said...

that looks great! love all the natural elements. i think yours rates up there with the nester herself... way to go!
~nicole

leigh ann said...

Love it! I used similar items in my garland. Can't wait to see your other Christmas decorations!

Kimba said...

Oh glory! Glory! It's fabulous! And I love how you worked in that soup ladle and sling-back pump! Stunning! ;-)

I have a glitter post coming up tomorrow and it's all your fault. My house looks like teeny-tiny glitter fairies had a party in here. It's everywhere. The floor. My face. The kids. Big fun!

Tanya said...

Girl, you are one creative super mama! I love your thick, beautiful garland. Gorgeous!

Mom in High Heels said...

That is beautiful! Very Nester-y! I love the artichokes in it.

emily said...

This is simply fabulous! Love it!

LuLu said...

I am speachless it is so beautiful!!!

Kristi said...

WOW!!! Awesome!!! So fab and so designer-like. Way to go!!! Christmas blessings to you and your family!

Erika said...
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Erika said...

Okay I was really irritated with a mispelled word in my comment, but here's what I said:

Yeah, that garland screams: Professional Designer Resides Here!

Love it!!

The Nester said...

BEEE U tiful! I think our garlands are related! It is wonderful!

Becca Watson said...

I love it! You did a great job!

Shannon said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love it!! Seeing yours makes me think I need to add to mine! :) I don't have hardly anything on it!

Moi said...

You did an awesome job. that is completely gorgeous!

Moi said...

You did an awesome job. that is completely gorgeous!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your garland is so lush and pretty. I absolutely adore it!

Wendy said...

Wowee! That's an awesome garland...it does rival the Nester's! Fabulous!

The Nester said...

hmm, I came here earlier and must not have left a comment. hate me. I was talking to my sister on the phone and she told me how great yours looked and she is right!

Wonderful!

Ashley said...

I think that garland is just beautiful!!!

Biteofpunkinpie said...

Chris, it looks great!!!! So full and beautiful. I wanted mine to be pretty and full like yours, but I think I might have to keep working on collecting more greenery and try for something bigger and better next year.

BTW, on the frame, is there a way you could make it stand up (vertically) about and inch or two away from the wall? I think it would be really cool to do that and then use ribbon and have Christmas ornaments (pretty balls) hanging down, kind of staggered. Just an idea!

Nikki said...

Chris, it's beautiful! I love all of the natural elements.

Denise K. said...

I love your garland, it is just so fresh, full, and beautiful! :-) And, I saw artichokes...LOVE this idea!!!

Merand said...

Someone should do a Mr. Linky for all the bloggers who have been inspired by the Nester and are posting about their garlands. She should get a commission for all the knock-offs out there! :)

Inspired Kara said...

This big ol' fat garland trend is making me giddy!!! Oh I can't wait till i get a REAL fireplace!!!

Valarie Lea said...

Love your garland!! Mine still needs some help!

Jodee Leader said...

That is sooo pretty!

Susan S. said...

That is ONE AWESOME GARLAND! I Love It and all the goodies that are within! Next year I'm definitely going to have to pick up my "garland game"....maybe I'll catch some stuff on the after Christmas sales! TEHEHE....

I say Butt Load too! Some people correct me and say.."Don't you mean Boat Load"...and I say NOPE...I like BUTT LOAD BETTER...It has more Pizazz!

Jenette said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I am amazed at all you do! I have not been to a consignment shop in forever! Probably cause there are none right around me. But I am going to find one now! Thanks!!

Blarney said...

WOW ... I mean WOW! I have been a fixture at Hobby Lobby lately as well. Unfortunately I haven't been as creative as you. When Martha finds this post she's going to steal this you know ... yeah it's that good.

Shelley a.k.a. Momma said...

So this is definitely one of the best I've seen, I'd say you may have surpassed the nester herself. I found your blog thru the "I can make that party" and have been following since...your garland is gorgeous and I love your ideas!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

This is actually really helpful to me. I wanted to copy the Nester but was a little intimidated. Plus we have a weird mantle. But the up-close photos are really good...thanks for sharing and getting me through my fear! :)
Carrie

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Absolutely gorgeous and elegant. I wish I had that much talent and FORESIGHT (since April?). Maybe I need to take a floral class because I wouldn't even know where to begin but I do know that if you bought that in a store just like that, you'd pay upwards of $100 or more! You must have saved a boodle!

ceekay said...

Gorgeous. Glad the butt load of picks came in handy. LOL

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

So, so pretty!

Penny said...

Hi Neighbor,
I am from Michigan, too.
Your garland is gawjus!

Cali Girl said...

G.E.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!

S said...

Absolutely beautiful, looks like a professional did! I'm envious!
Lamp Tramp

Jo said...

Oh my, your garland is amazing! You should be proud of yourself! Could you pop on by Connecticut and make one for my sad mantel?

Jo

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that is truly amazing! That is all I can say right now..WOW!
-sandy toes

Marci said...

Perfect! It is so pretty! I will be back to see your tree. Merry Christmas.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Prize winning garland, for sure! Just amazing!

XO,

Sheila

sandra/tx said...

Chris, that is one fabulous-looking mantel! What a great job. It's totally magazine worthy.

HouseMama said...

Perfect! Love the candle sticks on the mantle too.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Wow yours is the best so far! Just amazing and so full and lush looking. Thanks for sharing

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I looove all the natural items you put in there!

Shannon

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Okay, you hit a Home Run with this...no wait...Out of the Ball Park! This is so impressive, I'm speechless. And believe me, that rarely happens. Way to go!!!

Tina said...

You did an awesome job!! I'm going to pick up some garland after Christmas and collect lots of goodies for it. Thanks for the inspiration!!

ka1t_lyn said...

You did an amazing job, it looks great!

Stephanie said...

I turned out beautifully! I love how it's so full, colorful, and interesting. My garland is just greenery with some lights. Your's is so much more interesting!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

This is glorious! I feel like I need a trumpet to sing your praises. Divine!

Jennie said...

absolutely love the feathers in it, it all looks terrific, wanna come ot my house and make it over????

Meaghan said...

i LOVE it! especially the artichokes and feathers!!!

Kathy said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Your garland is AMAZING! It's so luscious and full! I LOVE it! WOW! I can totally understand why you can't stop looking at it! STUNNING!

The Busy Blaine's said...

LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for your comment. I love your blog!

Tamara Jansen said...

this look FAB! I'm starting to accumulate a BUTT load of red and white ornaments because every time I go to the store, I buy more. No time to put up the tree yet. Better get it up soon or I'm going to have an even bigger BUTT load of red and white ornaments :)

To The Moon and Back said...

WOW! Amazing garland, LOVE IT!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh...Be still my heart. HOW gorgeous is that?! You have done good girl...real good!

Smilingsal said...

Three words: FAN TASS TICK

Amy Jo said...

You got 93 comments! Holy Cow! Your garland looks amazing. I think it pretty much looks like the Nester with all those feathers and junk everywhere. I'm sure one of your other commenters has suggested adding a wreath to the middle of that empty frame? I actually didn't notice it was empty till you mentioned it. I thought it WAS a mirror up there! Everything looks great!

new every morning said...

Wow. Wow. WOW!!!!
It is amazing!

Jenny S said...

WOW!! Did you use steel cables to keep it up on the mantel??? hehehe! It is BEAUTIFUL!!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Your garland is just beautiful!

Marie said...

WOW!!! Your garland is FANTASTIC!!! I love everything. The "red" tree, the outdoor decor, the garland, the cute signs with the paper and tins words. OH! Those candles with the scrapbook paper made me sit up straight in my chair! LOVE. IT! Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas!!!

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