Here is a full view and a detailed shot. There are 4 types of trees on the mantle. Birch bark trees in 2 sizes (4 trees total). Metal trees with a ivory/metallic paint color (2 medium and 1 large), 4 small bottle brush trees, and 2 trees that I made with styrofoam cones and the ribbings cut from ivory wool sweaters. These were just made this fall and they came out great. They look like giant evergreens that are completely covered in snow. Shaggy and fabulous.
I have glitter/metallic poly mesh under the whole thing and some basic lights with a white cord.
Here is the detail of the stars on top of the sweater ribbing trees. I made little stars out of ivory wool, stuffed them a bit, and edged them with beads using a basic blanket stitch and gold silk thread. Then I added a vintage brooch to the center for some sparkle. These echo the vintage brooches that I used in the fabulous pompom wreath on the fireplace itself. I talk more about the wreath in a previous post from last winter. Find that post here.
Heres a closer shot of our stockings. The two on the ends were made by my friend, Brigitte, and I won them in the Stocking Contest on separate years. Mine, on the right, is made with about 20 types of vintage lace. My husband's, on the left, has a great Father Christmas face which is Brigitte's signature creation. She makes Santa sculptures that you'll see more of in a bit. The other stockings were all made by me. Tin soldier, snowman, and reindeer for my boys. A Christmas tree with dog bone ornaments and a little matrushka doll for my dogs. The lining for all is a great Mexican print with little boy angels flying around.
This grouping of ornaments hangs from one of the old barn beams to the left of the fireplace. I'm going to re-do it next year with ivory ribbon but I just got tired of messing with it this year. I tried 3 different ways of hanging these and just got fed up with it (and tired of risking life and limb on a ladder). These ornaments are mostly purchased. The large textured ball was made by me and is a styrofoam ball completely covered in small bits of ivory cashmere, painstakingly attached one by one with pins. It is soft and so fabulous. I included a small version of this for my ornament party last week. All my friends loved making the ornaments. It's so soothing to just sit and work on something like that. Over 100 pins and bits of cloth attached one by one by one. Why is that so relaxing? The repetitiveness? Maybe it's just working with cashmere.
On the next post I'll cover some of the other decorations around the house. Spoiler alert: I'm a sucker for ivory and metallic mantles.