After I took down the Christmas decorations from my mantle (failed to show that to you – bad blogger), I decorated it for winter. Little did I know at the first of January that we would have such warm weather here in the south through the months of January and February. Oh, we’ve had a few nights into the twenties but we’ve had more than our fair share of warm weather.
I can’t help but think that we will surely have some bad weather before the season is over. And if you know anything about Southerners and the “s” word (snow, that is), you will know that an inch of it constitutes emergency action!
I decorated a bulletin board at school with a background of black paper. When it was time to take it down, I kept the matte black paper to use for other purposes. Remember, I don’t throw things away that I think I can repurpose! I used it to draw some winter themed elements onto and place behind the old window frame (roadside find!) that I keep on my mantle.
Since the paper had a matte finish, it lent itself well to chalk. I had fun lettering this winter theme.
I searched Google to find this cute snowman graphic.
I cut a large square of cardboard the size of the window so that I could mount interchangeable artwork behind the frame. I wrapped the paper around the cardboard, measured where the mullions would be and chalked in artwork to show through each window pane most of which is simple snowflakes.
For some 3D decor, I hung a couple of snowflake ornaments on the window and one behind. A couple of the snowflakes are crocheted and stiffened and one came from the dollar store.
You will see that I have a couple of paper trees that I made on the mantle. Perhaps I will show more of those in the future. I love the look of old, worn pages of paper.
I also set up several old books, an antique iron and a vintage pocket watch in front of the window.
I tied a scrap of flannel onto this great brass reindeer to keep him warm in a snowstorm. He is one of my favorite pieces. Doesn’t he look so regal?
The wreath hanging on the mantle was made from leftover (of course!) quilt batting. That’s another thing I may have to go into more detail later. The wreath is studded with star/snowflake sequins.
It was difficult to photograph the window without catching a reflection in the panes, hence the reason I don’t have a straight on shot of the entire window.
I’m thinking that I will need to redecorate the mantle soon if this warm weather sticks around.
What is your winter weather like?