Monday, December 5, 2011

Coastal Christmas Mantel and Almost a New Hemnes Bed


I have discovered the power of glue this weekend past and also the power of the Christmas season to get me motivated to create create create.  The craft is just flowing out of me this Christmas season and I must say it is making blogging very very enjoyable.  Thanks for all the love on my Too Easy Christmas Series as well gals!!!!!! I'm so thankful for you all.


The frame in this vignette started out like this and has been shunted around the Beach House since I picked it up for $2, at the Scouts' Spring Fair some months ago. I loved the embossed frame.  It seems to have a pineapple motif carved into it, which appealed to me greatly.  I was thinking about using it in some South Pacific styling extravaganza, but try as I might, I just couldn't get my head around all the brown.  I can't understand why designers and stylists brought that colour back a few years ago.  Being a child of the seventies, I have terrible memories of brown corduroy ankle freezers (thanks mum) and lots of brown stained trim around our blond brick house.


So the white paint came out this weekend to aide in the creation of a Coastal Christmas Mantel.
 

Freedom are promoting a range of coastal Christmas decorations this season.  I am such a sucker for aqua. 


I had some of that great bling bling turquoise ribbon left that I used to make the beachy lantern


I glued it around some tea lights to joosh them up.


How cool are these beads?


The beachy lantern I made from the jam jar last weekend, got a guernsey too.




The letters I just drew up and cut out of  standard white A4 paper that I hole punched and strung up on  twine.  Mr Beach House said 'Who's Noel and when's he coming over?'  I don't think he's that hopeless, but he is pretty funny when he wants to be.


Then in the middle if all this Mr Beach House was strongly encouraged to install the littlest Beach House Brat's new Hemnes bed.  I mean she is 3 and a half and still in a cot.  He started the process, then decided he was going sailing, so as I write the bed is still in pieces on the floor. Wish I could just walk out when I felt like it to do my own thing.  The cot is dismantled and there's no way she's sleeping with me!!!!! Learned that lesson the hard way with the first one.  So we shall see what happens at the beach House tonight.......a home in which you never know just quite where you will wake up!  Have a great week girls.


Glad I got the tops and bottoms of the PJs matching for these shots, as that doesn't happen very often around here.


Today I am partying here

33 comments :

  1. Gorgeous. Love it. Has all my favorite colors. Perfect for a coastal christmas.

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  2. I am truly loving all these blue & soft greens everyone is using for Christmas decors. Just gorgeous. What adorably kid=lings.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

    PS Drop by for our GIVEAWAY

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  3. hi carolyn
    love your mantel! the frame is a great idea for decorations : )
    x

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  4. Everything is so pretty. I have beach envy and so jealous that you're enjoying summer instead of winter, although I can't quite fathom what Christmas would be like in the middle of the summer. Love your mantel and your decorating.
    Cindy

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  5. Carolyn I am a whiz at those to-be-assembled Ikea pieces as it seems I have done zillions of them for the guys here! If it wasn't such a long trek - involving ocean crossings - I'd be at your front with door drill in hand. (As I don't think I'd ask your son to give that one up!) Love the framed piece on your mantle and the shadows it casts too!
    Merry, merry!
    xo
    Cathy

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  6. Your kids sure are sweet...they are both at such fun ages! Your fireplace looks amazing! I love the touches of turquoise! WOW! ♥

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  7. Love your beautiful creation. I bought some decorations from Freedom. Loving the blue/greens Mimi xx

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  8. Coastal charm with all the gorgeous turquoise.

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  9. Great way to decorate for Christmas using a beach theme...This is perfect for your decor...Thanks for sharing on my "25 Days of Christmas" Linky party... :)


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  10. Very creative and pretty mantel display! The beachy look with whites and aqua has really grown on me its so fresh looking!!

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  11. Gorgeous decorating in Aqua. I too have a NOEL sign and my husband said the same thing as yours. Can you believe it?? Leahx

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  12. Hi Carolyn, thanks for visiting my blog! It's always lovely to find another great coastal blog to follow :) Your mantle, home and tablescapes all look amazing! x K

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  13. Oh I love all your blues and white. It is so pretty and that frame is such a fabulous idea. Your decorations are just gorgeous!
    The photo of your little boy is such a classic. He reminds me of one of my sons. Cheeky! ;) xx

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  14. Your Christmas mantel is beautiful! I love all the turquoise.

    Dee

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  15. You are so talented love that frame, I have painted a few white myself but you have decorated this in style. Your noel is a great idea looks wonderful thanks for sharing my friend hope you have a lovely day.

    Always Wendy

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  16. I love it all! I am so glad I found you through "DIYHSH" party! I am one of her "Monday party gals" and my readers would love your style! I would love it if you would share it at the Meet Me Monday party and make it a regular stop! We all post each others buttons to make it a little easier and provide more exposure for everyone's links! Either way....I'm glad I found you! Love, Me http://youaretalkingtoomuch.blogspot.com/2011/12/meet-me-monday-14.html

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  17. Hello dear BHG!! I am loving your coastal Christmas, the aqua is so beautiful and look at your creative juices flowing!! :) I absolutely love the mason jar candle holder, how pretty, I might have to borrow that idea. :)
    Enjoy your week!!!
    xoxoxo

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  18. Your house is looking so Christmassy - I'm so jealous. You are just getting into the spirit in such a great way. Looks wonderful. I'm sure you'll get the bed up by the new year! Cute kids!

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  19. Your mantel is so pretty! I LOVE the turquoise!

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  20. This is such a pretty mantel display. It certainly has coastal charm...nice job!

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  21. Hi! Visiting from Sugar bee crafts. I love your coastal Christmas! Very elegant :)

    If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party going on now :)

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  22. You have done your mantle just right, a perfect fit for the room.

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  23. Just gorgeous.... I'm a traditionalist, I like my christmas decor to be red, green and gold... but I'd put your decorations up the rest of the year =op

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  24. Love what you did with that frame. I like anything coastal, and that is simple but yet very eye catching. Kathi

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  25. Love the teal and white for the coastal look.

    I'd love it if you could link this project to my Simply Christmas Inspiration party at ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday_09.html

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  26. Total perfection!!! I love it!! Merry Christmas!

    XO
    Cindy

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  27. Out of all the links, this one just pops out at me! Love it all...your home, too! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  28. Beautiful! I've been looking for some beachy inspiration for Christmas, so I was happy to find this. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. very very lovely!!! nice job keeping it simple but making a statement... i'm a fan! :)
    lauren @www.SummitStreetJoy.com

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  30. Your Christmas creations are wonderful!

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  31. love the clean lines of that mantle, and great turquoise pops!

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  32. Thanks for linking to the Simply Christmas inspiration Party at Shabby Art Boutique.
    Festive hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas mantel/jar at our linky party - we LOVE them!! You always come up with the most clever ideas :O)

    Coastal Christmas Hugs,
    Marie
    xoxo

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