Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
Well, not really, but I am hoping it will be soon!
Maybe this makes me a dork, okay, it definitely makes me a dork, but I have had a vision for this mantel in my head for a while now.
I knew I wanted it to be very rustic and so I started with my beautiful old barn door.
A few of the ideas I originally tried out didn’t work out so I was stuck for a bit.
So, I took a nap.
Really, I almost always get ideas when I am in that half in half out sleep – especially in the car.
I awoke to sleigh bells ringing…
I found the letters at Hobby Lobby (they were on sale when I bought them) and spray painted them with Rust-o-leum in Oregano.
I put the whole mantel together but still did not have the vintage sleigh bells – kind of an important part!
When I was visiting family in NH, I knew there was an antique shop not too far away. When I arrived, there were two set of sleigh bells on the door, so I thought “woo hoo”! I quickly found out that they “were not for sale”. I shopped the store a little more, went back up to the counter and this time the owner was there. I could tell he was the type of guy who I could try to plead my case to. After a few minutes, he made the mistake of throwing out a price and I literally hit the desk like an auction “sold!”. He quickly asked if I would consider paying twice as much – umm, no!
I used a vintage sled and added greenery and a flannel plaid bow.
The sign is wood from my Grandfather’s house (you can read about that here). The wood was soft, so I was able to trace a print out of the words with pencil and then fill it in with a while chalk ink pen. I then rubbed it with some sandpaper to “age” it. In hindsight, the white was hard to photograph, but it really gave the “snowy” look I was going for.
This piece, also found in NH last year, is an old sap bucket cover. I would love to take credit for the artwork, but I can not. It was very lightly penciled in white, looks like it was intended to be painted but never was finished. I, nervously, went over the pattern. I used the white chalk ink pen here also because it seemed to work best on the wood. I plan to spray it with sealer.
I also used some old vintage skate bottoms on the mantel as well.
Hanging on the barn door, I used some faux greenery and berries, added some bell ornaments (found at Michael’s) and pulled together with a plaid bow.
As the afternoon began to fade and my fire still blazed (oh yeah, I built that fire all by myself!) and the shadows began to play on the wall, I started to get a real spark for the Christmas season. I will be sharing at some of the link parties found here and at
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