Every year I try to do something a bit different to decorate the mantle ~ this is how it turned out this year:
I started out with a basic green garland and kept adding lots of other things: pink ornaments, flowers, pine cones, ribbon, bejeweled fruit, and a wonderful sparkly garland that looks like bits of crystal...it alone can make anything lovely. My daughter made the little bird ornament ~ so cute!
Silk roses, wired ribbon and twinkle lights.
Completely over-the-top, but I love it. And now for the best decorative ornament of all...
Sitting up on the mantle under the little Christmas trees, supervising the work and being very, very well behaved!