I was so busy this past weekend with Christmas crafting and decorating like crazy. My poor hubby said the living room looked like a tornado hit. (Like the close call we had here.) I had glitter, beads, ornaments, wreaths, garland, and all sorts of things strewn about the room as I tried to decide what to put where. It was more fun this year because I decided to splurge a little and purchase a few new decorations. I had barely purchased any Christmas decorations in the 5 years we have been married besides a few ornaments so the few decor items I had were gifts or hand me downs. Here's what I came up with for the fireplace.
The big white star was originally gold, but it was a bit too bright for my taste. I think it looks much better in Heirloom White, don't you think? The star was yet another Old Time find for $6.99. The "Believe" sign I picked up at Gordman's a few years ago.
I stuck some more flowers and greenery into another vase. I filled in the base with the extra ornaments leftover from my ornament wreath project. A couple candles I had hanging around added a little more glow to the arrangement.
The "NOEL" candleholders are a set I purchased this year at Wal-Mart for $5. They came with those battery operated tealight candles that flicker to look like real burning candles. I like that I can just flip a switch and not worry about keeping an eye on them like real candle flames. I have a cat that has already burned her whiskers off once from sniffing a candle so it never hurts to play it safe.
The final section of my fireplace arrangement is this grouping of three little trees. The large, white tree I found at Sears of all places. I walked past it twice while shopping for gifts and I had to come back a few days later to buy it because I kept thinking about it. It was only $6.49 on sale.
The smaller trees on each side I have had for a long time. I remember using them for decorations when I was a little girl. We used to have probably 5 or 6 of them, but many of them were broken over the years. The ornaments are delicate glass and a few are broken on these trees also. I actually saw these exact trees in an issue of Better Homes & Gardens a few years ago. I guess they are vintage or something.