Sunday, November 18, 2012

Polar Express Mantel

Christmas Decorating has begun! 
(Just not in my house yet)  
I was chatting with a very good friend of mine last week 
and we were discussing her mantel.  
She is in a new house this Christmas and wondered 
if I had any good decorating ideas for her.  
Well, rising to the challenge, 
I asked her what elements she might want to incorporate etc.  She was adamant that we use her 
Train stocking holders as her three boys loved them!  
Well, what boys don't love trains?  
I came up with the idea of the Polar Express for the theme.  
She didn't want to spend a lot of money 
but she wanted a fresh and new idea.  
I set out to do some shopping and see what I came up with.  
I made a quick  trip to Hobby Lobby and 
found everything I needed at half off.
Snowflake ornaments in various sizes, 
Christmas trees wrapped in burlap,
And some fake fluffy snow.
We stopped next door at the Goodwill (how convenient) 
and found this great 80's print for $19.99.  
Of course my friend asked if they would take any less 
and they offered half off!  
$10.00 will do just fine!
I took it home and painted it with three coats of chalkboard paint and painted the wood with Annie Sloan Old White.
I hung the snowflakes tied with ribbon to the 
ceiling with small thumbtacks.  
The quote is from the book The Polar Express.  
The book (and the movie) is a favorite of the boys!  
I remember reading it to all of my kids!  
I could barely get through these last lines 
without a catch in my voice.  
All of their stockings hung and ready for Santa...  
Who doesn't love the magic of Christmas for a child?
A simple Christmas Mantel.  

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves,
XO Cindy


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Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Oh, I love it! She's so lucky she got your help. This is a great idea. Love seeing how the chalkboard started out...wow. Big big difference. So sweet to add the quote! I am sure her sons just love this!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful Cindy!! Love the chalkboard and the quote, I still love watching that movie!

It's All Connected said...

Wonderful idea and so well put together! My kids loved the book and I watch the movie every Christmas. ~ Maureen

Olive said...

The chalkboard makes this mantle truly special. I love trains at Christmas. xo, olive

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a great theme, Cindy! Can't miss at Hobby Lobby; and the chalkboard was a very clever idea! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Liz said...

We have those same stockings! That is a darling mantel.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Liz

Sherry said...

This is super cute! Thanks for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is lovely! Happy Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas! I would love for you to see my centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table :) I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a sweet Christmas mantle! I love the polar express...the mantle really reflects the spirit of book! What a good friend you are!

J9's Happiness in the Every Day said...

ooooh I LoVE it!! I think you could rent out your mantle designing services!! I've found you through Savvy Southern Style and love your blog!! Please do pop over to my blog if you have a mo! Thanks, J9x

TheMoonAndMe said...

So cool! Love the chalkboard...but my favorite part is the hanging snowflakes!
It's all so beautifully wintery. :)
Kelly

Designs By Pinky said...

That is adorable and very clever too! You are a good friend!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous Cindy!
WOW!
Would love if you came by to link it up!
Stacey of Embracing Change

ritajoy said...

Love it!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, this COMPLETELY rocks!!!!! Completely, totally, thoroughly, and infinitely rocks!!!!!!!!! I love the kids' names, too! :-)

DIY Show Off said...

Love the frame to chalkboard makeover and the mantel is super sweet! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring! Time to decorate!

Stephan said...

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