Christmas Mantel

Happy New Year!!!

I love New Year’s its one of my favorite holidays. We don’t do anything spectacular, we usually celebrate with the kids, but I love the freshness of a new year.  A new year, new perspective, new starts.  A perfect good excuse to try to be a little bit better than I was before.

My favorite quote about New Year is from Charlie Brown:

“Yes. You know how I always dread the whole year? Well, this time I’m only going to dread one day at a time.”

It always makes me giggle.

Before I start with new projects I’ve got a few more things to share from Christmas.

I decided to totally redo my basement fireplace mantle this year.  We have a collection of Dept 56 houses and I wanted a more clever way to display them.

My friend Traci made me the amazing wood sign that I new would be prefect with the houses.

I used 3 of my Shaker Village Band Boxes to display the houses. They are some of my favorite treasures. I love that they are handmade here in Kentucky.

I then strung some extra Christmas lights through the display and accented it with a bit of poly fill snow, to hide the cords and stuff.

I found the bottle brush trees at Walmart, they had bright green and white.

I also made new Christmas Stockings for my family this year. They’ve been in my head for 4 years now and I bought the fabric 3 years ago and cut them out last year.  Only 4 years to make… not bad?

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. Regina says

    Beautiful job Melissa……I loved the way you created different heights for the houses. Would you be willing to share the pattern and instructions for the stockings? They look soooooo good!!! Did you use denim fabric?/

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