I've been discouraged about my photo quality lately, or should I say lack thereof.
And I finally decided it just HAD to be something wrong with my camera.
So...I bought a new one!
WOW! What a difference!
So now I'm EXCITED to take pictures, which is good because I have a new project to show off.
I love my fireplace! But, we built it with a big hole in the top for our t.v.
Okay, I've got to keep it real -- it usually is more this (tv is on most of the time).
Except before, there were not the side pieces, just the hole.
I finally added the foldable doors, so when I want that mess out of sight.....
it looks more like this!
So now I can finally take pictures of my fireplace!
And that means I get to try out a few mantle LOOKS.
I call this first mantle experiment "Christmas at the cabin".
Yeah, I know, it's NOT a cabin, it's my house, but that's THE LOOK I'm going for first.
I started by adding a snow shoe with greenery to each door.
And when the doors are closed, it looks like this.
The nails to hold the snowshoes are strategically placed so I can place them either way.
This stockings are made from old wool plaid hunting pants.
One used the waist band for the top, and the other used the bottom of the leg as the top
(complete with shoe lacing).
I thought it needed a homey touch, so cut a slit in a few pinecones and inserted some old photos.
They are nestled among more greenery (I snipped it from my yard)
and added a few tree sections holding votive candles.
Couldn't resist the poinsettias Walmart had on sale so cheap!
So I placed them in an old fishing creel and minnow bucket.
I wanted something that would reflect the reason for the season while keeping with the cabin theme.
I thought about some kind of garland, but came up with this instead.
It seems to work!
So when the doors are open, it looks like this!
Oh yeah, keeping it real -- if the doors are open, the tv's probably on.
And when I want more of a "photo shoot", it looks like this!
So now I'm off to try a few more "looks" for my fireplace.
Hmmm.... Hollywood glam?...Pink Ballerina Christmas?... Rudolph & friends?....
I'm having fun with my mantle....
and with my new camera.