It is often said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. The idea for this raggy lighted garland did not originate with me but rather with Holly Browning, the creative and talented author of
Please spend some time browsing Holly's first-rate blog. I am always so inspired by her home decorating genius.
I am so fortunate to have an electrical outlet strategically placed just above the mantle. Could it be that the original builders of our house were thinking about Christmas when they did the wiring? The house was built by the original owner himself in 1952. I have had many houses during my 31 years of marriage but this is the only one with this cherished feature.
This was not a quick project by any means but I have to say that it was extremely gratifying. I used a strand of white lights on white cord and a ton of muslin of high quality that I found at a thrift store. The look was created by tearing the muslin into strips 1.5" wide. I then cut the strips into 7" lengths. Each strip was lovingly tied onto the strand of lights. You can find complete directions at Holly's blog.
Once again my Pottery Barn reindeer, which were gifts from my parents in 1993, are standing guard above our stockings. They are looking as regal as ever! Fortunately the candles are still available on Pottery Barn's website.
Yesterday I found a cute little package of gingerbread ornaments on my front porch. They had been delivered by a sweet friend. So I nestled them into my garland.
Thank you Holly for such a wonderful idea. I love my mantle more this year than I ever have.
Christmas is but a few days away. I hope your heart and home are ready.
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