This photo was taken a year ago when I had found ten bells hanging from a colorful, metal, bowl of fruit wind chime. I think I paid about $5 at a Restore for it. Though I didn’t like the bowl of fruit, I liked the sound of the bells. In coming across a pair of pliers, I had decided to separate the bells and hang them with yarn, from a birch branch above the mantel for the holidays. The above photo was the end result. I delighted in how something so simple and inexpensive could be used for an eye catching centerpiece.
I try to keep that mantel simple. I’ve gone from having wooden candlesticks, to kerosene lanterns, to twinkling lights, to family Christmas cards, to antique books, to hand painted angels, to a ceramic church that plays music. I end up filling the space, then wanting to take it all down and quiet the space, just let it be still, and restful to the eyes.
I cannot seem to achieve that same simple, fun in the moment, bring in nature and repurpose something look this year. It’s a busy space currently. It has the birch log again with the bells, but this time layered with a white thin branch, a branch of red berries, and a wooly sheep climbing to the top, surrounded by “stargazer” lighting. It’s bright. Too bright.
What do you do with your space above your mantel? Do you prefer decorations? Lights? Reflections, or collections? I’d love to hear about it, and include pictures!