Winter White and Blue Mantel and a Winner!

Hi All!
It's been looking a lot like this around here.  See that enormous icicle hanging off of our roof.

And how about the view!  This is what I see when I look out from my front porch.  Well winter is firmly planted around here, time to embrace it and enjoy!
Or at least grin and bear it and try not to complain too much!  hehe.

I can get awfully sick of the cold but I enjoy the winter beauty around me!

I decided to shop my house to create a winter mantel.  It's certainly a lot cheaper that way!  Nothing is new here,  just using what I already have.

I grabbed this snowy winter print from our bedroom.  It's such a pretty scene and I love the storybook stone cottage!

My white bird house has an icicle hanging off of it. I added a  Little blue and white plate, just $2 at TJ Maxx, and my GW pitcher has a wintry white flower popped inside.

A morning dove, a white candlestick that used to be brass until I spray painted it white.     A large white decorator plate that was marked down to $3 at Hobby Lobby and a tall blue and white vase with a spray of icicles inside.
I've had the wreath for years but still need to fashion some kind of bow for it.

And now onto the winner of the CSN give-away.  Thank-you all who came by and entered and left such nice wishes.  I wish I could give you all a certificate!
I used a number generator to pick the winner, and a big Congrats go out to Glenda @ A Dab of This and That!
Congratulations Glenda!  Please e-mail me so I can e-mail you your certificate.

Have a wonderful week-end everyone!  I need to start packing, as I am off to the desert next week!
Boy what a change that will be!  And I can't wait to see my son and dil and some of my wonderful Arizona blogging buddies!
Have a great week-end everyone!


I am joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
 And my wonderful buddy Laurie , @ Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for Some of my Favorite Things Saturday.


  1. Your mantel is beautiful, as always! I love the blue and white scheme. We are bracing ourselves here in Virginia for another round of winter weather. I am soooo ready for spring! Congrats to Glenda! I will pray for safe travel for you next week and I know you will have a marvelous time. Can't wait to see pics! Thank you for all the lovely and encouraging comments you leave me on my blog. They mean more than you know!

  2. How pretty! I love looking a mantle designs - I have two and am always looking for ideas! This one is a definite winner!!

  3. Congrats to Glenda! I bet she will be thrilled. I just love your winter mantle! That is a wonderful idea, especially using the blue and white. I would love to do one but not sure I have enough blue and white wintery looking things to do one. I love the vine you used but your picture in the middle totally sets the scene. Perfect!

  4. Beautiful photos! I am loving your photography!!

  5. Cindy ~ Your mantle is absolutely gorgeous ... love the winter white with a touch of blue theme.

    So love the scenery surrounding your home, beautifully captured.

    Congrats! to Glenda, one lucky lady.

    Think of me when you land in Phoenix ... wish I were there. What a fun time you are going to have. Please give hugs to all for me ... be safe.

    TTFN ~
    Hugs, Marydon

  6. Yay!!!!! I am going shopping!!! :-D
    I am doing the "Happy Dance"! :-D Thank You !!
    I was reading along, and admiring your pretty mantel and Winter pictures, and never expected to see my name.
    Thank you!!
    Snow expected here Sunday and Monday, and it is suppose to get really cold.
    Going now to send you an email. Had to go back and make sure that was my name. :D

  7. Your mantel is so pretty and I can't wait until you get here. We're going to Antique and also go to my favorite fabric store. You will love it. It is just so much fun. Hurry up and get here. Hugs, Marty

  8. Congrats to the winner. I will forgive you!
    The mantle looks pretty. I could do with out the snow. Easy for you, grin and bear it, you are going to AZ. and I am stuck here for the duration! :)
    Have fun!

  9. Cindy- Your winter mantle looks beautiful. You did a really nice job pulling it all together. I haven't gotten that far yet- I am still de-Christmasing. Hugs- Diana

  10. Your mantel looks pretty and wintry:) I definitely need to get me some white spray paint and get started on some of my brass items. Hope you have a wonderful trip and enjoy your time with your son and his family.

  11. love the mantel Cindy...have fun in Arizona...I'm sure it will be quite the change from your weather...

  12. Hi Cindy. That's one of my favorite mantels. I love all the elements you added - keep it up a long time! Linda

  13. I remember ice cold winter days with brilliant blue skies...I love your white and blue shelf!

  14. I love the way you shopped and your just a master at puttin' it all together. It looks great girl!!!

    Here's a big old CONGRATULATIONS to Glenda, it couldn't happen to a nicer gal! :o)

    Oooooo, warm weather. It may just send ya into climate shock! I can see it now...Cindy with Desert Fever. Heeehehehe!

    Have a great time with your son and have a blast and a half with your bloggin' buddies.

    God bless and have a wonderful time!

  15. Your photos are so pretty, Cindy...you really ARE in the country! I would love to wake up and look at that everyday!

    Your mantel looks great...the blue and white is beautiful together. I am stumped as to what to do with mine once the little bit of Christmas decor comes off. I have been getting a lot of ideas in Blogland though.

    I think I am as excited about your trip as you! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!


  16. It turned out beautifully! I don't think you even need a bow on the wreath.

    I'm excited for Glenda!

  17. Love the way your mantle makeover turned out, Cindy. Looks super.

    And congratulations to Glenda! Woooohooo! That's a great prize!

    I hope you have fun in Arizona. Come to Florida NEXT!


    Sheila :-)

  18. Now that's an icicle! The ones I posted earlier this week seem pretty *wimpy* in comparison :-)
    Congratulations to Glenda! I love all of the blue and white on your mantel.

  19. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh...the winter scenery at your place is sooo beautiful! You really do live in a winter wonderland! I know...I know...it's much prettier from the inside looking out...and when you don't have to get out in it! Hehe! You know, that beautiful painting that you added to your winter mantel reminds me sooo much of your place! I think it's the perfect centerpiece for your mantel...I'm loving that blue too! I love the pretty blue berry garland that you used...I just have a "thing" for berry garlands! Hehe! Ohhh...and adding the icicle to your church...too cute! Love all the pretty plates that you displayed...ohhh, and the white plate from Hobby Lobby...I didn't see any at ours and I love it! Anyway, you did a fabulous job with your winter mantel, sweet friend! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

    Girlfriend, congratulations on your second blogaversary!!! Sheeeshh...I don't know where in the heck I've been...I certainly didn't realize that it had been several days since I've been by for a visit! I'm so sorry! Wishing you another GRAND and successful year of blogging, dear friend! A big congrats to Glenda...lucky lady!

    Girlfriend, you and Keetha have fun tomorrow night! I'm soooo envious of the two of you! Wished that I were there!!! Miss you, Darlin'!

    Love ya,

  20. Cindy what a wonderful sight..... I wish you a very happy new year...hugs and blessings, Flavia

  21. Your winter mantel is beautiful, Cindy.

    Happy Weekend!

  22. That is one huge icicle hanging off your house. Don't you dare stand under it!!! Your mantel is beautiful... I always struggle with how to decorate mine, but love getting ideas from you creative bloggers. The blue and white is so "fitting" for your winter wonderland. Enjoy the desert!

  23. HI!!
    I AM SO EXCITED to see you!!!
    I have several dresses for you that were worn just a few times, MIss C had so many clothes, if you would like them for Baby A
    let me know and I will bring them with me when I see you next week!!
    Praying for 70 degrees!!!!
    Love that winter scene on your mantel. I adore Blue and white and that view is stunning!!!
    many hugs,

  24. Cindy, I love your stone fireplace! I really like the way you've decorated your mantel too. Have a wonderful weekend, Cindy.
    Blessings, Beth

  25. Hi Cindy! Your winter mantle is very pretty! The view is always nice from the inside looking out-stay warm:@)

  26. Hi Cindy, Your winter mantel is beautiful! Have a fabulous trip.

  27. What a gorgeous mantle, I love all the white. But, I'm glad I'm only seeing white sand and not white snow, lol.

    Have a wonderful time in Arizona, stay warm, I know the desert gets freezing at night.

    Hugs my dear friend.

  28. Boy it does look cold but your mantle if gorgeous!

  29. Congrats to Glenda! I am very happy for her. Your blue and wintery mantel is stunning, Cindy. That site is something I never see around here. Breathtaking!...Christine

  30. Hi Cindy! I'm here by way of Keetha's blog. Great to meet you.

    I love LoVe LOVE your winter mantle. That is so incredibly pretty! We moved into a home with a fireplace 7 months ago and I have had a blast decorating my mantle.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  31. What a beautiful mantel, Cindy! And that is some amazing icicle! Congrats to your winner! I hope you are warm and cozy today! We are expecting snow and ice!...hugs...Debbie

  32. Cindy, I thought about you the minute all of that craziness happened in Arizona. I hope and pray that everyone in your family is safe and that all of their friends are, too.

    Sending love across the miles...


    Sheila :-)

  33. Oh Cindy (MY wonderful buddy), I don't know which view I'd rather see - the gorgeous snow covered trees from your window, or your beautiful mantelscape. Both are absolutely wonderful! That print of the cottage in the snow just looks like some place I want to visit, and the icicle on the bird house - how clever and how cute! I love all of it! Thank you for linking all of this beauty to Favorite Things. laurie

  34. Hi Cindy...

    LOVE your mantle makeover. It's so crisp and pretty. I'm having a love affair with blue right now!


  35. Hi Girlfriend...

    Was just stopping by to say hello and see what you've been up to! Hope that your Monday is going well...how are ya'll doing? I got to see Keetha's photos of your meeting...sooo sweet! Loved getting to see ya'll! Of course, I was just green with envy though...would have loved to have dinner with you and Keetha! Hehe!

    Well Darlin'...stop by for a chat when you get the chance! Missing you!!!

    Love ya,


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy