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Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Handmade Farmhouse Barn for my Christmas Mantel

This year,    I knew early in the season  what my vision was for our Christmas mantel.

There's no way my vision could be bought in any store,   so I turned to my very talented hubby and asked if he could make me a big barn for the mantel.     

I did a rough sketch of what I wanted and he made my sketch come to life.

After H got my barn cut out,    it was my turn to add all the little details!


Isn't it awesome........thank you H!

After the barn was in place,   it was time to decorate the rest of the mantel.

Most of the decor on the mantel you have already seen in my everyday vignettes,    but the metal tree's are new.

Now for a closer look at the other end of the mantel

I have some farm animals and a couple more metal tree's.

My pink tractor made it's debut last Christmas

I'm sure it will make an appearance for many Christmas's to come

It wouldn't be Christmas without some bows on the mantel.     This is the first year I've used grey ribbon.......and I like it!

The Santa's I have on each end of the fireplace got a makeover this year.      One was dressed in red last year and the other one was dressed in blue and pink.      This year they're twins!

The last time you saw this sweet horse,   he was pulling a sled.     

You've seen the garland I hung across the mantel before........

To give my garland a Christmas touch,   I printed poinsettia letters that spell out Christmas and pinned them across the garland

I have several projects in the works that are scattered around the family room.   
I have the wrapping paper and ribbon out in the hopes of getting some presents wrapped.    I always hope to have that done early,   but it seems like I always put it off until the last minute. 

I have a pile of bows I've made on the love seat.      It's about half of what I need to get done.      Most of them will be used in the yard decor,    and some are for my daughter.

My Noel chicken wire truck is still sitting on the coffee table.....empty.       I will put a floral design in it when I have time.......

I'm also trying to finish up the family living/dining room Christmas decor and post a tour in the next few days! 

   Sounds like I have a lot left to do this week!!!!

Who am I kidding..........I LOVE the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season!    


  1. Your barn mantel is just amazing Penny! you have a brilliantly creative vision for Holiday fun and beauty.

  2. This came out so beautiful and I love all the decor

  3. Just lovely and the "barn" H made is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.. Loved the post! Leticia

  4. Your mantel is such gorgeous!!! The punk Santa Claus is adorable

  5. always love to see what you share. Christmas is always a hustle and bustle but I think I love it as well, so many people out and about more to see that we may not otherwise

  6. Oh, Dear Penny, I went back to last weeks emails and FOUND THE BARN, YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing this darling barn and all the things on your mantel. Oh, I love, love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have enjoyed following your Christmas decorations and it has made my season more fun.

  7. Ah Penny, you are blessed to have H to help you realise your crafting visions. You both did a fabulous job on the farmhouse barn. It looks amazing sitting on your Christmas mantel with the pink truck and tractor.
    Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your barn at tonight's party and pinning too.
    Merry Christmas,

  8. Penney, I love to see what you come up with - so inspiring! Are those real rose patterned boots? If they are, please share your source!

  9. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  10. Penny,
    PLEASE forgive me for not stopping by!! I have been so busy with finishing decorating and cleaning and baking and now I am getting ready for a family party for 15 tomorrow!! I love the barn and I adore how you made over the Sanra's so pretty!!


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