One of the top priorities on my "must haves" list for buying a house was a wood burning fireplace.
I knew right when we walked into this house I wanted it to be ours.
We have two fireplaces. One in the living room and one in the basement. And we have brick walls in the dining room and kitchen. It really is heaven over here!
But, just because I got what I wanted doesn't be I got exactly what I wanted. We have A LOT of remodeling to do, like the whole house, so we had to make the fireplace what we wanted.
This is what it looked like when we moved in.
And this is our Christmas mantel.
I really can't tell you how much I have always wanted to hang our stocking over the fireplace. I am completely giddy this year.
I bought the reindeer from the dollar store and spray painted them green. The brush trees are from Hobby Lobby. All of it together was $8.
Rachel from Smile and wave bought these stocking from Gingiber. I liked them from the moment I saw them, and they seemed oddly familiar. Then I recognized that I used that green fabric for Ida's Strawberry Shortcake costume. This meant I knew exactly where to buy the fabric, which meant I could make my own!
Each of us has our own unique deer representing our personalities. The kids helped pick them out and were pretty spot-on with their insights to who we are.
(Dad, Mom, Emerson, Ida)
I found two straw wreaths at Good Will for $.29 each, covered them with yarn and hung them up.
Then I got some doilies at JoAnn for $.99 and spray painted them different colors. It was such a fast project.
I guess Candace from Sparkle Power had the same idea. Check out what she posted just a few days ago.
Dying them is a great idea.
I love the house like this.