Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Final decorations for our mantel

Awhile back, we made an art piece to go over our mantel. We decided that we needed something to go on either side of it. So while we were in Baton Rouge a few weeks ago, we found a set of 3 pillar candle holders at my parent's house. They were gracious enough to give them to us... of course they were just sitting on the floor in the hall... taking up room. Dad even put them in a bag for us to take! Anyway, last week, we finally found some candles that we liked to put on them. On the other side of the mantel, we found a big vase at Walmart that we liked. We decided that we wanted to put something tall in it. Some kind of big branches... or something like that. Eric mentioned that there was a tree at his parent's house that has long curly branches. It's called a Corkscrew Willow (or Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'... as Eric would say). So he thought that might be a nice decorative touch... a free decorative touch (might I add)! So this weekend when we were in Winnsboro, he cut some branches to bring home. Here are some pictures ... and the final product on our mantel!

Eric and the tree

The Corkscrew Willow tree branches

Eric cutting a branch

Eric cutting a high branch

Eric and his loping shears

Me & my man with our matching glasses
(it was early... and COLD!)

Our mantel decorations

The vase with the corkscrew willow branches


Zelda said...

Awesome! See you can decorate...I always knew you could. Most excellent job.

Summer said...

Beautiful! I have paid good money for branches like that and they don't look nearly as good! Love yours! I might need to take a trip to Winnsboro! LOL!