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My winter inspired mantel

This year we are being wolloped by winter!  We have soooo much snow, and it is soooo cold.  But I am a born and bred Canadian prairie girl, and I love this weather.  It is what I am used to, it is what I have memories of from when I was a kid, and it is what I love.  I truly love it!  The colours, the sparkles, the blue skies, the white snow, the drifts, the toboggan hill, skating, hot chocolate, fires, even the cold. Call me crazy, but I am embracing our winter this year!  (I will clarify that I love our winters until March, then it is ‘spring’ here, and I hate our ‘spring’.)
So here is my ode to winter.  I have decorated my mantel in a winter theme:  the colours blue and white, snowflakes and snowballs.  It makes our house feel so pretty.  (My son came down this morning and said: “Mom that fireplace looks so nice!  You are an artist!”  What better motivation do I need than that!?)

Enjoy the photos!

Yarn snowballs, so cute and so easy to make
Lovely snowflakes
Bubbles frozen in the lake ice.  (Photo courtesy of my lovely husband!)
The most amazing hoarfrost I have ever seen.  
This was 2 years ago on our drive to Grandma & Grandpa’s.
More hoarfrost shots.  It was truly breathtaking!
Through a barbwire fence.  Seriously gorgeous.
At the lake.  The view from the kitchen nook.
Crisp, winter blue skies.
Snow drift on the neighbours roof.
Snow building up on our bench
Blanketing pine trees.
Had to sneak a 

 one in!  
These are lights under the snow in our pots on the porch.

Enjoy your winter!  I know most of North America is currently being blanketed in it!  Cozy up and stay warm!

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    January 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    I really like this. I always find it hard to figure out how to decorate right after Christmas, this is a good idea!

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    January 14, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    So beautiful! Waaaah, I’m homesick . . .

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    January 14, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Don’t be homesick! Enjoy the heat!!

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    January 14, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    jo, you are so awesome. i wish you were my mom.
    xxo Sav

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    The Hubby
    January 14, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    Boy your husband takes GREAT snaps!

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    Linda@Coastal Charm
    January 14, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    Your mantel looks outstanding and those snow pics are out of this world beautiful!


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    Beth@The Stories of A2Z
    January 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Wow! What a beautiful mantel and gorgeous pictures!!!

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    Mountain Blessings
    January 15, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    LOVE your winter freeze pics, I had to put on my blankie just to look at them! Oh they looked so cold! Beautiful though, thanks for sharing! Marla

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    January 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Love your mantel! Those frost pictures are amazing!

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    Grace @ Sense and Simplicity
    January 24, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Gorgeous photos of hoarfrost. That is amazing. Have you printed any to hang on your walls?

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    December 18, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Just stumbled on your blog as I was writing an article on winterscaping. Nice work. From down the road in Calgary. Stop by our site and say Hi too.
    Have a great day.

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