This year I decided to try something a little different
on our big wooden mantle
I ordered 2 dozen packages of lavender,
that came wrapped in little kraft paper bundles
and some dried vines with faux bittersweet berries
I just sort of started working with the vines and then decided a base of some sort would look interesting too, so I added 3 vintage French bread baskets
I was thinking of using glass balls which would have looked great too but I had a big basket of these old rag balls and guess what....?
They looked really interesting
and were really easy to tuck into little niches
and spots all along the vines
Using the lavender already wrapped like this actually saves a ton of time and mess.
I pretty much had the thing done and realized I was missing something...hummm
Hey why not stick a few bread boards in behind the vines!
The biggest challege was getting the balance right...but this arrangement is so free form that you can keep playing with it until you like how it looks
I have to admit I started thinking of all sorts of things to add to this display but then thought it might start to look like a French flea market!
It is kind of a messy project and there were little orange BB's of styrafoam everywhere not to mention lavender...but it smells wonderful!
I really like those bread boards on the mantle...
those might just stay there after the Holidays
I can't beleive there are just a few weeks
left in 2011...where did this year go?