Anywhoo, that brings me to this post fully dedicated to the Tucker Mantel. Not having a mantle growing up meant that I was going all out this year. I almost went so all out that I was on the verge of tacky, and I liked it. Yikes, bring it back in, Sarah, bring it back in.
Now that I have pulled the reigns back we can focus on my, ehhhh our mantle (see Honey, I included you...does that mean that Kate Spade bag will end up under the tree?? If that wasn't enough of a shout out I can mention you later, too!).
I wasn't sure the direction I wanted to go, this being our first mantel. All I knew was that I had ornaments I bought last year the day after Christmas, I had greenery I bought a couple weeks ago, I had left over "spider web" from our Halloween party, and I had a whole lotta lights.
After stalking Pinterest, other blogs, and multiple magazines I decided that I was just going to start and see where things went. And this is where things went...
Those JOY letters are a DIY that took all of 10 minutes. That post will come later in the week. And do you see the
Aren't bows the cutest Christmas accessory? I luhh-uvvvv bows. Just wait until you see our tree. One word; bows.
I though about buying new candles, but after looking at the mustard colored ones, I was kinda diggin' it. Once again, add a bow to anything and it is automatically adorable. I apologize in advance to our future daughter. Little girl Tucker, your head will never go a moment without a bow. Sorry I'm not sorry :)
Stockings. Oh stockings. I had put off buying stockings until I ran across the perfect ones. That was until Chris came home and surprised with with these four velvet babies. (Imagine my face with a giant fake smile. That is what I looked like when he showed them to me) I am not going to lie. They were not my favorite at all. Then I saw the adorable joy that Chris had on his face. He was so excited to have contributed to our mantel that there was no way I could make him return them. He just melts my heart. And if you are wondering why there are four, he got one for Bailey and one for Wrigley. How freakin' cute is he?! The boys are Santa, I am the snowman, and Bailey is the teddy bear. And I hate to admit it, but once we got them
Not only did the hunk come home with stockings for the fam, he came home with stocking stuffers for me! Can you tell that my stocking is puffy? I promise, no peeking!
I am so excited for our first Christmas as a married couple. Decking our halls has been a blasty-blast. I love Christmas so very much :)
What do you think of our Merry Mantel?? What should we add? I love to hear what you have to say :)
PS: Did you notice that these are NOT Instagram pics?!?!? (you can follow me at sarahtuckerup) Santa delivered my present early and I have been practicing with my new 'toy'. I will have a post on that later, but I just didn't want people to think that my Insta pics all of a sudden gained the quality of a DSLR! Woo hoo!
PSS: Why are some of my pictures "smooshed?" I am not so great at this whole "using a real camera thing" and so until someone gives me the heads up as to what I am doing wrong, smooshed pictures it is!