Jan 15, 2011

Keeping Luck Under Glass...

I have been hinting
at my new mantle / faux fireplace project
for a long time...

Well,  this is the weekend I am tying up loose ends...

It seemed so simple to put in a faux fireplace,
then temptation spoke to me...
"paint the walls" it whispered,
then "wouldn't white woodwork be nice?"
 temptation whispered again...

Projects always take on an energy of their own :-)

(click photos to enlarge)

I realized
I haven't shared with you my New Years Mantle top decor...
better late than never :-)


For Christmas,  I gathered all my cloches and apothecary jars,
and left them empty on the mantle top,
just enjoying the layers of twinkling glass
softly lit by taper candles...

Then around New Years Eve
I began to tuck in objects of history, time and luck...


A heart on a silver tray took center stage...


because love is the center of everything...


A bit of history
an unknown very distant relative...


broken clocks seem drawn to me,
maybe they are my attempt at making time stand still...


a little horseshoe the quintessential symbol of luck...


a treasured Irish Belleek vase,
the Irish are known to be filled with luck...


Tonight I am joining
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
and
The Gypsy Cornern for Three or More Tuesday

Update...
I finished my Faux Fireplace
if you would like to see here is the link...

Thanks for visiting today!

29 comments:

Marydon said...

Just gorgeous Bella, you have created such romance.
Have a beautiful PS weekend.
TTFN ~
Hugs, Marydon

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

It is beautiful Bella! It all looks so pretty. Enjoy your evening...........Julian

Cindy said...

So pretty and elegant...Beautiful.

rosarod said...

Hello dear Bella, no words! enchanting your tablecloth, not do better choice, for your collection of glass vases are beautiful! What we look THROUGH the glass is simply magical. Your beautiful details give an ethereal touch to your home. blessings, Rose Marie

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Bella... oooh, I love all of your lucky cloches and apothecary jars!... what a beautiful display... I love the little shamrock, and also your Belleek...I always buy a new piece of Belleek every year on St. Patrick's Day on the QVC special that is everything from Ireland... Jack is Irish, so maybe some of his Irish luck will rub off on me (I am mostly French)...I love how everything you create has special meaning and holds precious memories... thanks for sharing... xoxo Julie Marie

Simply Bungalow said...

Beautiful. I love all your cloches. They are just lovely.
~Heidi

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Your mantle is gorgeous, I love all of your cloches! I think they are beautiful empty, with like you said the candle light twinkling threw!

Carol

Mariette said...

Dearest Bella,

You did capture the essence of life very well under each cloche! Very well phrased too...

Have a great weekend!

Mariette

Victorian1885 said...

So beautiful Bella! Love is the centre of everything! I can't imagine my life without it! Enjoy your weekend..

Hugs,
Wanda

Farah Muzaffar said...

Just romantic Bella, so whispering tone with a such a delicate and soft environment... simply gorgeous...
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Love
Farah

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Your presentations are lovely, thank you for the decorating ideas! I especially love your comment about making time stand still - if only we could! Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings from Cindy said...

Simply Lovely Bella!! I always enjoy a visit to your blog! I just wanted to tell you "Hi" & thank you for all your wonderful comments you leave me on my blog! You are so sweet! I love your blog design...I need to update mine as soon as I can find the time.
Blessings,
Cindy

NanaDiana said...

Bella...That is downright beautiful! I can't wait to see your faux fireplace...It's not this mantle you are showing, right? It's a different one? Anyway...this one is gorgeous with all the clear glass and old time pieces. LOVE IT~ xxoo Diana

Suzann said...

It is so pretty Bella!!!

Thank you for sharing!
Suzann xoxoxo

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Another stunner! I love clear glass to, just adore the way the light plays with it. And I like the transformation into the new year with the clocks. So clever. :)

Donna

Splenderosa said...

I love this idea! Beautifully simple. xx's

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
You've created a nice display on the mantle with your cloches and treasures beneath.
The addition of the candles really adds some sparkle to enhance the romantic ambience created.
Hugs,
Judith

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Dear friend,

I love the way candle light reflects on the glass treausures on your mantel!
Have a good Sunday,
Fra

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Bella :) What a beautiful display you created on your mantle. I love all the cloches, and the special little items that each has inside ~ It's all so very romantic :)

Have a wonderful day & upcoming week!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

A Garden of Threads said...

Bella, A beautiful display of cloches with silver accents. Stunning.

Madelief said...

Dear Bella,

Your mantelpiece looks beautiful with all that glass!

Have a wonderful day!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty Bella...the candles and the glass look spectacular together and I like the clocks under the cloches, so perfect for this time of year! I can't wait to see your new fireplace. We are thinking of getting one for our bedroom at the lake. Oh, to fall asleep in front of a fire!

XO,
Jane

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Bella - like everything you do this post is beautiful! Wanted to let you know that i recieved your package! thank you.....i'm so excited! I will keep you posted on how my garden grows! Please pop over to my blog and enter my "100 follower giveaway!" xoxo
~tracie

KATHY said...

I love all your cloches!! They look gorgeous.

Kathy

Roselle said...

Such beauty! I LOVE the domes on silver. Now I will be on the hunt for silver to plop all my thrift domes on! As always, your photos inspire!
Roselle

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I enjoyed your blog so much. I'll be back.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh be still my heart. You know that I LOVE CLOCHES and your display is stunning. I love them empty and then with all of your beautiful displays of vintage and time elements, it is just gorgeous. Such a clever and beautiful idea. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

La said...

Your mantel is so pretty. I love the use of an old window frame (I have one in my bedroom). Your cloches are lovely. La

Lady of the Woods said...

Oh I can't stand it LOL...what IS it about cloches and apothecary jars that just send me over the mooooon ? all that clear reflection and sparkle....I can't get enough of it. As simple as this display is, it one of the most stunning. thank you for the inspiration! Lady