Sunday, December 4, 2011


When I was doing my Copycat Challenge
I didn't realize that the party over at
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
was featuring mantels.

I am glad to be joining Kristin
for day two of

"The Christmas Blogger Block Party"
by sharing my Christmas mantel

It also happens to be my first 
Copycat Challenge attempt.
Traditional Homes Nov/Dec 2011
I had recently pinned this photo because 
I thought it was a great inspiration. 

Traditional Homes Nov/Dec 2011
The closeup was really the inspiration
for I knew I already had most of the components.

Here goes!

Because of the colors I use in my home, I have used silver and blues for many years. I always tried to achive a cool wintery look. 
I liked the seashells in the inspiration because of our location by the shore.
 I didn't have framed seashells but I did have some beautiful sparkly sea creatures around the house.
I had lots of mercury glass trees and candlesticks. I gathered the candlesticks from around the house and brought out the box of mercury glass trees. They are usually on the dining table for Christmas.

 Here are more glittery seashells. For the greenery I used a couple of garlands that I have had for years.
I like these because all the stems and the base garland are paper wrapped. If there is any plastic, it is not visible. 
 I added some pearl and silver beaded garland to brighten the pine. 
I love the little tree with fleur de lis top. 

 I am not sure what the creature is leaning against the candlestick on the right. But it is pretty and shiny. 
If it's shiny it qualifies.

 There's that creature again. Can anyone identify that?
 I also added some small silver pine cones.

Savannah Granny 2011

Traditional Homes Nov/Dec 2011

Savannah Granny 2011

Traditional Homes Nov/Dec 2011

OK! What do you think?
Did I come close?

Please join me over at:
 For the first Party in the 
"Christmas Blogger Block Party"

I am also joining the following great holiday parties:

Please leave a comment. That way I know you stopped by to visit.

Merry Christmas!


Terry said...

Your mantel is so beautiful.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Fabulous job Miss Ginger! WOW, I love the seashells incorporated with pine cones and greenery, that is really pretty. You done good girl for your first time joining. You are a pro! Thank you for joining in. Have fun!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Ginger, your mantel is fantabulous!! It is better than the inspiration picture. You go girl.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love it! You outdid yourself.

Debbie said...

I just voted this the prettiest thing I've seen this weekend.

And I've seen a LOT of pretty things this weekend so that's a high honor indeed.

It's just plain stunning!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Ginger that is the most gorgeous mantel! I love the silver and the greenery and those! Great job! hugs, Linda

Cindy said...

Just beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You did a GREAT job! I love it! Your copy cat challenge is a wonderful success! Kudos! xo Diana

Designs By Pinky said...

Ginger, your mantle is over the top GORGEOUS!!!!! I LOVE it! So sparkly and bright, just as Christmas should be!!! GREAT job! XO, Pinky

Barbara F. said...

Did you come close?! You took the concept and ran with it - through the finish line into the Winners Circle! Beautiful mantle - it is huge too. xo

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Ginger, this is absolutely gorgeous! What a stunning display. LOVE all of the sparkle!! Great job!

Helen's Decor said...

Ginger, your mantle is gorgeous and I love your arrangement with all the great mercury glass. Thanks for sharing, Helen

Honey at 2805 said...

I hope Traditional Homes sees this to see where they went wrong! Yours is gorgeous and beats there's hands down! It is absolutely drop dead gorgeous, my friend. Love, love you mercury glass!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This is one gorgeous mantel display! I won't be surprised to see it in a magazine next year!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Ginger you sure are a great copy cat! Your mantel looks absolutely beautiful!! Martina

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Your first?? It looks great! i love your large mantel and mirror! You need to do the copy cat challenge every time! Yours looks much better than the original!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, I think you hit the mark and kept right on going!!! It looks beautiful. Where ever did you find so much mercury glass?! And the photos are gorgeous.
Hope you can join us for the linky party this Wednesday, we'd love to have you share.
Hugs and Happy Holidays,

Grace InAZ said...

You not only came close, you topped it! Lovely! I think yours has so much more character and class! Nicely done!
Hugs, GraceinAZ

Tracy Suzanne said...

It's amazing that you already had everything to create such a close copy. I really do love yours. I adore the juxtaposition of the pinecones and seashells. I even pinned it on pinterest.

Have a beautiful week...Tracy :)

D said...

Hi, Ginger,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and the sweet comment.
And I'd stay, you cam VERY close.
Really you did a beautiful job.

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hi Ginger... beautiful copy cat... your cones are more beautiful than your inspiration ... perfect decor
Happy if you come to see me at
with love from

It's All Connected said...

This is one of my faves! You had me at the mercury glass! ~ Maureen

Suzy said...

You copy cat you! It looks awesome! Makes me want to go change all of my red and green. You did a great job.

Audrey said...

Hi Ginger ... that is awesome. So much pretty stuff and you just know how to put it all together.
Audrey Z. at Timeless Treausres

Maria Elena said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous! I like your version better! Beautiful!

Eileen said...

Ginger, this is gorgeous! I love the sea creatures with the mercury glass. I am such a fan of the silver, white and blues, also. You have done a fantastic challenge.
Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

Babs said...

Wow Ginger!! I think your mantel should have been in the magazine. Love your mercury glass and sparkly starfish. As to what the sea creature thingy is...not a clue, but it's pretty. Love that coastal look!!

Mariette said...

Dearest Ginger,

Yours is far prettier! So be proud of yourself and sit back and relax, taking a sip of hot chocolate, tea or whatever you like.
We're enjoying our visit with daughter Liz. Precious time, only 6 days but so special.

Love to you,


Peggy said...

I like yours much better than your inspiration. It is gorgeous; absolutely my favorite mantle of the year. You did a fabulous job, and I'll be "lurking" from time to time. Love your blog just like I love Debbiedoos. Peggy

vikki said...

I love it. I think yours is every bit as nice as the one you copied. I am being a Scrooge this year so I am looking at ideas to get into the decorating mood and yours sure has helped!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous mantel. Fabulous copycat!!

Marydon said...

Spectacular! I love it!

Have a lovely week ~

PS Pop over for our GIVEAWAY

xinex said...

So beautiful, Ginger! I love all the sparkly things....Christine

Shelia said...

Ginger! It's gorgeous! So pretty with all of your mercury glass. Move over inspiration photo, Ginger's is so much prettier! Looks just like a magazine snap! I love it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

mississippi artist said...

Very petty -love all the mercury glass and the starfish are beautiful with the pine. It is all very cool and elegant looking.

Jo's This and That said...

Your mantel is stunning! Beautiful! I love the colors so elegant.Thanks for sharing Joann

Karen said...

Your mantle is drop dead gorgeous Ginger.

Becca said...

WOW, you did an incredible "copy cat" job ... your mantel is stunning! That is a favorite picture of mine, as well. Your mercury pieces are gorgeous ... and your sparkly sea shells are fabulous! Beautifully done! *Becca* (now following along by way of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia).

Anonymous said...

Your mantle looks wonderful!! You did such a fabulous job.


Ann said...

You nailed it! Your mantel is exquisite.

Tam said...

Great job... your mantle is lovely!

CAS said...

Wow, Ginger, your mantel is beyond gorgeous! I think you for surpassed the inspiration! Your mercury glass collection is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Goodness, yours looks better than the magazine! Great copy cat, and I am linking from Debbiedoos.

Sherry from Alabama said...

How elegant and lovely! Yours looks better than the one from the magazine pic!

SHerry @ A Happy Valentine

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW! You sure did an amazing job! Like yours even better :) Thank you so much for linking up, have a wonderful Tuesday!


What a stunning mantel my sweet friend Ginger, it's better than the original, you did beyond amazing job! Your mercury glass collection is great, I love it! You sure it wasn't that they copied you?! Merry Christmas darling. FABBY

Molly said...

Lovely! I have several silver trees and you are going to be my inspiration for my 2012 mantle!! Definitely "pin worthy!!"

Barb and Dell said...

Oh, your mantel is gorgeous! Much better than the copy cat picture. I'm loving all the silver and white with the greenery this year. I will have to do that next year.
I linked up to the Copy Cat party too, but I am way behind in reading all the links.
Have a Wonderful Christmas,

Mitzi said...

Your mantle is every bit as pretty as the original one. You did a great job.Merry Christmas.

Cottage and Broome said...

Love your mantle, the silver trees are beautiful. Will be your newest follower, please stop by when you have a chance, Laura, Cottage and Broome

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

You asked if you came close... NOPE, not even!! You FAR SURPASSED your prototype. I think this mantel and your banister are absolutely gorgeous!! I'm so glad I found your post, because I've been thinking about you! I'm going to check; I think I'm following you already, but if I'm not, I will. Hope to have you visit soon!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Ginger! I think you out did the inspiration photo! I just love all the silvery pearl-essence of it all!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Danice said...

What a gorgeous mantle. I love the golds and silvers. I found this blog at the Linky Party ay Sally Lee By The Sea :)

Sophia's said...

This is gorgeous! I love all your mercury glass and the coastal theme. That is a large mantel to decorate too!

I just love of my favorite places ever. Thanks for visiting my little blog!


Sophia's said...

This is gorgeous! I love all your mercury glass and the coastal theme. That is a large mantel to decorate too!

I just love of my favorite places ever. Thanks for visiting my little blog!


Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Ginger, your mantel is stunning! I love all the silver and the way you have used the inspiration photo but still made it your own. I like your mirror better than the trio of seashell pics. Very very pretty!

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

I'm just getting over to look at your mantel, and it is beautiful! I am not usually a big fan of mercury glass, but you've won me over! I love it!!

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

You not only come close - yours is MORE beautiful!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas post at our linky party - we LOVE it!!

Coastal Christmas Hugs,

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

Your post is one of our favorites from our Holiday Linky Party - here's the link:

Merry Christmas!

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

Thanks for coming by 52mantels and leaving me a comment! And, thank you so much for showing me your mantel. I do love them so :).

This one is GORGEOUS!!! Amazing! It's kind of sad you can't leave it up year round. But, I guess it's better because you appreciate it more when it's once a year!

I'm going to follow you on my way out. Cute blog you've got here!

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