Welcome to December, the most beautiful month of the year for decorating! It's always fun to try something new, and this year it's a vintage hand-crochet mantel scarf.
I envy those of you who have something ample to decorate over your winter fireplaces. Our ledge is only six inches deep! But I feel lucky to have found an old cloth made especially for the purpose that makes me feel a warm connection to history. On the other hand, my husband says the trim reminds him of icicles!
I didn't spend a lot of time researching, but it seems that the purpose of a mantel cloth has only ever been for making the hearth more homey, cozy, and pretty. Of all times for something old-fashioned, for me it is Christmastime. Maybe we will prop all our cards up here like the Victorians did!
Not much else has changed in the room, but a little fringe, a string of lights, and a bit of green has made all the difference to welcome a new season.
It's no trouble to whisk a few things away when we need to, and I'm looking forward to all month long gathering friends and loved ones near the fire. That includes you!
Thanks so much for your visit!
I hope the new month is off to a wonderful start for you . . . .
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