Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winter Mantle

Howdy Sweet Folks,

How is your week going so far??
Well, I hope!

Mine has been good,  uneventful for the most part,
but sometimes uneventful is very good!!  lol
We are having very warm temps in the 80's again.
Keep trying to go out and sit in the sun, but we have
so much cloud cover that just about the time I get
out there, the sun goes in............our lovely blue
skies look like cotton ball heaven!!  lol
Can't believe we are almost out of January, and
wondering if we are gonna get anymore cold weather.
Bet if I decorated for spring..... early, we would!  lol
That is what has happened in the past, so I quite
doing it early........

oh, did I say it had been uneventful and that un-
eventful was sometimes very good.....I was right,
cause now it is eventful..........Get This!!

Hubby is nearing that golden age of Social 
Security and even tho he isn't retiring yet you still
 have to do the paperwork,  well, most people do
 theirs online, and he tried but it flagged him cause 
he was born out of the country,  as his dad was in
 the Navy and stationed out of the country.  So he
had to go to the Social Security office today to
take his birth certificate,  and they said, it was
unacceptable,  it is what he has used his whole
life to get passports and drivers liscense and
whatever else you need it for................he also
took his passport, no, can't take that because
it has expired, well even tho, it is expired he
had to be a citizen to get it in the first place,
Now my hubby served 4 years during the Viet
 Nam era in the Air Force, he also had a secret
clearance with the military and again not too
many years ago for a job where he worked.
Needless to say that he has been paying into
social security all these 40 some odd years.,
and I haven't even gotten to the best part yet,
since he lost his social security card they
had him feel out paperwork to get it , and 
when they went to do it they said they couldn't
give him one, because he is not classified
 as a U.S. Citizen!   We are in disbelief!!

Nevertheless, we are not going to panick
over this yet, anyway! cause a rep. from the Social 
Security office is suppose to call him or he them, if 
they don't call in a few days.  So guess we will see
what they have to say and what they suggest......
Our next step, if need be, will be our congressman!

My hubby asked him facetiously, so are they gonna
 continue to take money out of my pay check for 
S.S. then, and the guy said I know, this doesn't 
make any sense,  your are right,  it makes
absolutely no sense..........for heavens sake all
you have to do is check his social security #
against his pay records for all the places he
worked, and how in the world does one get
a secret  security clearance without being
a U.S. citizen, cause they really check you
out good....................
anyway, we would happily accept any prayer
you send our way.  Will keep you posted!!
This turned out to be way longer than it
was suppose to,  but just had to share our
lil saga over here.  lol

Thought I would show you our Winter Mantle
today since it is the centerpiece of our 
family room.................

This was a new find from Ross some weeks back,
and a great deal as well.  It has one of those
fake candles that lights up, but we love how it
looks all lit up on the mantle.

This is the right side of the mantle. I love brass 
and I have had these brass fruit plates for over
42 years,  they were a wedding present, and I
still love them as much as the day I got them.
Added some books and a cream pitcher and 
a wooden pear and that finished it off...........

Until,  I found this at Sears for $6.00, so since I was
 returning something from Christmas that didn't fit
right, she was one of my replacements.

and the same day I found this lil Blue and White
porcelain ball for $1.69 at the Christmas store.
Isn't it pretty!  Imagine a whole bowl full of those.

I used a candle jar lid as a holder.

Here is the whole new vignette on the right side!

Here it is in colored pencil!

Never thought about how nice this would look with
our new lantern, since it has the same design.

Here is an overview.  Our ceiling vault in this room,  so the
 fireplace also vaults upward as well,  so that is why I have 
 this taller piece on the opposite side.  It balances the
mantle very well.

Decided to make a lil sign on cardstock,  it was intended
for the coffee table, but liked it better here!  Liked the
pop of white................

This is the left side this planter
with the tulips,  my son sent it to me years ago 
when he was in college for my birthday and it 
had real red tulips in it, so decided to carry on 
the memory with some faux  red tulips.  It also
helps hide the cord from the picture lamp.

Same pic, just done in a posterized affect!

The whole left side,  which I decided to change 
again, once I did the other side.

Absolutely love this picture,  and the pic of the
I have told hubby  for years this setting is what my home
 in Heaven is gonna be

And.... No,  it isn't a Thomas Kincaide,  only a Thomas 
Kincaide look alike poster, I had it foam cored, and then
 I put in a really nice frame that used to house an oil
painting. which already had an art light on it.

 Here is the new changes to the left side.  Really it was
I just added the wooden pear of there and lit the candles.

Same pic with a palette knife affect.

Well, there you have it folks, 
 the centerpiece of our family room.

Thanks for stopping by,

am linking up with the style
sisters so come check it out.
Just click Here!

Also linking up to Marty over at
 a walk thru life. come on over
and see more fun tabletops.
Just click here!

Have a Sweet Day!

Hugs, and 

Pretty Mantle Blessings,


  1. I like that, "cottonball heaven!" I had never thought of that when I look at the clouds!

    There should be a military birth record of those born in the "overseas" military hospitals!

    I like your white hen. It is really pretty.

    The flowers on their long stems are pretty with how they lean in different directions.

    Your flowers made a 3-D picture!

    Very pretty blog,
    Love you all, Susan

  2. Nellie

    My goodness, that is terrible what you are going through with social Security. it doesn't make sense at all.
    Your heavenly home picture is so pretty and I would like it as well. Looks like a peaceful place.
    Love your new template. i just changes my again too since I did not really like the other one.

    I am home today with a sore throat and can't talk. I don't feel that bad but I have a little fever.

    Praying for you and your hubby!
    Blessings & Love

  3. Beautiful vignette and I love the touch of brass. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  4. Nellie,
    Hang in there, dear one!!!
    This "coming of age" isn't forwhimps!!!
    In the meantime...I'll be praying that all turns out in your favor!!!
    Love your mantle! The photo you transformed is elegantly done!!!If that's where you'll be residing in Heaven, reserve the one next door for me!


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