Ta da! My poor camera is on it's last leg and so pictures tend to be blurry--really blurry. Would you believe it if I told you I was standing only three feet away from my mantle? Anyway, I took the easy way out on this one. I just twisted together the only two garlands I had and then mixed in a very short string of lights (notice it only overs the middle section?). I wasn't quite sure what to stick in it since I don't have fun feathers or starfish or angel wings or anything like that.
The only decorative thing we had left was a box of Christmas ornaments. Some of them are old toys from when Hubby was little. I opted to throw in those and added a few glass balls tied with ribbon. So if you come to visit, look carefully and you'll see this guy peaking out at you (my great-grandmother made him).
On the other end you might find a boat setting sail on a great sea of green (one of Hubby's baby ornaments).
And dangling over the edge you'll see one or two of these folks clinging to a branch for dear life (also great-grandma creations).
There you have it. My lovely little attempt at a Toy Land garland. My plan for the rest of the mantle is to remove the candlesticks and add a couple vases with Paperwhites to add some height.
And for those of you who have asked, we still have not decided on what to do about our Christmas tree. We have endeavored to decided and make a purchase this weekend. So hopefully Monday I will have pictures posted as proof. Now that I said that, I feel like I have to keep my word. Thanks, blogland, for keeping me accountable.