New Year...A New Mantel

2013 is almost here...and not a moment too soon. It's been a great year in many ways, but sadness has mingled with joy, especially in this last month. I don't know about you, but I am ready for a new beginning.  So, for this New Year...A New Mantel is in place and ready for the clocks to strike midnight. Well, except for the mantel needs "C" batteries.

I seem to have a theme of "time" on the mantel this year. I know I have wasted a lot of it and want to make the most of what I have left. While that may sound morbid to some, it has become crystal clear that our days are a gift and we need to make them count.

My mantel has looked like this for a long time, except for some seasonal tweaks. It was time for something new. My favorite picture will find another place in my family room, but I haven't decided which wall to move it to. It may go where the large round clock once resided. Still working on the rest of the steps of change.

I shared about the mantel clock here when I took you on a tour of our family room. The gold anniversary clock was given to us my in-laws when they sold their Music Box and Clock Shop years ago. The heart shaped iron clock was a gift from my SIL. I'm really liking how this arrangement has come together. I think I'd like to find an hourglass to complete my "time" vignette, so I'll be on the hunt for that.

This sign with the bible verse, "Be still and know that I am God," finally found a home. I have had it in my decor closet for quite some time. I'm excited to have it on my mantel as a constant reminder of Who is in control of all things. So, the Christmas decorations are put away (a record for I am quite a procrastinator) and we look forward with hope into the future.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  1. Love the idea of a collection of time-pieces on the mantle, very pretty!

  2. The mantel looks fabulous and the collection of clocks is so lovely. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  3. A perfect for the occasion mantel! I love the sign! Have a wonderful 2013, Nici!

  4. Great way to start the New Year!

    - The Tablescaper

  5. I'm sorry to hear you've had sadness mingled with your joy so recently. I think having God's word visible and putting it to memory is always a great way to find comfort and perspective. I also love your idea of time on the mantel. It's always rushing by and we need all the reminders we can get to make the most of it, don't we? Here's to making the most of 2013!

  6. A beautiful mantle! I love that clock. I wanted to let you know you are The Winner of a zippered pouch from Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop! Congratulations! Will you please email me your favorite color and address? I'll sew a pouch just for you! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  7. We have the feelings of sadness. My dear Mummy passed away Dec 5 and someone I truly love left me for some reasons, the day my mum's burial. But life must go on.

    Your collection inspire me for the next NY celebration.

    TY a mill for sharing.

    Greetings from an icy Stockholm,
    /CC girl

  8. Nici, your mantel looks so pretty. I especially love the Bible verse. What a great way to keep the words in your heart. And I'm so impressed that you've already gotten your Christmas decorations all put away. We've had company in town, so I get to start taking everything down today. It will probably be an all week process, knowing me. Lucky you to be done with it all! Have a wonderful new year.


  9. Beautiful sign, and a lovely simple mantel to start off the new year ;-)

  10. I have had this sign as well and have never had the perfect place for it until this year! It fits perfectly in my after Christmas decorating!!


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