Friday, January 31, 2014

Polar Vortex #2

Well, we survived another polar vortex here in Chicago.
The temps have risen and now the next snowstorm is on its way...

The sub-zero temps have meant lots of ice on the Chicago River.

These pictures had to be taken quickly so I could put my gloves back on :)

I thought that I would share my January mantle before it is time to pack it away.
I have a large Rubbermaid tote of "decorations" for each month of the year.(OK, some months have more than one tote lol)
I love to celebrate each season and the "special-ness" of each month.

I like to keep little white lights burning throughout January to help with Christmas Light Withdrawals and also to brighten those long January nights.

You can't see them here, but I have timer tapers in each of the punched tin lanterns to help appreciate the beautiful workmanship.

I also have a battery operated candle in my antique foot warmer as well.

I love my little antique box with hand-carved hearts and cross. It stays out all year long, but next month is its "special" month :)


This is my newest "January" addition. 
I love the winter scene painted on this vintage bellows.

Sometimes it is sad to pack away a month, it feels way to soon to put items away - not to be seen for another year. But then as I open the February bin, I find old favorites that have been forgotten over the year.

Wishing you love, comfort and contentment this weekend.

"Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy."
~Psalm 86:4-6

Blessing, Patti


Primitive Stars said...

Morning Patti, I adore your January mantle, looks so beautiful with the white lights,tin lanterns and love the foot warmer. I would not want to put it away :) Blessings Francine.

Ruth said...

That is the most beautiful frost pattern on your window that I have ever seen! How lovely nature painted those swirls and points! Thank you for such an unusual photo!

Kathy F said...

Great idea to keep the lights burning! Would you mind sharing the pattern name of the wool piece on your header? Love the uneven tongues & the simple snowman!! I also find so much comfort in your scripture choices. My hubby's been fighting brain cancer for four years & it's only amazing grace that gets us thru. Your blog is a bright spot in my day....thanks for sharing!!!!

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Oh Patti, I just want to move right in with you so I can see every month as you decorate for it. I think your Winter mantle is now my favorite mantle picture of all time. Your lanterns are just drool worthy and the foot warmer is simply stunning. I also decorate for each holiday and my neighbors just think I'm a crazy woman but like you I think we need to cherish everyday!

Raymond Homestead said...

Pretty mantle, love all your tin!

Friendship Crossing said...

That first pic looks amazing Patti!
Love your fireplace mantel.
I have always been a big fan of decorating for each season too!


WoolenSails said...

Love the candles on the mantle, so warm and perfect for long, cold days.


Earlene Landis said...

Patti your mantle looks great!!!!
I can't wait for it to start warming up.

Kathy L. said...

Please start to show your monthly mantels. This one is true inspiration!


Prims By The Water said...

WONDERFUL January mantle! Love the lanterns...not so much the cold and ice. Snowing horrible here in Michigan too. Janice

Karen said...

Beautiful Patti - I think the mantle is one of the hardest places to decorate and I don't know why. Great idea to have a tote for each month - sure makes it easy peasy and you can always add and delete if something new comes along.

marly said...

Great collection of lanterns. I hope the next storm system fizzles out before it hits!

Sherry said...

Your mantle is beautiful. You must share a photo each time you change it out.

Deb F said...

Love those pierced tin lanterns Patti! And the idea of a box a month? Now you'll have to show us each month as you go. (Please?)