Monday, December 31, 2007

Tick Tock... Tick Tock...

Yesterday I needed a little "me" time. A little "leave the kids and husband at home" time. See the best thing about Christmas Vacation is that we are all together, all the time... And the worst thing about Christmas Vacation is that we are all together, all the time....

So in a moment of self-preservation I ran over to B&N looking for some Magazine Therapy before I skipped over to a friends cozy house for some girl talk...

What I picked up at B&N was the January issue of Romantic Homes. I had put off buying it because I knew I would want something non-Christmasy to read once Christmas had passed, and I didn't want to buy it too soon... So there it was on the shelf, waiting for me to take it home.
After sitting on the couch and flipping through the pages I was inspired to transform my mantle for New Years. Turns out we are having 2 fairly impromptu gatherings of old college and new church friends with their kids in tow, over during the next few days - we didn't mean to have New Year's gatherings, it has just sort of happened that way...

So after the kids went to bed I gathered various odds and ends and created this little assembly on the mantle using all the old and new clocks I had from around the house, along with a few party hats I found stuffed away and some glass glitter snowflake ornaments... I have to give Elizabeth Maxson credit for the inspiration for this arrangement because I have never decorated for New Years before and may have not thought of the clock idea if had not been for her article in RH. (You can see a bit for yourself her on Elizabeth's blog if you haven't had the chance to read RH yet.)
This morning before tackling anything practical like laundry or bed making, I whipped out this "Bonne Annee" banner to hang. I used shipping tags and a new little experiment for making the letters. I am toying with the idea of selling DIY Kits for banner making online and this would be one style option- what do you think?

Thank you all for being such lovely friends and readers - your visits mean so much to me and are always so much fun to see!

However you welcome in the New Year may it be lovely, full of hope and faith for the coming days!


  1. I love the mantle Jerusalem!!
    I did some New Years decorating as well. I did read the new Romantic Homes. Loved it. You should also look at the new Romanic Country if you haven't already.
    Have fun with your family and friends. Love the banner by the way.
    Happy New Year!

  2. What a flattering post! I LOVE your mantel and thank you for sharing it with gives me great joy to know that I can inspire others with my own creative (or warped! :-) mind. I really like your hats and the clocks are just perfect. Your blog is a joy and I wish you the best new year yet!

  3. Lots of great inspiration!!
    Thank you soo much for you kind words..May you and your family have a blessed and Happy New year!

  4. Jerusalem,
    Happy New Year to you and your family!! I love the idea of DIY banner kits and those letters look great. Just my 2 cents worth, LOL.

  5. I totally laughed when I read the part about needed "Me" time... Oh,
    how I could relate... I love your Mantle.. How clever!!! I also love your banner... You should go for it!!
    Well- Happy New year and God bless..

  6. Your creativity just blows me away, sweetie! Happy New Year!

    love, dad

  7. I know your guests really appreciated this beautiful assembly.

    Susan K.

  8. I love the idea of your DIY banners. I read your blog as often as possible and I am always inspired.

  9. Your mantle looks great! I really love all of your clocks!


  10. thanks for sharing these pics! this looks amazing! mine would come out in a configuration of mispellings and transformer parts.

  11. The clocks are such a great idea. I'm going to have to remember this for next year. Oh, you'll remind me won't you? Have a happy and healthy new year. - SUzanne

  12. Hello Sweet Jerusalem:) Love your mantle, and I LOVE old clocks! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

  13. Cute idea, great blog. I love the kits sound great to me!

  14. Hi I found you through your comment on Daisy Cottage and just wanted to say that I like what you id with your mantle for New Years. It's great! Come visit me sometime. Rhondi

  15. Sooo magical!! Sooo so fun!! Love it!!

    Happy Happy New Year!! Wishing you a fantastic 2008!!

    xoxo Jenny


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