I am ridiculously proud of my fireplace mantel for the 4th of July this year. If I had the option of a fireplace, I probably wouldn't take it -- not with young kids anyway -- because it's kind've a worry. But since I have one anyway, I LOOOOVE decorating the mantel for different holidays. Part of the reason for that is that I can do it on a very limited budget (sometimes nothing) and it makes at least part of the house festive!
Ok so the picture in the middle doesn't fit AT ALL but I don't have anything holiday appropriate to put there. The subway art on the side came from The Crafting Chicks as a free printable and turned out sooo cute. The rest was kind've slapped together from what I had around the house -- including the books, and yes they are all American authors and/or collections!
I'm totally bragging here, but why not?
Since the next major holiday (for decorating purposes anyway) isn't really until Halloween, I think I'm going to do a family display next. That is if my family members would send me pictures -- AND IF YOU'RE READING THIS AND I DON'T HAVE ONE YET THEN GET CRACKING!!!!!
I love you all.