I'll back it up a smidge and start around Christmas. I used the same reindeer stocking holders as in 2011, but added some candlesticks we got as a shower gift, a little toy car I attached a mini tree to, my new collection of reindeer and our Foldable Me's! I got that little shelter for my mini-nativity from Dollar Tree for a BUCK! Ohh! And a lovely gold/white dipped pinecone from my dear sister. :)
The other side still needed attention. I had the twiggy photoframe for a while which I popped a pic of Tom and I into. The amethyst colored geode was my souvenir from the grand canyon while on our honeymoon. [Tom's too nice to actually tell people exactly HOW many stores I dragged him into and HOW much time I spent looking at rocks and geodes on that trip. yikes.]
It still needed onnnne more thing. I stopped in TJ Maxx one day at lunch and found a cool black mini-globe. I liked it a bit and it was $9.00. I would have been over the moon for it if it was an astronomical map rather than geographical but, oh well! I knew I needed something with a little height so I bought it. Turns out, I LOVED how it looked in that little grouping. I added my old white clay mini-campfire (from... guess who! lol.....) and voila! A grouping I am so so happy with.
I guess the last touch was finally getting to drawing the fire in the fireplace. We had a party last year and all our friends signed it so it took a while to be ready to erase that. But, luckily the drawing turned out okay and now we have a nice roaring fire to keep toasty with this winter ;)
For extra special occasions, (and for Hurricane Sandy) I've lit all those candles in the tray. It looks AWESOME.
And, that's the update!