Kari and Kijsa have asked for pictures of our mantels. If you haven't been to their site it is a must. They have a new idea pretty much everyday. Our mantel is pretty simple. I love the watercolor hanging over it. My grandmother gave it to us. It is a painting of a cottage in the woods and is very peaceful.
Something strange about our mantel is that it is only about 6 inches deep. That is not very much! That is the reason why I don't have a lot of stuff on it. However, Cody's Dad is going to make us a "cap" with crown molding on it to sit on top so it will be about 10 inches deep. I will finally be able to put a nativity set on it during Christmas.
Here is our mantel during "life". It is very hard to get Cody to take a picture where he is not making a face but he is still cute!