Our fall mantel 2013

Decorating a mantel can be fun but sometimes frustrating too. Trying to come up with a new look every season isn’t always easy and I find myself racking my brain to get a fresh idea for a different look. I shopped the house and the basement where I keep my hoard stash of things I just might need some day! Along with pheasant feathers, some faux autumn stems in tans and browns, I found a cute little owl that belonged to my Mom.

Blue pumpkins were in the plan because they’re such a pretty color and I knew they would look great in our family room. A plan for decorating the fall mantel was created. These colors may not be the classic shades of gold, orange and vibrant reds but they are giving me a fresh fall look. Here’s a look at the mantel last year.

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The centerpiece is and old window that was in the laundry room. I created a burlap cone to hold the faux stems and feathers.

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Along with the stems and feathers I tucked in berries and moss. I like the look of moss spilling over the edges.

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The faux foliage adds just a touch of gold and I love using antlers in autumn decorating.

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I brought in a fern from the patio but I know it won’t last the winter.

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The blue pumpkins are Jarrahdale and are good for eating too. Have you tried them?

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Here’s the cute little owl that belonged to my Mom. The candlesticks were hers too. I sure do miss her!

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I found a pair of these finial at a yardsale several years ago. That’s why I love yardsales, you can find good stuff cheap. Smile

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So there it is, the fall mantel 2013.

Blogland is in full swing with fall decorating posts to get you in the mood. If you need inspiration you will be sure to find it. Are you finished with your fall decorating?

I’ll be joining a few linky parties soon and sharing more of our fall home décor.

I’m linked up at, It’s Fall Y’all at Thrifty Décor Chick.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

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This year the mantle is decorated in aqua and teal blues, paired with shades of lime green. The center focal point is a new, large ornament from TJMAXX but everything else came from my huge collection of Christmas decorations. My mantra for Christmas decorating this year should be greenery and Christmas balls everywhere!

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For the past several years I haven’t put up a tree, but the house can still look festive and pretty without one! The kitchen, dining room and family room are all decorated with plenty of greenery and pretty ornaments.

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I’ve always liked the look of a trio of wreaths, so I added them above the mantle.

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A faux wreath is surrounding the twigs in my thrift shop urn and freshly clipped greens are tucked in.

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Every year after Christmas, I think about replacing the old faux swag and replacing it with a fuller one. For now I just tuck in lots of fresh greens.

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Most of these plastic ornaments are from Walmart. They do have a nice selection of ornaments.

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On the center wreath, I pictured a loosely draped, satin ribbon but I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I settled for a metallic mesh ribbon.

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That’s the Christmas mantle this year! It’s hard coming up with a new look every year.

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This was the mantle last year, done in silver and white. The ‘O holy night’ got recycled this year in the dining room. I’ll be posting that soon. Lots more past Christmas décor and recipes HERE.

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Are you finished decorating? Got all those cookies baked? Shopping done? Isn’t Christmas exhausting!   HO HO HO……..!

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

The Autumn mantel

The Autumn mantel this year is pretty simple with no bright orange colors like last years. I used the mirror I found at the thrift store, flanked by fresh branches from the yard, the other half of the pumpkin I cut in half and some Annie Sloan chalk painted pumpkins.

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I found the green vases at the thrift store for 10¢ and the pedestal vase on the left is a Haeger and was only a dollar. Haeger pottery is fairly easy to find at thrift shops and I really like the soft colors and shapes.

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The thrift shop mirror was painted with Annie Sloan in Chateau grey.

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The pumpkins are painted in pretty shades of Annie Sloan chalk paint.

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Here’s a closer look at the Haeger pedestal vase on the left side of the mantel.

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On the right side, the pumpkin that I cut in half and stenciled needed to be attached to a surface because it wouldn’t stand on it’s own. I glued in on a small piece of wood and painted that the same color.

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That’s the Autumn mantel this year. It’s so different from last year’s mantel.

Linked up at Centsational girl mantel party. There are a lot of mantels over there!

Are you a lover of the oranges and traditional colors of Fall or do you like the softer colors better?

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Spring Mantel 5 ways

Take a look at these different versions of the Spring mantel. I used the same pieces in each, just left out a few. Which version do you prefer?

Putting together a Spring mantel was not high priority this year. We were still painting, and things were pretty much a mess, but I finally got my mantel groove on.Spring mantel 12

For fresh greenery, I bought some outdoor plants at Lowe’s, figuring I’d plant them outside later and collected things from around the house and my hoard stash in the basement. I arranged and rearranged and felt pretty good about it, then the husband, Bill, said, “is that how you’re leaving it? It looks like too much stuff.” Really? I liked it, but was willing to make it less busy.

By moving the plants closer to the sign, removing and rearranging, I created a slightly different look in each version.

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I like the pink african violets and birds in the center.

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Do you have a favorite yet?

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The one that we liked was #4. Enough stuff for me but not too much for him.

 

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I had my first experience using a sawzall when I made the pallet sign  Smile  and won the cute ceramic birds in a blog giveaway.

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This curly plant is Big Twister Rush.

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You can see how the stems curl and twist. It’s a pretty and unique plant and looks good in the tureen.

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The color and freshness of the plants give the mantel a real Spring feel.

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This columbine is Winky Double Rose and White.

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The white chalkboard planter came from a thrift shop and all the silver pieces were collected from yardsales and thrift shops.

 

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Welcome Spring, even though it’s still a bit chilly, I’m glad you’re here!

 This new color in our family room is so easy to work with and I’m loving it!

On Saturday I’m going to an ASCP workshop! I’m so excited! 

I’ll soon be sharing how I made the pallet sign.

 

 

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Debbie (((xx)))

How I created this year’s mantle/Christmas crafts

 Let’s start with the focal point, the center frame of the mantle.
A piece of plywood I found in the basement fit perfectly in the frame, I didn’t even need to cut it. I used Mod Podge to glue on hymnal pages, then put a thin coat of Mod Podge on top and allowed it dry to over night.full2011_12_10_3120

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The letters came from Michael’s and were spray painted white, then outlined with a little dark brown paint. I added some Martha Stewart glue and glitter. Next I glued the letters onto the center of the hymnal pages.
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Next project, the white rose tree. I will not roll a felt flower again for a long, long time. I’m estimating I rolled about 200 for this project!
Beth from Home Stories A 2 Z has about the best tutorial for creating rolled felt flowers HERE.
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I created a cone from an old yardsale sign I found in the garage. The cone got covered with a piece of scrap white fabric, because I didn’t want any  brown cone to show. Then I started creating roses from felt squares, gluing larger roses on the bottom and gradually becoming smaller toward the top. When I was finally finished I rejoiced!
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The twig tree was a quick project. Again, I created a cone, this time from a cereal box, and glued on twigs of different lengths, adding pieces to fill in empty spots. Spray paint and that’s it’s!
I think these twig trees would look great left natural too, on a piece of a wide branch for a base.
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And last, the glittered pinecones I dried and created HERE.
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Seeing the Christmas décor at linky parties all over blogland is fun. It’s like peeking into other peoples homes and it helps get you in the Christmas mood. Well, it does me anyhow.
I received so many wonderful comments about the mantle this year. Thank You all so much! Big hug and kiss!
Next, I’ll be sharing the front porch.
Debbie (((xx)))

Christmas mantle 2011

The carol O Holy Night, inspired snow covered greens, white, silver and sparkle, for the mantle this year. It’s always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. On this mantle, the stars are brightly shining.
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Decoupaged sheet music from an old hymnal and sparkly letters create the focal point.
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The white rose tree was a craft project that made me crazy. It took forever! I was rolling flowers for days!
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All the greens are freshly cut from our yard and sprayed with snow.
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The twig tree was another project, but it was was quick and easy.
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The right side of the mantle with the twig tree perched on an urn turned upside down.
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The left side, with the rose tree sitting on an old wooden pedestal that I never got around to painting white.
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My glittered pinecones looks so pretty nestled in the greens.
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Last year the mantle was done in red, and while I liked it, this one I love! It’s definitely a bit over the top but that’s ok, it’s Christmas!
I’ll be sharing more of how I created the mantle in another post.

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Happy Holidays!

Debbie (((xx)))

Welcome to the Everything Thanksgiving Linky party!

So glad you came!
We have several Canadian Hemlock trees in our backyard that are full of miniature pinecones. While they’re really cute, their small size makes them difficult to use in crafts. But they were the perfect embellishment for a Thanksgiving banner I made for the fireplace.
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First I cut the triangles of burlap. Next, I free handed the letters with a black marker and glued them to a long length of twine. I added pinecones all along the twine and created tassels at the ends with large pinecones.
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The bible verse was downloaded from Cottage in the Oaks.com
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Gathered items from around the house complete the mantle. The bronze Quail were my Moms. The pitchers, wooden pedestal and frames all came from thrift shops. The praying hands are one of my thrift store treasures, they look so real and are a perfect accent for Thanksgiving.
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I added sheet music to the mirror and some sheet music cones to a pitcher.

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Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Amen

We all have much to be thankful for.

Autumn Mantel 2011

Mantel or mantle, this always confuses me. I googled it and it seems that mantel is correct. Mantle is a cloak, a covering, jacket or a layer between the earth’s core and crust.
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the Autumn mantel in the family room, which still has that once famous Laura Ashley gold on the walls. I do have the new paint color picked out though.
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The white frame was a yardsale find that I’ve had for a long time. All the twigs and branches were cut from our yard. The thin stems are actually a clematis vine that I cut down. All the leaves and pumpkins are faux and the larger ones holding the leaves are ceramic. I added in a few pinecones on the ends.
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The beautiful yarn wreath is the star of my mantel. My hand ached for days after making it but I love the way it turned out.
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Tucked in are a few berry stems from an old wreath.
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Making the flowers was so much more fun than wrapping and wrapping and wrapping and wrapping. I just used yarn I already had and wrapped , wrapped…….
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First I spread the clematis vines on the mantel and then added in the other elements, tweaking over and over until I liked it.
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I like the vines hanging loosely over the edge of the mantel.
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So there it is! Fall is such a pretty season, ENJOY!

Linked up to the Party at The lettered Cottage. I can’t wait to see all the mantels! Smile

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Valentine Mantel 2011

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Well the weather outside is frightful, definitely not delightful and absolutely not sunny …so no sunny valentine,…….instead we have a cold and wintry inspired Valentine’s mantel.
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I created this mantel with items from around the house and branches from a red twig dogwood in the yard, along with pinecones that were sprayed white.
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Mercury glass candle holders, a tarnished tea set and some floating icy hearts make it sparkle.
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I created these simple icy hearts from wax paper, craft glue and white sparkles and tied them to the branch with thin fishing line.

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The hearts are constantly moving, especially when the fireplace is on and the hot air is moving. They look like they’re floating on air…….well…they are floating on air and are so pretty. 
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I had the white feather boa pieces that I’ve use on the branches of a Christmas tree to represent snow and added them in for a little whimsy.
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An old chalkboard tray project, some added bling of an old necklace and earrings on the hurricane and pretty white birds on either end complete the mantel.
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I’m dreaming of tulipsrose and daffodils but this will do for now.

Hope you like it!

Beth  from The Stories of A 2 Z is hosting a Valentine’s mantel party and I’m linking up. Lots of pretties over there!

Debbie (((xx)))