I am finally going to share my fall mantel. I wish I could say that I just threw some things together and called it a day. I wish I could say I just worked with what I had (that is partially true) and a few minutes later voilà - A beautiful mantel was ready for the fall. But..... I could not get this one to come together. I have wished and wished for a mantel to decorate for the seasons. We have typically had a huge television over our mantel, and that REALLY limits what you do to make the fireplace look festive. However, we moved recently and we now have a "den" and a small living/sitting room. (To tell the truth, I am not sure what to call this room). The den is where we hang out and watch tv. The "sitting room" is where we - hmmm, we don't do anything in here!! Well, we walk through it on the way to the kitchen and den!! But, I digress! Back to the story - I was finally able to decorate the mantel and it threw me for a loop. I started, stopped, tweaked it, tried again and finally decided it was complete. What do you think?
I have had the picture for several years. It used to hang in our foyer. I thought it was perfect now over the fireplace. Prior to decorating for fall I had it
propped up on the mantel. I asked Jon to hang it for me so I could place items
underneath it without appearing too crowded.
I love the little squirrels that I purchased at a florist near where I work in Mississippi.
Their faces are precious! I scattered around some of my tiny plush
pumpkins, acorns and mushrooms.
I pulled out some of the pumpkins that I have purchased over the last few years. These were purchased at Hallmark and Hobby Lobby. While I do collect Ironstone, this pitcher is inexpensive. It is from Target and cost less than fifteen dollars. I believe the burlap flowers are actually poinsettias. I am sure they are meant for Christmas, but I fell in love with them. I decided not to wait until December to use them.
My friend, Lynda, made the burlap bow for me. She is always willing to help me
because I can not make a bow!!
I picked up an oval grapevine wreath from Michael's.
I added the sweet owl that also came from the florist
in Hurley, MS. It is an ornament - I snipped off the hanger.
I plan on getting more of these for my Christmas tree!
I picked up the small burlap rosettes at Antiques at the Loop in Mobile.
It is the BEST antique store around!!
An apothecary jar is filled with pine cones to add more natural elements.
The antique wire basket on the right was also a recent
purchase from Antiques at the Loop. I am not sure what it was originally used for but I am picturing someone collecting eggs in this little gem.
Don't tell me if that is not what it was
used for - I have such a sweet picture in my mind!!
So there you have it: my fall mantel. Now, I am off to watch my little one play football!! I am so thankful that the weather in Alabama has finally cooled off just a bit. It was actually below 80 degrees this week. Yippee!! As always, thank you for visiting Buttercup Bliss!
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