Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall is in the Air.

It seems like it would get easier to decorate a mantel when you move from a house with 3 mantels, to a house with 1.  But it didn't.  I have had such a difficult time decorating this mantel since we moved in.  I think it has something to do with the big black box in the middle of it.  Stupid T.V. ....

BUT ANYWAY.... I came up with a cheap and easy fall mantel this year and I couldn't be happier with it.

I started on the left side with an old window sash I got from a yard sale for a buck.  It's rustic charm is gorgeous.  I created a little fall pennant out of scrapbook paper and hot glued pennies on the back so it would hang nicely.

I got the candleholder on the left from goodwill for $1.50 and replaced the candle with a little pumpkin that came from the produce section at Wal-Mart.  Some Painted Acorns went into a wine carafe and a stick from the backyard gave it a little more pazzaz.

I used some really old books to hold up my favorite ceramic blue bird (well, I guess it's my only ceramic blue bird which makes it my favorite by default :)

On the other side of the giant box, I put my Pumpkin Acorn Wall Art along with my Family Sign that I made from an old cabinet door.  I used a method similar to the one I used to put the graphic on My Little Blue French Desk.

This little pitcher was $2 at goodwill and the pumpkins came from that same Wal-Mart bag (isn't the color on them great?  The berries came from an overgrown bush in my front yard.

The candle is a necessity this time of year.  I love to have a yummy smelling candle burning while the windows are open and the breeze is blowing.  I also included some silver painted acorns in a mason jar.

While the t.v. is a hindrance, it makes a good frame for my watermark.  I'll probably keep tweaking until it's time to take it down and put my christmas mantel up :)

This is what it looks like most of the time if I'm gonna be honest with you.  Caillou is bound to be a part of every mantel in this house!

And in honor of my new lens.  I created this :)

This was the first picture I took with my new AF-S 50mm 1:1.4G lens!!

I decided to link this last picture up with the weekly photography challenge at A Step in the Journey
The challenge this week just happens to be bokeh (blur) which this picture works perfectly for. 
Excited to link up to my first photography linky!

I still have some practicing to do because it's a big change, but some photography posts are bound to be coming soon :-D


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  1. Hi Katie,
    I love what you did with your mantle, especially the mini pumpkin on the candle stick.
    The last photo with the stick in a bottle, with "Live Simply" is awesome! Good job!


  2. I"m pretty sure that a TV would throw me off too! But I think you've done a great job...I love how it's Fall themed in a cute subtle way. I don't have a mantel right now and it's KILLING me.. after having quite a lovely one for a while. Maybe I can come over and decorate yours! hahaha

  3. I have some great subjects for you to practice using your new lens on- we're in need of 3 month pictures :) Love you- love this!! MISS YOU ALL!!!

  4. Wow! I love your mantel and all you did with your creative elements. So beautiful!! I Know how you feel about the t.v. thing. I saw the most creative idea on Pinterest, but it was where the t.v. was recessed into the wall and they made a cupboard that looked like a mini rustic gate. Too cute, huh? I think you've done a fabulous job despite the television. Besides, who doesn't love Caillou?!


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