The fall decorating bug finally hit me this week...
I must say it has taken long enough.
the temps finally dipped down to 58 the other night
the next day it was gorgeous...
Open the windows, let the breezes in kind of gorgeous...
I got the fall decorating urge almost immediately.
I had already been painting pumpkins,
lots of pumpkins
I had my ideas of how I wanted to do the mantel this year.
I had in my head that I wanted
whites and neutrals with little pops of metallic color.
But, alas - best laid plans of mice and men.
When I began to do the mantel - things just sort of started
popping up there that were unplanned.
And... the weird thing was
I really liked it and so did the rest of the family.
my mantel looks a bit far from whites and neutrals...
There are a few whites but there is also a lot more color
than I had planned to have.
But, I really like it this year.
Simple, colorful and looks like fall
without the whole season falling on my mantel...
Starting on the left side I placed some empty wooden frames
picked up at a thrift store for $.50 and $1.00
that I painted with my DIY white chalk paint.
I was leery of placing empty frames on the mantel
I have a very critical group living here
I could just hear them saying
"What's with the empty frames - aren't you going to put something in them?"
they totally surprised me and actually liked them empty.
You just never can figure these guys out some days...
The little bronze pumpkin is a Dollar Tree pumpkin I painted with craft paint
glued some twine I twisted on to it for a vine and
two drop cloth fabric leaves.
The little blue pumpkin is one from years ago that I painted
with blue craft paint then dry brushed with white craft paint.
The center of mantle needed something low so as not to compete
with the resident book page wreath.
I simply painted some old spaghetti sauce jars
in antique gold, bronze, blue and white craft paints
using the same method I did for these vases.
You can read that tutorial here
These are fun to make and I am saving jars
checking out thrift store glass like crazy now....
The right side of the mantel is a stack of old books
sans their covers and tied with raffia.
An old gold frame we had.
A tall candle stick I've had for awhile with a deep orange candle
tied with raffia.
The blue pumpkin is another Dollar Tree pumpkin
(what would we do without Dollar Tree?)
painted with blue craft paint then dry brushed with white.
And the little pumpkin is another we had that I painted with
antique gold craft paint.
And there you have this years fall mantel.
I love it
the family really likes it...
So, have you gotten your mojo on yet
started your fall decorating?
A lot of mine is still sitting in several tubs scattered throughout
the living room and dining room/
I am going very slowly this year
changing my direction as I go.
hopefully I will finish soon...
You all have a great day
go out there and create something you love...
I will be linking to these parties this week
why don't you come on over and check out all the great projects linked there....