Friday, October 3, 2014
Fall Mantle (a little late)
I feel like this week I am finally getting into a groove...a little. I keep waiting to get less busy but I don't think that is going to happen so I need to get organized and go with it. My son got his splint off (from his broken elbow) which is awesome, but he can't fall on it. And he really likes to play... hard. He is 9 and getting him to slow down is not easy. I might be more nervous now, at least before he had the splint. Poor kids just wants to play football and soccer but we can't risk him falling. He also still can't straighten or bend his elbow so we are adding PT to our schedule. He is such a trooper though and I get to spend alone time with him waiting in Drs offices, which I kind of love. Shows me I need to make more of a point to hang out with my boy just the two of us.
Well my fall mantle has been up for a few weeks and I have just been slow to share, sorry. I like to change up my mantle for the seasons, but not completely. I keep the base and just change up the extras. It takes too much effort to switch everything out. I have found this is what works best for me. Do you change your mantle with the seasons or more often or not at all? Just a few tweaks really changes the look but doesn't take me all day to do it.
I am really pleased with my fall mantle this year, I feel like I am getting better at styling with more practice. I am getting better at figuring out what I like and what works with the house. And it is fun to look at my mantle and see that I DIY'ed almost everything.
The wheat bundles I found a few years ago on clearance, I just added some brown ribbon to them. The chalkboard is the back of a picture I painted with chalkboard paint. I can always turn the picture around again when I am done with the chalkboard. I painted the chevron pattern onto an old canvas. The fall banner is available in my etsy shop, but is would be easy to duplicate. I used craft paper, book pages and letters cut out of blue paper and strung them together with twine. You can find big letters at a craft store and you can hand cut everything else.
My favorite thing about this mantle are the DIY arrows! As soon as I saw them I knew I had to make them. Jenn over at My Fabulous Life made them. Aren't they awesome? So easy and fun. Just need some sticks, DMC thread, and clay ( I used gold oven baked clay so I could skip the spray painting).
I still love my little pumpkins, here is a tutorial. You can pick any colors you want to match our decor.
I added a few Goodwill books to the hearth, just make sure to check the books without the paper covers. Their are some pretty books behind those ugly paper jackets.
Aren't those little pumpkins cute? Seriously you should make some.
Hard to believe October is here, I might need to start thinking about a Halloween mantle. I kind of like this one though, we will see.
Have a great day!
Sharing over at: Nancherrow, Tatertots and Jello, Natasha in OZ, Remodelaholic