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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Mantle

Good Morning Everyone...

                        I am still in the midst of my fall decorating -
                                        busy cutting, gluing, painting, etc.
                                       Trying to make most of my decor from recycled items.

                        Most of my ideas and inspiration has come from PINTEREST
                                         this year.
                         I love Pinterest - it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.....
                                         or at least I think so.
                         I have been working on our mantle - most of the decor is
                                         Pinterest found ideas that I just had to try.

This picture is not the best - I have trouble with pics in this room
because of the lighting
and positioning of the fireplace.

But, this is our mantle this year.
I'll take all the components apart for you.

This is a book page wreath.
You can find the instructions for these all over blogland.
There are so many ways to make this
everyone is quite simple.
I am a lover of script on paper, furniture, fabric - you name it.
It absolutely speaks to me.
Therefore, it was a no brainer when I saw this wreath.
I had to make one.
So, darn simple - I made mine with
a round piece cut from a packing box
a book I bought for $.10.
And boy what an impact this $.10 makes on that wall.
I love it....

I also fell in love with subway art.
(Again words on wood)
I had Papa cut me a board and I painted it with chalkboard paint.
Then I had planned on painting subway art
on it in white.
However, I found this transfer page I had left over from another project.
It was perfect.

Just positioned the transfer on the board and rubbed it
with the little stick that comes with it.
This one happens to be made by Karen Foster
but is several years old.
You can find ones like these in the scrapbook section of your craft store.
I love the way it turned out
how it looks on the mantel.

The little burlap banner was so simple to make.
I think it adds just the right touch to the rest of the mantle.
(I posted the instructions here)

 On the left side I filled a jar with potpourri
set it on old books tied with raffia.
It gives just the right vintage look
I am looking for.

On the right side I filled a vase
with the potpourri and a candle.
Then set it on a stack of old books.

The rest is just leaves, pumpkins and apples
filling in the space.

These pics really don't do it justice
I really like it.
It's so fall-ish with all it's colors of orange, golds and browns.

And, I have Pinterest to thank for it.
What would I do without you Pinterest?
Probably have the same ole' boring mantle I had last year.

Have you started your fall decorating yet? 
Are you using any inspiration from Pinterest?
Would love to hear about what you are doing....

Get out there and create something beautiful
enjoy your life....

                                                                            I am lovin' my life in Carolina

Linking to
PJH Totally Transformed Tuesday

and at

Debbie Dos

and at
Show and Tell Linky No. 16

and at
Feathered Nest Friday
French Country Cottage



  1. However did we live before Pinterest? Your mantel is simply lovely! ~ Maureen

  2. Your mantel is just BEAUTIFUL. I just started decorating my house yesterday! Got in the mood after going window shopping! :) (I do love Pinterest too though) Hopped over from Totally Transformed Tuesday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

    1. Thank you Judy - thank you for following me - I visited your site loved the table and am now following you also.....

  3. Hi Cathy! I love your mantel. You've done a beautiful job. Thanks for linking up at Totally Transformed Tuesday. Have a great week.

  4. So pretty Cathy! I love the wreath and the banner is the cutest touch. Thanks for sharing with my party.

    1. Thank you Debbie - I thought the wreath was going to be hard but, it was so simple. Thank you for hosting the Newbie Party each week - I really enjoy it....

  5. Thank you Peggy - I enjoyed your party thank you for hosting it....

  6. Cathy - Looking good!! I'm just beginning to start decorating for Fall. Show ya soon.


  7. I love your wreath!!
    It's so well made and the decoration on your mantle is beautiful!!
    I'm your newest follower:)

    1. Thank you - I thought it was going to be a challenge but it was really quite simple - thank you for following.....

  8. Great fall mantel. I really like it! Thanks for sharing on Show & Tell at SNAP! xoxo

  9. Cathy Love your decorations especially the wreath. From the distance you would never know that it is made from pages from a book. I was wondering if you used a special book too? Maybe a Joyce
    Meyers book? Love seeing you enjoying your creative arts in you. I think retirement is treating you well! Have a wonderful fall enjoying the weather and the fall leave!
    Love ya,

    1. Theresa - used a book I got from a thrift store for $.10. Not ready to tear up any Joyce Meyer books, lol...

  10. Your fall mantel looks fabulous. I want a little banner so am going back to see your instructions and see if it's simple enuf that this olden lady with NO talent, can make. :))
    Thanks for following...I am a follower of you, now. :)

    1. i think you find it very easy to do - I enjoyed doing it very much. Thanks for following....

  11. Such a lovely Fall mantel~ I adore your wreath and banner! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  12. Thank you I love your party there is so much inspiration....

  13. I really like your book page wreath! I keep thinking I might get around to make one someday...but my project list grows faster than I mark things off. :)

    1. Thank you Kelly - I love it - thought it was going to be hard but it was so simple... And I do know what you are saying about the list growing faster and faster,lol...

  14. Hello there! Great post! Just wanted you to know that you're being featured on the Saturday Pin It Party on mysnippetsofinspiration.com on Friday night/Saturday :) Hope you have a lovely day!