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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Mantle

Good morning friends...
I know it's a little late in the season
today I am sharing my summer mantle...

Since we live at the beach I decided to do
a beach themed mantle
this summer...
I love shells and beachy items
I really like the way this mantle turned out...

Starting on the left
I have a small white porcelain dish we had that I put
Styrofoam ball wrapped in moss in..
Then there is the perpetual stack of old book
tied with raffia...
On top of that I placed my column
made from an old book
( tutorial can be found here )
atop that is a little blue bird
I purchased at Cracker Barrel a few months back...
Next to that
I placed my Mother's large abalone shell
that I have filled with more shells...
I love this old abalone shell-
it has been around ever since I can remember
I have always incorporated into my decor
in one way or another....

In the center I placed a candle sitting on a stack of porcelain dishes
with a star fish
some small pieces of driftwood...
I scattered pieces of sea glass all along the mantle
between each vignette...

On the right is another vignette...
There is another porcelain dish with a moss ball
and then a shell leaning against it...
Another stack of old books sans covers
atop that is a cloche filled with shells...
The cloche I got at a thrift store last month
for $2.00.
I was ecstatic over the find...
It held an old Christmas scene that was beyond salvaging
so I removed it
this is what I was left with...
I am loving this little thing...

Above it all is the resident book page wreath.
I love this wreath - it has such presence
so does my family
I am thinking this is probably going to remain here
for a long time to come...

So, how is your summer going so far?
Carefree and like this little birds,
I hope....

Until next time
get out there and create something wonderful

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  1. Tis so beautiful!
    Oh to have a mantle.., I do have a large Abalone too, but it is precious to see this one! What a prize! <3
    Also, I see you made a string ball?
    Parker and I did that earlier this year, for her Momma's birthday. That is a very fun project; it helps if the child you're doing it with has learned how to wind a yarn ball! lol!

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  3. Very pretty! I love the book page wreath! I've made smaller ones but a large one like yours makes quite a statement.

  4. this is lovely!!! I love the wreath! I'd love to make one!!!

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  5. Love your sea styled mantle. The wreath and book pillar are creative and unexpected fun! Gorgeous!

  6. oh wow! This is beautiful!! The wreath is awesome!

  7. Your mantel looks so fresh and airy, just like the beach. I love it.

  8. Ohhh... I love that Cloche!!! $2!!! Lucky, lucky you!
    Thanks for linking up today to my Clever, Crafty & Creative Linky Party!!!

    Have an awesome week!

  9. Hi Cathy...I love your summer mantle, probably because I love summer and anything that has to do with this beloved season. Maybe because I am beginning to lament its end with the arrival of cooler days and chilly nights in the Hudson Valley. Anyway, what a perfect ode to summer all year long. It may even help stave off those pesky Northeast winter blues!! AND...can you please point me in the direction for instructions on making that lovely book page wreath? I would really like to try that and have dozens of oldish books that we have in our garage sale. Thanks Cathy and hope to hear from you. Please feel free to drop by Longings End anytime...Linking from Family Home & Life, Wow Wednesday :)

  10. Wow Cathy, your mantle looks amazing! I love the idea of changing my decor with the seasons, although sometimes I find I am not organised enough to do it properly...

    That paper wreath is absolutely stunning, I wonder if it is something I could re-create, I'm not sure I'm that creative though!

    Thank you for the lovely post.

    Zoe xx

  11. Love the book wreath and column! I'll be heading over to check out those posts asap! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  12. This looks SO beautiful!! You did a great job decorating it! Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

  13. That wreath is awesome! I'm going to pin this page for inspiration after our move. Thanks for linking up to the Get Inspired Blog Hop :)

  14. This is so pretty and I love the beach theme! The abolone and sea star are reminiscent of my childhood growing up in southern California. Although we currently reside in the PNW, I still enjoy bringing beach accessories into our home.

  15. You're being featured tomorrow from our Give Me The Goods party! You'll also be on my FB page tomorrow. Be sure to stop by to grab a button.
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  16. I love your summer coastal mantel! And that book page pillar is very cool!

  17. Very the book page details :)

  18. I just love using books in d├ęcor. yours look great.