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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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