25 October and I finally got my mantel dressed up for the season. This must be some kind of record, I don’t think I have ever waited this long to update that little corner of my living room that I treat as my mantel. Must have been that glorious Fall weather after an at best average summer, that made me linger on. I had long since removed all the frames from my summer mantel and was living with an odd arrangement of candles and coral, oh and about a millions nails still hammered into the wood.
But the nights are getting longer and the days shorter, so I have been lighting candles almost every night. And with the clock going back this weekend, I knew it was really time to get this corner of my home in order, time to get my Fall mantel decor up and running.
I didn’t feel like crafting up a storm for this one. I was in a lazy, laid-back mood and I guess that is exactly how this mantel came about.
Just an odd collection of black and white things, that have been favorites of mine lately, some pine cones and some white pumpkins.
Nothing fancy and I am sure for many of you this feels way too bare. Not enough color, not enough action, not enough flair. But for me and the mood I am in it is perfect. And with the candles going it makes for a very cozy little corner.
I must admit I did a little crafting though, But such an easy little thing, that it is hardly worth mentioning.
Those small pumpkins up there? If you hadn’t guessed it, they are totally fake.
Fake of the worst kind. But therefor very cheap and will last more than one lifetime.
I found these small plasticky pumpkins at a discount store. They looked totally ghastly, all shiny and orangy and faky. But they were dirt cheap and I did see some potential.
I love those little white pumpkins. I have been buying them every year for Fall, but they are not easy to find in these parts and they tend to turn yellow pretty quickly. So I decided to go for eternity here, and just make myself some white pumpkins to decorate with.
I used three colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I still had in my stash: pure white, white linen and Paris grey. I just slapped thin layers on with a small brush. Every time I went down into the basement they got a little coat. Took me fifteen minutes over the course of several days. I might wax them, to make the paint last longer. Or not……
I do love how they turned out. Nice and white to fit in with my decorating and definitely imperfect enough to fool the not too discerning eye.
They also contrast very nicely with the brown pine cones (and looking at that picture above makes me wonder why I choose such a puny specimen in the middle, totally did not see it until I saw it here on my screen).
Yeah, I think my Fall decorating might be done. Keeping it simple this year. Which is basically how I keep it every year…
Time to go make a cup of hot chocolate, light those candles and curl up.
Life is to share after all, and to live.
So I am off, happy day to you, hope you get to share it!