Thursday, September 27, 2012

Simple Autumn Mantel

Changing out our mantel decor happens about as often as I clean out our vacuum cleaner container.
I like to keep my family guessing what I did on any given day.  
In fact, I opened up a booth recently at an 'Antique' Mall and immediately built and installed a mantel upon taking 'ownership'.  I will definitely share that soon -- as it was a really fun project to work on.
This year, our Fall / Halloween / Thanksgiving, and yes even Christmas decorating will be based on 
what we already own.  Which, admittedly, can be a bit tough for me -- so try to hold me to it okay?

This is our Faux Fall, Familiar Favorites Mantel.

I first added a thin burlap 'scarf' to the mantel for warmth.  It is just a burlap remnant from some leftover yardage.  It measures 7" x 114" (including the frayed gathered ends) -- took minutes to create and 
I use it throughout the year when I want to soften a combination of materials or add texture and warmth.
I topped the scarf with a framed ornate metal wall hanging that came with the burlap backing.
I bought it years ago at a local decorator's sample sale.  
It has a crack in the wood frame - that is hardly noticeable. 

Next I included a few sprigs of dancing orchids to one of my favorite glass & metal hurricanes.
Nestled in a ceramic cat figurine that was my Mother in law's and the Chalk Paint Planter I made-over 
a few month back -- it just added a burlap wrapped pot of preserved mustard seed yellow yarrow stems
 Candlelight is a must, and the glow comes from a ceramic luminary trio 
that also adds the perfect touch of color.
Finally a white ceramic pitcher filled with pheasant feathers helps to visually balance the right side with a tall, thin hurricane filled with small gourds, preserved leaves and a bit of reindeer moss.
Quick, simple and on on hand.  Let's see if my husband and son notice it ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by --
Hope you are having a fabulous time decorating for fall!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PoP of CoLoR for the Porch with a Ladder Style Makeover

Sometimes the best ideas are simple.  
And this year my fall decorating belongs in the simple category . . .
bringing together all the beauty of fall in an uncomplicated manner.
I adore the warm colors of fall -- but when it comes to my back porch 
(which is already a rustic brown), I need to liven things up with a PoP of CoLoR!
And that PoP came from an unexpected purchase . . . 
. . . a dusty Bamboo Style Ladder Shelf that wasn't feeling 'the love'.  
The previous owner wanted to lose it because her toddler son 
couldn't resist using it to practice his climbing skills (owner's picture -- see her cute climber?)
 Can you blame him?
So I picked it up, cleaned it up and gave it the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint treatment . . . 
in a gorgeous Florence with a dark wax finish.
This ladder shelf was exactly what my porch was looking for . . . 
after all, who doesn't need a display piece on their porch?

And I am in love with the color!  Running my hands along the finish . . . I seem to hear a sigh of gratitude.
The details are now apparent and the shelves are no longer being climbed . . . 
well, perhaps a hungry pest may climb them . . .
. . . in search of that tasty Indian Corn.
But as I see this gorgeous PoP of Color from my screen door as I type this . . . 
I know we will be enjoying this piece for a while, and that 
I will not be leaving the corn out for any pests that happen to pass by :)

P.S.  Do you own a furniture piece that isn't working for you?  
Give it new life or sell it to someone who will -- psst . . . I'm in the Dallas / Fort Worth area :)

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Hope you are having a Fabulous Day!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

All Hallow's Eve Table

When it comes to All Hallow's Eve, I lean towards spooky, not horror and I am a big fan of suspense.
Cute is not only discouraged, it is practically forbidden by my family of critics . . . 
SKULLS . . . Yes, Smiling Jack-o-Lanterns . . . not so much.  

The dripping candles were very inexpensive -- they are toilet paper rolls.  As as I see in the daylight, my impatience is showing as they all could of used another coat of spray paint (Oops!).

I followed these directions from Crafts Unleashed.  Super simple, all you need is a TP roll, scissors, hot glue and spray paint.  For the black candles, I covered the candle 'wick' with a piece of tape and I spray painted the battery operated light too.  I stuffed cotton balls inside the tubes to allow the little lights to be at the perfect height.  I even put a small bead of hot glue on the base of the black ones to adhere to the metal Lyric Candelabra -- knowing the hot glue will pop off of the metal when I want it to.

All the small crows are from Dollar Tree - bought just this past week. And the large crow I have had for years -- thinking I bought him from Grandinroad, but not completely sure.
Originally the center Tiered Stand was decorated for a Willow House WHINGO Party (Willow House Prized Bingo) . . . sorry for the shoddy picture, this was taken at the very end of the night . . . . zzzzzz.
I wanted to add to the centerpiece for an upcoming Halloween Party's buffet table.

The small cages are called Lollie Lanterns, and I spray-painted them as well
(pretty much nothing is safe with me) with a matte black.    I added an branch to mingle
with the stand to give it more of a tree-like appearance.
I love how the crows' and raven's eyes seem to follow you  . . . 

For the table covering, I picked up some cheese cloth at Target and 'grayified' it. 
I opened it up completely and then wadded it into a ball and put it in a bowl of water.  
I squirted out some gray craft paint into one hand and picked up the wet cheese cloth 
with the other, squeezed out some of the water and then wiped my gray painted hands all over it. 
I reopened up the cheese cloth, and hung it out to dry (which took no time at all).  
Cheaper than Halloween gauze.

I really like how the cheese cloth lays across the table like fog.

The smiling skeleton coming out of the coffin was purchased from Red Envelope years ago . . .
the candles always burn too quickly, so I will need to find small tapers with battery operated lights for it.

Thimble Domes hold another smiling skeleton buddy -- one that lost his head, on a bed of Spanish Moss.

Black Roses add an elegant touch in a 'Mercury Glass' Votive Holder

How do you decorate for Halloween?  Spooky, Cute or Horror?  I'd love to hear your tips!

As ALWAYS -- Thank You for Stopping By!

Tabletop Sources :::
•  White Tablecloth - cheap-y from
•  Raven flocked table runner - Pottery Barn several years back
•  Cheesecloth from Target 2 square yards $2.49 (in kitchen utensil area)
•  Lyric Candelabra from Willow House
•  Green Glittery Spider from Michael's
•  Willow Sprig Tiered Stand from Willow House
•  Manzanita Branch from Save-on-Crafts 
•  Lollie Lanterns from Willow House (spray painted black)
•  Spanish Moss from Hobby Lobby
•  Small Crows from Dollar Tree
•  'Mercury Glass' Celestial Votives from Willow House
•  Small Skeleton Heads from Pier 1 Imports a few years back, Michaels had similar ones
 Small Glass Amelia Thimble Domes from Willow House
•  Skeleton coming out of coffin from Red Envelope several years back

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