Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall Mantle

Well okay, it's actually just the top of the buffet, but we don't have a mantle so this is as close as it's going to get.  I can't say that we do a lot of switching decor when the seasons change; most of our stuff is season neutral, but there are a couple of spots in the house that we do like to update.

The dining room is one of those places.  The fall mantle (yeah, I'm still gonna call it that) has a lot of natural elements (and not only because I'm cheap frugal).


The glasses came from the thrift shop ($0.25 each, woohoo).  They are filled with acorns from our trees from last year.  Did you know that acorns often have little crawlie guys inside of them?  I didn't and last year we ended up with little maggot look-a-likes crawling all over the living room floor.  Yuck.  Anyway, this year we're safe.


The hurricane was another thrift store find and is filled with clearance pot-pourri from Michael's ($1.67 for a huge bag - score).  The wheat things are leftover from the autumn wreath and the books and candle were just laying in the basement, waiting for a good use.


The box and round candle were from my brother's wedding.  The galvanized vase/pail is a hundred years old and is filled with weeds plant material from the yard.  The white pumpkins are a recent addition and too cute for words.


This wood crate is another of those had-it-forever pieces that was in the basement.  Again I cut garden weeds flowers (goldenrod maybe?) to fill it.

This is where I'm partying:

It's a Party (A Creative Princess)Super Sweet Thursday Par-tay (Fabulously Flawed)Hookin Up With Hepworths (House of Hepworths)Thrifty Thursday Link Party (Thrifty and Fabulous)Potpourri Party (2805)Freestyle Friday (Happy Hour Projects)

12 comments:

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

It looks great! Don't you just love bringing up old things from the basement and have them turn out so pretty? I think I have that very same buffet! Have you ever thought about painting it? I have, but just too chicken to do it!

Kadie said...

Cute, Cute, Cute! I love the little pumpkins! I am glad you said something about the bugs in the acorns. I am planning some activity's with ours when they start to fall. Did the bugs die when the nuts dried? That is gross. I love all the "old" elements you put in.

MiMi said...

Oooooh!!! I like that, it's DEFINITELY Fall but it's understated too. LIKE!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Darling, those wee...er..flowers looking smashing. I believe I have that same variety, and a few others. Seriously, you created a beautiful mantel. Yes, mantel. Thanks for the thrifty ideas, and the maggot warning.

Mindy said...

Hey, I like cheap, er I mean natural decor. :) It's the best kind! Looks good. Like you took a walk in the woods and brought home what you collected. The wood box is my favorite.
Those tiny pumpkins jumped in your basket too I see. :)

Town and Country Gals said...

Terry,
your "mantle" looks fabulous! Love using things over and over but in a different way or spot! I had the same thing happen with some acorns I picked up from my MILs house. Someone told me you bake them in the oven to kill the little creepy crawlies but don't remember what temp or how long. I would assume a low temp for min 30 mins but not sure.
Rebeccaq

Stephanie said...

So pretty! The wooden crate with flowers :-) looks great!! Don't you just love finding things lying around that you haven't used in forever?!?

CraveCute said...

Wonderful ideas. Love the idea of re-purposing things and putting together new compositions! Really well done!

Ispirato Design said...

Very beautiful and creative and none of the dry stuff is going to catch on fire ;)

Erika said...

It's so pretty! I love decorating for fall too. Thanks so much for linking this to thrifty thursday :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Your Fall mantel is a real delight! Love all the natural elements!

Thanks for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

Chris said...

Hi Terry, your Fall mantle is absolutely adorable. Good job. At the moment, I am visiting my son, DIL and little grandson not too far from you, in Kitchener. I recently found your blog and am now following. Please pop on over and visit my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would really love that. Hugs, Chris

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