Orange Sweater Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin sitting on top of a book with some fall picks and a lovely turquoise insulator I found at a yard sale last year. I'm also using my black candlesticks (yard sale find) as well as some pretty turquoise candles I found on clearance at Target for a little over a dollar.
Moving to the center, you'll see these "FALL" blocks. I did a little makeover on my "HOME" blocks from my In Between Mantel. Not to worry...I didn't cover up the word "home", I just turned the blocks around and worked a little magic. (This was Moni's suggestion. Mother knows best, right?)
I simply flipped the blocks around and used some Mod Podge to adhere the chippy turquoise wood-look scrapbook paper. I printed the letters on cardstock, cut them out and stuck them to the scrapbook paper with double-sided tape. I then finished off the blocks with some "Hodgepodge Hardware" from my Stampin'Up! days. I love how these turned out!
Below the "fall" blocks, I hung a Dollar Tree garland adorned with book page leaves.
The right side of the mantel has another candlestick, my little woodland squirrel (Hobby Lobby) nestled in a pile of leaves, another insulator, and my Orange Sweater Pumpkin Vase raised up on a pedestal with a fall pick providing another seasonal punch of color.
Now, this mantel says "fall" to me. As I was putting it together, calling my mom for her opinion and tweaking some more, she told me I was a "do maker". "What's that?" I asked. "You're always 'making do' with what you have." I had to laugh. She is exactly right. I love the challenge of using things I already have in a different way to create a completely new look. To see last year's mantel, click here. So, what do you think? Do you like the extra punches of color or do you decorate with a more neutral color scheme? Are you also a "do maker"?