Autumn Mantle...(Bring out your pinecones, twigs and...Napoleon?!)
Frankly, I've been waiting for this moment since August 1st...that's when the countdown to Autumn begins for me and when the soundtrack to "Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" begins to haunt my dreams. Leaves in colors that are almost impossible to describe or depict, cool breezes that make little funnels of colors on the streets, hot chocolate instead of hot coffee and dressing in layers that make it possible to consume your weight in Starbucks pumpkin spice scones...the Season doesn't last nearly long enough. So last weekend, I rearranged the dust on my mantle after taking down the shells and driftwood (my favorite accessories are usually found on the ground: on the sand, in the woods...and are free...) and this is what I came up with..
I'm lucky in that this gigantic mirror, inherited from my Great Grandma is sort of the perfect backdrop to everything, so I just fit things around it and somehow even the little pinecones look fancy..
You might be wondering why or how Napoleon fits in here...(you might not be wondering, but I'll tell you anyway while you're here). Its a souvenir from a trip to Paris my Grandparents took in the 50s...I love the colors, the patina and even the semi-scratched off "Paris" decal. So, since I like it, I'm making it work. Come to think of it, this might be my philosophy on life in general..
The other essential for me is metallic spray paint. A little gilding goes a long way--the humble pinecone is always a piece of Art, but with a little spray paint, its a VOILA moment..Oh, and the bingo balls and dice? Another example of "if I like it, I'm going to make it work."
The rest of the mantle was filled in with more pinecones, twigs and "wood" ribbon I bought at last year's after Christmas sales and a few $1 votives. Looks nice and full, right? Sort of like the trees right up until we are awash by their leaves in a kaleidoscope of color...
So get out there, friends, get some color in your cheeks and make sure you keep your eyes on the swirly kaleidoscope..
Come check out these fabulous folks and give your imagination a treat...you'll be glad you did..