Thursday, August 29, 2013

Friday's Faves...My Back to School Mantel

Usually I am adamant about not making any fall-ish type decorating changes to my house until after Labor Day.
But, this has not been a usual NW Oregon summer.
Instead of being rainy clear up until, or even through, the fourth of July,
we have had a beautiful, mostly sunny, spring and summer this year.
However, last Monday it did rain, and I could smell the approach of autumn in the air.
Combine that with the fact that we had just arrived home from vacation and I was trying to avoid the to-do list and responsibilities of returning to real life, so I spent the first few hours of that rainy Monday morning changing my mantel from "beach cottage summer" to "back to school with a hint of fall".

The main items on my back to school mantel are the set of books by Charles Dickens that I found at the Goodwill this summer,  some birch bark candles that I've had for years, and some school flash cards with words that I chose that pertain to learning.

The little pennant garland was hastily made from some twine and some Dollar Tree gift wrap that I already had.

Sometimes the more simple and easy the decor is the more I like it, and that is the case with this year's back to school mantel.  
Quick, easy, simple...I'm lovin' it!

Well, it's almost Friday, friends!
and have a BLESSED
Labor Day weekend!

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  1. I love it too! And I love you! <3

  2. I love your flash cards! I need to "back-to-school" my mantel soon!

    1. The flash cards aren't vintage...they're from the Dollar Tree!

  3. This is great, Elizabeth!!! Fabulous Dickens' books, and I love the vintage flashcards!
    Can't believe it's already that time of year.
    Mary Alice

    1. While the Dicken's books are genuinely old, the flash cards are from the Dollar Tree! Yes, the summer has flown by too quickly.

  4. And as's terrific, not to mention beautiful!

  5. Replies
    1. Denise, with your great style I consider this high praise!

  6. You found that set of books at Goodwill?! The mantle is quite lovely :-)

    1. Marty, yes the Dicken's books were a Goodwill of my best finds ever!


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