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!
HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
and have a BLESSED
Labor Day weekend!