Autumn arrived in Portland accompanied by true fall weather.
It's been gray and drizzle-y since Saturday, so the candles are lit and the soup pot is on the stove.
Each season has its moods and I believe that the mood for fall is cozy.
I told you last week that I would show you my fall mantel this week.
Well, here it is!
This year the base is neutral with a little fall "bling" thrown in.
My Goodwill antique Dicken's books stayed on the mantel, just as they were for my Back to School mantel.
A vintage marmalade jar holds pheasant feathers purchased at the craft store along with some dried craspedia, (those yellow ball shaped flowers), that I bought fresh at a local store and hung until they were dried.
An inexpensive floral pick with a large dried pod completes that simple arrangement.
A wee, white pumpkin and a cheery little squirrel, bought on sale at Kohl's, are the finishing touches.
For the bling on my fall mantel I made three types of garland to drape from an old branch that hangs above the mirrored window.
The smallest garland is simply acorn shaped jingle bells strung onto twine.
I found the bells at JoAnn's.
The next garland, I made last fall.
It's simply cut out felt shapes that I purchased at World Market and then strung on a piece of beading twine.
The last garland is made of paper pennants cut out of Dollar Tree wrapping paper.
The key here is to iron the paper flat, so the triangles don't curl.
Then they are simply hot glued onto twine.
On the other side of the mantel are neutral colored pumpkins that I have had for quite some time and bring out every fall, as well as birch bark candles that I bought at Target some years ago.
All together it makes a fall mantel that gives off the cozy vibe that I was looking for.
I'm ready for your cozy, soup simmering, candles glowing, quilt snuggling days!
And I'm joining Thrifty Decor Chick's Fall Mantel Party!