Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A few autumn changes...

With the arrival of autumn I made a few small changes to my September mantel.
I decided to make a small walnut garland to hang under the metal letters that spell JOY, 
my word for 2014.
Last year I made a longer walnut garland
I wanted this one to be quick and easy, and since the walnuts would be hanging above eye level,
I didn't care if the way I attached them to the twine was pretty or not.
This was so easy!
I just poked small tack nails through the twine and into the "soft spot" on the top of the walnut.
I could push it right in with my thumb!

If you want to see some photos of the wooden cubby seen to the left in the photo below look here.

Some wood-like pumpkins and a squirrel that I got at Kohl's a couple of years ago
 complete my easy mantel changes.

I switched some wheat for the lavender I usually have in the wall basket by my cow painting.
That was an easy autumn change.

Some favorite wool felt pumpkins and an acorn that I bought from World Market a couple of years ago
 come out every autumn.
Being soft and kid-friendly, the littlest grands treat the pumpkins like balls if I don't keep an eye open!

We had some rain today, which was a good excuse to make a pot of soup as our first supper of autumn.
I hope your first day of autumn was a great one!

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  1. Your mantel looks wonderful! I love the walnut garland. Love the sound of your soup, too - yum!! (We're actually having some nice, warm, summer-like weather here - yay! I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.)

    1. Thanks, Jill! You can make the walnut garland the easy way or the hard way! And the soup is so good, hope you try the recipe!

  2. When I saw the word Joy today, it "spoke" to me about how much of a joy you & your blog are in my life. I am so thankful for both! Praying that this fall is filled with blessings for you & yours.

    1. Krista, your comments are an encouragement and joy to me!

  3. Elizabeth, I can clearly see that you have a decorating style that creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I love that you incorporate little bits of the season here and there throughout your home. Your attention to detail and sense of style are evident in your photographs, your home decorating, and even your faith - as you share your open heart. A wonderful start to my day, visiting with you.

    1. Thanks, Donna! Your photos always bless me, and make me want to learn from you!

  4. How cozy! I love your mantel decorating - and you have me thinking about decorating for each month, or at least each season. In fact, I just showed my husband your post, and told him how much I would love to have a mantel. Currently, we don't have one, but it's on the *bucket list* of future projects!

    We live in the mountains, and so I adored your squirrel, walnut garland, and the wool felt pumpkins and acorn. My creative juices are pondering today...


    GOD BLESS, Elizabeth!

    1. I'd love to see your beautiful mountain home, Sharon!

  5. I always enjoy the creative touches you share with us.

  6. Love the look Elizabeth!
    We celebrated Autumn (and my daughter's 25th birthday) with a nice boiled dinner ~ her favorite!

    1. New England boiled dinner? My mama was born on PEI and grew up in Maine. I miss her New England boiled dinner so much!

  7. Lovely Autumn touches to your home! I like the walnut garland and the wooden pumpkins and squirrel.


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