Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Warm Fall Mantel

In the spirit of keeping with the "new and improved" frugal Lo, the hubs requested that I not go overboard with buying all new fall decorations and cascading them all over the house during the renovation.  Who me?!?  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!  I wasn't planning on doing anything too extravagant anyway... jeeze.

I am quite impressed with what I was able to find by "shopping" in my own house.  Almost everything on this mantel was somewhere in the house collecting dust with the exception of some fresh fall scented candles and a craft pumpkin from Target.

These faux fall leaves were a purchase from Pottery Barn a few years back.  I used double-sided tape to adhere them to a candle holder and wrapped some twine around to hold everything in place.

I love how this amber colored decanter fits perfectly with the warm tones I was going for.  It belonged to my Grammy Grace.  It comes with 6 mini glasses used for port wine (shown here with the candy corns and candle).

And my little craft project of the day.  I just had to have a chevron pumpkin this year.  They are everywhere!  Courtney at, A Thoughtful Place, posted an easy to follow tutorial on how to make one the other day.

I've had these milk bottles for over 10 years!  If I remember correctly, I gifted them to myself as a house warming present when I moved into an apartment in the North End of Boston.  Yeah, that sounds like something I would do.

The ribbon was saved from last Halloween and the candy corns are obviously new, but in my opinion, food shouldn't count as a new purchase.

So what's the tally?  $6 for candles and $10 for a craft pumpkin...and I'll even throw in the candy corns for 2 bucks.  That's a whopping $18.  Challenge accepted?  Challenge WON!  What do you think?!



  1. You have inspired me! I must redo my mantel. Love the leaf candle and the chevron pumpkin. Tomorrow's project!

  2. Love it! And love the blog, so proud of you! You are a great writer. Can I see a piece on the usage of star buttons? -s.i.

  3. It's perfect! Love your little chevron pumpkin! Nicely done. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from French Country. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thanks Kathryn! And thanks for stopping by :) Would love to share at your party. See you Monday!

    2. Love it! Beautiful and sophisticated, not overwhelming. Perfect in my opinion!

  4. I'm so glad that I'm following you! Ohmigosh, what a gorgeous mantel. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work:)


  5. Thanks for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. Great job! I love your blog. You did so well using what you had to make a beautiful mantle. Thank you for sharing!



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