The Art of Propping – Antique Window Mantel

Antique window mantel

  I'm a propper. Some may call it lazy but I prefer to think of propping as looking laid back and effortless (plus I don't have to put holes in my walls). Want a quick and easy focal point? Get your notebook and pencil ready because I'm about to share something extremely complicated ... 1) gather up a few of your favorite … [Read more...]


Rustic Spring Mantel and a DIY Garland

Rustic Spring Mantel and DIY Carrot Garland

Spring is in the air ... tomorrow is officially the first day of spring and I'm celebrating the warmer, longer, happier, brighter and all around better days with a fun mantel. Remember my egg garland that I made a few years ago? CLICK HERE FOR THE CARROT GARLAND TUTORIAL This is my 2015 version made from little carrot eggs from the … [Read more...]


Rustic Winter Mantel

Rustic Winter Mantel

  I'm exhausted. Too many trees, tinsel, garland, wreaths, ornaments (you get the idea) to pack away. When the last box was finally hauled down to the basement, I was confronted with a blank, empty, barren mantel. It mocked me and let out a little chuckle every time I walked by or sat by the roaring fire. But I've recuperated … [Read more...]


Spring Mantel and DIY Egg Garland

spring mantel

  I'm not putting my eggs in one basket. In fact, I'm taking them out of the basket and stringing them from my mantel and filling up glass jars from HomeGoods with the rest. Peter Cottontail makes an appearance. You know those bunnies multiply like, well, bunnies. DIY Egg Garland 1) Buy cheap plastic eggs (the … [Read more...]


Winter White Christmas Mantel

christmas decorating

  In the house upon the hill Hanging on the window sill Was a little Christmas stocking with a hole in the toe And when Santa came to call At the house upon the hill He saw the Christmas stocking hanging in the candle glow. Santa chuckled to himself As he walked across the floor To the little Christmas stocking with a hole … [Read more...]


Under Glass Halloween Mantel

Eclectically Vintage Halloween

Spiders, rats and snakes are trapped under glass. These critters love the warmth of the blazing fire. A few have managed to escape their traps ... Anyone have anti-venom serum? Remember my Fall Mantel?  Both mantels share a few things that make it simple to go from Halloween back to fall in a snap. Want to make your own Mummy Votives … [Read more...]


In Her Shoes – Valentine Mantel


What better way to decorate for Valentine's Day than by remembering our kids when they were sweet (aka, never talked back and listened to whatever we said)! My still sweet twins are 12 now but I saved some of their cutest shoes - from booties to ballet shoes. They look adorable on the mantel! An old window and scrapbook paper hearts could … [Read more...]


Four Little Owls All in a Row Mantel

Owl Mantel

Whew - the Christmas decorations are back in their bins but my mantel was bare as a baby's bottom! I didn't feel like digging in my basement for my Italian glass decanters so I had to think of something. Around the house I went on a little shopping expedition to find the perfect things to dress up a naked mantel. The huge old slate chalkboard … [Read more...]