Welcome Fall! Just dropping in to share a few photos of my autumn mantel and decor.
My favorite part of the mantel is the DIY photo canvases of my daughters on their first visits to the pumpkin patch. I made them several years ago, before canvas printing became reasonably priced. I simply decoupaged the photo to a canvas, and after it dried, I brushed modpodge over the top to simulate the cross hatch pattern on canvas.
I love adding a touch of nature to my decor and this mantel is no exception. All of the gourds, plus a bunch more strewn throughout the house, were grown in my garden. The hurricanes are filled with acorns collected in my backyard, and the bittersweet was purchased at a local farmer's market.
Nature can also be found on one of my side tables. Included in this vignette is a pair of gilded deer antlers, turkey feathers, acorns and hydrangea blooms from my garden.
I've experimented with several methods for drying hydrangeas. In this photo, you can see me using the method with which I've been most successful... Harvest hydrangea in late summer, cutting about 10 - 12 inches below the flower and stripping off the leaves, then arrange them in a vase containing a couple inches of water. Place the vase out of direct sunlight and just leave it alone. The blooms will dry slowly as they gradually stop drawing water.
And finally, on my hutch I placed a group of assorted pumpkins I have created over the years. Among them are corn husk, twine-wrapped, and dictionary page pumpkins.
My living room is making me yearn for sweater weather and bonfires. It will be here soon enough!