We picked up this mantle a few months ago through Freecycle, you'll notice (obviously) that I have yet to come up with a permenant idea for the space, and our "hearth" is a shelf we bought from the hardware store and cut to size so the mantle wasn't simply sitting right on the floor. Anyway, that big glaring gap is a project for another day ;O)
Here is the top half, including a few of my blog crafts: my BOO artwork, Halloween Countdown Blocks, Papier Mache Pumpkin, Spooky Spiders and web. I decided to off-set the mirror from the centre and quite like it, and my spider is kinda filling the gap above the other half.
The kids and I also make a ghostie garland, and used the leftover bat embellishments from my Halloween Wreath to make a pattern above them.
Here is the lower half, on the "hearth"
A friend of mine was throwing out the little green foot stool, so I thought I would try to make use of it!
You'll notice there is a particular author who is a favourite of mine - with the dust jackets off the colours are nice and muted for the most part, and the books help to fill up a bit of that empty space.
I added some seasonally coloured books on the other side to add a bit of height - the bowl is a papier mache one I made a few years back.
I'd love to know your thoughts on the overall look - I look at it one minute and think "Hell yeah, it looks awesome!" and then the next time I look I think the combo of the top half and the bottom half makes it look too busy!!
I guess now that this is finished, I need to start thinking about Christmas crafts...!
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