woodland autumn mantel

So since nothing can stay the same around here for too long I transitioned the living room mantel to evoke a more autumnal feel.

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I kept the brown bottles I showed you a couple of weeks ago layered with some old books & softly turning hydrangeas.
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And added these wooden pumpkins I got at Pier One.  O absolutely l.o.v.e. them.  l.o.v.e.Woodlad atel3
So beautifully rustic and versatile.  I could go on and on and on…

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From there I added some of my mushrooms.  Have I mentioned that I have a love affair with mushrooms here before?

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned on my blog my fascination for mushrooms.  I like the botanical, nature inspired ones, not the fantasy lady bug looking ones.  I could actually do a whole post on mushrooms alone.
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I did not intend to make a “woodland” mantel per se, but when I took a step back to look at the mantel as I was working on it, it struck me that it had a “woodsie|forrest” feel to it.

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It’s tranquil and soothing to me for whatever reason.  Although it has a lot going on it’s cohesive and nature inspired so it relaxes me.

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I created the {gather} banner by printing the letters on some sheet music and cutting it out using the leaf template below with deckle edge scissors.  From there I inked the edges of the leaves using a stamp pad and strung them using twine on some ribbon I had on hand.

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This is the leaf pattern I used.  The font name is imprint MT shadow and the size is 200 pt.

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I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and wore a sweater yesterday, albeit thin it was still a sweater.  And I was broiling after lunch ‘cuz the temps spiked again, but it was a start.

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The morning was cool and actually felt like fall.  I took an outing with some girlfriends to the new Anthropologie in our area that contains Terrain in it too.  It was absolutely gorgeous and inspirational.  I will share more details next week.
happy autumn !







  1. Woodsy is always nice for fall! Very cool pumpkins. Love the banner, thanks for the font and size tip! And thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen

  2. Jann Olson says:

    Mary Jo, I think you change things around as much as I do. 🙂 Love the nature feel of this mantle. Did I mention, that I have a thing for mushrooms as well. The pier 1 pumpkins are so unique. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Sherry says:

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  4. Thnx Jann. I know, lol, nothing stays put for very long. Why am I not surprised you love mushrooms too. I need to do a post about my mushroom crush. xo- mj

  5. Thanks sherry! xo- mj

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