Thursday, 6 August 2015

August Mantel

My August Mantel is now all finished!

As you can see here it goes with my new seaside door wreath.


Don't you just love these roses!  They have opened out beautifully, and although not really part of the mantel, I had to show them to you!


We start off with an obligatory sideways view.  You always have to have a sideways view of my mantels!!


This months theme is fishes!  August seems to be a seaside month to me, although I don't know why as I rarely go to the seaside in August because of the heat and busyness.  Perhaps that is why I like to bring a bit of the seaside to the house.



I did mention a pattern for the fish that I created, but there is mixed news on that front.  I did write the pattern out.  During a meeting.  That obviously was not about crochet.  However, I cannot locate the piece of paper right now.  Hopefully I didn't hand it in with the evaluation form at the end of the meeting!!  Can you imagine!!!  Eeek!!!  If, as and when I find it I will share it! 


The fishes are cute though aren't they!



The rest of the mantel is made up of things that I shopped the house for.  The shells I have bought one at a time on visits to Lyme Regis.



This shell - below - is the one that I bought this year.


What are these little crochet items you might wonder.  Well they were the start of some fishing floats to go on the net that the fishes are attached too.  But I ran out of steam for making floats, so they are just in the bowl as sort of colourful pearls!


Oh, a sideways shot from the other angle too!  Just in case you were not feeling sidewaysish enough...........


The only thing that I purchased - other than this years new shell - was the large white fish which I bought a couple of months ago for the bathroom, but was, I admit really bought with this mantel in mind.  So a grand total of £3.00 was spent for this months mantel.  The yarn was all from stash, mostly still leftovers from my ripple blanket and Nordic shawl.


The white dishes with the blue insides normally live on a windowsill.  The starfish are normally arrayed in a candle hurricane but I pilfered three to add to the mantel as it thought it needed a bit more dimension.



Et voila! One completed mantel!!  No idea why I started talking French then.  Sorry about that!


I hope that I have inspired you to have a go at refreshing your own mantel for the start of summer!  If you don't have a mantel how about dressing up your coffee table or a shelf somewhere.  Or your kitchen windowsill?

For September I am breaking from what you might think I would do.  No autumn!  It will - I hope! - be one for the boys.

You can see the previous months mantels here:-


Happy mantel decorating!

I have joined in Linda's stashbusting party for this project as all of the fish, the net and everything else was all made from stash!  Isn't having a stash a great thing.  You can find more and find the August stashbusting party here at Linda's lovely blog!

Amy

p.s. sorry about the outbreak of exclamations in this post.  I am writing this on Wednesday evening and it has been a trying day and I need to exclaim a little!!!

55 comments:

  1. Oh I love this month's mantel ! Like you know, I'm also in "sea-mood" when it comes to decorating lately..
    I love how you have hung the fishies on a net, and not a simple crocheted line. it gives the garland an extra dimension !
    Great work !

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  2. I don't think that you can ever feel sidewayish enough. Love the mantel, my one in the sewing room needs some TLC but it will have to wait till next week. I can not concentrate on anything much now that it is so close to my trip to Birmingham.

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  3. I love your fishing net with fishes, it looks great! And those shiny shells too - they bring out the magpie in me! xx

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  4. A gorgeous mantel, as always, Amy! I just love your fish, so pretty! I hope you find your notes. Barbara xx

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  5. Exclaim away, no problem!!!! It's not something I do myself, but I love seeing your different mantels every month.

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  6. Exclaim as much as you like Amy! I love your little fishy display and I love the shells and seaside themed things on your mantel - I have a cupboard in the bathroom with shells and seagulls etc on top and like you love anything seaside related:)

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  7. Very seasidey, it looks great. I'm sure you enjoyed letting your imagination run wild not being constrained by Easter bunnies, holly and the like. x

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  8. What a lovely, jolly and fun mantel this month. I love the net effect behind the fish. I wish I had a mantel I could decorate.

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  9. Lovely Amy and you are so clever with your crochet. Also think your shells are just beautiful. Take care.

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  10. It's a lovely mantel Amy I love the fish they look perfect, I do hope that you find your pattern I can quite relate, meetings can get very boring can't they haha. I hope you will link your stash buster fishys to the link party. :) xx

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  11. Sorry you had a trying day, I do hope today is better. The August mantel is lovely, I really like the seaside theme. I love the little crochet floats/pearls, such a satisfying shape. The fish are perfect, I do hope you didn't hand the pattern in, you made me smile though! CJ xx

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  12. It's totally brilliant, Amy. I love it! :o)

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  13. Hi Amy and a very nice mantel you have decorated. Love your fish on the stand and all of your shells. Your little fish in the net are just so cute! You do crochet the cutest things. Oh, and those roses - gorgeous.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  14. I have a lot of shells too, all collected from holidays past. I saw some great ideas on Pinterest for spraying them with silver paint. I sense a mini-project coming up!
    Love your mantel. August's been so dismal here - we definitely need a bit of summer bringing indoors.
    Hope the weather's a bit better down your way.
    Sarah x

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  15. i love !!!!!!! they tend to be in a lot of posts & comments !!! they follow me every where !! i love using them!!! i guess i enjoy them & the excitement that follows!!! i love your fish theme mantel .. you are so creative!! what fun. i look forward to seeing what you have in store for Sept. have a great & fabulous day!! ( :

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  16. You did a beautiful job crocheting the fish and creating a net!

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  17. Beautiful display this month. Of course, August is all about the seaside. But, like you, we rarely go this time of year. It's way too crowded and hot.

    I'm a beach girl in the winter for sure. LOL

    I love your shells. The shimmer is gorgeous!

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  18. Oh, Amy, this might be the loveliest of your monthly mantels! The fishes are so very cute and the shells beautiful.
    As always, I really enjoyed your post, great photos and fun texts. :)
    Take care! xx

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  19. I love a good exclamation !!! En francais aussi !!!
    Jane x

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  20. Gorgeous mantel, Amy! I love the fish, and the net is just adorable. I hope you can find your fish pattern. The shells are beautiful, too, as are your crocheted pearls. But my favorite things are the roses! I love fresh roses, and those are my favorite color of roses, too. Take care.

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  21. I love the little fishes across the mantel - my favorite part! The roses are just gorgeous.

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  22. Very beachy, one of my favorite themes, it all goes together so well. One of our bathrooms has a beachy theme, have to blog about it some time.
    I haven't gotten rid of my July tablescape, that's my job for today.

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  23. I love the seaside theme and fish! Hooray for your mantel!

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  24. Very pretty indeed!
    Margaret P

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  25. Live your mantel, it's fun and happy and so summery! Your pattern will turn up just after you take the time to write a new one! I think you need to design a mantel with squash blossoms and bees - bees with attitude!!

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  26. Oh just look at this! So cute! I love the seaside theme and your fishnet bunting hanging across there. Those orangy roses are TO DIE FOR! I love orange flowers of any kind, but these roses take the cake. I love your August mantel. Autumn is just around the corner! I laughed at your exclamation mark comment. I always worry I use too many sometimes too. Haha.

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  27. Love your mantel and the roses are a gorgeous colour. I hope you are having a better day today. Are you aware of book sculpture? I have a post on my blog about it. It was fairly straightforward although it does make your wrists ache. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  28. Hey Amy,
    I have shell and pebbles and sea glass and bits of driftwood all over the house. Oh and blue and white pottery shards collected from the tide line. No fish though. I do like your fishy mantel very much. Exclaim away Amy! Sorry that you've had a trying day. May tomorrow be less trying.
    Leanne xx

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  29. Hi Amy!!
    Great job...love the shells and the starfish...and of course your wee fishies!!
    Have a great weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  30. this has to be my most favorite month's display so far and I just adore those fish! I love them just too sweet Your roses are gorgeous too-this is such a nice idea you had changing up your mantle

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  31. I just LOVE this mantle Amy! It's just so darn fun and adorable!!! I like exclamations too as you know! Lol
    Those roses are beautiful and perfect coral compliment to the beachy feel of the whole thing. The shells are so pretty - but all of those fish just go straight to the heart and make me smile.
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend! xo

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  32. I have had a trying week!!!!! So I completely understand!!!!! Love!! The !!! Mantle!!!
    Meredith

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  33. "How effective did you find the information in this meeting?2

    Ch 2, inc into next st dc2 inc next st ch1 dc4


    I bet they'll wonder just what code you've written it in!

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  34. Very nice indeed, Amy. The fish are very cute, and you have some really beautiful shells. I really like the white fish too, and I'd happily put that in my bathroom too. You are quite the inspiration; I need to go do some re-organisation round here too. Yes, your roses are wonderful, in a spectacular colour! xx

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  35. Your mantel looks like it is at a beach house Amy and I love the fishies hanging along the front. I hope your pattern wasn't accidentally handed in at the meeting and that it turns up.

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  36. It looks great, love the idea of the fishing net. Your shell you bought this year is especially beautiful.
    Please put me out of my misery, what is the picture of above your mantel? I try and work it out every time I see it!
    Claire@HomeSweetHome2015

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  37. I love your beachy mantel! The fishes are so cute!

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  38. Tres bien, Amy!!! I love the fish garland and the fish on a stand - I have a seagull on a stand from Cornwall, I think they'd go very nicely together. Sadly, we don't have a mantelpiece over the stove; I love to see how others decorate theirs though. Have a great weekend. xx

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  39. A lovely mantel, it would actually suit my mantel at the moment, having so many visitors and living by the sea. Love the roses too such a beautiful colour.

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  40. Amy, I love it, but you could probably guess that I would! Well done. xx

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  41. Oh Amy! I do so love your seaside mantel! The little fish crochet is just adorable.. please find that tutorial and post it! I know a little boy who would love that on his bedstead! Have a great weekend! Hazel x

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  42. I love the little fishes!! The seaside theme is right up my street :)

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  43. I love it!! The fishes are so cute and I love the bright colours, such an amazing idea! The roses are beautiful for sure and I love everything else too! I am also exclaiming a lot!! xx

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  44. Seashells and fish seem perfect for August. Those roses are gorgeous!

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  45. Just had to tell you how much I love your fishy mantel! Awesome! And beautiful roses too!

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  46. Love those fish. What fun!

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  47. Your mantel looks great, I love the little fish.
    Marianne x

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  48. I love your seaside August theme. The fish are brilliant.

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  49. It is fishtastic! I love it. Jo x

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  50. August always says 'seaside' to me too though we live about 30 miles from it! I have the same fish and have plans to decopatch it while I'm off the next couple of weeks. Love the blue shell and your crochet fishes. x

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  51. Amy your fishy crochet is brilliant! You are so clever. Funnily enough I recently made a daisy garland for my mantelpiece which will feature on my blog when I get off my arse and take some pictures. Don't know how I missed your other mantel months but going to have a look now. xx

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