This month of course has to be an autumn theme! You have gathered by now that I am all about the autumn decorating.
So, Ta Dah! I give you Octobers mantel!
With of course the traditional sideways view! I always take a photo from this point each month. It wasn't something that I intentionally started, but now that I have I have to keep going.
You will recognise many of the things on the mantel this month if you have been reading my blog for any length of time. That is one of the things that I love though. Taking what I already have and rearranging it for the different seasons or just because I feel like it. It surprises me how different things can look depending on where they are and what they are grouped with.
The owls were made from a kit a couple of years ago now and come out each autumn, usually hanging from the fireguard - not when the fire is on of course! This year though they are making an appearance on the mantel itself. Along with one of my favourite amber glass vases and some apples and leaves.
On the other side of the mantel is a pumpkin that I crocheted in the last couple of weeks. I have also added my recently completed needlefelt rabbit and his little fox companion. My other amber glass vase completes this side of the mantel - oh and with the addition of that naughty little black kitty climbing up!
Last year I made some bunting with autumn leaves on it for the mantel, and I have used that again elsewhere - I will share that in a few days time - as I had an idea for something new this year.
Do you remember the Holly Hobbie bag I made a recently? Well, I used the same fabrics and hexi templates and made these rings. They are double sided, so they look the same on the back. I sewed the outer edges together, right sides facing once I had made the rings, then turned them through and sewed around the middles.
After that I added some largeish running stitches to add a quilting feel around the inner and outer edges of the ring. Finished off with some bakers twine bows I think they look like little autumn flower wreaths!
They are then strung up on a longer piece of bakers twine. Now, I cannot take full credit for this idea, because as you know if you read Amanda's lovely blog, Vintage Sheet Addict, she has a similar garland of patchwork rings on her mantel and that is where I got the idea. I think that hers are made a little differently - better! - than mine, but it is the thought that counts isn't it!
I cannot decide which ring is my favourite?
This one perhaps... Or maybe one of the others!
So, that is it October's completed mantel! Oh, with the addition of some more apples in the giant teacup that I know many of you admire! Thank you for your sweet comments about it. I also removed the spring flowers that I had on the twigs you can see in the right of the picture. They have little lights on them so I think that now I will have the lights on in the evenings I will leave the twigs unadorned.
I should also say that Cedric the sausage dog, Eric the musical dog, and Johann (Sebastian Baaaach!!!!) the sheep move out of the way when the fire is on! Fire safety is very important in this house.
I have seen several of you dressing sofa tables, the tops of trunks, sideboards and shelves and they all look very pretty! It is the right time of year for decorating isn't it.
You can see the previous months mantels here:-
Happy mantel decorating!