ANYWAY, so fall. i love it. we are already planning our trip to north georgia to go to the apple orchards. i officially pulled out my fall candles. aaaaand i put a new scent in my scent portable in my car from bath and body works. it's called sweet cinnamon pumpkin. it smells so. good. even phil approves : ). before you know it, it'll be october. then november and the holidays will be here. *sigh* this is the best time...
so of COURSE i have been pulling out my fall stuff. i have had a hard time deciding what to do. i wanted it to look different from last year, but i still love all my stuff from last year. so i had to reinvent some things. i bought a can of white spray paint to help with that. then i pulled out my new stuff from hobby lobby. i tell you what. my mantel took forever. and it's not really all that different from last year.
here is how it looked last year
okay, looking back at this picture i guess it really is kind of different from last year... well a lot different. plus the entire layout of my apartment has changed. but it doesn't seem that different to me.
okay here it is. my 2011 fall mantel (this is a big deal. probably to only myself. but a big deal nevertheless.)
okay this seriously took forever. those leaves and bead things are seperate pieces, so getting them to stay together is a piece of work. and then getting all the heights right... AND getting it all to stay on a narrow mantel is muy dificil. that's spanish for very difficult. for real. but i am happy with it in the end.
i took a lot of pictures of the details, then i just had fun editing and messing around with contrast and all that. so get ready for picture galore
see what i mean about keeping all that stuff on the mantel? tricky.
and just for good measure, my favorite one again
so, lucky you i haven't blogged in a few days because now i feel like i should show you something else. yah. that's right. today is a two-for-one special.
i made a fall centerpiece. i bought one of those candle wreath type things. you know what i'm talking about? it looks like a wreath but you put it around your candle? i know there is a name. and i know i am losing all credibility by not knowing it at the moment. oh well : ) so anyway, i bought one of those half off at hobby lobby. then i took some fall fruit i had from a couple years ago i didn't like all that much and sprayed it white. i found a couple other things to add and vwah-lah (the french will now be coming to destroy my computer) i was left with a centerpiece.
the lazy susan i've had. it's from ikea, but it recently got a paint job. i like it much better now. by the way, when i first learned about lazy susans i forgot the name and called it a granny smith. just a free little fun fact for you. (please note that i was 13 at the time.) the bowl i got as a wedding gift. it was on our target registry. it's one of my very favorite things we got. the little nuts are from target also. i had all those things. the only thing i purchased for this baby was a $3 can of spray paint. and a $2 candle-wreath-thingy. see? you don't have to buy a $2000 centerpiece from a certain-place-that-won't-be-named-but-rhymes-with-schmottery-parn in order to have a nice fall centerpiece. all you have to do is be willing to move things around, think of new purposes for things you already have and be willing to spray paint. a lot. : )
oh. also, i meant to tell you. if you are having a hard time getting into the fall spirit, just search "harvest time" in google images. you will immediately want to carve a jack-o-lantern and bob for apples. trust me.
HAPPY SEPTEMBER EVERYONE!!
linking up to layla's mantel party!!
linking up to layla's mantel party!!