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My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pumpkins and Potions Mantel


Another October weekend come and gone.  Wow.  November will be here before we know it...and then.. dare I say it....Christmas??!!
Oh dear.  I mustn't think that far ahead.....
We took the kids out for a lovely walk this afternoon.  The trees still hold half of their leaves and the ones that have fallen created a colourful carpet along the path. Cool enough for hats and mitts too, but very sunny.

After returning from our outdoor trek, the kids BEGGED that I get started on the Hallowe'en decor. So, with 6 little helping hands, I put together a ....


My potion bottles are 3 French lemonade bottles that I usually use for serving drinks at our summer parties.  But once they were filled with green and blue "potions,"  and .....


....wrapped in some printable labels (found here) they became the exciting centrepiece of my mantel decor. 




My silvery jack'o'lantern is a new find from a discount decor store.  When I saw him I knew he would fit perfectly with my "orange-free" Hallowe'en decor.  The kids insisted that Jack needed some hair  - so in went some dried hydrangea.  Silly and pretty at the same time!!


This spider is the only "creepy" item I added to the mantel.  Lit, he adds a little ambience. 


 The raven was a request from my 3-year-old.  He said that the bird could "keep watch" over the mantel and fireplace.  Too cute.


 To add some texture, a hung a homemade grapevine wreath on the corner of one of the mirrors.  I have very few "natural" elements in this mantelscape so the curls and twigs of the vine add some interest.  


To dress up the wreath, I hung some small skeleton dolls in amongst the vine.  They are part of a set a of Hallowe'en ornaments that I picked up last year. ( The rest of the collection is helping to decorate my front porch - more on that later in the  week!)


These cute little guys were $1.00 at Target last month.  Sparkly and smiley - they are my daughter's favourite part of the mantel.  


We've had our fireplace for just over a month and already it has seen 4 makeovers!   I am sure once Hallowee'en has passed I'll get started on some "transitonal" decor that will fill the gap between spiders and pumpkins .....and reindeer and wreaths.  


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13 comments:

  1. I love the repurposed lemonade bottles! Just the right touch of Halloween. I have the same spider tealight holder (Canadian Tire?) and bought a raven last year. It's so sweet how much your kids get involved with decorating your new mantel. You've definitely got the layered look under your belt :) Have a great Monday!

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  2. This is adorable! I love hydrangeas stuck into to any arrangement! :)
    Sherry

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  3. How fun! I don't know what I like best... It's all cute! Love your bottles, your jack-o-lantern, spider, wreath, the raven, the mirrors, the shutter....
    And you kids.... They are so sweet.... :)

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  4. Very pretty Bronwyn! I love the ghost banner and the empty frames and potions! You did a fab job of making a lovely mantel! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

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  5. Love the potion bottles. The whole mantle looks so put together.Cute crow!

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  6. That is a cute mantel! It's cute and not scary which I love. My favorite thing is the wreath!

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  7. It turned out adorable! I am feeling inspired to work on my own now! Thanks for the adorable ideas!!

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  8. Hi Bronwyn ~ I found your blog through the Tweak it Tuesday link on Cozy Little House. Your mantle is SO cute and creative! I can't wait to look through the rest of your blog and get to know you. I'll also be adding your blog to my sidebar list of "Beautiful Blogs", so I hope you'll pop on over and visit me as well, and become a new follower!

    Blessings,
    Melanie

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  9. Love this look. This will be the first year that I get to decorate a mantle for Christmas, I am looking forward to seeing what you will do with yours. I love the silver pumpkin!

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  10. I love this! So cute and creative. I can't wait to see what you do next.

    xoxo
    Selena

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  11. Very cute! My 5 gkids love helping decorate my son's house, so much fun for them!
    Are you Irish, Bronwyn?

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  12. Cute! I love the shutters. I need to find some. :) Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday. I hope we see you back this week!

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