I really don't decorate that much. I don't have a closet with seasonal items that I bring out each year; I don't allot a certain amount monthly to purchase new and interesting "pretties". I have some framed pieces that I've had for years that are meaningful to me that I switch out seasonally. And I try to make do with what I have to change up my fireplace periodically.
So, this is what it's looked like for late summer, early fall. The pastor that I worked with in Tulsa, OK gave me this monarch print when I was ordained. I love the print, but I mostly love the the incredible man who gave it to me. He died shortly after he retired. I still think about the impact he had on me and many, many others in his ministry in Tulsa. The print has some hints of green that I tried to pick up with the candles and the plant. There is a small vase that I made with my step-mother, as well as the cute bird clock that was a clearance item on MarketDay of all places!
Well, now it's October and my tween-age daughter says Halloween is her most favorite holiday. So, I needed to make the mantel a bit "creepier". I kept most of what I had, but added her favorite skeleton candle holder. I covered some of my old "Happy Hollister" books (did anyone else read them as a child? I loved them and pick them up at garage sales whenever I see them) to add some height to this great pottery piece that my mom made. When we find cool hawk feathers, we add them to the vase.
We may write some spooky titles on the covered books. She wants "Book of Death" on one of them. My husband says "Sleepy Hollow" and I'm thinking "The Tell Tale Heart". For now, they're just plain. But I thought it needed a bit more color and so...Two little pumpkin candle holders. We made these for a classroom party
when the daughter was in 1st grade! They are just baby food jars
covered in orange, brown and yellow tissue paper. We added
construction paper "jack-o-lantern" eyes and mouth and mod-podged the
whole thing. Added a little pipe cleaner stem and you have a pumpkin!
So, that's my fireplace mantel progression. What does yours look like?