Fall Mantel: Old Books + Pumpkins
Hallelujah, it’s Friday! I’m not going to lie, this week kicked my butt. It’s just been one of those weeks, you know? Like I’ve had a million things I wanted to do, but not enough time or energy to get it all done despite copious amounts of coffee. I think my body is growing resistant to caffeine. Is that possible? I didn’t even work out, which I absolutely need to do in order to keep myself sane. It’s just been nuts. Right now we’re in the process of getting our house repainted. And while I’m really excited, it’s also a lot of work and coordination. Plus I have to pick a color, which is a wee bit stressful because it’s not like you can just repaint the house if you choose the wrong shade. I mean, it’s kind of a big deal. Stay tuned for more updates on that. Plus my husband has been working crazzzzzzzy hours, which always seems to make life feel more chaotic. And to top it all off–I have some exciting news! I’m currently transitioning out of my job so I can blog full-time and be home with my babies. It’s a huge change for me and our family. And it’s been such a hard decision because I really do enjoy my job, but the idea of being home with my sweet kiddos and doing what I love just feels like a dream come true. It’s what I’ve wanted for years and years. It’s all been really exciting and scary and emotional at the same time. But I know God has a plan and everything will work out, right?! Right. I’m just so thankful to have this opportunity and the amazing support I’ve had so far here on my blog. You guys are incredible. Anyway, I’ll get into that more later, because today is all about old books, white pumpkins, and a purdy little fall mantel.
I’ve been obsessed with old books for a long time now. In fact, I have a personal rule that I won’t pass up any worn-out books at thrift stores or yard sales. Well, unless they’re way overpriced which seems to be happening more and more. But snatch those babies up when you can get ’em cheap. They’re one of my all-time favorite things to collect.
I got these corn kernels from the pumpkin patch we visited a few weeks ago. The owner was nice enough to give me a huge bag (for free!) and I’ve really enjoyed decorating with them. Plus my kiddos love sprinkling them all over the house, so that’s been loads of fun.
You might recognize my fall sign, I shared the easy peasy tutorial for it last month. You can find it here.
I had this sign hanging in our dining room for a while, but I’m currently loving it on this old door. Makes for the perfect backdrop, huh? I just love the inspiration in these words. I need to see this every single day. (Sign is from Vita Boutique)
Let me tell you the quick story of this old vintage fan. I scored this baby for $12 at an auction last summer. Twelve bucks! I was a happy, happy girl. And the cool thing it is still works! Although it does seem a bit dangerous because of the giant metal blades and all the little people I have hanging out around here. I mean, the least thing I need is someone sticking their fingers in this fan when it’s going full speed. So it’s definitely all for looks right now.
I gotta say, decorating this fireplace and mantel is waaaaaaaaay more fun now that it’s white. Every time I look at this I’m just so glad I finally got my butt in gear and painted that ’80s yellow brick. If you missed that project you can find it here. It always amazes me what a little paint can do. Well friends, I hope you liked this easy fall mantel. If you’re a fan of old books like I am, I’d encourage you to grab a stack of them and put them on your mantel. I like turning mine so the pages face out, but you can style them however your little heart desires. It’s the perfect vintage look and super easy. I’d love to hear what you think and definitely let me know if you have any questions. And as always, thanks sooooo much for dropping by today, you’re a fabulous human being!
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