It's my turn to take part in the Pumpkin Parade today! I knew right away that I wanted my pumpkin project to be my mantel. We've never had a mantel before - a real mantel....made of brick and mortar and with a real working fire place. Exciting!
Here's the thing....you are going to promise to ignore the ugly brick, the ugly hearth and the ugly cords, ok?? You have to promise. All of those things are on our to-do list, but we haven't made it there yet. 3 weeks into being in this house and unfortunately painting the brick hasn't made it to the top of the list - it will get there...soon if I have my way. (In all honestly, I tried to clone out the cords, but there were just too many of them!!)
My goal with the mantel was to use what I already had, except for buying a few fresh pumpkins (of course).
My starting point were the 2 big pumpkins. It was too early to carve them, so I opted for paint. I set them up in my sink one morning and just went to town with some black paint and gold glitter. It was refreshing actually....to not worry about drips or cutting in around edges. I could use more drippy paint projects in my life.
Mr. Swell says they remind him of the 3 Stooges, but we'll just ignore him for now.
The little white pots are from Ikea. I love them so much. I already had one, but I picked up 2 more last week for another project that I have planned. Since they were just sitting around waiting to be hacked, they were perfect to put to use as mini-pumpkin holders. I stuffed them full of packing paper (of which we still have an abundance) and then topped them with dried moss. I plunked in a pumpkin and then attached a little raven from the dollar store. (I used the raven last year on my front porch).
Leaning up against the pot is a little white gourd, and then I just placed a gold bottle behind the pumpkin. Easy.
On the other side I repeated the pot/pumpkin/bird combo....I am a sucker for symmetry...I need it in my life.
The little pot is sitting on the Apple TV - very multi-purpose that Apple TV is!
I pulled out an old box that we have (it used to belong to Mr Swell's Grandfather) and shoved in a fake hand. The blood is jelly sticky stuff that's meant for windows, but it sticks great to the wood too (I actually had it on my mail box last year...and might just move it to the mail box this year too). And just to keep the theme going, it's all sitting on a Grimm's Fairy Tales book that I picked up at the thrift store a while back.
Moving down, we have another big
Behind the pumpkin I put my white ceramic owl (which you might remember from here). He used to have a pink cord wrapped around the base, which I removed for this particular occasion.
And lastly, on the other side I set up a little area with some fire wood, a rat, a pumpkin and a gold frog with a crown (totally normal, right?).
If you've hung around with me for a while you've seen that frog in so many places it's not even funny. I love him to death and he moves around our house quite a bit.
And there you have it. My pumpkin mantel. Did you count how many times I said pumpkin in this post? I am sure it's a record for me! (And I'm not done yet...)
Since this is a parade and all, make sure to stop by the other awesome bloggers who are also sharing their pumpkin projects.
And THEN.....come back and link up with us on Friday. Anything pumpkin related goes for the link party - craft, decor, recipe...if it has pumpkin in it somehow then it's good to go. The link party will connect to all of our blogs, so all you have to do is link up to one blog and you will appear on all 12 sites. We will each be picking some favourites to feature the following week.