Halloween Mantel 2012

 Fall and Halloween Mantel

Fall and Halloween Mantel

 Ceramic Pumpkin on Fall and Halloween Mantel

Ceramic Pumpkin on Fall and Halloween Mantel

Remember this summer, how I pretended my piano was a mantel, and decorated it with a big ol' faux vintage door on there was one that Mr. Magpie built for me?

Well, when we decided to turn the living room into a study, we created one little  eeny-weeny problem.

(Dun dun DUUUUUUN...)

The piano has to be moved. To the family room. Which as you remember has a sheet of fabric thumb-tacked to the ceiling for a wall. So, no dice on the piano mantel.

But I'm spoiled now! I've had a mantel(ish thing). I can't go back! So... I commandeered the glassed book cabinet in our bedroom. (I know what you're thinking... WHAT glassed book cabinet??? The mysteries multiply! Heh. I promise I'll explain soon.)

For now, I have a bookshelf cabinet mantel. Or cabinantel... Bookshantel... oh heck, it looks like this:

 Fall and Halloween Mantel

Fall and Halloween Mantel

 Vintage Blue Case on Fall and Halloween Mantel

Vintage Blue Case on Fall and Halloween Mantel

 Distressed and Vintage Fall and Hallween Mantel

Distressed and Vintage Fall and Hallween Mantel

 Orange Plate and Wooden Kitties on Fall and Halloween Mantel

Orange Plate and Wooden Kitties on Fall and Halloween Mantel

When I started, I didn't know exactly what I was going to put on here. I had a few random ideas, but mostly I just knew I wanted something that would work for Fall and Halloween, and that I couldn't spend any money, so everything had to be in my stash. Some things you may actually remember seeing before, and some you may not. But it's all stuff I had laying around for one reason or another.

 Full View Fall and Halloween Mantel

Full View Fall and Halloween Mantel

 Vintage Thrifted Barn Painting

Vintage Thrifted Barn Painting

 Thrifted Orange Plate and Black Kitty on Fall and Halloween Mantel

Thrifted Orange Plate and Black Kitty on Fall and Halloween Mantel

 Vintage Distressed Fall and Halloween Mantel

Vintage Distressed Fall and Halloween Mantel

 Orange Plate and Little Black Kitty on Fall and Hallween Mantel

Orange Plate and Little Black Kitty on Fall and Hallween Mantel

Did I mention that I just sort of decided to do this today, and I'm glad I went for it, because if I had thought about it, I wouldn't have? This kind of decorating scares me. (Silly, right?) But there's so much beautiful decor out there, and other than the mantel I did on the piano this summer, I have never done this type of decorating before. I didn't think I could do it. But I really like what I came up with. I surprised myself!

 The Glassed Bookcase Turned Fall and Halloween Mantel

The Glassed Bookcase Turned Fall and Halloween Mantel

 Vintage Blue Case Closeup on Fall and Halloween Mantel

Vintage Blue Case Closeup on Fall and Halloween Mantel

Of course, since it's raining here, and my bedroom has only one tiny window, I also fretted quite a bit about getting pictures. I ended up stretching myself there, too. I'll share that coming up.

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I also have lots more to share about how I put it all together, and what exactly is on there. (All that is in my post "How to Decorate (ahem.. Wing) a Fall and Halloween Mantel") For now, I just wanted to say... HAPPY FALL!

What about you? Have you surprised yourself lately?

 ~Angela :-)

~Angela :-)

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