I decorated the mantel several times today. As I was sitting in the den, Bob asked me what was wrong. I was staring at the mantel. I didn't like it. It had too much stuff on it. I took most everything off and started over.
The only things that remained were the topiaries. I have had these ivy topiaries for many years. When I purchased them they were live ivy and a bit pricey. I petted and pampered them but within three to four months they croaked.
I took the shriveled mess back to the home center, with receipt, to see if they honored their plant warranty. They did and I was shocked. How can they do that when there are so many people like me around? As I took my refund money and turned to leave the clerk threw the mess in the trash.
Whoaaaaa! Light bulb goes on in my head.
"You throwing that away?" I asked.
"Yes, ma'am" was the reply (Our southern youth are taught to say ma'am).
"Can I have that stuff back?"
"Yes, ma'am, (Our southern youth are taught to say ma'am), I'll put it in a bag for you."
"Thank you, Woo Hoo!"
Well, I didn't say it exactly like THAT!
A little faux ivy and I have evergreen, permanent topiaries.
Being too green for Autumn, they needed a little adjustment. I used some extra ivy from my "stash", some spray paint, in rust, yellow and orange and I had Fall arrangements. Voilà!
I added a few natural elements.
The excess material was cleared and with the addition of a couple of black candle holders and a minimal amount of faux gourds and pumpkins I had a simplified Fall mantel.
|The topiary on the left has the tilts. Didn't notice it until I saw the pic, just now. I'll just whack it around a little. Hm mm, maybe that's why the real ones croaked.|
I hope you like my simple mantel. It suits me now.
Here's a couple of other things that are finished.Foyer...HERE
I am still digging in those boxes so there's more to come.
I am joining the great parties. Please come join me!