It’s that time of year where we tend to think about our family and what they mean to us.
This year I looked around in my storage area (while digging for my Halloween boxes) and realized how many things I had that had been owned by prior family members. Family who isn’t here on the ground with us anymore. (So to speak)
Frankly, I never have a place to put most of the stuff I OWN, let alone those things in boxes that have come from other people and eras. I thought – “How better to honor and remember them this fall than get it out and display it?”
My mantel needed a fall look too. I mean really – how boring can I be?
When I started to pick pieces out to use, I realized the only thing missing was something to tie my theme together. So I grabbed some burlap and some paper leaves that a friend had given me. I hot glued each leaf to the burlap and cut around it to create this two layer look.
Then I used a little Elmer’s on the edges of each piece of burlap to make sure it didn’t come apart. (It tends to want to do that…) I added ribbon with a small knot through a hole in each leaf. This tied them all together. After adding some self adhesive letters, I ended up with this adorable little banner to hang on my mantel.
For the mantel arrangement itself, I used mixed metallics. I polished some of the silver and hung up a few pieces of gold china as well as a very old embroidered framed family tree from my hubby’s side.
For the final fall touches I added sheaves of wheat (tutorial another day!) and lots of gourds.
In the end, it became excellent reminder for us about our past and where we came from. I think it will definitely help me be more cognizant of all I have to be grateful for this year – and it also makes the family room darn pretty! 🙂