A Fall Mantel & Universe Whispers

A Fall Mantel & Universe Whispers

A friend told me this weekend that the universe was whispering to me and I wasn't listening, so clearly, it had to begin screaming. And screaming it is. As in...
Farm Fresh Milk Vintage Printable

Farm Fresh Milk Vintage Printable

Do you ever find that once you find yourself drawn to a particular type of style, or I hesitantly say "theme", you are drawn to it again and again? When...
Beach Decor

Beach Decor – Reclaimed Wood Whale Art

I realize it is very late in the season for a summer mantel.

But this is really not about a mantel.

It is about several stories coming together and resulting in a reclaimed wood whale.

And this whale is special.  She even has a name.

Glenda the Happy Whale.

And while she is very happy living on my mantel for now, this is her temporary home.  She is really destined to live on Long Beach Island, NJ.

Last year during Hurricane Sandy, my parents small beach placed took on so much damage that it had to be gutted.  And while they did get some insurance coverage, the rebuild has far exceeded what they received.  So, I am trying to help out by creating budget friendly items – and Glenda is the first one.

And, because as always, I am a sentimental girl, I used the wood from my Grandfather’s house to build her.

Two destroyed homes coming together to make a happy whale.  I know a stretch.  But like I said, I am a sentimental girl.

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Simple Summer Mantel

Simple Summer Mantel

So it is still not officially summer and my kids are still in school, but I must admit I am already in full summer mode. In fact, I am writing...
Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas & Dreaming

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas & Dreaming

I am a dreamer.  A planner.  A list maker.

I keep putting myself out there, keep trying, sometimes, some might say, to a fault.

But it is just the way I am wired.

 

Sometimes, dreams come true.

And sometimes, actually often, we face disappointment and are let down.

No matter how bad you want it, you are let down.  And, at first it seems overwhelming.

But with time and perspective, you realize there were reasons for each part of your journey and where you are being pointed towards.

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5 Fall Mantel Decorating ideas

5 Fall Mantel Decorating ideas

5 Fall Mantel Decorating ideas

Okay, I have to say it.

Uncle.

Although we still have one week left till our girls go back to school, I am thinking about fall.

Fall Shelf Vignette

 

5 Fall Mantel Decorating ideas

I am thinking about cool nights and crisp air.

And admit it, you are too?  Even just a little bit?

5 Fall Mantel Decorating ideas

Enchanting Fall Mantel

Since we have lived in our home, I have loved decorating our mantel.  It seems to be the first place that I change with the seasons and it seems to set the tone for everything else I do for the season.

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2 Years of Mantels

2 Years of Mantels

I recently came upon my two year “blogaversary”. As with all markings of time we look back and reflect. One of my favorite projects to work on in my house...

Christmas Mantel

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, the snow is glistening.. Well, not really, but I am hoping it will be soon! Maybe this makes me a dork,...

A Year In Mantels

Sometimes time goes so fast that I am always looking for something tangible to mark the time. So, since so many of us seem to be in a mantel mood...