2012 Fall Mantel Review

A loud “hello and bon jour” from France…

Today, I am sharing my 2012 Fall Mantel…

…..and hope that I can get started on this year’s mantel as soon as I return…

I do not think my hubby would like to get it started while I am away…:)

So here is the 2012 post for the Fall Mantelscape….

I did it….

…..I just completed the Fall Mantel.

Yesterday, I met my friend Frances who monogramed “We Gather Together” for me…

…..she monogramed it on burlap.

I took my $1.00 frame I purchased several months ago and framed the inscription.


I love that message of family and friends coming together for the holidays..

…..and every day for that matter.


I gathered fall florals and arranged them on the mantel using command hooks to keep them in place…


And could not forget the cute little squirrel that I received at our neighborhood “Tacky Gift Exchange”….

…..a party that we have after Christmas….to exchange tacky gifts that we had received.

Now, I do not consider “Sammy the Squirrel” tacky…was thrilled to get him!!


The plates are the Fresco Bird plates from Pottery Barn…a set of 4 different designs.




I added the pretty blue/green pumpkins and a faux pumpkin from Pottery Barn..

…..a giant iron acorn and mums from Trader Joe’s.



My hubby chuckles at the fact that I will take all this time to create the “mantelscape”….

…..only to take it down in two weeks to start my Christmas decorating….I start early…

……….it takes me that long!!


The pillow in the chair is Pottery Barn…love that it coordinates with the plates.



So, mantel completed…and moving on to decorate the front porch…


Hope you enjoyed my 2012 Fall Mantel and I thank you so much for visiting!!

And you can gather more Fall Inspiration from this upcoming Fall Party…

…..that I have to honor to participate in with 11 other wonderful bloggers!


Have a wonderful day!

Fall Front Porch…Monogrammed Burlap Wreaths

The wreaths are up…the porch has ushered in Fall…

…..but I am certain that I will be doing more tweaking here and there.

My friend Frances did it again…

…..she monogrammed an initial on burlap for my fall wreaths.


Thanks Frances…they turned out great…

I placed the burlap monogram on a quilter’s hoop…

…..and added some Fall embellishments on the side.

Burlap Monogramed wreath



I love my faux pumpkin with the pineapple…

…..got it about 6 years ago in Colorado of all places…

……….my friend Linda bought one too!


I am keeping the porch simple…may add a few more pumpkins when the temps are cooler…

…..and a few Fall pillows.


We have had quite a bit of rain lately, so the mums are doing well.



I love this little guy…



And the turtle always makes an appearance…


I love placing flowers on the steps to welcome friends and family



I hope you enjoyed my simple Fall porch…..

…..wanted to show you what I have done so far….as next week I will be running the roads…

……….taking care of lots of errands…preparing for…

……………… the Southern Bloggers Conference on October 12th thru 14th!

Cannot wait to see all the wonderful bloggers who are attending and the amazing speakers we have lined up!!

I am joining the following wonderful parties:

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Debbiedoo’s Newbies with a Twist Party

DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson…Share Your Cup Thursday

Kristen’s Creations Share Your Creations Party

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday Treasures

No Minimalist Here Open House Party

My entry into No Minimalist Here Open House Party sponsored by Appliances Online.

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

The Stone Gable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

The Inspired Room for Fall Nesting Party Mantels and Porches

Debbiedoo’s for Pinterest Blitzen Party