Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Simple Autumn Mantel


 In the past, I've waxed poetic about the glorious abundance of fall and decorated my mantels in a suitably festive fashion. They were swagged and festooned within an inch of their lives, and I loved them in all their harvest glory. But, as you can see, I went in a different direction for this mantel.


It's bit more simple, even {comparatively} understated. Without miles of garland to distract the eye, the chalkboard pumpkin takes center-stage and it's simple message will remind me to count my blessings, right through Thanksgiving.



Tolkien and Lewis, my literary lions, had to have their autumnal crowns, of course. No amount of simplification would keep me from bedecking their noble brows. {I like to think they tolerate my seasonal shenanigans with quiet dignity.}


Of course, there are a lot of days between now and November. I don't know if I'll be able to resist bedecking the mantel with banners and bunting forever. For now though, I am satisfied with its simplicity.
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I'm linking up here:
My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life
French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design
Between Naps on the Porch DIY Showoff
Jennifer Rizzo Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School Mantel

I know for many kids it is already back to school time, but in our neck of the woods school doesn't begin until after Labor Day. Even though we are savoring the last few days of summer, I thought a fun back to school mantel would help all of us get back in the mood for learning.

I'm not quite ready to break out the pumpkins for fall yet, but my summer mantel needed to go. Since this is our kitchen mantel and we homeschool at the kitchen table, it seemed only right to decorate our "classroom" with an education theme.


I had to include a copy of the homeschooling guide that has so influenced our curriculum-- "The Well-Trained Mind." 

 Is anyone else a pencil snob like me? I love these Ticonderoga pencils… all other pencils are dead to me.

The illustrations in "Dick and Jane" books are so sweet; I love the nostalgic depiction of childhood. Plus, Hunter learned to read with this book, so I get a bit misty-eyed too thinking of his lispy little voice sounding out the simple stories.

I've wanted a vintage kitchen scale forever, and I finally found this fun jadeite green one on a Facebook  group I belong to. It fits perfectly on the mantel, yay!

The chalkboard displays our lighthearted motto for the upcoming school year: it's Latin for "Learn or Leave." I thought it set an appropriately encouraging tone for the upcoming year. If that doesn't work, I can always grab that ruler and whack some knuckles. ;)

Happy "Back to School" time!
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I'm linking up here:
My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life
French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design
Between Naps on the Porch DIY Showoff
Jennifer Rizzo Under the Table and Dreaming

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Housekeeping

Yoo-hoo! Anyone still here? I didn't mean to take such a long break from blogging, but somehow just never seemed to have enough to say. The blog has been on my mind though. I've known for a while that I wanted to make a few changes to my blog design and organization, but wasn't sure how to go about it. I hired a designer before because I was too intimidated to try myself, and while it was lovely and all, I've come to a better understanding of what I'd like to see on the blog going forward.You may have noticed the new header… well that's as far as I've gotten. It may be a slow process and it will look weird for the interim, but it's fun to try and figure out myself.

In the meantime, I've got lots of camping to do, lakes to play in, sunsets to enjoy, and lessons to plan for the upcoming school year. I will share our plan for 5th grade soon, I promise. Think lots of Latin, classics, drama, and art. In order to set an encouraging tone for the upcoming year I'm making our motto "Aut Disce, Aut Discede" (Either Learn or Leave). That ought to do the trick!
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