Thursday, November 5, 2009
Hearth and Home
The mantel is the focal point of our home. It is one of the first things you see when you walk through our front door. It creates a sense of balance, brings quiet ambiance and peace into our living space. Our mantel is always in a state of flux - changing with the seasons. Some things are permanent additions to it, such as the lovely tiger wood Amish made clock we picked up a few years ago while on a trip to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, or the candle holders that I inherited from my mother. Other things change regularly, like the framed artwork of a cornucopia I drew years ago in high school:
This week we used some of the beeswax dipped leaves I blooged about here and strung them up using natural colored raffia. I blatantly stole the idea from a fellow blogging mama, Hillary. The results are better than I was expecting. I had been trying for weeks to figure out how to use these leaves - even in this manner, but just couldn't seem to wrap my brain around the simplicity of the project.
The paper star lanterns are some that my son and I made together last winter. He water colored the paper and I did the folding:
The gorgeous roses were given to me on my birthday, well over a week ago. I love how they've opened and continue to cheer our home. You can see behind them that I had not yet switched out the mantle place artwork when I took this picture.
And last night I completed my first project with my brand new wool roving. A darling little mushroom jingle ball. I actually plan on making more of these just because I think they are so adorable.
I love to fill our mantel with meaningful items. It helps focus and center me. What are some of the things on your mantel?
Yours in quiet tranquility,