Our Summer Mantle (and the joy of shopping my house)

Armed with industrial-sized Swiffer pads, I finally swept away Spring (and an embarrassing amount of dust-please avert your eyes..)  from my mantle in time to put up my Summer paraphernalia which I store very carefully in a busted cardboard box (I’m a neat-freak, people).  Shopping my own house for a few little extras, here’s what I came up with:


My Summer mantle. I’ve used and reused these shells for years…


I have pictures I rotate according to the Seasons;  family pictures I haven’t had the opportunity to frame.  This year I had a eureka moment and actually used the bottles I’ve been collecting to display them by twisting a piece of floral wire around the neck of the bottle and around a pencil to make a little loop.  Voila!  A lovely picture holder…


These ridiculously attractive people are my Dad, my Mom and Dad-In-Law and Grandma.


The kiddos…and using the same Michael’s palm fronds I’ve used FOREVER…


I couldn’t resist putting together one last thing for my sunroom..(Gorilla Glue, a thrift store plate and one of my holiday candle sticks…)


Thrift store plate I bought a few years ago  +  candle holder I’ve used at Christmas…


Summer is now officially inaugurated in our household..in the meantime, I will stock up on Swiffer wipes for when its time to usher in Fall…

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    1. Maria says:

      Awesome mantle!!!

    2. sobdra mcgann says:

      I love your recycled plate and candle holder!!!What is the little glass dome cover! Picked up your blog from liking you on facebook.

      • I’m so glad you came to visit! I took the little glass dome cover from my folks’ house, they were getting ready to give it away (we often reuse and recycle within the family!) because it had no base, and as near as I can figure it was the dome to a cheese plate. Works great as a terrarium cover though, don’t you think?

    3. Ana Haydee says:

      and where is a picture of your handsome mother in her younger days?

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