And it's "mantel" when we're talking about this:
A mantle (spelled with an LE) has several meanings, all of them referring to some sort of cover: a cloak or cape, the layer of earth between the crust and the core, a particular outgrowth on a mollusk, a layer of bird plummage, etc.
Got it? We're talking mantels today, specifically my evolving mantel.
Last fall, I decided the mantel of our hearth room was due for an overhaul. Here was the cluttered before:
And the after, the first time:here. If you recall, I had picked up all the vases at a thrift store with a 30% off entire purchase coupon. Oh, yeah.
Since I was working on this project as the holidays were approaching, I left myself some space for decorations. Now that the holidays are over, I decided the space was looking a little sparse. I knew I wanted some greenery up there. And I also felt like the space needed something dark to anchor it.
I shopped my own house first. I found this pot in the backroom of the basement. I'd scored it at a garage sale, but then I couldn't figure out how to use it. I decided it was the faux stone look that just wasn't working for me. Nothing a little paint couldn't fix.
Of course, I had to put a bird on the mantel.
I wanted a little green on the other side of the mantel, but I'd worked through the house's inventory and couldn't come up with another pot that was dark or could be painted a dark color. Good thing Goodwill isn't far. This was just what I needed, and it was only 99 cents.
I'm linkin' up...