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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trick or Treat Mantle

We spend a lot of time in the family room , so I always try to make the holiday mantles special. I love our fireplace NOW.  It used to be black..yep, black lava rock.  It didn't even have a mantle!  We painted it white, added the columns,and the mantle.  The only thing that is original is the black marble hearth.  There are glass doors behind my flour sacks and gas logs,  I love a real fire in the winter, but this is they way we got the house and I guess we won't change it. 

I added some black ribbon to the chandys.   I also strung a lit garland across the front of the fireplace. I made the garland by  tieing strips of cloth to a string of Christmas lights ( be sure to use the cool lights if you do this project) 

Here's my little pumpkin boy with his school books.

I've had this little couple for quite a few years. ( Notice the orange and pink together!)

I took down the fireplace screen. Then I covered the glass doors with some flour sacks. (It is a gas fireplace, so I don't really need the screen, it's just ornamental). In the screens place, I put this vintage Watkins box. Watkins salesmen used to carry these door to door to sell their products.  It has metal handles, and three open compartments.  I filled the open compartments with blue mason jars and candles.

I use lots of candles during the holidays.

I love my Trick or Treat garland because it was so easy!  It has glittered letters....

pretty pattern...

and it was $4 at Target!

The boxes that you see on the mantle are kind of unusual!  Do you know what they are?


They are bread drawers for a hoosier!  I found them at a yard sale in Amarillo , Tx this past summer. They were $1 each, I got 4 of them......didn't know what I would do with them at the time, but I thought they were neat!  I have had them out in the studio storing supplies.

I have mentioned before that I usually keep covers on the furniture.

This one is a shower curtain that I got at a yard sale for a couple of dollars. , 

If you would like to see the before pictures of the mantle, here is the link     I am so glad that you came by and visited me, please come back soon!  I would love it if you would leave a comment!


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  1. Wow simply stunning, love your banner ;)

    Big smiles~

  2. Pink for Halloween???? Love it!
    I would love to invite you to Homa Style's No Orange Autumn Display Link Party going on now.
    Here's the link...
    Hope to see you there!

  3. Penny,
    Your mantle and the whole darn fireplace is just spectacular!! Everything you have used in this display is drop dead gorgeous!!

    I so wish I had room for a fireplace....


  4. Oh Penny, only you could put orange and pink together and make it work. Your mantel is so much fun. Love the pumpkin head doll and the hoosier boxes. What a clever idea. The spooky garland ties it all together. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. Thank you so much for linking to Homa Style’s No Orange Autumn Display Link Party. Your creation is incredible and I was excited to show it to my readers. Homa Style will be hosting a Simple Holiday Handmade Gift Idea Link Party {Please no sale items} on Oct 31. Hope to see you there. Thanks again!

  6. I ADORE the pink...this is my favorite mantle of all time.

    I would love for you to share these at my weekly linky party at

    I hope to see you there and have a wonderful week! mb

  7. So creative! It looks great! (I really love your bread drawers :)

  8. Wow. That's amazing. Great work. Jodi @

  9. Thanks Penny, for sharing this wonderful halloween post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love the pink, silver and black banner and of course everything else is wonderful!


  10. So cute and creative Penny! Thank you for joining me at HSH!

  11. Hey Penny,
    I love your mantle, but I especially love the sconces. They are so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  12. I really like the pink and orange together..very cute pumpkin person :)

  13. Very creative, feminine, and beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Love the target banner. The black contrasts nicely with the pink.

  14. Penny: this is my favorite blog...i log in every day..i absolutely love your decorating are super creative..thanx for many precious hrs spent viewing your


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