Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Little of This, A Little of That

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

My weekend was filled with a little thrifting, a little creating, a little socializing and a little bit of relaxation.

This weekend when I hit the thrift store I was keeping my eyes open for things I could use for my Fall/Halloween mantel display.  My plan is to decorate this year with a more neutral/natural palette with a little bit of the traditional orange and black mixed in.

I already have some things on hand.....old books, cabinet cards and burlap (I found 4 yards of burlap at the thrift store last week.  I guess the person who donated it doesn't read blogs to know how hot burlap is right now).

Here are some of the things I found this weekend while shopping that will also get incorporated into the mantel:

A wonderful, old, chippy white basket that will be filled with twigs or pine cones.  I think I'll make a banner to hang from handle to handle.

Three large spools.  I'm going to place small pumpkins or gourds on top of each spool to add some height to the display (the larger spool
is going to get repainted black). 
Some vintage bottles.  I need to visit the Graphics Fairy to get some wonderful old Halloween graphics to decorate these.

And an oval frame that I already spray painted black.  I have a wonderful bird silhouette from a 1925 book that will be perfect for the frame.  I'm going to scan the page, clean it up and remove the words before I frame it.  I'll post it once I get the scan finished in case any of you would like to use the silhouette in a project.

So that's what I have so far.  I don't plan on decorating the mantel for a few more weeks but it's nice to have everything ready!

My creative time this weekend yielded 10 more skeleton photo holders (almost finished)
and two small "Key to my Heart" framed pieces I created using vintage frames, crocheted hearts and keys that I have found while thrifting.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.



  1. Your mantel is going to be so cute! I think the neutrals and some pops of black and orange will be very cool!

  2. I love hearing about the plans for your fall projects.

    That bird silhouette is sweet!

  3. You make me want to get busy with all of my Halloween stuff I didn't get done last year!!! I love the big spools, what will you make with them!!! I will have to check back and see, those little skeleton heads are so cute!
    Margaret B

  4. Your decorations will be awesome~ I love the crow in the black frame! I am so getting in the mood to start fall decorating, too! Just love all your ideas!

  5. Hi Jane, can I ask where you got the picture of the witch? I just love it and would you be interested in selling one of your skeleton photo holders. If so I would love to buy one or a couple. They are just so cute. Tracy

  6. you must have the best thrift stores!!!!
    you always find the best treasures!!!

  7. Great finds. I can feel the creativity that you are famous for just...ooooooozing!

  8. Great finds! I can't wait to see your mantel! Keep us posted!
    Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections

  9. You have such a creative the framed keys - you put such effort into detail, like the paper background. Good for you for thinking ahead, I can't even think about fall yet (one week left of summer break for me :-()

  10. Can't wait to see your mantel. I've been trying to think of things to use on mine as well. But not too much. Love everything you found.

  11. O'my lord, I am swooning over your finds!
    I love the idea of the pine cone basket, I can see it in my head and it looks awesome, LOL
    Those key hearts are so beautiful and that crow. Well I am just obsessed with crows right now, can't get enough.
    I just started decorating my house this week for fall, my kitchen stays halloween all year round cuz I love it so.
    This post has been very inspiring!!!

  12. You are definitely getting ready....what terrific finds!

  13. How wonderful and what great finds...I will be looking forward to seeing your mantel...I will be posting mine this week. Must be a muted neutral year with splashed of black and orange,...that is what my mantel has. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  14. Imaginative shopping and inspired creativity.
    Love to see just what you've been up to.

  15. Goodness how I love looking at your stuff! I've been on the hunt for Halloween mantel ideas too. I have a feeling I'm going to be stealing your ideas... with proper credit, of course : )

  16. Dear Jane-

    I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you-
    Your fall plans sound amazing.

    White Spray Paint

  17. Hi Jane:
    I just love a gal with a plan! Can't wait to see all your Halloween creations. I know they're going to be fabulous! Hope you have a creative week, my friend.

  18. I want to come to visit your thrift store. Your finds are incredible. Can't wait to see your mantel. I'm thinking of ways to decorate for fall as well.

    Have a wonderful day.

  19. Hi Mamie Jane,
    Your creativity always inspires me to try harder with my seasonal decorating, something I hardly ever did (apart from Christmas of course!)before I started blogging.
    Look at all the trouble you're getting me into!!
    I'll be watching closely for more tips & ideas in the next few weeks.
    BTW, when ARE you going to open an Etsy shop??
    Have a wonderful week.

  20. Oh you did good! Burlap comment pretty funny! Love the black oval frame.

  21. It looks like you found some great stuff. I can't wait to see your mantle. Have a great week.

  22. Love those photo holders and frames, Jane! Very productive weekend for you! : ) Great idea to do a banner on the basket and I love the old bottles you found. That frame is great and I love the idea of using the bird image in it ~ perfect for Halloween!

  23. Oh that poor lady in the witch's hat--she never could have imagined where her photo would wind up over 100 years later!

    I love your projects. You are unbelievable!

  24. So many great ideas Jane! I love doing that to old photos too, I think they look so whimsical like that for Halloween. The keys are so pretty, love them! You have been so busy! You got so many of the photo holders finished! Well, you are definitely on a roll, can't wait to see more! Theresa xoxo

  25. I just love all the wonderful ideas that you come up with. Everything is just wonderful and so creative.

  26. Morning Jane, I'm so loooking forward to seeeing your mantel, I know it's going to be darling. I love you key to my heart...I'm going to try my hand a creating one of those sweet pictures...hugs, Linda

  27. Oh Jane I love those little framed keys! So sweet!! Can't wait to see your fall mantel too! Have a great week!

  28. Hi Jane, Looks like you have a good start on your mantlescape!! I can't wait to see ALL your projects when done!! Love the framed keys! Julie

  29. I'm loving your blog and your creative ideas. You are inspiring me to get out there and get some stuff done. Can't wait to see your mantle!

  30. Can't wait until I get to see your finished room! I love the great finds and your current projects!
    Dee Dee

  31. Your decorating is always top notch!!! I thought about you while I was out poking around the old vintage/antique shops in Paxico this weekend.... There was a whole drawer full of these huge drill bits and I said to myself... "Jane would take these home and make something amazing with them." I wish I had your creative vision!

  32. Jane, you are busy, busy. I would love to visit one of your sales and see it all. I simply decorate my dining table a tiny bit for Halloween and call it done. hugs♥olive

  33. Fabulous finds...fabulous ideas! Did you notice that your suitcase is smiling for the camera in the spool picture? Have a great week!

  34. What a beautiful blog! So glad I found you today!

  35. Those skeltons are great! They would have sold really well when I had my "booth" YEARS ago!

    Can't wait to see the mantel!

  36. Jane, all of these pieces are treasures. I love the writing on the back of the book cover and I also LOVE the keys to my heart frames. You do such beautiful work. I'm thinking that I like what you're thinking about your black crow page with the frame you have centered above it. I love your creativity.


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