Friday, September 4, 2020

Mantels | September 2020

My goal this year is to design a new mantel display each month in a way that will remind us of bits and pieces of our wonderful life...and share those stories here on the blog. 

I've been wanting to try a monochromatic display, so September's mantel features numerous shades of green.

As always, I've included a stack of books that represent our eclectic reading habits. I'm sure Kermit is perched up there thinking, "So many books, so little time." The colored pencils are in Robbie's Grandy's glass candy jar, and (of course), the various figures are from Robbie's collectibles.

The other end of the mantel holds a vase that Robbie had when we married. I'm sure it came from Pier 1 Imports as he enjoyed shopping there for decor items. The white wicker basket originally held my Easter gifts from Robbie in 2010. Once I had the display set up, I though the green candle on the far right needed a little more color to help balance everything, so I added some ribbons and flowers from my scrapbooking stash to brighten it up.

I like to include a photo of us in each display. This month's photo is on the front of  a photo book, and I've scattered a few mini-albums around it. The square one on the left holds the lessons I recorded during Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class in 2010. This year I'm re-reading the class prompts and enjoying the additional links (to a song, some words, and an interesting human) that Shimelle is including with each day's email.

I like the way this green display reminds me of fresh new beginnings, whether it's the start of school for many (in whatever form that takes this year) or heading into fall and cooler temperatures (hopefully) later this month or simply remembering to look for the little lessons in our everyday life. Happy September Y'all!


  1. Lovely to see you back! And your mantel idea is a lovely one - almost like an inspiration board for the month. So many soft and fresh greens, and I like Kermit The Frog's attitude ... Hoping it will enrich your September and bring you many blessings.

  2. Hi! :)
    Great to see you back. Your September mantel looks wonderful and Kermit looks right at home on that stack of books. :)

  3. Another great display! I love that Robbie has so many keepsakes from his childhood. I wish I had more of mine!!

    1. Thanks Barbara. Honestly most of the collectibles are things we've picked up over the years at flea markets or toy shows or through ebay, although there are a few that he's had since childhood.

  4. Green is such a colour of renewal & September for many is a new year - your mantel looks fun.

  5. These mantel projects are to die for. SO FUN!!!

  6. These mantel projects are to die for. I LOVE the meaning behind the items and the colors and all of it. SO MUCH FUN!!


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