Friday, October 26, 2012

October Mantels Past

Fall Mantel 2011

Mantel 2011

The seasonal history blogging creates

is so much fun.

It is a wonderful reminder of the

standing in the middle of our respective homes

that we all did earlier this month ,

surrounded with plastic tubs marked



Mantel 2010

That standing and sorting and trying this and moving that certainly creates our mantel for that fall season,

but it is also a time for me to

*pray prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude

*pray for what ails us or others 

*shoo away the fear

* and in a more practical sense think,

”I can NOT buy another pumpkin.”


Mantel 2012

And I am sure you are not surprised that I have a philosophy about

decorating for the seasons.

Once seasonally decorated, I like my house to look like it has on a pair of cool shoes

or a great necklace,

as opposed to wearing a costume.

Best Halloween costume advice I gave my girls?

Pick out a costume where you still get to look good.


Linking to

Rooted In Thyme


Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Hi Laura...
Your mantels have always been gorgeous...Loved catching up with you,
Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings.

Deb said...

great mantel...great advice...

White Lace and Promises said...

Love the 2012 mantle. My favorite!

Alison Agnew said...

all your seasonal mantels
look absolutely lovely

thanks for sharing
at Fridays Unfolded
and for the follow

i am following you too!


Bliss said...

Your advice reminds me of a story.... my daughter when 20 was going to be a Gnome for Halloween. My older daughters friend said to her.... "you mean like a sexy Gnome?". She couldn't believe my daughter would wear a costume where she didn't get to look good. She also didn't believe my daughter when she said no, just a regular gnome!


Barbara F. said...

Such an elegant mantel, Laura. Thanks for your visit and follow, I am following you as well, but don't see my avatar. But GFC tells me I am? Crazy blogger! xo

Always Nesting said...

I love all of them but 2012 pulls at my heart decorating strings.

Pura Vida said...

You are so wise...about the standing in the middle of the room, reflecting and most of all the hubs bought a prom tux from ebay...not sure where that leaves me???

The Farmers Daughter said...

Beautiful Mantels--every one of them! I'm your newest follower!

Theresa said...

Love looking back over the years and blogging sure helps with that:) Your mantels are so pretty! Praying, thanking, shooing and thinking!

Have a blessed weekend dear Laura, HUGS!

Pondside said...

They're lovely, but I like 2010 best of all.
There will be lots of costumed grown ups in town on Wednesday - it's a big deal here - but I'll pass and just enjoy taking photos.

Emily said...

Love your new mantel. I think that is great advice on how to decorate for the seasons.

NanaDiana said...

LOL- Laura- I am back from my blogging break~ Good advice for your daughters! I think that is a great idea about the way you dress your house for the Holidays- I am paring down in the next few months- xo Diana

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I agree with your decor philosophy because I don't want my home to look like I have decorated for a party or to look childish. Just to add beauty of the season and to have it look warm and inviting...

You mantle is gorgeous!


Vanessa Harris said...

Love this mantel. I must now try my own version of the "H" since my last name is Harris. Love it!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Thank you so much for sharing all your creative mantels on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love them all!
Happy Halloween!



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