Bright Things: On the Mantle, a Pumpkin Orange Mirror & Crochet Love Letters

27 October, 2011

in Bright Things,Crocheting & Knitting,Favorite Things

Love, Crochet Letters

Hello and a Happy Thursday to you!!

This is half of a promised catch-up post.  Part II tomorrow.  Above are some very cheerful crochet letters I made.  They are all bulky weight wool yarns leftover from another project (that I can’t wait to show you!)

Love, Crochet Letters

I wrote patterns for crochet letters awhile ago, and decided we needed a nice fall banner.  But not something too obvious like “Fall”.  So I went for the rarely used “Love”.   Haha!

Hello, Love!

They’re a bit bigger than I meant them to be, especially the E, but I still like them.  And that’s me, concentrating on shots for you.  In a wooded house, it’s not easy sometimes!

Folk plates

These cute little folk plates are a thrift score from a few months ago.  Did I ever show them too you?  I think they are a type of Russian or Eastern European black lacquer, but I haven’t totally sussed it out yet.

Folk plates

I just love their colors and the bit of shine they add!  Perfect for fall, I think.

Feather votive & antique pitcher

On the mantle beneath the plates, reside the feather votive I made and an antique pitcher from my grandmother in a wonderful mustard yellow.

Chinese fan, Indian votives

On the other side of the mantle currently sits some votives from India my husband picked up for me at World Market on Christmas “because they looked Elizabethan” and a fan I just recently got from my mother after a trip to China.

Pumpkin Orange Mirror, Crochet Love Letters

And here’s the orange mirror that used to be white.  And really, the cream walls that used to be green.  Don’t be surprised  if the mirror turns gold for the holidays…and another color in January.  It’s the perfect little project for me – I don’t have to decide!  I can have every and any color that fits my mood or decor of the moment!

I made the pumpkin orange paint by combining some of the red from our kitchen, some of the tangerine from the entryway, and a bit of black acrylic craft paint. Use what you have, right?

A little collection of favorite fall things fitting my folksy, global, hippie, vintage, nature, yarn-loving self.

Do you have a mantle or special shelf?  What’s on it right now?

p.s. The plates are a light wood & stuck up there with blue sticky tack. And the massive amounts of mums I’ve been enjoying lately were picked at my mom’s garden while she was her trip.

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chantalNo Gravatar

I love your orange mirror! And all your mums, they’re lovely!

I had a mantle at our house, but right now, in the rental, I don’t have much on the mantle.

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ElizabethNo Gravatar

Thanks, Chantal. It’s fun. I should’ve mentioned that I got the mirror at the Salvation Army a couple years ago for $20. I couldn’t believe I got such a good deal on such a big one. :)

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