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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mantle for fall

Up early at 5:30 a.m. with a coffee, book and a gaze up now and then at my fall arrangement on the mantle.  Will not be long before lighting the fire and wrapping in a warm blanket curled up on the sofa.

Had some fun remaking some dollar store foam pumpkins with layers of paint.   Molded are designs from paper clay using silicone molds.
Fun project for me.

I embellished them with tiny pinecones and glittered the leaves.
The molded leaves and other designs were glued on while still a little damp so it would follow the shape of the pumpkin and then glazed over with a metallic paint.

Old crow I have had for years.

garland from pier one

Started out with this green to cover most of it.
Glued on the molded leaves after drying.
Followed by metallic orange and gold... I rubbed on some silver for a sheen after that.

Hope everyone is enjoying this cool Friday


  1. They look so pretty, Betsy. It's such fun to find something that you like to do and it turns out so good..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  2. Betsy,
    LOVE how you re-did the Dollar Tree pumpkins!! These came out looking fantastic!! And I love your mantle! Thanks so much for stopping by!! We finally have typical cool Fall weather and I am in my glory!!

  3. What a brilliant job you made of the pumpkin, a lovely display.

  4. Dearest Betsy,
    You are entitled to feel proud of your mantle display; great job!
    On Monday I did read in one of my latest books that I'd taken on our trip to Canada and forgot about reading on the way home... Had to wait at the KIA dealer for them servicing our car. Went back yesterday, a 3-hour trip in total as we had once again no power. What else to do than picking up the new car key and having it programmed!
    We were off power 'only' for 19 hours and again some hours yesterday but so many people are still without power since hurricane Michael came through. We only have a few trees down, no big ones and no damage, not even to our greenhouse. So fortunate compared to others in south Georgia and the Florida panhandle.
    Did make a brief post about it for today only as tonight my new pre-scheduled post will show.
    Hugs and happy weekend!

  5. How clever you are, adding elegance to pumpkins! So pretty.

  6. Love it.....those pumpkins look great.

  7. I love the picture in your side bar of Adalyn and Genevieve complete with pumpkins.
    and ...
    I think your pumpkins and mantle look great :)

    All the best Jan

  8. Great job . . . your pumpkins look so frosty and and love that Edgar Allan Poe book, too :)

  9. Beautiful decorations Betsy! May you have a lovely Autumn!

  10. I may have commented yesterday, so sorry if this is a repeat, but my computer is messing with me lol

    Those pumpkins are really cute! Love the Poe book and that bird with the hat is darling :)



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