Friday, November 9, 2012

Thanksgiving Mantel Decor

Happy me. My son, the college student is bringing his girl  to dinner on Sunday.  We met her last week at a family birthday party, but this will be her first chance to see our crazy family dynamics ...  Therefore I decided it might be time to take down my much loved Halloween decor and replace it with my scanty Thanksgiving/Autumn goodies.

The mantel in the dining room seemed like a good place to start.
I have always loved this antique bowl with the autumn leaves.
But it has a hairline so its not really usable.
 However with an upended iron planter for a base, it makes a perfect compote to hold my giant acorns.

And how funny are these two squirrels.
They are long time residents of my 'autumn' box.

Because I prefer my Thanksgiving to be a bit serious, I have had little success finding 'pilgrim' elements that I like.  That is why I was so happy to find this antique post card of a Pilgrim woman on Graphics Fairy.  I found the old broth bucket at the antique store where I work and Voila!
The stamping 'thank you pilgrim' idea came to me while I was doing the decoupaging.
 It seemed perfect in a simple way.
Because I am thankful to the pilgrims for their sacrifices and courage, and the legacy they bequethed us all.


  1. Love your Thanksgiving decor. . . just perfect!

  2. I love your mantel, it IS perfect!

  3. Everything looks so beautiful Paula! I love that little bucket and those squirrels are adorable!

  4. Looks great I love the squirrels.


  5. Love all of your Thanksgiving touches! Every year I say I'm going to decorate more for Thanksgiving but I never seem to get to it. =(