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Tweaking the Fall Mantle {Update}

When I started my Fall decorating a few weeks ago and posted "Decorating The Fireplace Mantle For Fall" it was around 30°C outside. In all honesty, while my mind was trying to focus indoors my heart was longing to be outdoors. In hindsight I wish I would have followed by heart because it isn't every year that we experience record breaking heat waves in September.  

Now that the brisk temperatures are upon us, I'm more in the mood to decorate for Fall.  So off to my favorite haunts (pardon the pun) I went in search for more Fall embellishments. With a little tweaking, I'm much happier with our Fall Mantle now.
Waxed leaf garland, a bird cage filled with mini pumpkins & gourds, a stack of old books wrapped in twine, candy corn, and a DIY Fall Harvest sign.

Stack of Old Books tied with twine and a tin of candy corn.
The tin was overflowing with candy corn when I first put it out - operative word being "was".  Which is the very reason I wait until the final hour before buying our Halloween candy.

Bird Cage, mini pumpkins and a black bird.
Gotta love Dollarama for inexpensive mini pumpkins and black bird goodness! The mini gourds and pine cones I already had in my stash.

Bird cage filled with mini pumpkins, gourds and pine cones.
I bought the bird cage in the Spring for our Summer mantle and didn't want to part with it until next Spring.

Harvest tin filled with candy corn.
I made the Fall Harvest Sign out of an old scrap of wood I found outside.  Karen over at +The Graphics Fairy LLC had the adorable pumpkin graphic and  +kristi dominguez at I Should Be Mopping The Floor had the Apple Cider Pumpkin Pie verse available in a downloadable graphic.  

DIY Fall Harvest Sign
I printed all the graphics on bond paper in the sizes I wanted.  Then I placed a sheet of carbon paper behind it and traced over the images with a pen. This image transfer method works like a charm! I hand painted the details using watered down acrylic craft paint and small artist brushes.  Once the paint was dry I very lightly sanded the entire sign to give it a worn and aged appearance.  After a coat of clear wax she was ready to adorn our Fall Mantle!

This is about as Fall as I'm going to get.  I'll add some creepiness closer to Halloween but I much prefer going BIG during the holidays!

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