i always have to look up mantel/mantle before i type it publicly. the science me and the crafty me are always confused by the spelling. i am imperfect that way. i meant for my mantel to be a little more perfect before i put it on display here, but i am too lazy for perfection. i couldn't find the motivation to get the fallen paper leaves back on the garland or to print more halloween pics from years past. i had intended to put the last of the marigolds in the line of vintage white bottles, but i waited too long and the marigolds drooped. despite my imperfections, though, i have enjoyed my october mantel immensely. perhaps with a few modifications, it can become a perfect november mantel, but even if i don't perfect it, i know i will enjoy it.
this is my favorite part. a photo that g drew last year. i found it in the scrap room as i was tidying up and thought it would be delightful in my display. i tacked it to the wall behind an empty frame and added one of g's plastic spiders to give it a little halloween creepiness. so fun. and such sweet memories.