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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Harvest Mantel.Natural Elements and Grandma

Our fireplace is the focal point in our family/living room and I love decorating it with the seasons. The oil on canvas fall scene picture that I chose to display this year is unframed for a lighter look.
Grandma raking leaves always gets a place of honor on the mantel.

Twigs in the crock are out of the yard.Copper and rust is so great with Fall colors. The old rusty tin bird atop the natural branch ladder and the bottom of the old crock has the same rusty look. Love the cracks and the wire around the neck. Looks like it sat in rusty water and stained the bottom area. If you look closely, you will see some real bird nests. The one on the ladder is not real ... but looks like it. I love to bring things of nature in the house.
Do not know what kind of bird this is but he has a real long tail, may be a roadrunner He is white metal. (pot metal)

This is a hand-carved wooden ball and it is almost perfectly round.     Do you know how
hard it is to carve a solid round ball? This was made by a man who replicated Indian artifacts such as clubs, arrowheads and anything they fought or hunted with. The story is that this would be a weapon that was used in a sling and hurled at the intended target. It is great and you can see the whittle marks.  The antler is a natural shed or drop from an deer. These are found in the pastures; if left, small field animals will gnaw on them.

The wonderful copper deer with the awesome patina is salvage from a weathervane.
Love these Autumn pictures.

More copper color in the copper and grapevine pumpkin, candle stick and books.

The cement figure is the base to a vintage birdbath and I added a planter with Faux fern.Hanging on the back of the chair behind the calico pumpkinis a bird nest in an enamel dipper. It is a House Wren's nest. They build a very big nest for such a little bird.

Hope you enjoyed sitting by the fire while I
showed you my Fireplace mantel.

Happy Thanksgiving 2012
Audrey Z ... Timeless Treasures


  1. Happy Thanksgiving dear Audrey, I so love the fireplace it is so very beautiful!

  2. thanks for the comment Donna ... it was fun to do with just things that I had.

  3. Hi Audrey, I just found you on DebbieDos. Welcome to the blogging world. I love the way you decorate and I am your newest follower.
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  4. Hi Audrey, Welcome to blogville! I really enjoyed your post about the mantle.I love the little chair and the vintage birdbath statue. And your fall colored paintings are lovely. Thank you for visiting with me and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Eileen @ CBH

  5. You are incredibly talented!!! I'm happy to be your newest follower!!!

    Hugs, Aimee @

  6. I love it!! I hope you continue to show us your seasonal changes. I love seeing mantels progress through the year. :)

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment. I'm following you back!!

  7. Thaks Emily.Happy to have you follow me.Hope you will check out my Christmas mantel.Audrey

  8. Your mantel is sooo beautiful. I just love all the natural elements. I especially love grandma raking leaves. Looks familar.
    Did I get to be your second follower. I am so glad. Welcome, I know you will enjoy your blog. There are a lot nice people in this community.
    Thanks for you visit and kind words.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog. You've got a great mantel!

  10. Hi Audrey,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your mantel decorations. Can't wait to see how you change it out for Chrismtas!

  11. Your mantel is gorgeous Audrey. I know what you mean about seeing Fall go, I love it, and will miss it too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  12. Audrey, I think your mantel is lovely! The fireplace hearth is so inviting! I am your newest follower.

  13. Beautiful mantel and display, love all the wonderful things displayed! Thank you for visiting my Blog,and your sweet comments! I'm now a follower. Married over sixty years, wow!

  14. Thank you so much for choosing me for the award! I love your decorating! Married 61 years!! That is amazing!! God has blessed you!! I am your newest follower. Can't wait to see you Christmas decorating!!

  15. It looks just beautiful!!!

    :) T

  16. Thanks so much for visiting me at Olive Out. I am now following you!

  17. Great mantel and love your thrifting ways - a gal after my own heart. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Christmas ladder. Can't wait to see how yours turns out. 15-20' is huge! Maybe you don't have to extend it all the way - just lean it against the house (maybe inside if it fits and bling that thing out for the holidays. Following you now.

  18. Your mantel is wonderful! I'm so glad to "meet" you and to have you as a follower on my blog!

  19. audrey, your mantel is so very warm and inviting! love your beautiful displays!

  20. You have real talent for rescuing and recycling! lovely work!

  21. Wow! What an inspiration. I love all your pretty treasures that you've displayed so well. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm your newest follower and looking forward to seeing more.

  22. I'm so excited to find a brand new blog! You should have started blogging long ago because you have a wonderful style.

    I like to take throwaways and make them treasures too. I don't always do such a great job of it, but I keep on trying!

  23. Oh, your fall mantel is beautiful! I love the gorgeous painting. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am so honored to have you share. HUGS


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