Today I finished the last piece for my Autumn mantle. Some of the things on my mantle were made by me in previous years and a few from this year.
As you can see the design while pretty simple fits the season and uses a variety of things from my collection. The candlesticks were from my candlestick collection.
The fabric pumpkins were made by my mother. The small tablerunner was made by me quite a while ago from a bunch of leaf themed scraps.
The leaf garland are beautiful hand made ceramic leaves that I purchased from a local designer last year. I carefully made them into a garland to hang from the mantle. I really love how the colors from the glaze help them really resemble real fall leaves.
My mantle clock and the small ceramic owl help complete the center part. What you cannot really see also in the center under the mirror is a small string of polymer clay maple leaves and a matching jar also from polymer clay with fall leaves. I have not done polymer clay in a number of years but have kept these pieces in my fall decorations.
The giant owl on the mirror is actually the final thing I finished today. I do a bunch of wood working with my mother and we design and make a wide variety of things for a couple of shows in the fall. I had come up with this cute little owl that is about 6 inches tall and loved how it turned out.
However when I tried putting this guy up at the top of the mirror he was just too small and looked lost. I needed to make a larger one to fit on the mirror. I redid the pattern this time much larger and ended up making two. The first is on a really neat wreath that will be at our show. The one in the photo above I made for myself and now resides happily above my mantle.