There is a surface in your house you see more than any other. Where is it? The mantlepiece? The sideboard the TV sits on? The windowsill above the kitchen sink? Your bedside table? Wherever it is, decide now to completely re-invent it. Remove every object on it. Polish it to a shine and then give it new life. Imagine you are setting up a still life for a painter. Add quirky, silly temporary touches... an orange, or a bowl of apples. A little bundle of handwritten letters and a pen. A branch of blossom from the garden. Put a mirror behind the display to double its deliciousness....
Well, here is a kind of blurry photo of the new fall mantel. I used her things from around the house, cleaned it all up where I rummaged, and hopefully, she'll be surprised (and happy). She may not like the sunflowers, but they're kind of a signature of mine in the fall. It's nearly two a.m., so I am posting and snoozing!
This is a family clock; the little pilgrims were made by a dear friend of Mother's who passed away earlier last year. I made the little house, and the gorgeous orange blossom carnival bowl was layered in my grandmother's china cabinet in my mom's dining room.
These girls were wearing the right colors for fall!!! Sisters ready for Thanksgiving!
And the big farm basket filled with harvest "bounty."..... and everything else but the kitchen sink... Boy, was it ever heavy... Full of holiday napkins, actually.