Sunday, November 3, 2013

Finally...I have a mantle!

 It's funny how you can take a break from something without meaning to.  That is kind of how October was for me.  I didn't mean to neglect my blog, it just sort of happened.  I found myself being asked by several different people if I would take their family pictures so every weekend in October consisted of taking the photos then editing the photos.  That left very little time for me to do much of anything else with my slow little computer.  But it was definitely worth it because I got to spend time with family and friends capturing this time in their lives! 
 One thing that I have never had in all the houses that I have lived in is a mantle.  Having one has been on my wish list for a very long time.  We thought about building a faux one but we really needed a fireplace to help heat our house this winter.  With oil heating, anything is better than paying $500 for half a tank of oil that only lasts a month or two.  We finally decided to bite the bullet and buy an electric fireplace.  I am so happy that we did!

 We ordered it online through Lowes and got free shipping, 10% off and interest free financing for 6 months.  Even better!  The picture on their site just doesn't do it justice, it is so much prettier in person!  It arrived on Halloween so Cody spent the evening putting it together.  He has been playing with the thermostat all weekend and I think he finally has it figured out.  This fireplace is going to be so nice to have this winter!
 Of course I am most excited about decorating it.  I have put together a few things on it for Thanksgiving but I don't have much.  I have big ideas for it and can't wait to decorate it for every season.
 So far it is really keeping our house nice and toasty.  It also makes our house feel extra cozy and homy.  I am so glad we finally got a fireplace.
 Here are a few pictures of my corner all decorated for fall.  This really is my favorite time of year for so many reasons!
 Do you think one can decorate with too many banners?  I hope not because I love making them!

10 comments:

Jenny's Heart said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it and can't wait to see it change every month.

Laura Turner said...

So glad you finally got your fireplace and mantle. I had wanted a mantle for years, and hubby finally built one for me one year for Christmas. They're so much fun to decorate! I look forward to seeing how you change it for the seasons and holidays. Thanks for linking up with Inspired Sunday.

Donna said...

Your fireplace is so pretty, Trisha! It will keep you cozy all winter:) And you will have so much fun decorating it, too! Have a great week!

Judy K said...

A mantle is one of the most fun areas of a home to decorate for each season. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Fall into Fall party that opens each Tuesday evening at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

Debby Ray said...

Isn't it great fun to have a mantle now? As a child, we never had a fireplace and it wasn't until we moved into our 3rd house...after I was married...before we had one! As I'm sure you are finding, the ideas for ways to decorate are endless! You did a wonderful job with yours! Betcha can't wait 'til Christmas!! Have fun!

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

I love your mantle. It is perfect and it is going to look fabulous this Holiday Season. White Mantles are my favorite. Hugs, Beverly

LV said...

HAPPY FOR YOU. NOTHING CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF A FIREPLACE. I HAVE ONE AND LIVE BY IT IN THE WINTER.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Trisha, and thanks so much for stopping by!... love love love your fireplace and mantel!... so cozy and inviting... also love all of your banners... I bought some fun things at Michaels to make some Christmas ones too... xoxo Julie Marie

Jann Olson said...

Hi Trisha. Oh girl I am happy for you! I remember when I didn't have a mantle and wanted one so badly. They are so fun to decorate. Love your new fireplace! What fun you are going to have. Sounds like you had a lot of fun being a photographer. Glad to have you back and thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

I love that it is white too. It looks very nice.
Sherry