Yes, I realize this is a tad late for Kari & Kijsa's Mantel 101 Party, but better late than never, right? Anyway, I was a little preoccupied with my news yesterday. I actually wanted to show you my mantel because I have just this week changed it out using some things I got at my favorite thrift store, for 75% off.
In the gold frame is a bit of antique needlework. It was originally marked at $50. which was way too steep for my blood. But at 75% off, I got it for $12.50. I've had my eye on it for months now, and was lucky to nab it for that price.
In the center above, you can see one of a pair of framed beadwork pictures. Five dollars, marked down from $20.
Here is a small china dish, and matching cachepot. With no markings on the bottom, I'm not sure when they were made, but they look a little like Japanese export porcelain with their golden chrysanthemums. You know me, I'm a sucker for china, especially lidded dishes.
Here is a closeup of the second framed beadwork picture. I was actually just going to buy this one, because the colors are better for the room, but the woman who runs the store offered to give them both to me for $5. I felt bad accepting that, because the store benefits charity, so I bought both for $5. each. Still quite a bargain.
The moss topiaries on either side of the mantel were made by yours truly many years ago. They are shedding terribly, but I love the color of the moss, which has faded over the years to a lovely mix of olive greens.
So that's my mantel -- hope you enjoyed the little tour. To see some truly fabulous mantels, follow this link to Kari & Kijsa's blog, and scroll down to "Mantels 101." Enjoy!