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I'm just curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br>
I always have a problem with mine. I thought maybe I'd do more of a seasonal motif...<br><br>
what do you do with your mantel space?
 

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A ceramic jack-o-lantern votive holder, a wrought-iron candelabra (there all year) and a Renoir print in stained glass (usually in the windowsill, b ut worried the new cornices will fall & break it.)<br><br>
Am strongly considering getting a few fall leaf swags from Hobby Lobby & interspersing them with fake gourds, pumpkins that sort of thing. The previous owners put hooks on the front of the fireplace for garlands - might as well use them!
 

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Update: I wound up buying two fall leaves garlands and three small raffia pumpkins at Hobby Lobby, and it looks great! Go me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Things we collect on our walks in the woods-- so right now two deer antlers and a coyote skull. Also lots of votives we made with old jars and different colors of tissue paper shellaced all over the outside. We learned this in Waldorf years ago and they are so much fun to make and really pretty with lit votives inside.
 

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Crap! Oops, I mean lovely 'projects' my 5 year old makes at school. Made from exotic materials like egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, oatmeal boxes and beads. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Usually includes lots of glue and tape. Some have paper machie and popsicle sticks. The especially gluey ones gather fruit flies and get chucked!<br><br>
Since I know I am the envy of everyone who steps into my living room, want to know what is on my walls? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I do enjoy seeing nicely decorated ones, but know it will never happen in my house! Good luck with yours.
 

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We have two (decorative) fireplaces in our new place.<br><br>
One -- the very front room, has pictures of our families on it. It's a little over cluttered right now, because my MIL just sent us framed pictures of my DH's bar mitzvah (that we inherited from his uncle, may his memory be a blessing!) I need to cull down the pictures and find a place to put the extra ones.<br><br>
The second mantle has a beautiful assortment of feminine symbols. (The paintings that hang over the fireplace determines what will be on the mantle -- the one in the front room is our ketubah -- hence, family oriented. The second fireplace painting is a beautiful nude woman that was a gift from my mom and stepdad for our wedding.) My drum and tambourine are on one side, and a turquoise pot I recently bought is on the other side. In the middle is a fertility statue (woman dancing, with a rounded belly) and three purple/ pink/ blue lotus candle holders. A Rosh Hashana card is to one side (next to the drums) and the other side has a little sandlewood pregnant elephant that was a gift from a friend's mom (another fertility symbol).<br><br>
So, not seasonal at all (not counting the Rosh Hashana card, which I'll take down soon, just in time to put up Hanukkah cards and my birthday cards). I'm not much of a seasonal decorator.
 

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We have a fish tank on one half. The other usuallt has family photos, but we have a halloween/day of the dead display right now. A black cloth with skeletonsi shte base. Sitting on it are sugar skulls, small pumpkins, and candles.
 

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.........DUST!<br><br>
oh and some pics of my kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and one candle.
 

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I have, from left to right...<br>
small Ivy plant<br>
chunky ceramic vase with white hydrangeas and cat tails<br>
full length mirror in nice frame, laid sideways<br>
cast iron mantel clock in front of mirror<br>
fat candle in ceramic holder<br>
small stained glass cylinder shaped lamp, about 8" tall
 

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Our living room mantle is a huge, long wooden beam--very rustic--and I have it loaded--- Books I am reading or wanting to read stacked--4 tall piles of these--in the center is a big antique toy truck w/ birthday cards-photos etc in the flat bed part---antique ABC blocks piled here & there , spelling out things---an antique, rusty maple syrup tin---some old tin photographs.....pillar candles, a few pinecones & shells we gathered and framed pictures of DH & I when we were little--and pics of the boys --stacked here & there.....
 

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We have a fireplace, but for some reason, the people who designed/built our apartment didn't put a mantle. It's just a brick wall with a hole in it. No MANTLE!!?!?!!?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> I didn't even notice it until we already moved in. I wish I had a mantle!
 

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A set of Japanese swords, family pictures and a vase that holds my incense... oh yea, and a bunch of clutter that shouldn't be up there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 
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