I almost began this post with fall is underway… but quickly realized that it’ November 3rd and fall is almost over. We’ve already seen an inch of snow here in Big Rapids, winter will be here at any moment. In Michigan, we see lots of “transition” months – month’s that aren’t sure what season they truly belong too and November is one of those. Some years, it’s more like winter – bitter, blustery and cold – while other months it stays mild, bidding autumn to stick around a little longer.
But regardless of the weather, I start getting into the holiday spirit around this time each year. I hold back on my urges to rush out and buy a Christmas tree but it’s time to kick the jack-o-lanterns and black cats to the curb.
The next major holiday gathering is Thanksgiving so I’m starting to mentally think of how décor should seamlessly flow from autumn to December. And I finally have a mantle of my own and it seems like the perfect place to start.
So I went into the woods and started gathering. I have loved the abundance of autumn olive around our property this year and the silvery green color is the perfect complement to my living room. I had some leftover plumes grasses hanging out from an October wedding and then grabbed some crumpled autumn leaves. I threw together a quick arrangement that would not only add a little interest to my fireplace but also stand up to the threat of kids and cats (translation: I won’t be heartbroken if something should happen to it since it’s just a bundle of gathered ingredients from my yard). I can easily keep this base if I chose when December rolls around, replacing the leaves with some cedar and various other evergreens.
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