How's that for alliteration?
I've mentioned before that I find the shelves over our mantel hard to style. I finally decided to stop whining about it and do something about the problem. I cleared all of our knick-knacks off the shelves, moved all the candles, dusted everything thoroughly... and started from scratch. Here's a hint of how they're looking now.
A quick tour of some of the near-and-dear things that I've styled:
Bottom center shelf:
Books! Yay books! I don't tend to like reading hardcover books (I find their size unwieldy), but we do have some. I removed the dust jackets (I know, sacrilege!) and arranged them here.
A pair of prints by Cate Parr. Love the colors and detail in these! I have two more that I haven't yet found a home for.
A leather tankard that I found years and years ago at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. It holds a copper rose that Mr. Handyverger gave me for our Copper Anniversary. He gets me a rose every year, so I have a collection of roses in quite a variety of materials.
The tray in the center is one that my father brought home from Okinawa in the '70s. He had given it to his aunts as a Christmas gift. When both of my great-aunts died, my uncle Steve found the tray and tea set in their house, and passed it down to me. It's inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and I treasure it!
In front of the tray, a glass hummingbird dangles; I found it in Juneau, AK.
My glass skull from target sits next to a bookend; geek points if you recognize the bookend!
Center shelf, second from the bottom:
In the center, a lovely feather fan, again, purchased at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
Beautiful red, green and blue goblets that were given to us as a wedding gift.
More books! A few Harry Potter titles are on this shelf, and appropriately, a couple wizard and dragon statuettes given to us by my brothers. We're such nerds. I considered putting all my nerdity away and trying to be trendy... but that's just not me. Gotta let my geek flag fly!
My plush pumpkins, most of which I made.
Candelabra, which was a housewarming gift from my mother.
Woven basket, which was a part of a wedding gift from my maid of honor.