Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Time for a change ...

I've been thinking about changing vignettes around the house 


because so many bloggers are talking about fall and pictures on Instagram reflect the season's colors.


We don't really have a fall season,


 but last night as I fell asleep, ideas for a new mantel design floated through my head - instead of counting sheep!


I had no firm idea of how I would decorate the mantel when I got up this morning, 


but I took everything nautical off the mantel and dumped it on the guest room bed.


When I stopped to take a picture for my blog post, I noticed all the clocks on the ladder and suddenly I knew what I wanted to do.


Every clock came off the ladder and I found a few more in my garden house.


I had a lot of fun creating this mantel.


Clocks were moved from side to side of the mantel


and moved from back to front and back again until I felt like I had it right.


I always like using words in my vignettes and a Tim Holtz metal piece "live in the moment" seemed to fit with the "TIME" theme.


The St. Etienne Chocolate piece looks like a clock, but it is actually an old CD with a cut out of a clock glued to it - found on the blog Tongue and Cheek a couple of year's ago.


According to the poem, the mouse is supposed to "run up the clock", but this mouse is just hiding among the clocks.


I received a book of alphabetized quotes from Sugarboo Designs the other day and I was sure there would be one for time.


This message really made me think about how I spend my hours each day.


The last touch was to tuck dried tree branches into the clock displays.


The mantel was all I accomplished today so tonight as I fall asleep,


 I'll be dreaming of ways to decorate the ladder now that the clocks are gone.

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56 comments:

Rue said...

You dream about decorating too? ;)

I love your version of a "Fall mantel", Carol. And I love clocks.. way too much in fact lol

xo,
rue

Helen Philipps said...

LoVe your wonderful decorating idea, Carol! Your collection of clocks and the way you added in the text accents is just inspired! I will have to be gathering some clocks together soon too, I can see :)
Helen xox

Kirby Carespodi said...

Love it! But I am sad you don't have fall. I am sorry.

Monica T. said...

How perfect! I love that you change with the seasons….

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear friend, no matter what you do, your home is always full of love.

LOOKS GREAT! Me too; I want to change out my summer décor, but it still feels a bit like summer. Soon, however, that will CHANGE!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It looks great! :)

It's too summery here to decorate for fall yet, though I know that many do. With all of the flowers blooming outdoors in pinks and yellows, etc., and no trees turning yet it is too early for me.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It looks great! :)

It's too summery here to decorate for fall yet, though I know that many do. With all of the flowers blooming outdoors in pinks and yellows, etc., and no trees turning yet it is too early for me.

Sue Silva said...

I don't decorate for fall because warm colours are not my cup of tea. You've done a beautiful job,Carol.
Sue
xo

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a great mantel display! You did a lovely job with the clocks, quotes and little mouse. You inspire me with your vignettes.

FlowerLady

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE the way you decorated your mantel...beautiful job!!

Kathy said...

"Time" is a perfect Autumn theme and it turned our wonderful!

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I love this idea! I have so many clocks in my house (being a time fanatic!) that I've sometimes thought of putting them all together; however, mine are not as interesting as yours. You did great on this vignette, as usual. Hope you can sleep tonight ;)

Mary

Kim said...

Beautiful Carol. I love the way your have arranged your mantle. I also love that saying. Very true indeed. Now you have me thinking...

bobbie said...

All Hail, Queen of vignettes! I love how you shop your house, and come up with something unique and wonderful each time!

Carla said...

Love the mantel and the quotes.
You're good

20 North Ora said...

Love your clock collection and the quote!

Judy

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, love the clocks for your mantel, so creative! Blessings, Pam (everyday living.me)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
My favorite season is Autumn, the crunch of the fallen painted leaves, Pumpkins and crispness in the air are truly my gifting of nature's beauty. Also my time to add more russet colors in our home. For a friend who lives in CA by the sand and sea you really dreamed up a fun "time" appropriate mantle display. To tell you I love your mantel display is an understatement ... It is brilliant.
xoxo,
Vera

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

wow. love all your clocks collected up together. I'm going to use your tips on adding words to a vignette.

Connie said...

Hi Carol, I am delighted to see someone with more clocks than me. I am always having people comment on my clocks and that I have so many . . . they just don't get it, but you do :) I love how you grouped them altogether for you mantel design. As always my visit here was so pleasurable, that's why I can't stay a way.
Connie :)

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I love clocks! And your clocks look perfect on the mantel. I'm glad I'm not alone when it comes to decorating instead of counting sheep. I've been known to get out of bed and move furniture around... Gotta get it done when inspiration hits! I look forward to seeing what happens with the ladder. Have a great afternoon Carol!

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

What a fantastic collection of clocks!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

LOVED your idea for your change up - what nifty neat awesome clocks and clock faces you have collected!
Thanks so much for popping over and leaving your sweet comment. I am now your newest follower. : - )

podso said...

Clever and lovely. Time is marching on as the season changes.

chateau chic said...

Very fun mantel, Carol...love how it all turned out!! Your method of decorating sounds like mine. :-)
Mary Alice

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love this look, Carol...and it's great to use things you have in a new way!

Cozy Little House said...

Beautiful clock collection. Of course I love the bird clock!
Brenda

ANNE said...

That looks fabulous! I love your clocks!!! Have a great night!

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh my...I love your clock collection...so awesome!!
~Cindy

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

My new favorite collectible are old clocks so I really love what you did with them on your mantel! Love that time quote too. How fun to have a whole ladder to now decorate.

The Junque Seeker said...

This is my favorite of your mantels so far! Love!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The clocks are wonderful and that quote is so true!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, Love your clock collection. Wonderful mantel. Maybe the ladder needs a few colorful pumpkins for the season!!
Have a great weekend. cm

camp and cottage living said...

What a unique Fall display, Carol.
I love that quote!

Have a Daily said...

Carol, you have an amazing clock collection! Each one is so unique. I love decorating with clocks and your mantle is fabulous. Love the time saying card. I have got to check that site out. I often have decorating thoughts running through my head when I go to bed. I know that you'll be dreaming up something sweet for that ladder! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Gypsy Heart said...

I have a "thing" about clocks and this mantel is brilliant! I love all the special touches you added and yes, "Time" is perfect for this season. I love fall ~ my favorite season!

xo
Pat

Jen said...

You're SO incredibly creative! I love your clock collection and your staging, and I absolutely adore that quote about time!

Consider It All Joy said...

You have some great clocks and clock faces, Carol! I really like how you put it all together. But I also LOVE your pile of beachy items on your guest bed (wink)!! You really have a great sense of style and I love how you gather your items and then just start placing them until it's right! Have a wonderful weekend ahead! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

P Mann said...

Thanks for creating your lovely moment in time mantel. Love all you clocks and faces and the time quote. Summer'time' is coming to a close as Fall time approaches. Hope you enjoy each precious moment! ⌛️

Art @ Home said...

So cute, Carol. I love the clocks mantel! I'm not taking out all my pumpkins yet. I like to ease into autumn with apples first. I'll post about apples next week, but in the meantime, we're going to the lake and enjoy one last summer weekend. :)

As far as the ladder….does Steve have any small paintings? if he does you could fill it with those.

xo,
RJ

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

You are the queen of vignettes! I wish mine would look as great as yours, but I just don't have the time to dedicate to them.

Melanie said...

Beautiful! Love all the clock faces and how you displayed them with the time quote. I snagged an older ladder like yours from a neighbor's curb recently, except mine is the original ugly brown. Did you simply paint and distress yours? That will have to be one of my projects - if not this year (we have so much to finish before the cold weather sets in!), then next.

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
I love all the clock faces and your coastal fall decor. Your vignettes are looking so great.
Kris

Sarah said...

Carol, you make me smile and giggle with delight. Your clock idea is adorable, and I can't wait to see what you do with the ladder for fall. '-)

Kelly said...

You did such a great job creating a unique mantelscape! Don't know if that's a word, but I'm using it. LOL! I didn't realize you had so many clocks. I love clocks and have several around my home too. I love anything from Sugarboo so that card you used is perfect! Did you know that I have a Sugarboo store close to me? Everything in there is to die for. It's a bit pricey for my wallet though so I mostly browse.

Ana said...

Oh Carol....I love it! What a fun idea.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Daytona Damsel said...

Great job with the clocks. We do not have a lot of Fall either, still very hot in Florida. We do get a little Fall at the end of October through Thanksgiving. About the most I do these days is a door hanging in late October and pumpkin scented candles.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful mantel vignette you created; that quote is definitely one to remember...so true. I know you'll find the most creative way to dress up your ladder.

Lorrie said...

That's a great collection of clocks and they make a great mantel decoration. It's time to do a little house fluffing around here, too. Perhaps I'll get to it this weekend. You are so inspired.

Debra Howard said...

Oh delightful! I have had such a hard time getting in the Fall mood because we still have summer here in Texas and we are headed to the beach for vacation this week so your post was perfect <3

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This is actually very fallish to me, because fall is when I begin wearing my watch again and keeping an eye on clocks as days are getting shorter here!

Sue said...

Now I want to collect clocks that work and clocks that look like a real clocks, yeah, I've always liked clocks! Thanks for such an inspirational mantle. Oh, those red flowers are eye popping.

Collette Osuna said...

Love all your photos as always!!!! Hope you are feeling better..that sun can definitely do damage and FAST!

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Botanic Bleu said...

Clocks, mantels, ladders.... things that dreams are made of.... Keep dreaming up these wonderful arrangements.

P.S. I love clocks, too. What is it about clocks?

Judith

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