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The day I worked on decorating my mantle the wind was blowing, the sky was dark and the rain was coming down in sheets. It was the perfect day for spookifying your house.
I made myself a hot cup of apple cider and went to work.
My theme this year is "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe.
You may remember my "Thom Pixie" from several years back. I simply took a photo of my son as a baby, photocopied it onto card stock and turned him into a pixie.
The wreath was made by rolling book pages and hot gluing them together. I drew a silhouette of a raven on coffee stained paper for the center.
I love the way these Victorian collars turned out for the candle holders. They were also made using book paper. I stamped out scalloped circles, folded them over the end of a pencil to create little cups and glued them tightly together on a form.
The rats are from the Martha Stewart collection. The glittery spiders that I absolutely love are from Z Gallery. Sparkly pumpkins and skulls are available at Target. I bought the banner download from House of 3.
I used an entire book to create this mantle. My apologies to the author, but I tired to get into your book. It just sucked. Better luck next time.
Edgar Allen Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.