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Sunday, August 17, 2014


Back to School Mantel

A couple of weeks ago, I shared last year’s back-to-school mantel.  Today, I’m sharing this year’s mantel.  Right now, I have bronchitis, and it is wearing me out, so the décor didn’t get as involved this year.

Back to School Mantel 1

Our grands starting asking about “the back-to-school” dinner, since they go back tomorrow, so this weekend, I broke down and gave them their dinner.

Back to School Mantel 3

As usual, the décor is more from my school days than theirs, but I did throw in a couple of miniature calculators to bring the look a little more up-to-date.  I still used a “Big Chief” tablet, since I had to have one of those every year, along with vintage text books.

Back to School Mantel 4

The little school house was part of a “Mary Had a Little Lamb” wall hanging in my bedroom when I was a child.  I don’t know what happened to Mary and the little lamb.  The school is all that remains of the set.  I recently saw the “Mary” (sans lamb and school) on an Etsy, but when I went back to look for it, I couldn’t find it.  I also used my vintage pencil box on the mantel.

Back to School Mantel 5

If you’re going to use flowers on a back-to-school mantel, they should have script on them.

Back to School Mantel sepia

I can’t believe that Summer is over and it’s time to go back to school!  Didn’t Summer used to be longer than this?  The expression, “time is flying by” is appropriate when you get to be my age.  Thank you for your visit.  laurie

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Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Ohhh I love all your books! and your wonderful pencil cases....I haven't seen one of them since I was in school but mine was always plastic. I WISH they still made them like yours!!

Such a pretty mantle and post!

One More Time Events said...

This is a great vignette so cute!

ellen b. said...

Oh dear girl, sorry to hear about your bronchitis. Praying right now that you will be tip top soon. Take care of yourself...
And...I always love your vignettes!

Lara Neves said...

I love it! I really should get cracking on some back to school decor. My kids go back in two weeks.

I hope you feel better soon!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Be careful - you don't want the bronchitis to go into pneumonia.
Time is flying by - way to fast.

Debbie said...

Well first, I hope you are feeling much better very soon!

Second? I love the mantel, and my favorite part is actually the flowers with the writing on them. Inspired idea and a great way to add a little modern whimsy to the vintage school look.

Jazmine Lopez said...

I absolutely love the mantel. It turned out lovely. I am addicted to vintage and things like that, I really the books.

xinex said...

You are such a dedicated grandma, Laurie. Your mantel is so pretty. I hope you feel better....Christine

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, Yes summer was short this season and it just seemed to fly by.
Love your back to school mantel and I imagine the dinner you gave the grands was special.
Love all your vintage school treasures.

Thank you for stopping by while I was gone on vacation celebrating our anniversary.
Have a great week.

The Tablescaper said...

Love this! Such a great collection.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

- Alma, The Tablescaper