If you were anywhere in the southeastern U.S. yesterday, did you feel it too? The Earthquake of 2012?
I’m talking of course about the one that struck just as I finally put the finishing touches on my fall mantle, the moment I was setting up my tripod to take a picture of it for you.
Maybe there was no earthquake. Maybe the sunburst mirror just threw itself off the wall, taking everything down with it.
(The zebra wasn’t part of my fall decor. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.)
Needless to say, it was a great tragedy that brought the loss of several of my favorite decorations. RIP pretty green leaf decoration.
RIP simple white vase and pretty glass compote.
And of course, RIP beautiful autumn mantle that can never be recreated and of which I have exactly zero photos.
Disheartened but persevering, I rehung the mirror – this time with a wall anchor – and scrounged around to create a less-good fall mantle with a few other decorations I had on hand:
I bought the art print on the left a while back and still haven’t gotten it framed. (Don’t tell anyone.) I saw it on Wall Blank, and I was thinking: hmm, that’s a nice photo of two leaves by a pond.
But then I saw the title: “Holding on, Letting go.” Once I saw the title, I got all sappy and emotional about the poor green leaf who was holding on to the brown leaf but knew it had to let it go and release it forever into the water. I seriously crafted this whole tragic Titanic-I’ll-Never-Let-Go-Jack story just from the photo and the title, and I was moved but my own sappy story, so I had to buy it.
I pulled the berries and leaves from the Heavenly Bamboo in our yard and stacked ’em on the books for height. The little white dish thing was TEN CENTS at a yard sale last weekend. I mean really. One tiny dime.
I’ll never have “Fall Mantle 2012, version 1.0” back again, but I guess I’m okay with version 2.0…
…until it’s time to decorate for Christmas. Or until the next great earthquake.
Have you ever had a decorating disaster like this? There was an earthquake, right? So weird that it hasn’t gotten any news coverage.