The $15 fall Decor Challenge (Oh-oh - What Have I Gotten Myself into?)

October 01, 2012

Fall to me means some good things - Thanksgiving, Halloween, turkey, Pumpkin pie, and some bad - cold, rain and, even though it no longer applies to me, back to school (And no, it hasn’t escaped me that all the things I like about fall are food related). Fall is not my favourite season – that honour goes to spring, so it’s not one I really celebrate which means it’s very interesting to me to see fall being celebrated with such gusto all over the blogospere. Some people take their fall decorating quite seriously.

At my old apartment I used to hang wreaths (or other decorative stuff) on my door to mark different seasons, but that can’t be done in my current building, so I’ve kind of lost my seasonal decorating mojo. That’s about to change.

Last week the lovely Jeannette from This Dusty House put a call out on Twitter for some blog friends to join her in a little challenge. The challenge (if we chose to accept) was to decorate a space within our homes for fall with $15 of items we found from dollarstores, thrift stores, or other store where fall decor items are widely available for a few dollars. A lovely group of bloggers bravely took up Jeannette’s challenge, and here they are:
One major problem with the challenge is I don’t have a mantel which (other than front doors) is what I think most people decorate seasonally. A few emails back and forth between the participating bloggers showed me that I wasn’t the only one, so I’ve decided that the best mantel stand-in I have is my bookcase. Here it is in all it’s non decorated glory:

Bookcase top with temple rubbing and books
My fall 'mantel' before
I was going to be a good girl and go shopping on the weekend to get all my provisions, but stuff came up and I haven’t yet ventured to a dollarstore so I have no idea what I’m going to do. We will all be presenting our masterpieces to the world on Wednesday. After checking out their posts about the challenge today I can see that I’m a bit behind, so I have to get my act together tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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  1. I'm so glad you agreed to attempt the challenge with me! Especially since you're also mantel-less. I can't wait to see what you come up with.


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