Jonny and I have been talking about a mantle, and our need for one for years. For some reason this project stayed on the back burner for the longest time. Then last week Jonny decided it was time. I am not sure if his timing had anything to do with the fact that it was the end of the quarter for him at work and he was totally swamped with the sort of work that involves staring at the computer for endless hours. Hmmm. Anyway, we have this crazy shed thingie on the back of our property. It really is an eyesore, but we haven’t gotten around to doing anything with it yet. I think it’s where they used to slaughter the pigs back in the old days. There are lots of treasures in that shed though, and after a little digging Jonny came up with the materials he needed to build our mantle. We both LOVE old unpainted wood and are in love with this mantle. It is exactly perfect. I am so proud of Jonny’s creativity and ability. We can’t stop talking about our new place to stash things. And this Christmas there will actually be a place to hang stockings.
As the week has worn on, more and more has been added to the mantle. Seth has proclaimed it a nature mantle, so it is now decked out with bird’s nests, shark’s teeth, and pinecones.
I think it’s a great place to keep my knitting out of the little children’s grasp. I am pretty excited about this particular little project. I am hoping it turns out okay and Larkspur will be modeling it in a day or so.