Thursday, September 11, 2008

I spilled the beans!, lentils

There is nothing like pulling together junk you've collected over time to decorate your fireplace mantel for the fall. So easy and inexpensive...and I'm all about easy and inexpensive.

My (free) balusters and candles are being held by (free) old weights from barbells that are no longer used. The little black clamps from barbells that were used to hold the weights on are the perfect fit for votives or thicker beaswax tapers.

I also used a large (free) ceiling tin and a vintage gold guild-like mirror I purchased for $4.99 at a thrift store. The most expensive glassware or apothacary jar I have in the display cost $2.99 at a discount store. And I purchased the large black mirror at 50% off at Kohl's.

I placed coffee beans in my one candle display, which is another inexpensive additive. I decided to fill the jar beside it with dry black beans and lentils that I've had in my pantry about six months. A pretty addition to an empty jar and it was pretty easy too...or so it should have been.

Unfortunately it wasn't as easy as I would have thought. My lentils went flying all over the kitchen floor as I was ever-so-gently pouring them. My three-year-old asked me "why'd you do that?" if I had a reason.

Until later...keep on junkin'!



  1. I just came across your blog while putzing around on the Junkmarket site. I love to find fellow Ohio junkers. I love your bean idea, I have a jar I was going to fill with licorice but this is a much better idea(easier on the waistline) I will be checking back often. Love the mantel, P.

  2. I found you on HGTV t2t. Thanks for creating a great blog. It will be fun to visit and follow.

  3. I adore your glad I found you tonight. You love to thrift and decorate as much as I do! I am off to peruse some more. I will be adding you to my blog list. cherry

  4. I absolutely love the free weights on the mantel. Great look! ~Mindy


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