On Monday I told you about the fall decorating challenge that has been organised by Jeanette at This Dusty House, and how I was a bad blogger and didn’t get my shopping and planning done on the weekend. Well, yesterday after work (because while I planned on going to the dollar store at lunch I had to go to a meeting instead – drat) I made a mad dash to the dollar store and tried to figure out what I was going to use to decorate my mantel/bookcase. It was HARD!!! It might be because Dollarama had a lot more Halloween items than ‘Fall’, but it’s more likely that I’m not great at trying to decorate on a deadline – I like to think and rethink my decor choices before making a decision (ahem – exhibit A, the chairs I bought over a year and a half ago and haven’t touched yet).
Anyways, I picked up a few things at Dollarama, and a few things at my local mom and pop grocer. The rest were items I had at home. Here are the items I used (and yes that’s a stuffed bear – I’m a kid at heart, and he’s cute): And here is my finished fall mantel/bookcase:
And the total cost of my foray into fall decorating? Here’s the breakdown:
Brown paper (to wrap the mums)– owned
Twine (to wrap the mums)– Dollarama – $1
Candles – Dollarama – $1
Candleholder – owned
White bowl – owned
Gourds – Local grocer – 2 for $1 = $3
Mums – Local Grocer – $3
Fall leaves – Dollarama – $1 x 2 strands = $2
Apothecary jar – Owned
Mirror – Owned
Bear with pumpkin – Dollarama – $1
I’m not quite sure how I managed to only spend $11 as I was absolutely positive I was going to blow my $15 budget. Maybe it helped that the surface I chose to decorate is fairly small so I couldn’t do a lot with it. What do you think? Was I somewhat successful in this challenge, or should I steer clear of all seasonal decorating from now on?
Don’t forget to see what the other bloggers participating in the challenge were able to do – click on the links below to visit their blogs.
- Jeanette @ This Dusty House
- Martina @ Adventures in Building Beauty
- Amanda @ Living in a Green Room
- Becky @ Casa Caudill
- Amelia @ House Pretty
- Abby @ The Crabby Fox
- Casey @ Waffling Design Blog