Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Snow Owls on the Mantel

It just wouldn't be October on the Mantel without my little Snow Owls. A few years ago white owls were the latest addition to the Fall Scene, and that reminded me of what a fad owls were in the early 70's. All the poor homely little ceramic owls that had been packed away or sold at garage sales started to make a comeback on the shelves of flea markets and antique malls. They were still homely, but I had a plan...

I wanted to turn them into something elegant, magical, and a little haunting,
so I let my paint brush work like a wand and threw in a little glitter...

Snow Owls!

Here's how they started out...
a little "family" of 70's dated decor.

 Then several coats of white ASCP

This little guy was my muse and inspiration.

This pic from a few years ago gives some detail
 as to how I did the highlighting with paint and glitter.

 So here they are again this year, 
after being packed away last year.

I gathered some real and faux pumpkins on the hearth, 
along with my Boxwood Topiaries with new brown plaid ribbon.

oh, and be sure to add some Bittersweet!

I'm working on the front porch, 
and I have more fun decor to share inside.

I'll be joining in on these great parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style at No Minimalist Here
Dream Create Inspire at Lehman Lane
Treasure Hunt at From My Front Porch to Yours
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush

Hope you're having a great week!


  1. Wow Debra! You brought these owls back from the brink. And now they have a little bling going on, which really makes them pretty. Great idea!

  2. Your white owls look great with your pretty florals. Nice job! Gotta go find me some pumpkins!

  3. The pumpkins and topiaries are so very pretty. The owl makeover looks great. The snow owls are much softer looking.

  4. Love all of your snow owls. They look so fallish with the pumpkins.


  5. Oh I have to show this to my daughters - they are OWL crazy - this is just beautiful Debra !!!

  6. I love your snow owls, and honestly I also like them in their 70's look. I never seemed to find any owl or lambs at thrift stores so does that mean you got there before me? Anyways your mantel looks really pretty. And if you should ever tire of your owls you could send them my way..just saying.

  7. It's amazing what a little paint can do! I love the new look using the white paint. White paint can make everything look better! Owls definitely look Fall to me.

  8. LOVE the owls. And I also love that you painted them. I paint everything, once I feel it needs a little "refresh", so I love this. Beautiful mantle. Always a treat to visit you and see your lovely home, Debra.

  9. I love your snow owls with your highlighting detail Debra! They look perfectly at home with your white pumpkins on your mantle.

  10. Ah yes, I was also in that '70s group of owl enthusiasts, with my macrame wall owl and ceramic umbrella stand my neighbor made as a wedding present. Your brood looks fantastic in that mantel cubby of yours, Debra.

  11. Your mantel looks so elegant and your sweet owls have the perfect little nook to nest in! I love the idea of adding glitter to the finish. My husband's family has a vintage ceramic owl plack with googlie eyes that we wrap up for the newest bride. It's been a fun keepsake!

  12. Very, very beautiful Debra!...I love owls but only tend to bring them out in the winter months....I love how you used them in your Fall decor on the mantel....The entire mantel and hearth is just gorgeous!

  13. Debra, The Owls are adorable and look wonderful on your Fall mantle.

  14. Debra,
    Your snow owls on the mantel look so great. Very pretty.

  15. Debra, your white owls look wonderful and so does your fall mantel! It means so much that you share your posts with my link party! I hope you have a fun weekend planned, take care, Tara

  16. Oh how lovely! My senior mom loves owls and will love seeing this. Thank you for a great post.



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