Well, I couldn’t find any leftover living room paint, so the mantle space has not been touched up. That’s not to say we don’t have any, and if it turns up I would still like to fill in a few spots, but time’s a-wasting, and I wanted to finish… so the doilies are up!
Mandala madness! Or a fireworks finale. I love it. My 6 year old says it’s pretty. My husband is not saying anything, but the space has been empty for 9 years (has it really been that long since the reno?) and now it’s my turn. I think (or hope) he will get used to it.
I think it fills in nicely. Well, it fills in a lot, but I like it. I have a few more small ones that I didn’t put up. I had thought I would tuck them in along the bottom, but it looked a little heavy so I took them away. The other two smallest ones are probably not necessary but I really like them, so they stay.
They are all, but one, Grace Fearon designs. The two littlest ones are the first few rounds of one of her patterns with an outside round from another pattern. The cream colored star-ish doily near the top is a single motif from Super Stitches Crochet by Jennifer Campbell and Ann-Marie Bakewell. They were all wet blocked, and then stiffened with Mod Podge Stiffy.
I’ve been watching a lot of old Fixer Upper episodes, and when Joanna Gaines puts a decorative mantle on a wall, she also puts things inside. Maybe not fourteen things, but they go together as one, right? One happy thread crochet party! Whew.