The lighting isn't very good in this last picture but I'm pretty happy with the mantle now. I bought the "E" and the urn and the sticks at Hobby Lobby. I believe those are called "bare branches" but you know me - sticks will do. On the right, is a piece of pottery made in Wadley, AL which is a teeny tiny town where my husband's family has a farm. The Wadley potter made that piece and it was given to us by Mrs. McKay so it is priceless!! (just to us) The church was given to me as a Sunday School teacher gift from someone in our class and I purchased the cross at Hobby Lobby. If you look back up at one of the other pictures, you can see a gorgeous tile with a hand painted cross on it. Lynn and Joe, sweet friends, gave that to me for Christmas one year and it has always had a place of honor. On the right is a giant basket that one of my preacher friends (Dave) gave me. It is from Africa. I love having pieces/items/art in my house and in my office that have meaning. The chair that you can see to the right belonged to someone in Mark's family and we've had it for 28 years and we've had it recovered twice and restuffed and refinished! The Audobon prints that you can see reflected in the mirror were purchased on our trip to Washington, D.C. when our sweet babies were just four months old. We brought them home on the airplane as "carry on" luggage!! Big rolled up paintings (prints) . . .stuck between our knees.
I don't think I have achieved a pottery barn mantle but I think I have achieved a simple mantle that has meaning to me!! Our faith is the most important thing and family and friends are next so all of those elements are combined right there on the mantle and hearth!!