Where have I seen this mantel before??? Oh, yeahhh...it's practically the same one I did last year.
It's true. I wasn't very creative. But at least I got this one up early enough to get a little enjoyment out of it (during our awesome fall break).
I still love my "tombstone" bookends. They are a tad on the creepy side but just perfect for Halloween. They're also very heavy, too. Toes beware!
The only "new" addition to the collection is this 88-year-old signal lantern from the railroad that once upon a time ran through my hometown. If you'll look closely, you'll see the name of the railroad, L&NRR, etched in the glass. It's been on a shelf in our garage these past seven years, so it was due a little recognition.
In years past, when my husband would tell ghost stories to Ren's friends, etc., he would tell the story of Jake Vance, who fell to his death -via his horse- from the top of a tunnel in our hometown onto this very same railroad.