If you have been following me for awhile….you know I love to change out my mantle to reflect the season. I tweeted a preview pic last weekend….here are a few more pics. I just put this together with things that were around my house. Here is what I came up with….

Remembering summer…
A large stone from a past trip to Mexico….
a big piece of driftwood from the lake last year….
a little footprint in the sand…(yes, I take plaster of paris to the beach…Captial D Dork!)
An old picture of the kids blown up…they were about four in the picture…laughing about the water coming out of the hose…I love this picture :)
Some seashells from trips to the beach along with seagrass and sand.
All these things let us remember past vacations and fun days at the lake:)
These footprints are easy to make and you don’t even need to go to the beach. You can use plain old sandbox sand.
Just make a foot print deep enough to hold some mixed up plaster of paris. Let it set and then pick up the print and gently shake off the sand.
A little baby foot to keep forever :)
I love the carefree days of summer !! And they are almost here!
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Love the simplicty of the summer mantle. It looks great. Has me thinking of things I need to collect during our upcoming trip to the beach. And the sand foot print is adorable.

  2. Love! Just brought out my seashells to spruce mine up, too. May use a few of these ideas!

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    Great mantel idea!!!

  5. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys

    Oh I love the foot!!! I'm going to have to make some of my own to incorporate in my mantel (or anywhere!). The photo of the kids is just precious as well!

  6. That footprint is the cutest thing ever! I may have to do that with my boys this summer! And I love the big black and white photo of your kiddos!

  7. Erin @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage

    I love the little feet! You are not a dork, you're super clever :) Love the mantle decor too.
    Erin @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage

  8. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses

    Congratulations on being a CSI pick … the footprints are such an incredible keepsake. And that photos is beautiful!

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  10. Super cute footprints! Take care, Laura

  11. I came by to say I loved your jar of sand but am in love with those little footprints. They are so sweet!

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