I don’t know about you guys but when I think about spring I think about new life, second chances, dinner on the grounds, pillbox hats and flowers. Lots of flowers. Namely the azalea’s that my parents would make us take pictures next to EVERY Easter Sunday. My poor sister LiLi would sneeze with every snapshot.
I was remembering all of those good times when I created my spring mantle this year. But in the beginning I got a little stuck. I’ve wanted to use these wreaths for a while now. Yet, they never seem to make the cut. It’s probably because having all of that color up there freaks me out a little ha ha.
You may recognize the reclaimed frame. It was in the dining room on the teacart. The teacart sold a while ago. I left the frame propped up on a little table. One day while the windows were open, a strong wind blew through the house and the frame fell off the table breaking part of the pane.
I love the frame with all it’s chippy-ness though so getting rid of it was not an option. I just recycled the rest of the glass.
This green side is the other side of the window. The wreath is borrowed from my mom. It reminds me of my wild and curly hair.
I used the glass jug on my fall porch and the flowering branch was also borrowed from my mom. We don’t have a big attic at all so it’s hard to keep a lot of decorative seasonal items. Thankfully, my mom shares her things with us. My grandpa gave me the wire egg basket with the eggs in it when he gave me the chicken coop, which was really sweet given he’ll be 90 in June. I found the books while out treasure hunting one day. I buy old books that have the color binding I’m looking to use in different vignettes so I don’t have to paint them. I’ve had a collection of vintage glass Ball jars for a while now too. And if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you already know how I feel about ironstone.
It took me a while to decide what to put at the end of the mantle. I love the left side but something about the right side just wasn’t coming together for me. I finally settled on this picture I had been using in the bedroom. It had the same muted colors I was using in the rest of the mantle.
I’m still working to add a few touches of spring to the rest of the house and hopefully the porches too. I had planned to have it all finished last Friday but The Pickers Market called and told me that I needed to get painting which is always exciting.
By the way, it wasn’t just the three green wreaths that didn’t make the spring mantle cut. None of this made the cut either. My friend Liz loves it when I show my messes. This one’s for you girl!
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