Thursday, February 20, 2014

Spring Mantle

 What a crazy week we have had here.  This time last week we were blanketed under 6 inches of snow and today it’s 72 and flowers are blooming!  The buds on our cherry tree in the front yard are opening.  Crocuses are popping up and camellias are blooming.  Our daffodils aren’t quite open yet but I saw several in neighbor’s gardens when I went for a walk this morning.

Edie at Life in Grace had a post on arranging your mantle and since I was feeling like spring I decided to redo my living room mantle as a spring mantle .
My method is to gather  a whole bunch of stuff from other areas of my house or from the closets.  Then I just start putting the stuff up there.  I’ll stand back and look and then add or remove or re arrange it until I like the finished look .
  Since it was such a beautiful spring day I had to start with flowers.  I’ve had this forsythia for a long time and just love it because it looks so real.

 More spring flowers, tulips and daffodils.  Sorry to all you purists out there, but, they’re fake too.  As soon as I have daffodils blooming in my garden  I’ll replace them :)
                                         A little nest that I found in a tree last year speaks of spring.
One mirror hanging and two small mirrors propped against the wall and my brass “sower” in front of them provides some sparkle.   I have had the sower longer than anything else I own. When I was 14 and “designed” my bedroom, he was on my shelf.  I  designed it to look like a sitting room, very adult, no silly teenage things in sight.  I was so proud of it and all my friends thought it was amazing.  I began my brass candlestick collection then too. So I’ve had them for over 50 years!  Yikes!!
I added a couple of brass candlesticks.  A mantle has to have at least one candle.  I used three because one always looks lonely to me. Besides the rule is you are supposed to group things in odd numbers, not that I’ve ever been a rule follower when it comes to decorating, but it just looks better with an odd number.
                                                                             A live plant,

and a small bouquet of Hellebores from the garden might fool you into thinking that  the other flowers are real too!
Some original artwork adds a handmade personal touch.  I got this scripture painting at Southern Marketplace in Indian Trail.  If you live in the Charlotte area and haven’t been there you are missing out on a treat.

and there is always room for another mirror, an ironstone tureen or a blue and white rooster :)  Mirrors are so useful because they reflect light plus they also pick up other parts of the room. I’ll do a post on mirrors sometime and show you what I mean.
So that is my spring mantle. You might think I have too many things on my spring mantle, but I just can’t seem to pull off the simple uncluttered look!
It was interesting when I went to link to Edie just now, I noticed that her post was ” 4 Gifts to Give Your Mantle”.    I must confess that I didn’t read the post the first time. I just looked at the pictures.  Do you ever do that?   Well Edie, you might be happy to know that I gave my mantle all 4 gifts unintentionally.
On Friday Edie is having a “happy mantle day” and encouraging everyone to post their mantles on Instagram using the hashtag #loveyourmantle.  Even if you don’t do a post, come on over to Instagram and post your photos.
Rhondi xo

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