That means that I have been outdoors filling paper yard bags with spent hydrangea blooms, leftover leaves, and of course, a weed or two. And it means I wander aimlessly through the garden examining all signs of life in eager anticipation of all that is to come.
It also means that it is spring mantel time.
I know that at least 75% of blogland has already loaded up their mantels with moss, wreaths, birds, eggs, and all things spring. I'm always conflicted as you guys do this. I mean my inner honest goddess just doesn't feel right about decorating a spring mantel when it is still snowing and 30 degrees outside.
But eventually, about 4 weeks ago, I got tired of my winter mantel and cleared it off.
And waited to get inspired.
But inspiration never came.
In the meantime... I began to use it as a place to store things. I even forced some forsythia in hopes of inspiration. But it dried up like my inspiration did.
So today I cleared everything off and shopped the house and garage and at least got something up there.
I've been growing some moss I collected from outdoors in anticipation of using it for the mantel. I just added that to my usual birds and nests, and grabbed a window leftover when I built this.
See those cute little pots with the succulents? I found tucked up in the foundation of the house when I cleaned my basement! See, good things CAN happen when you vacuum your basement ceiling. I filled them up with some single succulent blooms. They're kind of cute don't you think?
I think it's going to grow on me. Even if it doesn't, I've been dreaming about my summer mantel since last year, when I was too lazy to change out my spring mantel!
Could I just mention that I have a little twinge of ambivalence every time I write about my mantel. For some reason it doesn't bother me at all to write about shelves, or painting furniture, or how much I like cake.
But every time I write about mantels, I feel frivolous.
So please forgive me. And trust that I know that I've got no third-world problem here.
But I really like my moss.
Make something wonderful today!