Monday, April 29, 2013

Dressing the Mantel for Spring

Spring finally arrived. And I am one happy chick.

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. 

And waited.

And waited.

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.

And superficial. 

And shallow 

And foolish.

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!


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Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

We went from winter to summer in 2 short days, so spring just sort of passed us by this year. Your mantel is looking very spring-like with your cute little pots. I have the same crown molding, but I've never used the picture molding to hang anything. It's time for me to buy some hooks and give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

Donna Wilkes said...

Well, I am glad others are conflicted about mantel decor. Mine gets a fall, Christmas and spring treatment. Then I just throw stuff up there I like to look at when sitting on the sofa. The mantel in the living room just has two looks. Three if you count sometimes being a storage spot like yours! I think you must have been secretly inspired to assemble such lovely items for this vignette!

Kathryn J Cain said...

Well you can say you did what, we coverred our fireplace yeap...I still have a little mantel and mirror...but I needed space,,,as to sit down with my family all of them,2 sons and 3 grandkids and 3 dogs and 3 cats and then a daughter in law that blessed me with the grandkids and brings the two horse(oops dogs) when they my HUBBY...and we have a small house of windows yes window...a door then a closet then a small wall then windows tall windows 2 with windows above windows the turn a corner a window then a fireplace then a window then a little space for table to eat then turn corner a sliding door then a kitchen and a window then another turn a hall way then turn again and a slant wall on the stairs and then back to front door..and ever window is 5 ft tall and has a window above we lost the fire place( it is still their covered and have a wonderful new couch that is a sectional that fits...say 3 grandkids and the two horses and the dog..and a cat or PS we got a electric fire place and the TV sits above it...Ok loved what you did and that Wreath YUMMYYYYY.

PS looking for input going to redo my Blog what ideas do you have

paisleysummer said...

I have mantel envy. I don't have one! I love your moss and succulent pots x

Kirby Carespodi said...

I feel the same way about writing about a mantel--like I am being silly and who am I that I am fussing with a mantel when I have papers to grade. Which is why the Easter crap is still up.
PS--I have lots of moss here.

Deb Hrabik said...

I love your spring goodies! Is that a raffia wreath? That's great. I can't wait for warm weather!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

I'm so jealous you can grow your own moss. It's so beautiful and I love the earth and the green mixed together. Your mantle is wonderful and not frivolous at all. The succulent pots are too cute. Great idea to hang them in a grouping,

Bliss said...

I have no intention of changing my mantel till Christmas. Just making that official by putting it in print.


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I'm jealous that your can grow moss, too. Your mantel looks great, but I do know what you mean about blogging about it. Love your little pots of succulents- they are so cheerful!

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Hey, you have (had) a storage mantel too? Haha....mine is sort of in storage mode at the moment too. But yours is looking very fresh and pretty! Beauty is never frivolous :)

Jeanette @ Creating a Life

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I am on a real moss and succulent kick so I think this is fantastic. Plus you are using your cloches, anything with a cloche is perfect. The little pots hanging is such a cute idea. I would love it if you would like this to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.

Hugs, Marty

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

Your mantel is lovely! I really like the moss and the succulents.

PJH Designs said...

Hi Karen,

We've already had Spring and are having a cold snap today. Its going to be in the 60's! I love it because in a week or two it will be in the 90's. lol I love your mantel especially the little pots with succulents. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.
Peggy~PJH Designs

must love junk said...

LOVE your mantel!(Shallow or not :)

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I really like your mantle Karen. Love those hanging pots especially! I cleaned off all of my shelves to get ready for spring and now I can't find my box of Spring my shelves are empty.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Your mantle is awesome Karen! Love the hanging pots and those little succulent pots all lined up in a row. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

Deborah said...

This turned out so beautifully! I love those little succulents and really just everything! Very well done!


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