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Spring Mantle

Sorted through my collection of vintage doilies and ladies hankies to create this mantle for the warmer weather. I didn’t want to make the commitment to permanently whitewash the large barn board frame, so I took white chalk and rubbed the frame to lighten it. The fourth hankie from the right – purple floral – is round! ┬áThe handkerchief in the hob nail fan shaped vase is extra large.

Made these pom-pom flowers after seeing them time and again on Pinterest.

Vintage buttons in an old Ball Mason Jar. The tiny pink buttons are mother of pearl that has been dyed.

 The pellet stove heats the entire house.

I have to admit, the mantle has turned into a ‘touchy feely’ attraction. Every time I go by, I rearrange folds or fluff a pom pom. Who knew it would become interactive decor.

Decorating for Spring

Okay, honestly? I took my snowmen down last weekend! I love them, but they’d overstayed their welcome. Their extended stay was, of course, my fault. Redecorating my house isn’t high on my list of priorities. If I stick something up on the wall, it’s a good bet it will be there five years from now – maybe more. Seasonal switch ups are about all I do and they are not always well timed.

Spring finally came to my dining room. Here’s the top of the antique cabinet that holds my milk glass collection.

I found the worn Velveteen Rabbit years ago in a thrift store. The antique quilt piece is in a frame made by Daddy. He used authentic New England barn board. I raided my tote of vintage doilies to fill the vase on the right. I poofed and fluffed but did not iron them. If I’d had to stop to do that, the project would have come to a halt.

The small jar is filled with smooth stones from the beach. The chick to the right of the jar is antique and made of wool. I love the little guy. I made the chickie on the far right from a bit of antique quilt.

Using the best parts of a cutter quilt that is otherwise so worn it’s destined for the dump, is a way to honor and preserve the maker’s hard work. I often wonder about her (or him) as I use their original work in a new creation.

Soon I’ll have pictures of my mantle. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.

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