Mantel Decor

Sometimes when I change things around, I might try several different looks before deciding on the one that makes the 'cut'.   This was the case recently.  I was trying to decide what I wanted on the mantel after all the red of the past few months.  First I tried this look.



I placed this picture (actually wood) on books to elevate it a little.  I then added the DT birds and the flower pot (consignment buy).  I actually left it this way for a few hours, but it didn't "feel" right. 


I like the items I used, and in looking at these photos, it may be the two green vases (see first photo) that threw it off.


I think I might recreate this for Easter and use other items, instead of the green vases.

What do you think?  Maybe add some bunnies?

 Maybe some bowls and pitchers???



This just might show up again.....soon!

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Turquoise, Tulips, and Thankfulness

I love having touches of turquoise/aqua around the house.  


A vignette on a table in the family room


This cloche covers a taper holder in the shape of a tulip.  


I'll bet that the men who worked with these insulators never imagined that we would collect them, let alone, DECORATE with them.  This one is special because my late father-in-law who was an electrician for the city where they lived, actually brought this one home.  I seriously doubt he would believe that it is considered a treasure to us.  It made a great door stop for many years.
This table cloth just screams Spring with its tulips!!  

Then of course, these Atlas and Ball jars provide more pops of turquoise for this table vignette with the bird and rabbit hinting at Spring.


I am gradually tweaking certain areas of the house in preparation for the change of the Seasons, that time of rebirth that we all anxiously await.....

that time when we can stop and smell the roses,


and remember that we are so blessed, and so loved by our Heavenly Father!

Father, help us to be ever mindful of the blessings you have showered on us.  Help us to do your will, and be an inspiration to those around us. 
Amen.

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Angels Gather Here

When I was shuffling things around on the bookcases the other day, I decided to group some of my angel collection on the white chippy one.  I have more, but decided these were enough for the shelf.


These angels were sold as a set and available at Sam's Club a number of years ago.  

The angel with the ukelele was bought at Kirkland's, as was the candleholder.  The angel to the right can be used as a tree ornament, or stood as I have it.  

All the clear angels were gifts from a former employer.  The ones with the gossamer wings are from Kirkland's.

The ones below - from Kirkland's.

More from the sets sold by Sam's.







Such delicate features.


I am no longer adding to my collection, but still like to display them.
What is your favorite collection?

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Bookcase Shuffle

My favorite spot to sit directly faces the fireplace and bookcases.  So, I'm sitting here BORED this morning, and decided I needed to change my view a little.  I removed everything from the bookshelf, dusted, and gave this bookcase a little makeover.  I love the sewing drawer I painted a while back, so I moved it to the bookcase so I can see it.  All I did to decorate it was add a doily and these sweet pink flowers.


I just adore this drawer.   


Here you can see two of the shelves.
 Not only can I enjoy the drawer, I can see three cloches each holding a bird.


I love this color of pink.  It provides a bright focal point.


I placed this little bird on an egg, in this pot that holds a nest with eggs.
Such an easy change, no cost, and more bright and cheerful.

What have you shuffled around recently?

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Almost Spring.....Maybe?

I've noticed the jonquils are blooming, but I'm afraid the current low temperatures are going to freeze their blooms.  I love the first bursts of yellow that come forth in the Spring, the sound of birds singing.  With that in mind, I changed the mantel decor, and added some birds here and there.  


The mantel now holds this picture of hydrangeas.  I added the candles and a pineapple finial, and a bronze bird.  





On the bombe table are two birds I bought at Dollar Tree.  Their colors make me smile.  The colors of Spring.



Precious little birds!!

Such vibrant colors!


Are you looking forward to Spring?

Sharing my Whites

I want to join in the party at The Country Farm Home and Old Time Farmhouse for Country Whites Weekend, so I am gathering my whites from all over the house.  You may have seen these, but here they are, all in one place.  


White gate with hydrangeas

Sewing drawer on bookcase against old white door

White bookcase painted with ASCP

Cherub on box painted with ASCP

Vignette at lake house, note old Bible

Old plant stand (used in guest bath)

White corner in the sun room


Stacked benches make this a cozy corner (sun room)


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Hydrangeas on the Gate

Out with the red!  To change out the entry from Valentine's decor, I placed hydrangeas in the "gate" and hung it  above the entry table. I took a wreath apart to get the flowers. The "gate" is so versatile and such a fun piece to work with.


I  need to change out the lamp, or at least the shade.  So I will be on the lookout for that.  I might just shop the house, or make a shade cover.  


Yes, gotta change the look of the shade.

Love this gate!!

Later:  Okay, I looked through my stash of fabric, and made a cover for the lamp shade.  I took the shade off, and traced around one side of it.  Then I just cut out four pieces of fabric like the pattern, hemmed around the edges, then sewed the four pieces together, and here is the new look for the lamp.




I bought this fabric at a remnant sale several years ago. I changed out the flowers too, so I think this is looking better.  (for the time being).  

I think it turned out pretty good, considering my minimal sewing skills. It took about 30 minutes or so to make the cover.  If you have a shade that you want to update, it's really easy and you could actually put it together and hem it with fusible webbing or a glue gun for that matter.  


To the left is the guest room and bath, the office, and stairs to the basement.  To the right is the family room.
We'll see how long it remains like this.

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2017 Fall Decor Tour

I've made several trips to the GoodWill stores in our area, and have found some great bargains that I will share with you.  My intention...