Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Mantel

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I’ve been trying to get my mantel decorated for spring for a few weeks now. I’ve definitely done better than I did last year—it wasn’t until I decorated for the 4th of July (on July 2 I think it was???) that I finally put away my winter décor! The Pottery Barn garland knock off from my mom helped kick start the decorating.
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This little nest was originally attached to a large twig. I got it at Joann’s on a nice sale. Then just cut the twig off and put the nest on a candlestick from Goodwill instead. The “eggs” are from a box of basket filler/potpourri in beach theme that I got at Ross.
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I saw these adorable birdhouses on The Speckled Dog and had to make some myself. I bought my birdhouses for $1 each at Joann’s, shabby-chic’d them up (a little more shabby than chic, oops!) and glued them to some candlesticks from Goodwill (the white ones I painted and then glazed like the houses).
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The garland is also from Joann’s (I love their sales and coupons). It’s topped with some yellow fabric (the same as I used for this ruffled scarf), and some straw balls (the natural colored ones are from a basket filler set we got for our wedding, the blue ones are from the same set as the “eggs”).
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Some long stems of flowers (Joann’s, of course!) in a tall glass pitcher and the wrought iron lantern my SIL found in a shop in Cambria, CA finish the look off perfectly.
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And then, step back for a little bit of reality…
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Take a moment to stop by the awesome link up parties I’ll be joining in on. Their buttons (which link you to the party) are in my right sidebar.


  1. Very springy! I like how your birdhouses turned out too! Makes me want to make a few more to put around my house! :)So easy and cute!

  2. I looks amazing! I am loving the bird houses for sure. And I absolutely love the real life addition! Isn't that the way it is for us all? my life is now consumed with Star Wars & Lego's!

  3. Love the spring feel of your mantle. Love all the colours too!

  4. Such a pretty mantel and I love the reality picture!! It will seem like a blink of an eye before there are not more toys to pick up and those little ones are out the door. Enjoy every minute of "messy house" time.

    bee blessed

  5. What a happy, pretty mantel! Great job:) I love the reality shot are not alone!

  6. This looks great. I just picked up some birdhouses as well and wasn't sure what to do with them. I think I will try your shabby chic method. It all looks so nice together.

  7. You're mantel is so pretty! I'm especially loving the birdhouses on the candlesticks. I just saw the same birdhouses at JoAnn's today and now I'm wishing I'd read your post sooner. I even had a coupon(love them too by the way)! :) Great job!


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