Spring lands on my mantle
Truthiness time: I just took down my Valentine's Day mantle....but I look at it this way: one lovely holiday just blends seamlessly into another! This year, as I was looking through the latest edition of Martha Stewart's glossy mag (and determining that making my own chocolate Easter bunnies in antique molds was not in the cards for me this year-AGAIN!) I was inspired by her choices in Spring/Easter colors. I've never been able to pull off pastels very well, so here's what pulled my focus:
The chocolate bunnies are amazing, and brag-worthy if you can do it, but those tulips! Orange in Spring speaks to me. As usual, I had to make a few modifications to Martha's idea, and since my house in Connecticut is closed for the Season (I KID!), I shopped my house: I reused the Valentine's Day faux flowers and bought tulips (I can't grow flowers, and if I do, its purely by happenstance so this is where Michael's saves the day) also reused the Irish Oat Meal can that was my vase for St. Patrick's Day. I dug around in my cupboards for anything that might work on my Spring mantle in lieu of actual vases and here's what I came up with:
All of the candle holders, pitchers and containers all cost less than $3 a piece...the little votives were .50. Thriftiness = Winning. Among the other things I "collect" are antique books with beautiful technicolor covers...this travel book holds 99% of its appeal for me because of the fantastic cover..
So, it may not rival Martha's fresh tulip ensemble, and there's not a hand-poured chocolate bunny anywhere nearby, but I think it still says Spring, don't you?