Friday, March 1, 2013

Touches of Spring


March is here. Spring is coming! I can't wait for some nice, warm sun!
 In Virginia, Spring is painstakingly slow to show itself.
I love Virginia for its beautiful seasons. The Fall, while short, is so fabulously beautiful!
This is the view from a small mountain just a 10 minute drive from my house on a early Fall morning.

Winter is typically neither too mild or too harsh through the holidays here. Usually we will get one or two good snows for the kids (although not the past 2 years!). All the fun parties, the holidays, our twins birthday and our anniversary just help the first half of winter pass so quickly! But from January to Spring I just have the hardest time enjoying the weather. It feels like Spring takes for-EVER to get here. Soooooo slow.

 Here is my transition mantle for the rest of winter after New Years. I took all the Christmas-y stuff down and just left my wreath. I added the frames for a little interest and my big ole' barley twist candlesticks are a permanent feature on my mantle. I just love them so they get to live up there all 4 seasons! Around mid-February is when my itch for Spring hit me hard and I wanted all the evergreen and pinecones put away! Off to my lovely, organized storage room (you can peek in there here . You will be so jealous of my tidy closet!)

 So down came the winter wreath and out came some white stuff to lighten things up. I snagged a couple preserved boxwood wreaths from HomeGoods (xoxo) a couple weekends ago for only $39 each. I was SO happy since I have been searching for some inexpensive ones. HomeGoods saves me every time!
My birdhouse came down off the top of my kitchen cabinets. It had a green roof and sunflowers painted on it
and I was pretty much over that. So it got a nice coat of Annie Sloan Old White. I love that I can transform something
and just slap it into place in just a couple minutes!

I ripped a old silk rose flower arrangement out of this planter (originally from Pier One)
and threw in the moss and little robins eggs. Cute!

And my paper mache bunny was let out of his cage (previous vignette) and popped onto the mantle.
He came from Pier One a looong time ago too!). Oops. Forgot to hide my Yankee Candle during my photo shoot!
Clearly my assistants were NOT doing their jobs!
Hmmmm... I need better helpers...

Check out my books. I love that Schizophrenia one!

And my white finial came from HomeGoods as well. It says "Herbs" on the back but I didn't feel like having that show. That white globe thingie probably came from HG too. I've had it so long I don't evn remember!

I hope Spring comes your way soon! Thanks for stopping by!

This week I am partying at:
Domestically Speaking
Eclectically Vintage
Green Willow Pond
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
Creative Crafts Thursday
The Shabby Creek Cottage
French Country Cottage
Jennifer Rizzo
Serenity Now

4 comments:

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

If you think spring takes forever there, try northern Michigan! We don't get spring until around mid April. I Can. Not. Wait! Your mantle looks great. Love the boxwood wreath and bunny especially, and that candlestick on the threshold is gorgeous!

Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

Hugs,
Deborah

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love your spring mantel ~ that boxwood wreath is fabulou. I'm going to be featuring it during the Countdown to Spring round-up @ Domestically-Speaking. Thanks for joining the party!

Lisa @ HouseOfFabForLess said...

Thanks so much Maryann! I'm humbled by your feature! Love your blog!

The Rusty Heart said...

Your mantel looks so nice.The boxwood wreath looks especially good
against the window. I love preserved boxwood. Great job.

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