Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rustic Spring Mantel

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Easter came very fast this year. Too fast for me to decorate for in fact.

The other day, however, I got the urge to do a mantel vignette in honor of spring (even though it has still been snowing here as of late). I knew Hazel would enjoy some fresh new decorations...




Large apothecary jars act as nests for Robin's eggs that I purchased at Home Goods awhile back. To keep with a rustic, farmhouse feel, I added one of my favorite old scales and some wire baskets filled with eggs.

I recently won a giveaway from Sandi of Wayside Treasures and she included lots of pretty things like a  peat pot that I filled with more eggs.


I added a "clothesline" banner with vintage flashcards and mini clothespins. Hazel is really into the alphabet these days so she loves it..."I...I...I" she says pointing at any letter...




A few years ago I made some collage eggs that I had planned to sell but ended up loving so much that I kept them. I added them to the apothecary jars.


I think Hazel's favorite part of this vignette is the cast iron rabbit (he's my favorite too)...and the little bunny figurine...


I also love this little "Rabbits for Sale" card that I found some years ago...don't know anything about it but find it very charming...



White doves flank each side and my collection of ironstone pitchers lines the back.


Hazel had a very fun Easter, as did I, preparing her basket and an "egg hunt" for her...


I purchased some inexpensive baskets for the kids, but spruced them up with handmade fabric bunting banners spelling out their names in Scrabble tiles. Since Hazel is still under two, I could get away without much candy...we only included some chocolate "Hazelnut" carrots for her to enjoy and filled the rest with books, markers, constructions paper and a bunny of course :).

Owen received a little book, a soft football and socks in his basket :). I filled plastic eggs with little "treasures" like stickers, Cheerios, Goldfish, and bunny animal crackers. Hazel enjoyed finding them all that morning.




We also made a quick "diy" pair of Easter bunny ears from construction paper and a headband for them to sport (only lasted about two minutes on each but was still fun)...


All in all we have been very blessed. These two kiddos sure are growing fast. I am loving every single day that I get to spend with them. They are my world and I love filling their days with creativity...magical moments...wonder...and faith.

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Till next time...
Alice W.