spring tutorial

Happy Spring Sugar Pie! I don’t know about you, but I am sooooo ready for warmer weather! Bright green leaves on the trees, flowers bursting with glorious colors and happy birds chirping! Here in southern Missouri we’ve had quite a harsh winter…lots of cold and snow… which makes me even more anxious for blissful springtime! We’ve had a lot of cozy, sittin’-by-the-fire nights, for which I’m so thankful, but I’m pretty giddy for this happy new season! I’ve pulled out my bins of Spring and Easter decorations and thought I would share with you how I go about decorating my mantle and entry buffet. Come on…I’ll show ya!

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Although I’m going a bit simpler these days, I’m not quite at the minimalist level… no way I love junk too much! Lol! To me this “blank canvas” above of a weathered barn gate and shutters needs some warmth, homeyness and some farmy goodness!

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I recently got this chicken and rooster print at a local store in Ozark, MO. (The Chicken Coop). I always like to compliment my featured art with something that goes with it. So I rounded up Henrietta Hen, my vintage yard-bird that I got at a flea market a couple years ago. She looks like she just stepped out of the picture. It’s a nice addition but this little vignette needs a little bit more. We’re just getting started.

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 Then I added this old berry crate filled with eggs and a potted plant with some springy green.

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To add an Easter touch I added some colored eggs to the crate and decided Mama hen needed some chickies!

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Awake, awake, it’s springtime, the gentle breezes blow,

the sunshine whispers to the flowers, awake, awake and grow!

So raise our happy voices as bells of Easter ring,

and say with sunshine, chicks and flowers,

‘Awake, awake, it’s spring!’”

~ American School Songbook 1944

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I also added our traditional Easter Egg Tree. Just branches stuck in a pail of Plater of Paris.

I’ve used this for years, in all seasons and still love it.

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So there we have it! When Easter is over I’ll pack up the colored eggs and Easter Egg Tree and my chicken and rooster look will stay here until the good old summertime!

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And now for my mantle! My canvas this time is a distressed wood background, a white barn vent, and two white sconces.

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Simply adding two old buckets filled with white flowers brings life and color. I love a symmetrical look , it’s easy if you have two of the same thing and I think it’s restful to the eye. It brings a sense of orderliness, which I like. Propped on my robins-egg-blue child’s chair  is my little chalkboard the says “I heart Spring”. I sure do love my chalkboards! Now to add a little touch of Easter…

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I got these bunnies a couple years ago at Target. I set them on the mantle to show you that with the scale of everything else they look too small.  But I have a solution for that!

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Just by using some old books as risers they give the bunnies a much more substantial look!

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I chose books with covers of blue and green to tie in with the colors of the eggs, the leaves on the flowers, and the chair below.

DSC08480 For the centerpiece  I used a clear glass pedestal bowl filled with colored eggs on top of a large white candle holder. I also placed a few eggs around the books and bunnies for a whimsical look…(the bunnies are hiding Easter eggs!).

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I added the Spring banner and the white vintage architectural corbels on both sides of the buckets to complete the look.

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I decided on this birds nest instead of the yellow chickie that I used in the photos above. I go through a lot of trial and error when I’m decorating before I get the design the way I like it. But that’s what makes it fun…especially when you find the look you’re looking for!

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I found this robins nest on the ground last year in my front yard after a night of strong winds. Now it’s used inside and well loved.

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Now I do love the bunnies, the chickies and the pastel colored eggs, but the most endearing and significant part of Easter is celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and  remembering why He came to rescue us.

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A rustic cross, a paper fan picturing Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane,  my grandmother’s church gloves, a Bible and a lit candle grace the table. The chalkboard written with the words of a beloved Sunday School song reminds me how much God loves me…and you…for the Bible tells me so.

Jesus love me this I know

For the Bible tells me so

Little ones to Him belong

They are weak but He is strong

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me

The Bible tells me so. 

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Jesus took our place on the cross. He died and took the punishment for our sins. Oh how He loves you and me!

“‘It is finished!” He cried.

And the great Creator went home.

(He ’s not resting though. Word has it that His tireless hands

are preparing a city so glorious even the angels get goose bumps upon seeing it.

Considering what He has done so far, that is one creation I plan to see.)” ~ Max Lucado

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Unconditional lavish love, joy, peace, comfort, forgiveness, grace, strength, healing, sunshine in the middle of a storm, hope, everlasting life in heaven…these are just a few things Jesus so freely gives us! Can I get an AMEN SISTAH! Glory be the name of the Lord!

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Well Sugar, I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.

The main thing is to decorate your home with love

to warm the hearts of those you love!

I’m just so thrilled that you stopped by!

 Please take a moment to say Howdy! 

Oh Yes! I also wanted you to know that I was honored to have my home featured on my friend Pamela’s blog —From My Front Porch to Yours– for the –How I Found My Style– Series! If you’d like to see more of my home in that feature click here: 

 I’m wishin’ you a happy

church-goin’-Lord praisin’

hymn singin’-egg-huntin’-flower-filled Easter

with lots of chocolate bunnies and little kids giggles!

God bless your darlin’ heart!

You are loved!

 

Aunt Ruthie

 

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