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Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Mantel

Hello!  It's been awhile since I have posted. Did you miss me? 

Spring has officially sprung in my neck of the woods.  Even though I don't live anywhere close to the woods.  I finally got the itch to decorate.  Maybe it is just my allergies.   

I've been extremely lazy this year. So what else is new? 

You might have noticed that I never did a Valentine's mantel.  Nor did I do a St. Patrick's Day mantel.  I did get down the stuff to decorate, just didn't feel the urge. 

But I decided it was time to come out of hibernation.  So far all I have managed to decorate is my mantel. 

Even though Easter is in 2 weeks, I decided to go with a "Springy" theme and not a full fledge Easter them.   I can always add a couple of bunnies once I decide to climb up into the attic to retrieve some.

Since I've had my hours cut back at work.  I had to do this on the cheap.  Like as in, no money.  Luckily I have lots of stuff to decorate with.  The only recent purchase was this ironstone pitcher.  I found it at Savers thrift store for $2.99, plus I had a 20% off coupon.  And I purchased it before I got my hours cut and could no longer afford to spend money.  

Most of the items that I decorate with come from the thrift store, the dollar store or any place that I can find stuff cheap.  As you know, I'm cheap.  

The double topiaries on either side of the mantel were found at an antique store of all places.  I only buy stuff at antique stores when they are cheap.  Is $5.00 a piece cheap enough?  Well, $5.00 a pair would have been  better.  But I still felt like I was getting a deal at $5.00 a piece.  I've had them for quite a few years.  But still haven't tired of them.  

Here is another thrift store ironstone pitcher.  I'm sure I picked it up for a couple of dollars.  And the faux boxwood wreaths were a thrift store find last year.  All of my frames come from thrift stores too.  

I got this wreath some years ago at Michaels.  Or was it Joann's?  I can't remember as it was so long ago.  But I still love this wreath.  I'm sure I used a 40 or 50% off coupon to purchase it.  I never pay full price at these stores.  

I love the birds nest and eggs.  

Love the birdie too.  I really like that it doesn't make any noise.  Don't get me wrong, I love the sound of birds.  As long as it isn't a mocking bird and not in the middle of the night.  

I made a few garlands with a couple of different sized paper doilies.  I've had them in my stash since I got married back in 2006. 

The best part about this spring mantel is that it still worked for St Patrick's day yesterday since it has a lot of green.  Even if there wasn't a leprechaun in sight.  

And it will still work for Easter.  We'll see if any bunnies make it up on the mantel prior to Easter.  But don't hold your breath.  I might just got back into hibernation.  You know how I love a good nap.  

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