Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Mantel 2014

I'm not going to complain.
No, I'm not going to say it. 
 I won't. 

I'm just going to share my SPRING Mantel with you. 
Emphasis on the word SPRING. 

If you've been reading here awhile, if you know
anything about me or where I live,
I think that alone should tell you what I'm not going to say today.

This mantel is a simple one.

It all started with the burlap bunny banner on the mirror.

Here's a close up:

About a month ago, I was shopping at Target
and I came across this banner.
It was quite inexpensive ($5.99?),
I ogled it a bit,  then walked away.

I later came back to it.
My daughter commented,
"You can make that yourself."
(Oh, that kid is well trained.)

for the price, I couldn't resist the lure of not
having to do anything but hang the darn thing.
So I bought it.

I then added some vases full of dogwood blooms to each end.
I added a burlap strip across the vases so
that they would coordinate with my burlap bunny banner.
I also added my wooden candle holders.

 I remembered we have a supply of old windows
in the garage, just waiting for inspiration to strike me.
This window was an old one from our dining room.
It made its way to the mantel, in its original paint condition,
along with a grapevine wreath that I threw together with moss and robin's eggs.

I found the cute white bunnies at Hobby Lobby
and added them as well.

It later hit me that I bought a burlap banner,
already made, at Hobby Lobby just
before Christmas.
(I was saving it, too, for inspiration to strike me.)

I pulled that out, simply tied on some colored ribbons
and called it done.

I really do love it when something
comes together easily.

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful
SPRING day today!
Emphasis on the word SPRING.
See you soon!

Linking to:
Tuesdays @ Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson


Debby said...

Very nice. Sometimes it's cheaper to buy than get all the supplies to make something. I like the colored ribbons on the plain banner.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh turned out adorable. I need to go to Target. It has been awhile and I am missing out on some cute things!

My Forever Changing Home said...

Gina, I think this is my favorite mantel so far! It's simple but really emphasizes spring! Love the bunny banner... yeah, you could've made that but I hear ya! Sometimes I'd rather spend 5 bucks than make something! OH the mess I make when I "make" something!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love it Gina, especially the bunnie cute!

chateau chic said...

So pretty and cheery, Gina! Now if it would start to look and feel like spring on the outside, I think we'd all be happy!!
Mary Alice

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh this is so pretty. I love the window and the bunny garland is just the cutest ever. Hugs, Marty P.S. Be sure to link up to Inspire Me this afternoon.

Art @ Home said...

Very cute! I love the banner with the ribbons and the dogwood blossoms. Such a sweet spring mantel! I hope spring arrives soon at your home!


Coastal Cottage Dreams said...


Love your spring mantle and especially love the bunny banner. You are so lucky to have old windows in your garage that you can use for décor in your home.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your mantel looks GREAT!

And yes, it IS supposed to snow tonight, least that's what I heard.

So there. I said it for you. LOL.

Not to forget it is spring and you are doing a wonderful job making it look so springy. Well done. Hugs.

(Sorry I have been so MIA. Life has done a little crazy stuff to me and I haven't been able to get to blogland much. I do hope to catch up on all m y missed reading. Missed you!) HUGS.

Debbiedoos said...

Your mantel is adorable Gina. I did not spy that banner at Target for 5.99 I would have for sure bought it too!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Gina, I adore your Spring mantel! Bunnies are one of my favorite things! Your banners are perfect! I'm with you on buying the one at Target. The supplies and your time would be more than the cost of the bunny banner! Your mantel vignette is so pretty!

Melinda said...

It looks so cute!
When something comes together
it is always great.

No spring today here, snow and cold!

M : )

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OK...So I am guessing that your weather is not spring like lol! Sometimes Gina, you just have to buy it...It is not worth it to make and it is adorable and so is your perfect mantle!


Dawna Motz said...

Just the right amount of spring on your lovely mantel! Love it!! Have a wonderful week!

NanaDiana said...

You always have THE BEST mantles, Gina. This one is no exception. I love it- xo Diana

Carol said...

Love it, Gina! I would not have passed up that cute little bunny banner, either. I really like the layering of the old window against the mirror. If this entire scene does not call forth Spring, then I don't know what will. I do hope it is coming your way very soon!

Diane said...

Gina, your mantel always looks so perfectly put together. I have to confess that I rarely do anything new to mine - I need to be better about that! Beautiful job and I do hope Spring is coming soon. Here in Georgia, it is dipping back down to 29 degrees tonight - what?????

Jacqueline said...

Gina, your mantel is so fresh and pretty! I love it and I love your great little banner across the picture. It goes so perfectly with the ones on the mantel. You are always so full of great ideas.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Gina, your mantel is so pretty. I haven't finished mine, possibly because I made some bunnies to use on it. If I'd just known that there was a bunny banner waiting on me at Target, I would have been there in a skinny minute!

Wishing you warm weather and spring sunshine! ~Jane

Ana said...

It all looks so Springy and beautiful! Love, love, love the bunny banner, soooo cute. Another seasonal mantel well done my friend.


Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Your mantel is so pretty! Love all the details.


Cathy Carroll said...

Gina, your mantel is so pretty. I love the bunny banner. Simple and gorgeous... Love it... Cathy

Danielle Giannandrea said...

Hi Gina, Congratulations! I've nominated you for a Liebester Award! Pop on over to my blog for the details! Happy Friday! : )

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I am going with muted tones for Easter this year as well.

The weather goes without saying for sure! March has brought record rains which must have turned to record snowfall when the hit the Rockies. I see that my mid-west and upper east coast friends are still shoveling. I so hope that the arrival of April closes the book of Winter! Our hillsides and cliffs are so compromised right now!

The best of love to you and your sweet family!

Dee Lapin said...

It's just the sweetest looking mantel Gina. The bunny banner is so cute.

anangloinquebec said...

OH I always love your mantle arrangements!! Gina...spring is out least that is what somebody told me. I posted a pic of the outside of our house today on my blog. It may make you feel better about your situation. Just sayin'

Jann Olson said...

Gina, I agree; why make it when you can buy it for that price. I love burlap and this all came together so cute! Love the pop of color with the added ribbons. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Oh, Gina! You do make the most beautiful mantel arrangements! So pretty!

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